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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Welcome to Kentucky!



(repeat five million times)

6:30 am. The Hilton Garden Inn in Louisville.

I thought the person who had my room before me had set the alarm clock. Nope. We had to all evacuate the hotel. I sleepily rushed, put my jeans and coat on, grabbed my purse and laptop (and room key) and stumbled into the hallway.

Other sleepy people were stumbling around, too. We looked like a bunch of drunks. One guy was still trying to put his sneakers on.

At the stairway, a man actually held the door open for me.

We were on the top of the hotel, on the 8th floor. Down we went. As we hit each floor, more people in the stairwell. Quiet. Orderly. No complaints. Just trudge trudge trudge.

Good thing there wasn't a real fire, eh?

Got outside, went to the front of the hotel. Called Chris. Heard sirens. The first fire truck pulls up. We all wait some more. Another fire truck pulls up. Uh-oh.

Some people got in their cars and left.

Lucky bastards.

It was about 40 degrees, so it was chilly.

Finally, they let us back in.

Turns out the water boiler burst. No hot water for a while, so it'll be a nice cold shower for me, ha ha.

They were offering free breakfast, but I was still tired, so went up to my room and slept for another hour.

Welcome to Kentucky, Jayne!

Monday, March 29, 2010

WHO@ Newsletter - March 29, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Quack
Tale of the tape: Robbery suspect duct tapes shoes

Maybe duct tape doesn't work for everything. Police said an 18-year-old Cadillac man who fastened duct tape to the bottom of his shoes in an attempt to conceal the robbery of a northern Michigan business has been arrested.

Manistee County sheriff officials said the man admitted robbing All Star Pay Day Loans in Manistee Township, about 210 miles northwest of Detroit. He was arrested about 3:35 a.m. Thursday after being spotted by deputies.

Police told the Ludington Daily News and WWMT-TV the man was wearing dark clothing and carrying about $1,200 in cash.

The man was being held at the Manistee County Jail. He faces charges including breaking and entering with intent, a 10-year felony.
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US concerned by Australian Internet filter plan - 03/29/10
The United States has raised concerns with Australia about the impact of a proposed Internet filter that would place restrictions on Web content, an official said Monday.

Diary of a call girl - 03/28/10
Julianna came to Britain to work in the 'exotic' industry and fund her studies when she returned to Hungary. She may have been naive but few would have foreseen what happened to her

Shameful - 03/27/10
A "SHAMELESS" family and their pals who casually exploited gaping flaws in the benefits system were jailed yesterday after an incredible £500,000 scam.

Boys sorry for web attack on girl - 03/26/10
Police have formally warned six boys aged between 11 and 14 after footage of a 10-year-old girl being assaulted was posted on the internet.

NY town angry over Net slurs at suicide victim - 03/26/10
A community reeling from the suicide of a popular high school senior turned its sorrow to outrage Friday over a practice known as "trolling," in which derogatory, hurtful comments are posted online against a person.

Wife 'blasted husband to death with shotgun after catching him looking at naked women on internet' - 03/25/10
A pensioner who blasted her husband through the heart with a shotgun today told a court they had argued over him looking at topless models on the internet.
Helen Lawson sobbed in the witness box as she described how her 'deceitful' husband Geoffrey had lied about ogling topless models on his computer.

Complaint sparks removal of paedophile's Facebook page - 03/24/10
Facebook has removed the profile of a paedophile who has been recalled to jail and said there was "no place for convicted sex offenders" on the site.

Facebook 'sex encounters' linked to rise in syphilis - 03/24/10
Facebook has been linked to a resurgence of the sexually-transmitted disease syphilis.
The virus has increased fourfold in Sunderland, Durham and Teesside, the areas of Britain where the website is most popular.

Gunman jailed for five years after posing for picture with automatic pistol - 03/23/10
A dopey gunman has been jailed after police spotted him posing with a weapon in a profile picture on Facebook.
Poser Majid Khan posted a picture of himself pointing an automatic pistol in his online picture.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Internet Tax Scams

Watch out for Internet tax scams! My interview with the morning crew on WPOR in Portland, Maine

Monday, March 22, 2010

Peabody Institute of Danvers Library Talk

Yesterday afternoon, Chris, Phoebe and I drove to Danvers, Massachusetts for my next talk - three true crime authors on a panel at the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers. With me were Margaret Press and Mary-Ann Tirone Smith. I've done a panel with the both of them before for Sisters in Crime.

I got there first, Chris and Phoebe stayed in the car. Mary-Ann came next and then Margaret made it with a minute to spare. . .literally. We had about 20-25 people show up. Then in the audience I spotted someone. My high school drill team buddy, Vicki! We hadn't seen each other in 34 years and discovered each other on Facebook recently. I was so excited!!

Us authors did our thing, talked about how we got into true crime, answered a lot of great questions from the audience, then waited for book sales. Not one person bought a book from any of us. Mary-Ann was the most shocked, LOL. I just kind of shrugged it off. Hey, I got paid to talk, albeit $75, but every dollar counts these days.

WHO@ Newsletter - March 22, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .How in the world did she have the drug agent's number?
Woman accused of sending text about drugs to agent
A Mangum woman has been arrested for allegedly sending a text message about illegal drugs to a drug task force agent. A warrant was issued for the woman for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled drug with the intent to distribute. A Jackson County jailer said Wednesday the woman wasn't in custody.

Authorities said District III Drug Task Force agent Chris Counts received a text message that said, "if you want a hit of this stuff before it is all gone, you better get over here."

Counts sent a message asking for an address and determined that the suspect lived there. Officers said she thought she sent the message to a friend.

Authorities said they found a gun and a powdery substance during a search of the residence.

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Florida Firefighter Arrested, Charged With Cyberstalking - 03/22/10
A Boca Raton firefighter has been arrested and charged with cyberstalking and dating violence. Kurt Isadore Holoboff, a 34-year-old certified paramedic and emergency medical technician, was arrested Saturday.

There's no privacy with 'sexting,' officials warn - 03/21/10
Would you want the whole school ­ or your parents, police, the county attorney, and any member of the Internet community at large ­ to see that text message? No? Then don't send it.

Two students, two opinions on Internet filters: The cons - 03/21/10
MySpace, Twitter and Facebook are just a few of the social networking sites banned from public schools and frowned upon by parents. It makes sense. In class, these websites distract students from doing their work and paying attention to their teachers. Students should be using the Internet for educational purposes, not socializing with their friends. There are many great resources available to students online. There are online encyclopedias, dictionaries and websites devoted to specific subjects. Students should focus on these resources.

Text message dispute triggered brutal Florida teen beating - 03/20/10
A 13-year-old girl, charged in connection with the brutal beating of a Deerfield Beach Middle School student, was ordered held in juvenile detention for 21 days. Attorney Jonathon Marne confirmed Friday that his client, 13-year old, Kayla Manson, was being held after Circuit Judge Michael Orlando determined there was probable cause to hold her on a charge of accessory to attempted first-degree murder. Her next court date is March 26, along with the other suspect, 15-year-old Wayne Treacy.

Revealed: The suicide voyeur nurse who 'encouraged people to kill themselves online' - 03/20/10
In June 2005, an IT technician named Mark Drybrough hanged himself at his Coventry home. A coroner ruled the 32-year-old depressive had committed suicide because of his mental illness. But the truth behind Mr Drybrough’s tragic death is far more chilling.For months before his death, he had been chatting online with a notorious ‘suicide voyeur’ who is alleged to have trawled the internet looking for people who would kill themselves while he watched online.

The (not-so) brave new world of bullies - 03/19/10
The 21st-century school bully need not rely on just fists and a cruel tongue. The Internet is now part of the bully's arsenal, making cyber-bullying possible anywhere - and not just around school hours.

Car owners stranded as U.S. hacker disables more than 100 vehicles over the internet - 03/18/10
A man fired from a Texas auto dealership took revenge through the internet by remotely disabling more than 100 cars sold at his old workplace, police said yesterday.

Charlotte Mayor Foxx Talks About Harassment Email - 03/18/10
City Councilman Michael Barnes doesn't want to speculate anymore. After Mayor Anthony Foxx sent council members an email this week reminding them not to sexually harass staff members, Barnes called for an investigation, saying something happened that needs to be looked into.

Sex-Charged Cyberchat Spirals Out of Control - 03/18/10
Married 46-Year-Old Who Posed as Iraq-Bound Marine Says Online Relationship 'Became More Real to Me Than Real Life'

Facebook fights: Nothing good will come of them - 03/18/10
An amusing article today in the New York Times addresses the ever-increasing propensity for couples publicly bicker on Facebook. If there is any one single thing that illustrates exactly what it is we're losing in terms of civil society and our privacy due to these omnipresent social media sites, it's this issue. We gain very little from it, unless of course you're single and the sordid public arguments between your married or cohabiting Facebook "friends" only serves to cement your plans to remain happily unmarried.

These Days Breaking Up Is Public To Do - 03/18/10
She had planned a life with him, she was devoted to his child. They had set up house together - she loved him. But he ended the relationship. And there she was, alone and face-to-computer-screen with daily images of the man who broke her heart.

Cyberstalker Threatens Kesse Family - 03/17/10
The family of a missing Orlando woman, Jennifer Kesse, is being threatened by a man over the Internet. Tyler Green, 28, is accused of making frightening phone calls to the Kesse family.

TriMet union leader says fired driver behind cyber-attacks - 03/17/10
On a cold night in January 2009, TriMet union president Jonathan Hunt found himself standing outside his Beaverton home, dressed in a bathrobe and arguing with a taxi driver. "It was 2 a.m.," Hunt recalled. "The driver insisted that someone with my name had called for a ride to the airport. I told him it had to be a mistake."

Online piracy 'cost 39k jobs' - 03/17/10
ILLEGAL downloading 'lost Britain £1.4bn in retail revenue in 2008 - and 39,000 jobs'

Lords pass controversial internet piracy bill - 03/16/10
Legislation to tackle internet piracy, including bans for illegal file-sharers, has been passed by the Lords. The Digital Economy Bill is now expected to be rushed through the Commons before the general election.

Mafia hitman called 'Scarface' tracked down 'because he used Facebook too much' - 03/16/10
One of Italy's most wanted Mafia suspects has been arrested after being tracked down via his Facebook account.

Dramatica owner could face charges - 03/16/10
The US-based owner of a satirical Wikipedia-style website may be charged under Australian law over a deliberately offensive article about Aborigines.

FBI using Facebook in fight against crime - 03/16/10
Any criminals dumb enough to brag about their exploits on social networking sites have now been warned: the next Facebook "friend" who contacts you may be an FBI agent.

Web Site Libel, Round II -03/16/10
Margaret J. Freund is appealing a Richmond Circuit Court judge’s decision to strike down the lawsuit she filed against a Richmond Web developer and several Internet domain firms, in which she charges that she was defamed.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Peabody Institute Library of Danvers TODAY

If you're in/near Danvers, Mass, I'm speaking @ the public library @ 2 pm today w/ 2 other true crime authors:

Friday, March 19, 2010

Conway Public Library

Chris and Phoebe decided to come on the ride to the Conway Public Library with me last night. According to SamSam (the voice on our TomTom), it was going to take over 2 hours. Hrm? That didn't sound right, as getting to North Conway takes about an hour and half or so and Conway is before that.

We stopped at Wendy's for a quick dinner and ended up getting to the library at 635 pm, an hour and half ride. SamSam was wayway offoff.

Chris stayed in the car w/Phoebe and I brought a few books in with me. I had asked the librarian, Janis, how the previous Sisters In Crime talks had gone with the other true crime authors. She said only a few people showed up to each, so I only brought in five books with me.

Set up my table in front of two rows of five chairs each. Got some water, wandered around the room to look at photos a local photographer had taken, which were lovely. Check out Woodland Winds Photography.

I sat down and began doodling on a piece of paper. A man walked in the room, introduced himself and we began talking about the weather and such. Janis came in and asked if he was my husband. I said no, he was the audience! We laughed. It was 715, so Janis sat down and apologized for the low turnout, then asked me to go ahead.

So as I began talking about Sisters In Crime and what the organization is about. . .the lights go out. The emergency lights pop on, only one of which was on in the room we were in. Janis said she was setting the mood, we laughed, then she went to find out what was up.

I continued talking to this guy. Hey, they had me come to the library to talk, so talk I would. Janis came back and said the whole area was without electricity. I said as long as he wanted to hear me talk, I was up for it. She said okay and left again.

I asked him what brought him to my talk. He said he'd heard a show on NPR about how cyber experts are desperately needed and he wanted to know more. He asked how I got into the cyber crime field and I did a short version of my cyberstalking case.

Turns out this guy was part of ARPANET in the 1980s. He was as geeky as me! He was really interesting to talk with - he has a small computer repair business.

Janis came in and said she had to kick us out - they were closing up. He bought a book, I signed it, and we walked upstairs to the front door. He left and I shook hands with Janis and she apologized again for everything. I told her it was no big deal (it wasn't), the ride up was beautiful (it was), and just as I opened the door. . .the electricity came back on.

We laughed, said goodbye and I went to the car. It was 730. That was the fastest talk I'd ever given.

Chris had no clue the electricity had gone out - he'd been too busy surfing the web on his iTouch via the wifi from the library. He said when that went kaput, he switched to my iPhone.

So we drove home. It felt longer than it was. I hate driving in the dark. But it was an interesting night.

Monday, March 15, 2010

WHO@ Newsletter - March 15, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .I know what bridesmaid's dresses look like and she probably asked someone to steal it
Bridesmaid's dress stolen hours before wedding
Delaware state police said someone broke into a car and stole a bridesmaid's dress just hours before a wedding on Friday at a shopping center in Pike Creek. Police said the bride and one of her bridesmaids were in a salon getting ready for the wedding.
When they got back to their car, they found that someone had stolen the pink dress the bridesmaid had planned to wear at the ceremony. A bag of accessories was also stolen.
The vehicle was not damaged. Police believe the thieves overrode the car's self-locking mechanism.
Police hoped to recover the dress in time for the ceremony.

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Jail for bully who told women he would rape them - 03/15/10
BULLY Nigel Wilson has been jailed for abusing women he met on a dating website. A court heard Wilson identified vulnerable women, including several from the city and East Devon who cannot be named for legal reasons, who he then intimidated and abused over the internet and by phone.

Need a Stylist? New Web Site Offers Free Wardrobe Advice - 03/13/10
Ever wish you had a high quality personal stylist, but you can't pay the hefty price? Your problems will be over Monday, when a new Web site launches with the purpose of styling men and women for events -- with no cost and plenty of ease.

Google faces storm over naked child on Street View - 03/13/10
Google has apologised after its Street View photo mapping service showed a frontal view of a naked child on a family day out.

Authorities investigating Calif. man in alleged e-mail threats to DEA agents, families - 03/13/10,0,4890344.story
A Northern California man arrested after park rangers allegedly spotted him waving a handgun at a national monument near the Oregon border will likely face more charges for threatening to kill federal agents and their families, authorities said Saturday.

Teenage 'tormentor': Online rant of youth remanded over death of man with learning difficulties - 03/13/10
It is a horrifying insight into what many regard as Broken Britain.
In his own words, peppered with expletives and semi-literate slang, a teenager suspected of harassing a defenceless man brags about his life and reveals the hopelessness of his existence.

My daughter was suspended for a Facebook comment - 03/12/10
My daughter was suspended in the fourth grade for being a part of a Facebook discussion. I am not fighting the suspension, but I am wondering about privacy issues. What do you have to say about the fact that the school can monitor private activities via the internet?

My guilt at letting that evil man walk free: Prostitute held hostage for 15 hours by Facebook killer speaks of regret - 03/12/10
A former prostitute who was held hostage by Facebook murderer Peter Chapman and repeatedly raped at knifepoint during a 15-hour ordeal has spoken of her bitter regret at allowing him to walk free.

Father: Unknown person posed as his 10-year-old daughter on Facebook, Gmail - 03/12/10
The father of a 10-year-old Maryville girl has filed a report with the Maryville Police Department claiming an unknown person opened up a Google Gmail account and Facebook account in his daughter’s name.

Carrollton man charged with threatening Elton John - 03/11/10
An anti-abortion activist and gubernatorial candidate from Carrollton who was arrested for allegedly making threats against Elton John is still being held in the Fulton County jail.

Facebook threatens to sue Daily Mail - 03/11/10
Facebook has threatened to sue the Daily Mail for damages after the paper wrongly claimed in a piece published on Wednesday that 14-year-old girls who create a profile on the social networking site could be approached "within seconds" by older men who "wanted to perform a sex act" in front of them.

Man accused of stalking Mahtomedi students on Web - 03/11/10
Mahtomedi Junior High and High School held their first online safety courses Wednesday after a 40-year-old man stalked and harassed nearly 50 girls from the schools, PTO leader Anna Shelander said.

Web searches at issue in murder trial of Reno man - 03/11/10
Lawyers for a man charged with killing a young Reno woman and raping two others asked a judge Thursday to block evidence that was netted from police searches of his home computers.

Officer Accused Of Stalking Ex-Girlfriend - 03/11/10
A Bunnell police officer who was fired is facing charges of using his work-issued computer to stalk his ex-girlfriend. The complaints about officer Russell Nasby began in October, according to an Internal Affairs report released by the Bunnell Police Department. The report says an ex-girlfriend told a Flagler County deputy that Nasby was stalking her though e-mails, phone calls and Facebook.

Online banking fraud 'suffers increase' - 03/10/10
Fraudsters are continuing their switch from traditional card fraud to raiding online bank accounts, according to new research.

Facebook v Daily Mail - 03/10/10
On the one hand, you have what many regard as Britain's most influential daily newspaper; on the other, a social network with more than 400 million members and global reach. The Daily Mail and Facebook are at war, with new media accused of failing to protect children - and old media in the dock for shoddy journalism.

Police probe cop blogger over furtive glans - 03/09/10
Police in southern Sweden are investigating claims by an anonymous officer that he and a colleague secretly dabbed the tips of their sex organs against parts of a car driven by female co-workers, local newspaper Kvällsposten reports.

Saturday, March 13, 2010 - Need a Stylist? New Web Site Offers Free Wardrobe Advice - Need a Stylist? New Web Site Offers Free Wardrobe Advice

I'm quoted in the article as a cybercrime expert - enjoy!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

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Monday, March 08, 2010

WHO@ Newsletter - March 8, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .But were they considered concealed weapons?

Woman Charged for Squirting Breast Milk at Deputy,2933,588369,00.html

A Kentucky woman was charged with assault after she allegedly squirted breast milk into the face of a deputy, sparking online debate Sunday in the local media.

Toni Tramel, 31, was arrested Thursday for public intoxication in Owensboro, WYMT-TV reported, but it is what she did next which has attracted headlines.

As Tramel changed into an inmate uniform, she squirted a stream of breast milk[] into the face of the female deputy watching over her.

A press release from the Daviess County, Kentucky, Detention Center, said that after the deputy decontaminated herself from the "bio-hazard", Tramel was charged with third degree assault.

While the public drunkenness was merely a misdemeanor offense, the assault is a felony charge and a US$10,000 bond was set.

Reports of the case have sparked debates about whether using breast milk as a weapon should constitute a felony assault case, with many readers likening it to an accused person spitting on an officer.

Also sparking feedback has been the use of the term "bio-hazard" to describe breast milk.

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Man admits murder of teenage girl he met on Facebook - 03/08/10
A convicted sex offender has admitted the kidnap, rape and murder of a County Durham teenager who he met on a social networking site. Peter Chapman, who has a history of violent sex assaults, befriended 17-year-old Ashleigh Hall by posing as a teenage boy on Facebook.

Cell Phone Spying Nightmare: 'You're Never the Same' - 03/08/10
Technology makes it easier to connect with the people in your life, but it can also enable others to connect to you without your knowledge. People can learn all about your private life through your cell phone, and one woman said she was stalked for three years because of it. Susan, who asked that her real name be kept private because of worry over her safety, said her ex-boyfriend tormented her using only her cell phone to do it.

‘My stalker took my home, my job and my life’ - 03/07/10
It's not just celebs who attract stalkers. Over one million UK women are victims. Here, two share their stories...

Statistics: Cyberstalking On Increase - 03/07/10
Females are the primary victims of cyberstalking with a 7% increase over 2008, new statistics just released indicate, but the gap between male and female harassers is rapidly shrinking as the years go by and now there is only a 10% difference, when in the beginning, almost all the harassers were male.

Couple nurture their virtual child... and let their real baby daughter starve to death - 03/06/10
A computer-addicted couple let their real life baby starve to death while they raised a virtual daughter online, police said today.The couple spent 12 hours a night at internet cafes while their three-month-old daughter was left home alone at their apartment in Suwon, South Korea. They were arrested today.

eBay golf club conman Gary Bellchambers jailed for four years - 03/05/10
The head of a global crime network that duped eBay customers into buying fake branded golf clubs was jailed yesterday. Gary Bellchambers, 46, oversaw a network selling golfing accessories, clothing and passes for an airline lounge “on a scale that, it is believed, has never been seen before”, Snaresbrook Crown Court was told.

Maryville man accused of soliciting sex from 15-year-old at Blount County Public Library - 03/05/10
A 21-year-old Maryville man was charged Friday with soliciting sex from a 15-year-old girl while the two were chatting on MySpace at the Blount County Library.

Man killed ex-lover over Facebook photo with new man - 03/05/10
A woman was stabbed repeatedly by her ex-lover after he saw a picture of her with her new boyfriend on Facebook. Paul Bristol, 25, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering Camille Mathurasingh, 27, at her east London home in April 2009.

Report: Teen said he would kill students on MySpace - 03/05/10
The 18-year-old said one of girls stepped on his shoes didn’t say she was sorry. She was rude to him.

Man arrested in threats to museum - 03/05/10
Investigators arrested a Kenner man on a cyberstalking count accusing him of sending a threatening and racially derogatory e-mail to the River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies said Thursday.

Looking for the face behind the troll - 03/05/10
In the winter of 2009, afraid that I have a stalker, I am ready for something to go down pretty much all the time. I’m on edge without uppers, tweaked without weed, griping about my situation to friends who care but don’t understand or understand but don’t care.

Judge: Web site must yank story about center giraffe - 03/04/10
A state judge ordered a Web site to pull a story about a fictional giraffe attack at Global Wildlife Center in Folsom. District Judge Brenda Bedsole Ricks signed the temporary restraining order Tuesday and scheduled a hearing for March 15 in 21st Judicial District Court in Amite on whether to make the injunction permanent, court records show.

Sick "Execution" Pics Slammed - 03/04/10
SHOCKING images of a mock execution ridiculing soldiers who have lost their lives in combat have been slammed by the parent of a fallen serviceman. The sickening stunt, staged in the Gamestation store at Burton's Coopers Square shopping centre, Staffs, shows a man posing as a masked soldier kneeling at the mercy of two men in Middle Eastern-style costume with toy guns pointing at his head.

Top Cop is Hacked in Twitter Porn Con - 03/04/10
A POLICE force set up Twitter accounts for officers to communicate with the public - and cyber crooks hijacked a top cop's to flog porn. Hundreds of people were also bombarded with offers of cheap Viagra before Chief Inspector Mark Payne could change his internet password.

Ad offering 'Native Extraction Service' condemned - 03/04/10
First Nations leaders in Manitoba are expressing outrage about an online classified ad that offered to round up and "extract" aboriginal youth from parts of Winnipeg and transport them like wild animals to reserves or an area of the city where many aboriginal people live.

Woman Claims Ex Is Getting Revenge Online - 03/04/10
She wanted him out of her life, but had no idea he would drag their breakup onto the Internet. That’s what a Raytown woman said happened after she ended a relationship a month ago.

County officials recover data destroyed by Sheriff's Officials in profiling case - 03/04/10
Maricopa County’s information technology department has recovered information contained in e-mails destroyed by sheriff’s officials related to a racial-profiling lawsuit. The Sheriff’s Office has acknowledged it destroyed records from its immigration sweeps and deleted e-mails among employees regarding those operations.

Teen Confesses To Cyberstalking Boyfriend's Ex - 03/03/10
A local teenager was exposed to a world of underage sex when her picture was found on a pornography Web site. The teen's picture, phone number and age -- 15 -- were all exposed, causing X-rated calls, pictures and text messages to pour in, authorities said.

Accused Facebook stalker calls incident a 'misunderstanding' - 03/03/10
A Melbourne woman accused of threatening a former associate via Facebook said the charges against her stem from a "misunderstanding." Sylvia Jennifer Hernandez, 32, was charged last month with one count each of cyberstalking and violating a court injunction, both first-degree misdemeanors.

Mysterious nemesis attempts to ruin ‘friend’s’ lives - 03/03/10
No one ever thinks that internet slander and online harassment are a big deal until it happens to them. Recently, my friends and family have been exposed to hate messages through social networking sites and personal emails.

Thousands of brides-to-be scammed by fake wedding show advertised on internet - 03/03/10
Fraudsters set up a website advertising a fake bridal show billed as the 'biggest and most extravagant' and used it to steal cash from thousands of brides. A site called The Boston 411 invited would-be brides and potential vendors to a non-existent Spring Home and Bridal Show at the Hynes Convention Centre this weekend, police said.

U.K. Teen Reports Babysitter's 'Disturbing' Messages About Raping N.C. Child - 03/03/10
A British teenager who reported a sexually explicit online conversation to authorities may have saved a 5-year-old North Carolina girl from becoming a rape victim at the hands of her babysitter, according to a police report.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

WHO@ 2009 Cyberstalking Statistics Press Release

Press Contacts:
Jayne Hitchcock,
President of WHOA
dee Andersson
WHOA Press Release #2010-2


WHOA Shows How Online Trends Have Changed In the Past Ten Years

March, 2010 - Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHOA) released their 2009 cyberstalking statistics today, as well as cumulative statistics for the past ten years, from 2000-2009. WHOA is the oldest and largest all-volunteer online safety organization that has been continuously helping adult victims of cyberstalking since 1997. WHOA is the only online organization to provide the most up-to-date cyberstalking statistics and cumulative trends.

It is important to understand that WHOA statistics are not based on the total number of cases handled during the year. WHOA proprietary statistics represent complaints where victims actually completed questionnaires in their entirety. Criteria is distinguished because it comes only from those victims who fill out all of the voluntary demographic information in the questionnaires provided on the WHOA web site at Restricting the criteria used to completed, uniform cases helps to ensure comparable, verified and meaningful statistics.

According to WHOA president Jayne Hitchcock, “based on the individual needs of each victim, we work directly with law enforcement, victim assistance organizations and lawyers making every effort we can to help and support those who come to us for guidance. According to Internet World Statistics on December 31st, 2000 there were 360,985,492 Internet Users and as of February 12th, 2010 that number has grown to 1,733,993,741 representing an acceleration of 380.3% so it’s pretty clear the internet is still growing and internet harassment is not likely to lessen in the foreseeable future.”

WHOA has developed a database of reliable cyberstalking demographic criteria based on the information it received from victims and, while absolute verification is not 100% possible, the data from victims is considered to be credible and realistic. Since WHOA began compiling completed questionnaires in 2000, the total so far is 2,739 cases, of which 220 occurred in 2009. Females are still the primary victims with a 7% increase over 2008, but the gap between male and female harassers is rapidly shrinking as the years go by and now there is only a 10% difference, when in the beginning, almost all the harassers were male. Trends in 2009:

• Victims by age groups stayed about the same with the exception of ages 18 to 31, which showed an increase of 7%

• WHOA had more Asian and African-American victims who requested help in 2009 - in the 220 cases, victims by race: Caucasian dropped by 4.5%, Hispanic dropped by 3.5%, Asian and Afro-American victims increased by 4.5% and 4%, respectively; the remainder were Native American, East Indian or unknown

• Single victims increased in 2009 from 31.5% to 43% and married victims showed an increase from 18.5% in 2008 to 27% in 2009

• Victims who knew their harassers in 2009 showed an increase of 4% over 2008 – what was surprising is that family members and students jumped in numbers as harassers;

• Harassment statistics by exes went down by 2% in 2009, however, harassment by friends went up 1.5%, by co-workers it grew 1.5%, and harassment by online acquaintances increased by a dramatic 14% (from 8% to 22%) while family harassment escalated from 8% to 14%.

• As in previous years, the initial harassment began via email first, no matter where they may have encountered their harasser (if they did). Second was IM, message boards, Facebook and web sites. In 2008 it was email, message boards, IM, then Myspace, which shows how Facebook has not only become more popular, but a popular place to harass. It is also interesting that texting, Craigslist, online dating and online games saw a big bump. Breakdown of where harassment started: Email – 34%; MSG Board (Message boards, groups, usenet) – 8.5%; IM – 13%; Chat – 6%; Web Site – 7%; Facebook – 5.5%; Phone – 2.5%; Myspace – 5.5%; Dating – 2.5%; Craigslist – 2.5%; Texting – 2.5%; Gaming – 2.5%; and Other (auctions, blogs, Youtube, Twitter, hacking, mailing list, Juicy Campus) 8.5%

• In cases where harassment escalated online, email was a first choice, followed by message boards, telephone calls, text messages and Facebook

• Threats of offline violence dropped from 25% to 16.5% in 2009

• Victims were good about trying to report harassment themselves before coming to WHOA, but nearly half reported it to police when their cases did not involve anything criminal. 46% reported abuse to the harasser’s ISP, web host, moderator, Facebook, etc., but felt they did not get any results.

• WHOA was able to help victims resolve their cases 77% of the time, meaning that victims listened to WHOA advocates and hopefully learned how to stay safer online in the future. Resolution included having victims change emails/ISP(s)/usernames and/or passwords, contacting the harasser’s ISP(s), web site hosts/owners, Facebook, moderators, social networking sites, etc.

• California held the lead for the 10th year with the highest number of victims at 13% (although that is down 1% from 2008) and the highest number of harassers at 9% (down 4%); Texas moved New York out of 2nd place in 2008 with 7% victims and 5.5% harassers in 2009; New York went down from 7% victims in 2008 to 4% in 2009 and from 12% harassers in 2008 to 4.5% in 2009;

• Only 36% of cases we received found the victim and harasser were in the same state or country, showing that the Internet knows no boundaries when it comes to online harassment and cyberstalking. This is why it's so important that when law enforcement does get involved in a case that they try to work with the other state/country's law enforcement.

WHOA’s president, Jayne A. Hitchcock, is a cybercrime expert who trains law enforcement from the local to federal levels, and assists the US Department of Justice Office (USDJO) for Victims of Crime and National Center for Victims of Crime. She trains advocate groups, conducts seminars, raises awareness of cybercrime and harassment, and lectures educators, librarians, parents and students at middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities about the dangers of cyberbullies, online predators, cyberstalkers and social networking sites. She has appeared as an expert in various media, including America’s Most Wanted, PEOPLE magazine, Primetime Thursday with Diane Sawyer, TIME magazine, the Associated Press, Cosmopolitan magazine, A&E’s Investigative Reports, 48 Hours, Ladies Home Journal, Campus Security Reports, Inside Edition, Good Morning America and CNN. Her latest book, Net Crimes & Misdemeanors 2nd edition (, highlights online crimes, how to be safer online and what to do if you are victimized. Video Professor also released a 3-CD tutorial based on the book.

WHOA is the oldest and largest all-volunteer online safety organization helping adult victims of online harassment and cyber stalking since February, 1997. WHOA-KTD was added in 2005 to help online victims under the age of 18, their parents and other adults interested in keeping kids and teens safer online.

To schedule an interview with Hitchcock, contact her at 815-550-5059 or email Statistics may be quoted in media and on web sites with appropriate recognition to WHOA. To learn more about WHOA, or if you know someone who needs help, please visit and

Monday, March 01, 2010

WHO@ Newsletter - March 1, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Stupid criminals
Cops: Fla. thieves overheard after misdialing 911
Police say two Florida teenagers are facing charges after 911 dispatchers heard them talking about breaking into cars when one teen's cell phone accidentally called 911 during a heist. Daytona Beach police say 19-year-old Stefanie Vargas and a 13-year-old boy are charged with burglary to a conveyance.

Police spokesman Jimmie Flynt says dispatchers listened as the pair discussed what was worth taking while rummaging though a vehicle parked near a Daytona Beach nightclub early Sunday.

Officers went to the area and spotted the boy inside a vehicle. A police report says the pair tried to flee in a sport utility vehicle driven by Vargas. The report says both admitted to the robbery.

It's unclear how the number got dialed.

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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

Missing Leicester student appeal is removed from internet - 03/01/10
A web page being used to help find a missing student has been taken down after insensitive comments were posted on it. Nearly 9,000 people had joined a Facebook group spreading the word about the disappearance of 24-year-old Phil Dillon.

Fraud gang stole dead child's ID - 03/01/10
The mother of a child whose ID was used in a multiple fraud 16 years after he died has spoken of her shock and anger. John Dempsey Hamilton's birth certificate was one of 44 obtained online and used to apply for driving licences with which to open bank accounts and defraud over £20,000.

Criminals use technology to track victims - 02/28/10
Instead of lurking in bushes or hiding in the shadows outside of homes, stalkers have gone high-tech, using cell phones, computers and the Internet to hunt and track their victims.

Facial recognition brings online stalking to the real world - 02/28/10
What if you could point your cellphone's camera at someone's face, and then know that person's name, schedule, profile, and latest tweets? That's the promise of Recognizr, an Android app prototype using a 3D model to recognize facial features, find a match on its server, and then superimpose that person's social networking preferences around his or her face.

Cyber spoofs launch digital election war - 02/28/10
IT’S a parallel world where David Cameron smacks his daughter, civil servants emerge from No 10 with black eyes and Tony Blair votes for the Tories because he thinks they are on the side of multi-millionaires like him.

Janitor allegedly stalked students - 02/28/10
A local school janitor faces felony charges after police said he solicited naked images of a student over the Internet, then repeatedly stalked the student and his girlfriend. Walter Edward "Wally" Lucas, 40, of Traverse City, is charged with a single count of using computers to commit a crime, five counts of child sexually abusive activity and one count of stalking a minor.

State considers new laws to deal with teen sexting separately from pornography - 02/27/10
Even for state lawmakers who have gotten used to confronting strange new societal issues spawned by technology, including cyberstalking, Internet gambling and texting while driving, this one is daunting.

Strange twist: Exonerated man still in jail while accused free on bail in trooper cyberstalking case - 02/27/10
Gaston County’s district attorney dropped a cyberstalking charge against a Belmont man after his neighbor allegedly confessed to borrowing his cell phone and sending harassing text messages to a state trooper.

Klahowya student arrested for posting threatening rap to MySpace - 02/26/10
A 14-year-old Klahowya Secondary School student's future as a gangsta rapper may be put on hold after he was arrested for posting a song to his account, complete with threats to students and school staff.

Students bully teacher on Facebook - 02/26/10
Twenty students from a Brisbane high school have been suspended for bullying a staff member on Facebook. Education Queensland said it doesn't tolerate bullying, harassment and threatening behaviour and the students, from Springwood State High School, have been disciplined.

Craigslist prank leads to legal trouble - 02/26/10
A Craigslist prank that targeted a Berks woman ended with legal troubles for a Bucks County man. Kenneth Ryan Silcox, 36, of Hilltop Road, Warminster, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to a summary harassment charge in connection with an October 2008 incident during which he allegedly created a fake Craigslist personal ad in the name of a Kutztown woman, who then received unwanted calls from strange men.

Ed Miliband latest victim of Twitter scam as sex message and viagra link sent to 7,000 followers - 02/26/10
Cabinet minister Ed Miliband was left embarrassed after apparently sending saucy messages to thousands of people on social networking site Twitter.

Man Charged with Cyberstalking High School Student - 02/26/10,0,3529909.story
A Randolph County man was arrested for allegedly cyberstalking and extorting a high school student for nude photographs, according to the Randolph County Sheriff's Office.

School shows off its laptop surveillance tactics - 02/26/10
"This kid looks like they're editing their MySpace page." So declares an assistant principal at Intermediate School 339 in the Bronx borough of New York, a "former technology coach" (PDF) named Dan Ackerman (but not to be confused with CNET's Dan Ackerman). You might imagine that he's wandering around a classroom looking over kids' shoulders as they fiddle about on their laptops. You might imagine, then, that storks deliver milk as well as babies.

Beauty's Facebook hijack ordeal - 02/26/10
A Queens man took his girlfriend's Facebook account hostage, changed her sexual preference to gay, and demanded cash for her profile's safe return, authorities said yesterday.

'I will slash your face': Britain's most obsessive stalker jailed for terrorising student on Facebook - 02/25/10
A loner dubbed Britain's most obsessive cyber stalker was behind bars last night after ignoring a lifetime restraining order to continue terrorising a university student.

Gossip Gone Viral! - 02/24/10
Recent studies have indicated that Internet users with female screen names receive 25 times more malicious feedback and negative comments than those with male names. This statistic further applies to chat rooms, message boards, and networking sites, making it apparent that the Internet is becoming a free-for-all where people can make vicious, unwarranted falsities about their peers.

Her Facebook status changed to "single?" Ur dumped - 02/23/10
Digital dumping is on the rise, according to a survey, with growing numbers of people preferring to use email and social networking Web sites to break up with their partners. Over one third of 2,000 people polled (34 percent) said they had ended a relationship by email, 13 percent had changed their status on Facebook without telling their partners and six percent had released the news unilaterally on Twitter.

It's a Crime: The law on harassment - 02/23/10
Here’s how a Chesterton Police officer spent part of her shifts last week. At 9:36 a.m. on Monday, according to the officer’s initial report, a woman filed a complaint against her ex-boyfriend­with whom she’d broken up on Saturday­after he “harassed her extensively via telephone over the past 24 hours” and sent her as well a total of 46 texts.

Cyber-Harassment of Children on the Rise - 02/23/10
A new study has found that around 10 percent of all adolescents in grades 7-9 are victims of Internet bullying. The online stalking is pervasive and stressful.