WHO@ Newsletter - October 18, 2010
Stumbling out of a nightclub and walking home barefoot with aching feet after dancing all night in killer heels could be a thing of the past for women thanks to new vending machines which sell disposable shoes. German student Isabella Fendt came up with the idea "Ballerina to go" -- ballerinas are flat shoes -- after too many nights of aching disco feet.
Machines selling the shoes are already installed in four clubs in the south German city of Munich. A pair of the disposable shoes costs 7 euros ($10) and comes with a bag in which to put the high heels.
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Cyber Bullies Beware As High Schools Prepare - 10/18/10
When a group of high school students created a fictitious female profile on MySpace to deceive an unsuspecting male student into an embarrassing first date, videotaped the hoax and put it up on YouTubethey probably didn't expect a lawsuit.
Gene Simmons Threatens Anonymous, Responds to DDoS Attacks Against His Site - 10/17/10
"Some of you may have heard a few popcorn farts re: our sites being threatened by hackers," wrote KISS bassist Gene Simmons on his website yesterday, responding to a DDoS attack that took down GeneSimmons.com earlier this week.
Dangerous trend: A deep rise in the ‘stalk’ market - 10/17/10
The city is widely growing and with its huge growth, there are many a new things going on and on and have been creating a menace since their advent in this city. Obviously, these weren't new for the other metros, but as a city goes metro, some of these features always come and are actually governed or driven by frustrated people. Not going to the psychic analysis, let me talk about today's most disturbing as well as often regarded as most dangerous types of cyber crimes, cyber stalking.
Online stalking arrest - 10/17/10
Acceptorregretit, wasthatyouisaw and xYouWillSufferx are just a few of the many screen names police say 22-year-old Robert Calabrese of Guilderland was using to hide his identity and send harassing and threatening messages to a woman online.
Scots teachers call for legal clampdown on Facebook as schools see rise in cyberbullying - 10/17/10
Scottish teachers want a legal showdown with Facebook in a bid to make social networking sites accountable for abusive and intimidating comments posted online by school children. The Education Institute of Scotland (EIS), the country’s biggest teaching union, says it receives between 50 and 60 complaints a year from teachers who have been cyberbullied, harassed and threatened online by their students.
Teachers want social networking sites to be accountable for bullying - 10/17/10
SOCIAL networking sites could be held accountable for cyber bullying if Scottish teachers go ahead with their planned legal battle on websites like Facebook. The country’s largest teaching union – the Education Institute of Scotland (EIS) – said it receives between 50 and 60 complaints a year from teachers claiming to have been harassed and threatened online by their pupils.
Behold Facebook’s creepy step-brother, MyLife - 10/16/10
As if stalking Facebook didn’t already allow people to digitally stalk each other, there is another website that seems to have creepiness at the heart of its operations. MyLife goes by the slogan “Find everyone. All in one place.” To be fair, the majority of the site is essentially a fairly tame, rehashed version of classmates.com, which allows you to search for people by name, email, and so on.
US studying Australian Internet security program - 10/16/10
The government is reviewing an Australian program that will allow Internet service providers to alert customers if their computers are taken over by hackers and could limit online access if people don't fix the problem. Obama administration officials have met with industry leaders and experts to find ways to increase online safety while trying to balance securing the Internet and guarding people's privacy and civil liberties.
Brett Favre to Meet With NFL Security Over Jenn Sterger Allegations - 10/16/10
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre will meet with an NFL security official here on Tuesday to discuss allegations that he made inappropriate advances and sent lewd text messages to TV host Jenn Sterger while both were employees of the New York Jets. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told NBC on Saturday that there would be a meeting but that he would not personally attend it. Sports Illustrated and NBC's Peter King reported that the meeting would be with NFL security chief Milt Aldrich.
Discovery of GPS tracker becomes privacy issue - 10/16/10
Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old computer salesman and community college student, took his car in for an oil change earlier this month and his mechanic spotted an odd wire hanging from the undercarriage.The wire was attached to a strange magnetic device that puzzled Afifi and the mechanic. They freed it from the car and posted images of it online, asking for help in identifying it.
Man charged with cyberstalking may have victims in Snohomish County - 10/15/10
Police believe a man facing 269 counts of cyberstalking in King County may have harassed other people in Snohomish County.
Rollover image on your website? That will be $80,000 (please) - 10/15/10
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Celebrities tracked by new website amid security fears - 10/15/10
Fans will be able to track the movements of their favourite celebrities following the launch of a new website that tells them where they were last sighted, despite fears it could put them in jeopardy.
Facebook works to remove anti-gay hate speech - 10/15/10
Facebook is working with a gay-advocacy group to reduce the amount of hate speech and bullying on the online social hub. Anti-gay bullying has been in the spotlight recently after the suicides of several gay teenagers, including Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, garnered national attention. According to police, the 19-year-old jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate secretly recorded him with another male student and distributed video online.
Twitter cuts off celebrity-tracker JustSpotted - 10/15/10
Twitter on Friday said it cut celebrity-tracking service JustSpotted off from a pipeline of "tweets" that could be tapped to map the whereabouts of stars. JustSpotted will launch Tuesday with an online map that pinpoints celebrity sightings in real time using updates from sources including Twitter, Facebook, and location-based check-in service FourSquare. JustSpotted is a reincarnation of real-time search engine Scoopler, which had licensed a "fire hose" data feed of all public tweets from Twitter.
Judge orders Google to unmask YouTube cyberbully who attacked Columbia MBA graduate - 10/15/10
A Manhattan judge has ordered Google to identify the cyberbully who trashed a brainy beauty on YouTube. Columbia MBA graduate Carla Franklin went after Google in August in an attempt to unmask her online tormentor, who slimed her under three aliases on its video-sharing site.
Girl Wins Over "Porn Cover" - 10/15/10
PRETTY Lara Jade Coton has won £82,000 damages from bosses at a US porn firm who used a holiday snap of her on the front cover of an X-rated film. Lara, now 21,was only 14 and a keen photographer when she took a self-portrait of herself in Blackpool wearing a top hat and a ball gown.
Que. man accused of online threats seeks bail - 10/14/10
Quebec crown prosecutors are fighting a bail request from a Montreal man accused of making threats on the internet and possessing child pornography. Prosecutors say David Abitbol, 28, should not be set free pending his trial because it would be a safety risk for the general population.
12-Year-Olds Charged With Facebook Harassment - 10/14/10
In the wake of some recent high-profile bullying cases across the country, three Glastonbury students were arrested on Thursday, accused of harassing a classmate on Facebook. The students, all 12 years old, attend Smith Middle School with the victim.
Passenger ordered to take down 'I Hate Ryanair' website after airline complained about 'heavily critical site' - 10/13/10
A website set up to criticise Ryanair has been shut down by an internet watchdog – because it proved so popular it earned its owner money. The founder of IHateRyanair.co.uk – whose strapline was ‘The World’s Most Hated Airline’ – was forced to surrender the web address after the budget carrier complained to the domain name dispute resolution service.
The case for cybercasing: Uploading photos to Facebook and Twitter can make you a target for crime - 10/13/10
At 10:31 a.m. Paul Hebert, a resident of Greenville, S.C., posted a photo to his Twitter account, Incentintel. The photo, uploaded to Twitpic, was geo-tagged with his exact location – near Roosevelt Road in Chicago. The website icanstalku.com posted the tweet as an example of dangerous, inadvertent oversharing of information on social networking sites that can lead to crimes like stalking and robbery.
Virtual Realty - 10/12/10
IT may look like a cosy family home - but this vacant house really is one big mod con. The empty bungalow has been disguised with a virtual reality front - as have many nearby shops - after being boarded up for months. Council bosses hope by turning the real estate to unreal estate they can attract desperately-needed business investment to an area devastated by the recession.
Fake Facebook Profiles And The Rise Of Online Harassment - 10/12/10
“What did people do without Facebook?” I hear this question a lot, as my friends from back home and from school discuss the fact that most of us found our roommates and some college friends on the social networking site. It is the place where you can keep up with those living in all parts of the world and stay updated on everybody’s lives.
Woman's email threat against judge also named Emanuel - 10/12/10
The arrest of a Gold Coast woman charged with intimidation of a public official began with an email to the White House threatening to "blow out the the brains" of nine people, including a Cook County judge and mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel.
Lotto Hoaxers in Frenzy - 10/12/10
BRITAIN'S biggest lottery win remained unclaimed last night - as hoaxers pretended they had won the £113million prize. Operator Camelot confirmed no one had yet come forward for Friday's EuroMillions jackpot. A Sunderland man yesterday sent the internet into a frenzy after posting what appeared to be the winning ticket on social networking site Facebook.
4channers Hunt Down Detroit Couple Taunting Dying Girl While Reddit Donates to the Victim's Family - 10/08/10
Fox Detroit reports that a 7-year old girl named Kathleen Edward became the subject of cruel taunts by her neighbors. Kathleen is dying of Huntington's Disease, a degenerative brain disorder which killed her mother at 24. Neighbors Jennifer and Scott Petkov, who are allegedly embroiled in some kind of feud with Kathleen's family, set up a Facebook page with a picture of Kathleen's mother in the arms of the grim reaper and Kathleen's face photoshopped into a skull and crossbones. Why?