WHO@ Newsletter - September 13, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Never, ever use a flash drive you store porno on

Pa. students shown X-rated photos in assembly
Officials in a western Pennsylvania school district are apologizing after they say students at a local high school were accidentally shown pornographic pictures during a school assembly.

More than 400 seniors at Norwin High School, about 25 miles east of Pittsburgh, were watching a presentation Friday on the importance of donating blood. School officials say "a few pornographic pictures" on a personal flash drive of a Central Blood Bank representative appeared on the screen.

The Central Blood Bank apologized and said the unnamed employee was suspended indefinitely. School officials apologized and said the police department and prosecutor were notified. A blood-donation presentation for the junior class was canceled.

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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)

Technology becoming avenue for violations -09/13/10
Officials say people with restraining orders against them using social networking to contact victims A man embroiled in a domestic dispute with his estranged wife contacted her friends in an effort to see their kids, which was prohibited by a restraining order.

Workzone: For job seekers, online research is fair game - 09/13/10
The statistics are grim. There are 4.8 job hunters for every job out there, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That doesn't even include the 3.5 million people who are waiting in the wings and ready to jump into the job market.

UK Teenager Banned From America For Life Over Obscene Obama Email - 09/13/10
A British teenager who sent an email to the White House calling President Obama an obscenity was banned from America for life, The Sun reported Monday. The FBI asked local cops to tell college student Luke Angel, 17, his drunken insult was "unacceptable."

Reverse Cell Phone Lookup - 09/11/10
If you are reading this, you are probably wondering how to do a reverse cell phone lookup. I won’t waste your time telling you the typical reasons why most people do this kind of search. You probably have your own reasons. So, if you want to learn how to do this kind of search without getting ripped off by some of the fraudulent sites that exist on the Internet, just keep reading and you’ll find out all you need to know.

The Border's cyber-bullying epidemic - 09/11/10
CYBER-BULLYING has reached epidemic proportions in Albury-Wodonga, with police on both sides of the border forced to deal with the phenomenon on a daily basis. Officers dealing with school and youth issues in Albury and Wodonga told The Border Mail internet and mobile phone harassment among young

The Shallows: How the Internet Is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember by Nicholas Carr - 09/11/10
Do you find it hard to concentrate these days? Do you get fidgety after two pages of a book, and look around for something else to do? Is the online abbreviation "tl;dr" (too long; didn't read) your response to basically everything? If so, Nicholas Carr feels your pain, and has diagnosed the cause: using the internet has rewired your brain and turned you into a flibbertigibbet.

Special investigation: It took just one hour for internet experts to find out almost every private detail of this woman's life - 09/11/10
Steve Boggan challenged web experts to see how much they could discover about his partner. The results were chilling... As I sit writing this, I am feeling vaguely grubby ­ guilty even ­ in the way a neurotic husband might after hiring a gumshoe to go trawling through his wife’s secrets. There is a 15-page report in front of me chronicling virtually every aspect of my girlfriend’s life: past and present.

Cyber criminals hiding behind screens should be exposed - 09/09/10
Cyber crimes have multiplied so rapidly that it requires a glossary of terms just to get a handle on the scene. Viruses, trolling, scamming, phishing, cyber stalking, cyber bullying, cyber extortion, grooming, malware, hacking, identity fraud it's a Sisyphean effort to just compile a list. No sooner has the task been done than another type of cyber crime rears its ugly head.

'Sextortion' a parent's worst nightmare - 09/09/10
Just a few short years ago, about the worst trouble a group of teens could cause by using a telephone was making prank calls. Today, teens themselves have become the subject of predators stalking youth to gain a profit through electronic media. According to a recent report by the Associated Press, federal prosecutors and other experts say they're seeing an upswing in online sexual extortion.

Microsoft Releases Free Cyber-Security Ebook - 09/09/10
Microsoft has released a free­and lengthy­ebook covering a wide range of security topics. Although intended for teenagers, the book offers a solid enough look at using the internet safely, and it's suitable for anyone looking for a primer on internet security.

Miscommunication via texting, Internet growing -09/08/10
The word “whatever” has countless meanings. When someone gets that single word in a text message, there’s no telling which way it should be taken. “I hate it when people say ‘whatever.’ It can easily be taken the wrong way,” sophomore speech pathology major Laura Albers said.

Online harassment: man may be unfit to face court - 09/08/10
A Brisbane man accused of online harassment of Queensland public figures and organisations may not be fit to be tried by a criminal court, a magistrate has said. Russell Gordon Haig Matthews is the alleged creator of website The Haig Report, which accuses churches, police and politicians of corruption and fraud.

New technology brings challenges to prosecutors - 09/08/10
This past May a witness working with Isanti County prosecutors on a marijuana dealing case began to receive threatening text messages from an unknown source. The messages, which said they were from “guygreen55,” called the witness a “snitch,” as well as a number of obscenities, and told him to “meet me somewhere.”

Why you can't block Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook - 09/07/10
Mark Zuckerberg, the creator and CEO of the social network Facebook, has recently drawn attention for members being unable to block him. The creation of the social network, initially restricted to Ivy League college students, was barely beat to the market by the creator of the MySpace social network, Tom Anderson.

Leading French author Houellebecq accused of Wikipedia cut and paste - 09/07/10
La carte et le territoire (The Map and the Territory) hit the bookshops this week as France's autumn publishing season gets under way and has already been tipped to win the Goncourt, France's top literary prize, in November. The much-awaited book revolves around Jed, a young artist who hits the big time after creating works of art out of Michelin maps.


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