WHO@ Newsletter - May 24, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .this is wrong in so many ways
Nevada detective arrested, then informs media

A Nevada detective who serves as spokesman for a county sheriff's office was arrested and released, then sent media a release about it, accompanied by his booking photo.

David Boruchowitz turned himself in to Nye County jail on Friday. He was charged with burglary and assault to try to harass candidates for public office.

The warrant for his arrest was issued by a special prosecutor appointed by a district attorney who was arrested May 5 on felony embezzlement, fraud and public misconduct charges.

Boruchowitz says in his release that his duties include investigating and arresting people who commit crimes, "no matter who they may be."

Boruchowitz says he investigated his own case honestly and within state laws.

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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)

Vanessa Davis Sued Over ‘Basketball Wives’ Evelyn Lozada’s Topless Pictures - 05/24/10
Vanessa Davis, the ex-wife of professional basketball star Ricky Davis, has been sued by Evelyn Lozada, the ex-girlfriend of Antoine Walker and castmember of VH1’s reality show “Basketball Wives.” TMZ revealed Sunday that Evelyn Lozada had filed a lawsuit alleging that Vanessa Davis was attempting to “ruin her reputation.” Lozada claimed, according to papers filed, that Vaness Davis had defamed her in an internet blog, hacked into her e-mail, stole pictures from her files, and was responsible for the “leaked” partially naked and topless pictures of Lozada that burned up the internet in April.

Woman turned away after Facebook stalking complaint - 05/23/10
New South Wales Police say they are taking reports of online stalking seriously after claims authorities turned away a 21-year-old woman seeking help. Assistant Commissioner Peter McErlain says they are very keen to get in touch with Picton woman Elise Wallis, who has complained to police that she was repeatedly threatened on the social networking site Facebook.

5 Terrifying Ways Your Own Gadgets Can Be Used to Spy On You - 05/23/10
But it turns out you should be just as paranoid about your boss, your overly affectionate uncle and that stuttering blinky guy who lingers by your garbage cans on trash days. Because thanks to modern technology, the details of your life are openly accessible to pretty much anybody who wants them.

Poisoned PDFs? Here's Your Antidote - 05/23/10
Attacks employing poisoned PDF files have leaped to the top of the threat list, according to statistics from major security companies. Symantec reports that suspicious PDF files skyrocketed in 2009 to represent 49 percent of Web-based attacks that the company detected, up from only 11 percent in 2008. The next-most-common attack, involving a good old Internet Explorer flaw, was far behind at 18 percent.

Cyber bullies, gossips flock to Formspring.me - 05/23/10
With features allowing its online users to "follow" friends and send messages, Formspring.me is like a hybrid between Facebook and Twitter. But while several of its characteristics mirror those of its fellow social networking sites in bringing people together, Formspring has been a wedge driving them apart.

Webcam predator jailed - 05/22/10
An online predator who duped girls and young women into believing he'd pay them thousands to take their clothes off in front of the computer, only to blackmail them into committing more degrading sex acts, has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Asheville police investigate cyberstalking - 05/22/10
City police are investigating a report of cyberstalking. Authorities executed a search warrant seeking user identity information, e-mail addresses, IP addresses and IP address logs for a Flickr.com account after getting a report from someone who said she was being “harassed and cyberstalked.”

2 accused in cyber-stalking cases - 05/21/10
Authorities say two South Mississippi residents arrested in unrelated cases of cyber-stalking are accused of sending threatening text messages and e-mails to their victims.

MetaFilter Saved My Pals From Sex Traffickers­Exclusive Interview - 05/21/10
The message thread reads like the play-by-play from an alternate reality game, wherein complete strangers work together to solve a complex mystery. But the drama that played out on MetaFilter this week was no game. If not for the intrepid members of this 11-year-old digital forum, a couple of young Russian women might possibly have fallen prey to sexual slavery.

Hurley woman accused of cyberstalking with 'harassing and degrading' e-mails - 05/20/10
A Hurley woman was released from jail today following her arrest on a felony cyberstalking charge, authorities said. Christina Marie Hill, of Laramie Road, was arrested at her home on Wednesday afternoon by Jackson County investigators, Sheriff Mike Byrd said.

Apple laptop user has "vultures" lawsuit dismissed - 05/20/10
(Warning: Tinfoil hat alert)
A federal judge has dismissed a plaintiff's lawsuit against Apple Inc that accused company employees of waiting like "vultures" to spy on her every time she used an Apple laptop to access the Internet.

E-Victims.Org warns travellers about Volcanic Ash Compensation Scams - 05/20/10
E-Victims.Org, the UK’s most comprehensive website for victims of e-crime and other online incidents, is warning travellers about Volcanic Ash Compensation Scams. With thousands of travellers stranded due to the cancellation of flights, a false email has been circulating asking passengers who have had their travel plans disrupted by the volcanic ash for personal details, including passport information, in return for money.

Project Safety gives sober facts to PMS seventh-graders - 05/20/10
Kids are tweeting, texting, instant messaging, friending and de-friending each other online at lightning speed ­ and, according to nationally acclaimed professional youth speaker Ed Gerety, all it takes is one malicious message to hurt someone forever.

Unsure about customs laws? There's an app for that - 05/19/10
Dutch authorities have embraced smartphone technology in a bid to make going through customs easier by releasing an application that tells travellers what they are not allowed to take with them. Branded the "OK app," the software for smart mobile phone devices allows travellers to check the rules on what they cannot bring through customs, including counterfeit goods and endangered plants and animals.

WikiLeaks founder has his passport confiscated - 05/19/10
This is a reminder that one can't run around exposing the secrets of the most powerful governments, militaries and corporations in the world without consequences (h/t): The Australian founder of the whistleblower website Wikileaks had his passport confiscated by police when he arrived in Melbourne last week.

Google in sexism row amid claims it 'censored cougar dating site adverts' - 05/19/10
The search giant labelled CougarLife, which promotes relationships between older women and younger men, “non family safe” despite allowing website that publicise such liaisons between older men and younger women.

'Jealous' barrister who lost £33m race claim 'sent alarming and abusive emails' to ex-lover and his model girlfriend - 05/18/10
A barrister who referred to herself as the ‘sweet global phenomenon of the entire universe’ sent a succession of abusive emails to her former lover after he started dating a German model, a court heard today.

Murderer used Google Earth before targeting victim’s home - 05/18/10
Steven Hodgson, 33, tortured church-goer Patricia Thompson, forcing her to give him her bank PIN number before killing her, Teesside Crown Court heard. He then calmly called a taxi and walked out carrying two suitcases containing her property, including jewellery, as the driver waited outside, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Teen gets probation in cyber-stalking case - 05/17/10
A former Charlotte Catholic High School student, accused of sending messages threatening he would bring an AK-47 to school and shoot students, has been placed on probation after pleading guilty to cyber-stalking.

'Devious' 48-year-old raped two girls he lured online by inventing son, 17, they fell in love with - 05/17/10
A 'devious' 48-year-old man who tricked two teenage girls into believing he was 17 on the internet and then raped them was today jailed indefinitely.


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