WHO@ Newsletter - October 25, 2010
Break-in suspect reports his car was stolen
A Connecticut man was arrested after police said he burglarized three condos then called officers to report that the car he allegedly used in the break-ins had been stolen. Police said 33-year-old Geraldo "Tito" Figueroa, of Waterbury, reported late Monday to Fairfield police that his car had been taken.
An officer responding to the burglaries in Old Saybrook, Conn., just hours before said he had spotted Figueroa fleeing the sceene with a pillow case full of items.
Police said a car linked to Figueroa was left at the condo complex with items inside that had been reported stolen there.
Figueroa was arraigned Wednesday on burglary and larceny charges and was ordered held on $300,000 cash bond. It was unclear if Figueroa had hired an attorney.
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Facebook crackdown in schools - 10/24/10
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Cyber-bullying is 'now the greatest fear U.S. parents have about their children's safety' - 10/23/10
Cyber-bullying is the biggest fear U.S. parents have for the safety of their children, a survey claims. Researchers found almost one in three adults with youngsters aged 12 to 17 worry more about bullying - especially via mobile phones - than kidnapping, domestic terrorism, car accidents, or suicide. There have been a spate of cyber-bullying cases across the U.S. in recent months. In Massachusetts a 15-yr-old girl recently arrived from Ireland, committed suicide after relentless cyber-bullying at school.
Why putting your holiday plans on Facebook is an invitation to crooks - 10/23/10
Homeowners who insist on putting their holiday plans online face a crackdown from insurers. Anyone burgled after advertising their plans on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter or applications to publish their exact location could end up targeted not just by crooks. The issue has emerged after insurance companies said they will take into account any potentially revealing messages when analysing claims.
Woman reports online identity theft - 10/22/10
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Erin Andrews Peephole Video Reposted - Is She a Cyberbully Victim? - 10/22/10
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Status change: Facebook charge turns friends into foes - 10/22/10
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Man nabbed after pot text to Texas police officer - 10/22/10
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Man charged with aggravated cyberstalking over text messages - 10/21/10
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Playground bullying decreases while cyber-bullying increases - 10/21/10
The recent suicide of another student (this time at Parma Senior High School) raises the question once again about cyber-bullying. Although the local news channel denied that bullying played a role in the most recent suicide, unconfirmed sources suggest otherwise. The fact that the question was even raised once again brings the topic of cyber-bullying into the forefront. Cyber-bullying, or internet bullying, can be described as the activity of intentional and repeated harassment resulting in harm against an individual using an electronic medium (Fiala 2010). This form of victimization appears to be increasing at an alarming rate. This article represents an inquiry into trends of bullying activities and compares the trends of traditional forms of school yard harassment with cyber-bullying.
Hermon High student expelled over rap song - 10/21/10
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Guilty plea for e-mail threat sender - 10/20/10
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Widespread Confusion over Protecting Privacy - 10/20/10
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Australian police catch up with suspect on Facebook - 10/20/10
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Google Street View cars breached Canadian privacy laws by inappropriately collecting personal information through a "careless error," the federal privacy commissioner has found.
"Our investigation shows that Google did capture personal information and, in some cases, highly sensitive personal information such as complete e-mails. This incident was a serious violation of Canadians’ privacy rights," Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart stated Tuesday.