WHO@ Newsletter - August 9, 2010
Ancient sex guide published as audio book
Too shy to read the Kama Sutra on the train during rush hour? Just take out your headphones.
The ancient sex guide dating back 1,600 years has been published as an audio book for the first time in its long history in what its British-based publisher described as a "perfect meeting of ancient history and modernity."
"Now there's no need to feel embarrassed by reading a copy of this wonderful and important book in public -- simply download it on to your mp3 player and liven up your commute to work," said Simon Petherick, managing director of Beautiful Books.
"Some may also consider using the audio book as a step-by-step manual for improving bedroom techniques, without the need to stop and start with constant reference to a book." The Kama Sutra, narrated by a British actress, is based on ancient Indian philosophies and was first translated into English in the 19th century. It contains advice on relationships and one of its chapters describes 64 types of sexual acts.
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Simitian's bill aimed at online impersonation - 08/09/10
Two months ago, a San Jose Mercury News reporter received a profanity-laced e-mail critical of one of her stories. More than a year before, a similar e-mail was sent to a long mailing list of hundreds of Silicon Valley industry, labor, political and community leaders. The sender of the e-mails appeared to be Carl Guardino, the chief executive of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, which represents the high-tech industry. The problem: He didn't actually send it.
Topix to Stop Charging to Pull Inappropriate Posts Quickly - 08/09/10
If someone posts an abusive or inappropriate comment on a Web site, it’s likely that fewer people will see it after several attorneys general went after a giant in Internet message boards. Topix, a host responsible for the commenting function on many Web sites, has agreed to change its policies after Connecticut’s Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and 31 other attorney generals went after the company over policies for pulling down comments.
Yahoo doesn’t have to reveal e-mailer's identity -08/09/10
A high school teacher cannot force Yahoo to reveal the identity of an anonymous individual who sent him disparaging e-mails, a New Jersey appeals court has ruled. Tom Juzwiak, a high school teacher at Hightstown High School, received an e-mail on July 23, 2009, from someone called “Josh Hartnett” with the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. The e-mail read in the subject line: “Hopefully you will be gone permanently.” The body of the message read: “We are all praying for that.” It was signed only “Josh.”
Internet ‘spoofing’ isn’t so funny if you’re the target - 08/09/10
“Spoofing” may sound funny, but it is no laughing matter. If you are an Internet shopper, banker, bill payer or just a surfer, you are a prime target for thieves who are trying to get your identity. Spoofing involves Internet thieves who create or “spoof” a valid Internet site such as a bank. They create deceptively similar websites of valid companies and try to lure customers to give up their personal information. Many, including myself, have received an e-mail from what appears to be a legitimate bank, stating that there has been an error in processing my account and in order to continue my Internet banking I must reply to the e-mail with my account number, Social Security number, address and other personal information to get my account back on line.
Text harassment, Cyberbullying a concern even for college students - 08/08/10
Thirteen-year-old Estee Cervene has seen cyberbullying first hand. When three girls from her school began to bully her on Facebook, she knew exactly what she had to do. "I deleted them as friends and blocked them," said Cervene, a student who is moving from Fort Dodge to Waterloo. "People at my school won't always say mean things in person, but they will say mean things on Facebook."
Foursquare's Stalker Problem - 08/08/10
In the world of social networking, Carri Bugbee is hardly a novice. The social-media marketing strategist from Portland, Oregon has 7,164 followers on Twitter, 1,197 Facebook friends, and more than 500 connections on LinkedIn. But when she ventured into the world of geotaggingthe technology behind many of the social networks that broadcast your location to the Internetshe received an unsettling wake-up call.
Facebook photos 'jeopardising justice', warns top police unit - 08/07/10
Facebook is wrecking criminal trials, according to detectives. Victims and witnesses using the social networking site to identify a suspect are jeopardising justice, police have warned.
Raleigh man accused of cyberstalking - 08/07/10
A 44-year-old Raleigh man has been charged with cyberstalking for harassing a woman, according to an arrest warrant. The warrant states that Stanley Ayers Jr., of 3712 Greenleaf, repeatedly sent a Raleigh woman emails "for the purpose of annoying and harassing" her.
Safe cyber surfing: U.S. Attorney's Office raises awareness about online threats - 08/07/10
When he doesn't have to share the computer with his dad, 14-year-old Troy Saure spends three to five hours daily surfing the Web on his family's laptop. While he says he sometimes uses the Internet for research for school projects, more often he checks his profiles on social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, sends notes to friends, and watches funny videos on YouTube.
Justice in Brooklyn - 08/06/10
Today is one of my proudest days as a New Yorker. My bike got stolen last night and goddamn if I didn’t have it back before noon today, thanks to a curious but powerful mixture of internet savvy, a responsive police force, and one very special “Law and Order” fan.
Area man pleads not guilty to Internet stalking - 08/06/10
A Fouke, Ark., man arrested in June as part of an Internet predator sting operation pleaded not guilty Thursday to Internet stalking. James Leonard Buchanan, 50, appeared for arraignment with Texarkana defense attorney Joe Tyler. Circuit Judge Joe Griffin scheduled Buchanan to return to court in December at Tyler’s request.
Dead dog case: Probe into dog park shooting intensifies - 08/06/10
The Baltimore Sun reports the off-duty federal police officer who fatally shot a Siberian husky in a Severn, Md., dog park has been placed on administrative but his lawyer says he fired his gun in defense of his pet, his wife and himself. Anne Arundel County police still have not named the officer, who they said fired his personal weapon in the Monday shooting of Bear-Bear, a brown and white husky, who died a few hours later. The officer's attorney, David Putzi, cited online threats made against the officer and his family.
Federal jury charges rejected ex-boyfriend with stalking - 08/06/10
Spurned by his ex-girlfriend, Todd Hart, 26, allegedly used computer software to disguise his voice to leave the woman a threatening message on her cell phone June 13. "You're going to f------ die," he said, according to authorities. But by then, police already had interviewed the woman and suspected her former boyfriend of stalking her. Yesterday, a federal grand jury charged Hart, a former SEPTA driver from West Philadelphia, with stalking and related offenses.
Prosecutors paying attention to online harassment - 08/05/10
A Chicago man accused of posting a fake Craigslist ad that said his sister was giving away all her possessions is facing misdemeanor charges after bargain-hunters descended on the woman's Joliet home looking to cart away her belongings. And a married Chicago computer consultant is being accused of posting nude photos of his California ex-girlfriend having intercourse on two Web sites, as well as posting the woman's phone number and the home addresses of her and her mother.
The shadow of fear that stalkers leave on their victims - 08/05/10
JENNIFER Aniston recently had a restraining order issued against 24-year-old Jayson Peyton, who staked out her home for eight days and was found to have duct tape, dvds of her films and a sharp object in his car. The story made the headlines and saw the former Friends star join the likes of Halle Berry, Mel Gibson and Gwyneth Paltrow, who have all been victims of stalkers. But it is not just Hollywood A-listers who suffer what can be a terrifying experience.
What They Know - 08/05/10
The Wall Street Journal is running a good series this week on privacy in the digital age called "What They Know." This is from their piece today on cell phone tracking: Global-positioning systems, called GPS, and other technologies used by phone companies have unexpectedly made it easier for abusers to track their victims. A U.S. Justice Department report last year estimated that more than 25,000 adults in the U.S. are victims of GPS stalking annually, including by cellphone.
Stalking by Cell Phone - 08/05/10
Phone companies know where their customers' cell phones are, often within a radius of less than 100 feet. That tracking technology has rescued lost drivers, helped authorities find kidnap victims and let parents keep tabs on their kids. But the technology isn't always used the way the phone company intends.
Facebook: Grounds for Divorce? - 08/05/10
There are many ways to dig up dirt on a spouse in a heated divorce. Surveillance, subpoenas, listening in on the phone, and now logging onto a computer. According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, more than 80 percent of divorce attorneys say they have seen an increase in evidence pulled from social media sites when relationships bust.
Spam a whopping 84% of email traffic - 08/04/10
According to the latest spam report from Kaspersky Lab, spam accounted for an average of 84.4% of the total volume of email traffic. One of the most significant events in the last quarter was an unprecedentedly large mass mailing that used HTML-based threats in the form of emails disguised as legitimate notifications from social networks.
'Web attacks can find where you live' - 08/04/10
Visiting a booby-trapped website, the bogus webpage designed for phishing, means inviting cyber attackers to your home, a hacker turned security researcher has warned. The attacker exploits the shortcomings in many routers -- the device which forwards data packets to their destinations -- to find out a key identification number that can reveal the victim's whereabout in minutes, noted hacker Samy Kamkar said.
Legislators react to child porn e-mails - 08/03/10
Email attachments that included child pornography arrived at some of the legislative offices at the Capitol in Madison. "There were several legislators including myself that were basically the targets of an extortion attempt," said Representative Tom Nelson of Kaukauna.