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Monday, March 28, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - March 28, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Helium may have been better
Mont. man gets year for fraud; used female voice
A Montana man who mimicked a female voice is exchanging his ill-gotten Tempur-Pedic mattress for a cot in a federal prison.

The U.S. attorney's office in Idaho says 60-year-old Ricky Vaughn Barry of Hamilton, Mont., was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in prison for impersonating his ex-wife when speaking to company representatives.

The calls to open a line of credit and order a $4,000 bed and sheets were recorded.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Mitchell in Boise said the case against the former Coeur d'Alene resident developed after his ex-wife pulled her credit report and found accounts used to purchase the bed and a laptop.

The federal charges did not include the laptop purchase, but both items were sold to help pay just over $7,700 in restitution.

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Docs warn about Facebook use and teen depression - 03/28/11
Add "Facebook depression" to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors' group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site.

The secret life of kids online: What you need to know - 03/28/11
A new report from the AAP clues parents into what their kids are really doing online. Good news: It's not all bad! Facebook, Twitter, Shelfari, Moshi Monsters, Club Penguin, The SIMS -- the list of online games and social networking sites seems to grow longer every day. Also on the upswing: the alarming headlines about cyberbullying, sexting, and other forms of online harassment.

'Jessi Slaughter' Dad Charged With Child Abuse - 03/28/11
The father of a Florida seventh grader whose profanity-laced video prompted online death threats last year has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his daughter.

A girl's nude photo is sent to a boyfriend, and altered lives result - 03/27/11
One day last winter Margarite posed naked before her bathroom mirror, held up her cellphone and took a picture. Then she sent the full-length frontal photo to Isaiah, her new boyfriend.
Both were in eighth grade. They broke up soon after. A few weeks later, Isaiah forwarded the photo to another eighth-grade girl, once a friend of Margarite's. Around 11 o'clock at night, that girl slapped a text message on it.

Allison: Cyberbullying isn't just for kids - 03/27/11
The "new mail" sound pinged and I clicked. "I would love to watch you get punched senseless. ... You are a (expletive) failure, a typical New York failure. If I ever find any of your written nonsense on MSN or Yahoo, it will probably get ugly."

Julia Steiny: Right and wrong way to fight bullies - 03/27/11
Horrified Americans are now frantic to curb social aggression among youth. Last year’s news was fraught with tragic stories of teens taking their own lives because they were humiliated by the bullying of peers. Forty-five states either have or are crafting anti-bullying laws.

Houston drivers getting tickets and online harassment campaign from HPD officer - 03/27/11
If getting a ticket wasn't frustrating enough, some Houston drivers are being targeted for intense online harassment campaigns by the HPD officer who ticketed them.

Gay Florida teen harassed by teacher - Tortured by students - Denied justice - 03/27/11
Luke Herbert is a gay, out, 15-year-old student in northeast Florida’s Flagler County Schools. When about 8 or 9, he was aware of feeling “different,” in a way that he eventually came to understand meant he was gay. He reports that his family acknowledges his orientation and is “very accepting” of him. Yet, he says “I sort of regret being gay, because it has brought me a lot of problems. Not that I have a choice.”

Accused Cyber-Stalker Released From Jail - 03/27/11
New Orleans court officials said that David Christenson, 53, who was accused of sending threatening messages to U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, several judges and an FBI agent, was released from jail Saturday. According to court records, a judge lowered Christenson's bond from $300,000 to $20,000. Police said that Christenson has been charged with two counts of cyber-stalking.

Private communication can quickly become public - 03/26/11
Attendees at my social media seminars often ask how to keep business and personal separate in social media. The older they are, the more likely that question comes up. It's generational angst on the death of privacy. They seem unaware that privacy is virtually dead already.

Hard to see, even harder to police - 03/26/11
At school, you might see it coming. But in cyberspace, bullies descend like virtual shadow boxers, their victims left to fend off the blows of an attacker cloaked by his computer. Online, the mob mentality frequently takes over, an Internet analyst says.

How to monitor your employees' PCs - 03/26/11
Do you know what your employees are doing on the web? At a minimum, they're probably mucking about, watching YouTube videos. At worst, they could be steering your company toward financial ruin. In this quick guide, I'll show you how to keep an eye on employee internet use and monitor just about everything else they do with their PCs.

The worrying spread of 'sexting': How naive schoolgirls text naked pictures of themselves to boys... who post them on the internet - 03/26/11
When I first read claims, made at a child safety conference, that children as young as 11 years old are making and swapping indecent images of themselves, I didn’t think for a minute it could possibly be true.

A bitter divorce and the 17-year-old public schoolboy who became one of the world's most wanted cyber-criminals - 03/26/11
From the moment he checked into the £1,600-a-night penthouse suite, staff at London’s five-star Athenaeum Hotel felt there was something not quite right about Nicholas Webber.
He was dressed in expensive designer clothes, had an arrogant superiority and wasn’t shy about flashing his huge wads of cash. But what gave Webber away in the end was his baby face. A concerned receptionist alerted police and Webber, then aged just 17, was arrested on suspicion of credit card fraud.

Henderson High School students implicated in bullying Web post - 03/26/11
Some students at Henderson County High School used their Web-enabled smart phones to post bullying and harassing statements on an Internet site while in school last week. Principal Kim Marshall said she was alerted by staff at California-based company that there had been what they called "a large spike in activity in our area."

Everett man sentenced to prison for cyberstalking - 03/25/11
Angry, ranting email sent to a Snohomish County deputy prosecutor earned an Everett man a stint in prison. A Skagit County judge Thursday sentenced James R. Swanson to a year in behind bars. A jury earlier this month convicted Swanson of cyberstalking and cocaine possession.

Plea deal in works for Internet stalking case - 03/25/11
A Massachusetts college professor suspected of stalking and making Internet threats against a New Orleans police officer is working with federal prosecutors on a plea deal that would resolve the case, according to a court filing Friday.

We're all spies now - 03/25/11
IN THE late 1940s, George Orwell wrote his nightmarish novel 1984, depicting a future world where an all-seeing but unseen tyrant, Big Brother, ruled over his citizens by watching their every move. In this paranoid dystopia, surveillance was purely a ''top-down'' affair, a government tool for controlling the hapless masses: privacy was a crime, the Thought Police punished dissent and history was rewritten daily for political ends.

Thieves use Google Earth to steal copper cabling costing railway companies £1million - 03/25/11
Google Earth was used by thieves to target copper cabling along the side of railway lines in a theft that cost £1million.The gang looked up more than 4,000 images to pinpoint the best places to steal the wiring - some of it live - from places across the country, putting at risk the lives of thousands of train passengers.

TripAdvisor and security fear: Thousands have details stolen by criminals - 03/25/11
Thousands of Britons have had their email addresses stolen by criminals who hacked into systems operated by TripAdvisor and The victims of the theft are at risk of being targeted by spam and so-called phishing scams that could see their identities and banking details being stolen.

Grand jury indicts Cape Elizabeth man - 03/24/11
A Cape Elizabeth man faces a May 2 hearing in U.S. District Court in Portland after his indictment on criminal threatening and weapons charges. John Crosby, 37, was indicted this month by a federal grand jury in Portland on two charges of making e-mail threats and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. He has been held at Cumberland County Jail in Portland since his arrest.

Now starring in a Facebook ad near you... it's YOU (and they're not paying a penny) - 03/24/11
Facebook users may find themselves the unwitting stars of adverts on the site if they click the ‘Like’ button to indicate they are a fan of a product. The website has begun using subscriber’s profile pictures, allowing friends to see each other endorsing firms such as Starbucks coffee shops.

Irby under house arrest after DUI - 03/23/11
Stuart Irby was ordered to serve the duration of his bonded release under house arrest for violation of his bond on a felony charge of cyber-stalking. After being charged with the felony on March 3 in Madison, Irby was released on a $50,000 bond under the conditions that he consumes no alcohol or drugs and that he not contact the victim under any circumstance.

Allentown woman charged with hiring hit man - 03/22/11,0,290952.story
An Allentown woman allegedly hired a hit man through a website called and used the online payment service PayPal to settle her bill, a grand jury charged Tuesday.

Ex-SEPTA worker gets prison for electronic stalking - 03/22/11
In a case that highlights the dangers of electronic stalking, a 26-year-old former SEPTA worker was sentenced to five years and three months in federal prison for using e-mails and phone calls to stalk and harass his former girlfriend after she moved to California to take an academic internship.

Monday, March 21, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - March 21, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Stupid criminal
Pa. bank robbery presents 2 forms of ID

Police say a man tried to open an account before robbing a central Pennsylvania bank, but only after he'd already handed over two forms of identification.

Harrisburg police say 35-year-old Daniel Rahynes walked into a bank on Sunday and told tellers he was interested in opening an account. After he gave bank employees his information, he declared that he was actually there to rob the bank.

Investigators say Rahynes drove off with a small amount of cash, striking another vehicle. Meanwhile the bank contacted police, who issued a warrant for his arrest.

Police in a neighboring county took Rahynes into custody following another crash near Carlisle and learned of the warrant.

Rahynes faces bank robbery charges. It was not clear if he had an attorney.

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South Carolina Lawmakers Take Facebook Away From Prisoners - 03/21/11
Well, Facebook stalking used to be fun. Now it’s just scary and dangerous as prisoners with access to contraband cell phones are using them to update their statuses and communicate with people on the outside.

Twitter scam exploits users' lack of Internet savvy - 03/21/11
Security firm Sophos is warning that a new scam is spreading virally on Twitter and a significant number of people have already fallen for it. The Online Timer scam claims to measure how long users have spent on the Twitter website. It spreads via seemingly innocuous Twitter messages along the lines of "I have spent 30 days, 14 hours on Twitter. How much have you? Find out here", followed by a shortened link to a malicious website.

Case highlights 'spoofing' and other electronic stalking - 03/20/11
The e-mailed threat was stark. "How would you like it if your sister went missing?" The next message was an insult. "Whore," the writer said, and taunted, "You called the cops but they can't do anything." Todd Hart, 26, had reason to believe his boast was accurate. The victim, an ex-girlfriend he threatened for weeks last June, had called police about earlier disturbing e-mails. They immediately asked for copies.

Bullying: Victim or Culprit? - 03/20/11
Bullying is a form of abuse that a countless number of people encounter. Normally, we think of children when the term bullying is referred to, but even a growing number of adults are falling victim to this. It is a way to exert a persons', or groups' influence, or power, over another individual causing an imbalance of power.

Laplap Con Pair Are Jailed - 03/19/11
TWO brothers who conned thousands with a fake "Christmas wonderland" were each jailed for 13 months yesterday. Victor Mears, 68, and his brother Henry, 60, charged up to £30 for tickets to their "Lapland New Forest".

Man charged with polygamy after ‘defriending’ 1st wife on Facebook and then posting images of second wedding - 03/18/11
Richard Leon Barton Jr thought his secret was safe when he 'defriended' his first wife on Facebook and married his second without getting divorced. But now the law has caught up with the 34-year-old Michigan man after pictures of his second trip down the aisle were posted online.

New Orleans man booked on two counts of cyberstalking, TV station reports - 03/17/11
A New Orleans man is in jail, booked on two charges of cyberstalking after he allegedly sent threatening e-mails to an FBI agent, WDSU-TV reports. David Christenson, 53, was arrested Tuesday and remains jailed on a $300,000 bond, court records show.

Attorney Kenneth Eade Offers Reward for Identity of Investors Hub Cyber Stalkers - 03/17/11
Attorney Kenneth Eade, who has filed a lawsuit against and alias posters using false names, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Case No. 11-01315 PA, has appealed to the public to unmask the alias posters named as Doe Defendants in the suit, and has gone as far as to offer a $100 reward for any information leading to their identity and prosecution.

Watch your back - 03/16/11
The murder of a Delhi University student in the capital city in broad daylight by her alleged stalker has brought the debate around the issue of women's safety back into the spotlight. Expert advice on what to do if you find yourself in the grips of a stalker

GHS girls targeted on 'smut' list - 03/16/11
A so-called "smut list" targeting scores of female students from area schools touched off a dispute that led to a police response at Greenwich High School on Tuesday, officials said. Students have circulated the list -- part of a recent phenomenon among college students and teens of publicly naming girls claimed to be promiscuous -- via mobile phones and the social networking website Facebook.

Man 'installed secret camera in ceiling of tanning salon to film 73 women and girls undressing - then posted tapes on internet' - 03/15/11
A man allegedly filmed 73 women as they stripped naked in a tanning salon, then posted the clips on internet pornography sites. Police say Jesse Macklin, 28, is a 'voyeur' who crept into the salon's false ceiling from an empty shop next door and installed a secret camera in the rafters.

Sequim man faces additional charges - 03/15/11
A 19-year-old Sequim man already facing charges of child rape, molestation and cyberstalking now faces a slew of additional charges after police interviewed a 14-year-old who said she was victimized, too. Dylan S. Valin was arrested on suspicion of child rape and cyberstalking Feb. 8. At the time, he was accused of having sex with and molesting one 13-year-old girl as well as sending threatening text messages to another.

Monday, March 14, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - March 14, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...I wonder if she "tsk tsk'd" him, too
Bank robbery thwarted when teller says no

A would-be thief's attempt to rob a suburban New York bank was thwarted when the teller refused his demand for money.

Police said the man remained at large after the attempted robbery on Wednesday in New Rochelle, about 25 miles (40 km) north of New York City.

"He slipped a note through the teller's slot that said 'money in bag,'" said police Captain Joseph Schaller said. "She refused and with that, she activated the alarm, turned away from the window and he ran out the door."

The bank closed briefly but soon reopened for business, police said.

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Library board to vote on Web use policy - 03/14/11
The Great River Regional Library board of trustees is expected to vote Tuesday on changes to its policies regulating public use of the Internet. Great River libraries use filtering software on computers. However, federal law allows adult patrons to ask to have the filters turned off for “legitimate research purposes.”

North Naples resident Lori Ann Crawford was celebrating her 45th birthday with her husband and family when a text arrived on her cell phone. The text claimed her 64-year-old husband, Richard, was having an affair with one of his employees. Not knowing who sent the message, the Crawfords hired an attorney and sued John/Jane Doe for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional stress. The lawsuit allows the attorney to start serving subpoenas to trace the origin of the message.

Teacher fights for her job after tasteless joke on Facebook about girl's tragic beach drowning and her unruly class- 03/13/11
A teacher is fighting for her job after a tasteless joke on Facebook about her unruly fifth-graders involving the death of a young girl. Veteran Brooklyn teacher Christine Rubino referred to the tragedy the day before of a 12-year-old Harlem schoolgirl who drowned on a class trip to the beach.

Facebook stalking - 03/13/11
Would you give up your username and password to your e-mail, Facebook account or any other Internet site if it meant you could net a job? Would you let your employer have that information if they demanded it under threat of disciplinary action?

£53,000 tweet, election slur sees first UK Twitter libel - 03/12/11
A FORMER mayor has been hit with a £53,000 libel bill after a slur on a rival – on Twitter. Colin Elsbury, 41, is believed to be the first person in Britain to pay out over a so-called "twibel" on the micro-blogging website.

Social media can open up an office minefield - 03/12/11
Attendees at social media seminars often ask how to keep business and personal separate in social media. The older they are, the more likely that question comes up.It's generational angst on the death of privacy. They seem unaware that privacy is virtually dead already.

How Facebook is turning women into stalkers: A third of online victims are now men - 03/12/11
Women are finding it increasingly difficult to move on once a relationship has ended because Facebook invites them to stalk their former lovers via the internet. Experts have likened the habit of following ex-boyfriends on the web to the lure of online gambling.

Lawyer: Facebook abuser doesn't deserve prison - 03/12/11
A man accused of violating the online privacy of women by making public their intimate photos was portrayed Thursday by his lawyer as a naive, bored young person who had a drinking problem and didn't recognize the public embarrassment he was causing.

Man charged with sexual abuse, cyber stalking - 03/11/11
A Havana man stands accused of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and cyber stalking after allegedly sending threatening text messages to two people.

Cyber-stalking case closed with suspect’s death - 03/11/11
A case of cyber-stalking involving a Naperville woman and a man from Clarendon Hills has been closed, following the man’s death six weeks ago. Daniel J. Mrowinski, 60, had been facing trial in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton on two misdemeanor counts of electronic communication harassment.

Anti-cyberbullying site shut down after threatening host with bad review - 03/10/11
A new service built to provide a global countermeasure to deter cyberbullying was shut down before it could ever get off the ground due to a dispute with Cyber Cast International (CCI). The dispute began when CCI refused to provide the owner of with basic services, escalated when George O’Brien threatened to publish a negative review of their business if services were not provided, and ended when CCI suspended O’Brien’s account for alleged misconduct.

Software blamed for Ohioan's $200M refund promise - 03/11/11
Ohio's tax department says a promise that it would send a woman a $200 million refund check was a mistake due to a software glitch. The Sandusky Register reports Denise Bossetti was among 9,700 taxpayers statewide who received Ohio Department of Taxation notices about mega-refunds. It's not clear if the other amounts were as big as what Bossetti was told to expect.

Vidya Balan to sue website for fake bikini pics - 03/10/11
Angered by her morphed bikini-clad picture circulating on the web, actress Vidya Balan is preparing to sue the websites that are defaming her. A source revealed to DNA, "Vidya (who's shooting overseas) is very upset with the way the picture has become hot property in cyberspace.

Protesters demand action to protect cyber-stalking victim - 03/10/11
PROFFESORS and students at Alicante Unversity are demanding the institution take action to stop cyber-stalking a teacher has endured for two years. During this time the victim has been subjected to abusive emails, of a sexual nature, against herself and her underage daughters, according to union UGT.

Woman discovers someone is using her face on Facebook - 03/10/11
We have reported before how important it is to lock down your privacy settings. We've also explained how easy it is to type your name into search engines to see what pops up. However, there is a new security threat targeting you and your life, and you may not ever know about it until it's too late.

Rude awakening for sleepy U.S. students - 03/09/11
Chronically tardy and truant students at a Massachusetts high school are getting a rude awakening -- a pre-recorded morning wake-up call from their school principal. The so-called "robo-calls" that began on Wednesday are aimed at rousting about 500 students, the worst-offending sleepyheads, from bed and getting them to school on time.

Student 'had sex with woman while friends hid under the bed and filmed it' - 03/09/11
A student had sex with a woman while his two friends filmed them, then threatened to post the footage on Facebook if she complained, a court heard yesterday.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spurned lover is first person jailed for stalking by blog - Telegraph

Spurned lover is first person jailed for stalking by blog - Telegraph

Monday, March 07, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - March 7, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Good lord
Woman dressed as dead mom arrested in pension plot

Bullies torment schoolgirl, 15, with fake online boyfriend before telling her on Facebook he'd killed himself - 03/07/11
Cyber-bullies tricked a girl into believing she had an online boyfriend for three months before cruelly killing him off. Their 15-year-old victim was deeply traumatised after reading Facebook reports that he had committed suicide. The victim, from Blackburn, Lancashire, has now come face to face with her tormentors at a restorative justice meeting after police began investigating.

Authorities say a Washington state woman suspected of pension fraud was arrested when she tried to open a bank account in her dead mother's name while disguised as her mother.

Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo says 59-year-old Loewen B. Craft was wearing a gray wig and makeup to make her look older when she arrived this week at a credit union branch in Ferndale, Wash.

The sheriff alleges Craft fraudulently collected more than $145,000 in pension benefits since her mother, Betty Becker, died in 2007.

Detective John Allgire was waiting at the credit union. He arrested Craft for investigation of first-degree identity theft, criminal impersonation and multiple counts of forgery.

The sheriff says the scheme began to unravel when the detective started investigating an unrelated arson case. He learned that Becker had been admitted to St. Joseph hospital in 2007 and died on April 23, 2007.

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Computers, cameras seized from Irby home - 03/05/11
The search of Stuart Irby's home in Eastover Thursday turned up items that will be analyzed in connection with the City of Madison's cyberstalking charge against him. "During the execution of the search warrant yesterday, the investigators seized seven digital cameras, two laptop computers, a thumb drive, and a few SD cards that go with the cameras," says Master Sergeant Kevin Newman with the Madison Police Department. "They're going to be taken to the Attorney General's office to be sent out for forensic testing."

Prison for man who demanded nude teenage photos - 03/04/11
A man who hounded a teenage girl, sending her nude photos and threatening to kill her is sentenced to prison in Seattle for cyber stalking.

Everett man convicted of cyber stalking - 03/04/11
An Everett man who sent angry e-mails to a Snohomish County deputy prosecutor was convicted Thursday of felony cyber stalking.

Rose McGowan’s Alleged Cyber-Stalker Appears In Court - 03/04/11
A Derby man who suffers from mental health problems allegedly made a threat to Rose McGowan involving the actress meeting his “Smith & Wesson,” according to a prosecutor. Louis Santo, 36, was arrested Friday morning for allegedly cyber-stalking McGowan, best known for her role on the television show “Charmed.”

Delete the phishing email - 03/04/11
At the risk of stating the obvious, if you get an email that looks like HM Revenue & Customs are offering you a tax rebate, it's a phishing scam, delete it. There's rash of them doing the rounds at the moment, apparently from the address and reading: "After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax rebate of: £ 244.79."

Everett man convicted of felony cyberstalking - 03/04/11
Jurors weren't convinced the anger-fueled e-mail sent to a Snohomish County deputy prosecutor was harmless. Instead they decided that James R. Swanson committed a crime when he fired off two messages to a prosecutor in 2009 after the lawyer declined Swanson's request to file criminal charges against his now ex-wife.

Internet predator had sex with underage teenager after approaching 1,000 girls on Facebook - 03/04/11
A homeless man who approached more than 1000 teenage girls for sex on social networking site Facebook was yesterday jailed for having intercourse with an underage girl. Dylan Lewis, 21, who is originally from Bethesda, North Wales, admitted taking the fifteen year old to a B&B in Holyhead, Anglesey, where they had unprotected sex five times.

Turkey blocks Google Blogger in football broadcasting row - 03/04/11
Google’s Blogger site has been blocked by the Turkish authorities after a row broke out over who can broadcast football matches in the country. The ban comes after Turkish satellite firm Digiturk went to court to protect its right to broadcast Spor Toto Super League fixtures on their Lig channel.

Peoria man guilty of cyberstalking - 03/03/11
A North Valley man was convicted Thursday of cyberstalking a WEEK-TV news reporter. Joseph A. Beadles, 40, of 605 Bryan Ave. now faces either probation or up to three years in prison when sentenced by Peoria County Circuit Judge Steve Kouri, who ordered Beadles held without bond pending his April 21 sentencing.

One in five motorists surf the internet while driving survey reveals - 03/03/11
A shocking one in five drivers claim to surf the web while behind the wheel, a new survey has revealed. The survey of 912 drivers was conducted in November and found 19 per cent of those asked admitted using their mobile phones to access the internet while driving a car. In the same survey 74 percent said they made or received calls while driving and 35 per cent admitted to sending or receiving texts.

Builder, 39, hanged himself in park after Facebook message told him 'If you don’t kill yourself, someone else will' - 03/03/11
A builder killed himself after being threatened on Facebook that if he did not do so, others would do it for him, an inquest has heard. Christopher Herbert, 39, was found hanged in a park after receiving the threats via the social networking site, a coroner in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, was told. He had threatened suicide during a Facebook conversation after an incident with a former girlfriend’s father.

Attacks on forums raise concerns of cyberbullying - 03/03/11
In a day in age where legislation is creating laws with penalties against cyber-bullying amongst the schools, it is this very act of abuse and harassment that is becoming rampant on various adult forums throughout the Vernon community, as well as several media driven websites.

Two national newspaper websites found guilty of contempt of court - 03/03/11
Two national newspaper websites were today found guilty of contempt of court over the use of internet photographs. In what are believed to be the first cases of their kind, the High Court in London ruled the contempt occurred when Mail Online and The Sun carried pictures on their websites of a murder trial defendant ‘posing with a gun’.

Chicago Retail Stores on High Alert for Thefts by Teen 'Flash Mobs' - 03/03/11
Chicago retail stores are being advised to look out for unruly groups of teens who have been entering businesses, creating disturbances and then escaping with stolen merchandise. In recent weeks, three stores have been targeted by these so-called teen "flash mobs," who coordinate their plans through Twitter, CBS Chicago reports.

Pictured with piles of cash: The public schoolboy jailed for five years for masterminding £18m internet scam - 03/02/11
A public schoolboy who masterminded an £18million banking scam and boasted he was a 'legendary' fraudster was jailed for five years today. Nick Webber, 19, built an internet empire using IT skills honed at exclusive boarding school Bradfield College by accessing school records to cancel his friends' detentions.

Social media passwords off limits, Simons says - 03/02/11
A politician running to lead the B.C. New Democrats says he is refusing to comply with a requirement of leadership hopefuls to hand over the passwords to their social media accounts. Nicholas Simons, an NDP MLA who's hoping to run in the leadership race, says he's left that information off his nomination package.

Star must identify anonymous posters to website, judge rules - 03/02/11|topnews|text|
A Marion County judge has ruled, for the first time in Indiana, that news media outlets can be ordered by the court to reveal identifying information about posters to their online forums. In rulings this week and last week, Marion Superior Court Judge S.K. Reid became the first judge in Indiana to rule on whether the state journalism shield law protects media outlets from being forced to disclose names of anonymous posters on their websites or other identifying information about those posters, said Kevin Betz, an attorney for Jeffrey Miller, former chief executive of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana.

Man pleads guilty to duping moms into abusing kids - 03/01/11
In real life, Steven Demink didn't have children, a college degree or a lasting career. Online, prosecutors say, he presented himself as Dalton St. Clair, an attractive single father and psychologist ­ a fantasy image authorities say the Michigan man used to persuade mothers across the country to commit unspeakable acts on their children.

Camera prettifies subjects, even adds "makeup" - 03/01/11
Photos are everything for Yuka Obara, a well-known Japanese blogger who insists anything showing her online be picture-perfect -- especially because it's hard these days to delete poor-quality photos once on the web. The 20-year-old Obara, known by her online profile Yunkoro, has honed her art for four years in line with Japan's cult of the "kawaii" or cute, which has given rise to creative profile picture-taking.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

WHO@ Releases 2010 Cyberstalking Statistics


WHOA Shows How Online Trends Have Changed In the Past 11 Years

March 3, 2011 - Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHOA) released their 2010 cyberstalking statistics, as well as cumulative statistics for the past 11 years, from 2000-2010. WHOA is the oldest and largest all-volunteer online safety organization that has been continuously helping adult victims of cyberstalking since 1997. WHOA is the only online organization to provide the most up-to-date cyberstalking statistics and cumulative trends.

It is important to understand that WHOA statistics are not based on the total number of cases handled during the year. WHOA proprietary statistics represent complaints where victims actually completed questionnaires in their entirety. Criteria is distinguished because it comes only from those victims who fill out all of the voluntary demographic information in the questionnaires provided on the WHOA web site at Restricting the criteria used to completed, uniform cases helps to ensure comparable, verified and meaningful statistics.

According to WHOA President and Maine resident Jayne Hitchcock, “based on the individual needs of each victim, we work directly with law enforcement, victim assistance organizations and lawyers making every effort we can to help and support those who come to us for guidance. According to Internet World Statistics on December 31st, 2000 there were 360,985,492 Internet Users and as of January 1st, 2011, that number has grown to 1,966,514,816 representing an acceleration of 444.8% so it’s pretty clear the internet is continuing to grow and, therefore, internet harassment and cybercrime will continue to grow correspondingly.”

WHOA has developed a database of reliable cyberstalking demographic criteria based on the information it received from victims and, while absolute verification is not 100% possible, the data from victims is considered to be credible and realistic. Since WHOA began compiling completed questionnaires in 2000, the total so far is 3,088 cases, of which 349 completed questionnaires were recorded in 2010. Although females are still the primary victims, they did show a decrease of 5% compared to 2009.

The statistics for 2010 and cumulative are available in .pdf format on our web site at

Of the 349 cases in 2010:
There is an ever decreasing gap between male and female harassers – 2010 saw them as being almost even, similar to 2009, whereas back in 2000 when we first started calculating statistics the majority of harassers were male - 68%; we also saw a bit of an increase in 2010 of gangs or husband/wife teams being the harassers at 3%.
Victims by age stayed about the same with two exceptions: the primary target group was ages 18 to 30, showing a 6% increase, while the next largest victim age group of 41+ showed a decrease from 2009 by 4.5%
Marital status groups did not vary much from 2009 either: the majority of victims were single (45.5%), followed by married (28.25%), divorced (11.5%), separated (4.25%) or life partners (2.5%) with the remaining 8% unknown
The majority of victims who sought help from WHOA, were Caucasian (66.5%) but they were down 3% from 2009; of all races in the study (Asian, African-American, Native American, East Indian) only the Hispanic victims showed an increase, of 2%, compared to 2009
47% of victims acknowledged a prior relationship with their harasser in 2010, compared to 61% in 2009
As expected, when the victim knew their harasser, 55% were primarily an ex or the wife/girlfriend of an ex (not boyfriend/husband, interestingly), followed by online acquaintance, work, friend/ex-friend, family, school (usually a fellow student) and WHOA saw a few cases involving landlord/tenant disputes, neighbors and businesses being targeted by customers
Every year WHOA has recorded statistics, the primary way harassment began, no matter how they knew the person, was via email. Last year this was followed by Facebook (a first), then message boards, telephone, IM, web sites (usually created to specifically harass the victim) and Myspace. New ways harassers did their deed included bogus claims on Ripoff Reports, Youtube, Twitter, Formspring, Skype, Ustream, Yelp and Encyclopedia Dramatica.
Almost 80% of cases escalated online. The primary way was via email, 18%, followed closely by Facebook,15%, (either wall posts or profiles forged in the victim's name), telephone, 12% and texting, 11%, followed to a lesser degree by Myspace, web sites, chat, blogs, message boards, Craigslist, Ripoff Reports, Youtube, and Photobucket.
26% of victims reported offline/physical violence or threats, an increase of almost 10% over 2009
Fewer victims reported their harassment before coming to us for help, only 61% compared to 72% last year
If they did, over half reported it to law enforcement, followed by ISPs/web site hosts/moderators
WHOA resolved over 75% of the cases. If they could not be resolved, they were sent to law enforcement first, the harassment stopped on its own, several cases were just Nigerian scam/lottery emails, some wouldn’t take our advice, it was not actual harassment, or we referred them to an attorney. A handful did not reply, which usually meant the harassment stopped, or the victim took matters into their own hands by changing their email addresses.
Of the cases WHOA resolved, the primary way was contacting the ISP/web site host/moderator, followed by the victim making changes to privacy/account settings, changing their email address, etc.
California was number one for victims for the 11th year in a row with 9.75%, following by New York, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Canada, Massachusetts, Washington state and Maryland
Harassers were primarily from Texas, followed by California, New York, Canada, Florida, Illinois, England, Washington state, Tennessee and Pennsylvania
Only 34.5% of the victims lived in the same state or country their harasser was from
Hitchcock volunteers with the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, the National Center for Victims of Crime, and numerous law enforcement agencies worldwide. She is a valued resource to these agencies in the solving of Internet related crimes. Additionally, she trains advocate groups, conducts seminars, raises awareness of cybercrime and harassment, and lectures educators, librarians, parents and students at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities about the dangers of cyber bullies, online predators, cyber stalkers, sexting and social networking sites.

Hitchcock has appeared as an expert in various media, including Nancy Grace’s Swift Justice, America’s Most Wanted, PEOPLE magazine, Primetime Thursday with Diane Sawyer, TIME magazine, the Associated Press, Cosmopolitan magazine, A&E’s Investigative Reports, 48 Hours, Ladies Home Journal, Campus Security Reports, Inside Edition, Good Morning America and CNN. Her latest book, Net Crimes & Misdemeanors 2nd edition (, highlights online crimes, how to be safer online and what to do if you are victimized. Jayne’s ninth book, True Crime Online: Most Shocking Stories from the Dark Side of the Web is due out in the fall of 2011.

WHOA is the oldest and largest all-volunteer online safety organization helping adult victims of online harassment and cyber stalking since February, 1997. WHOA-KTD was added in 2005 to help online victims under the age of 18, their parents and other adults interested in keeping kids and teens safer online. To learn more about WHOA, or if you know someone who needs help, please visit and

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - March 1, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Everyone say "Awwwwwwww"
Ohioan uses TV commercial to propose to girlfriend

An Ohio man has used a TV commercial to make a pitch for marriage, delivering an on-air proposal to his girlfriend.

David Jones told Dee Horton to watch a midday newscast on Cleveland's WJW-TV because he said he was going to appear in an ad playing a superhero.

Horton and co-workers tuned in Thursday at a hair salon in suburban Medina (meh-DY'-nuh) but saw Jones in a message asking, "How about you and I show the world what true love is all about?" He pulled out a ring and proposed.

The TV stations had cameras in the salon as Jones popped out in person. The couple embraced as his bride-to-be said yes.

Jones works in video production and says he wanted to propose in a way they'd never forget.

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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)

Young school teacher and man, 37, died in fume-filled car after 'internet suicide pact' - 03/01/11
A young school teacher died in a fume-filled car along with a 37-year-old man she is believed to have met online. The bodies of Jenny Marie Spain, 23, from Deptford, London, and Mark Wayne Searle, 37, from Hailsham, East Sussex, were discovered slumped on the back seats of a Ford Ka by a woman walking her dog in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire.

Posting location online broadcasts absence, makes stalking easy - 02/28/11
I'm alarmed at how accessible everyone is becoming. It's not just Google maps and webcams I'm worried about, as many of these things are out of our control and just all around us. No, I'm talking about individual people choosing to broadcast their lives to the world using technology.

Top city for online flirting-dating website is.. - 02/28/11
The home of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle is the "most flirtatious city" of the modern world, a new study showed on Monday. Athens topped a "World Flirtation League," which ranked cities by the number of online flirtations initiated per month by the average user in each on online social networking site (

Father forced to beg squatters to get out of his new £1m home through the LETTERBOX... while they were given legal aid to fight to stay - 02/27/11
An Englishman's home is his castle, so the saying goes. After squatters moved into John Hamilton-Brown's new £1million five bedroom home he has been forced to beg them to get out through his letterbox. The group of foreigners were granted legal aid to fight to stay - while he was forced to represent himself.

Former Ocean Springs police officer charged with cyber stalking - 02/26/11
A former Ocean Springs police officer, who was arrested in November on a child pornography offense, was back in jail Friday morning, accused of cyber stalking, according to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd.

OMG, my son’s stuck in the dryer! LMAO - 02/26/11
A MUM posted a snap of her toddler trapped in a tumble dryer on Facebook for a joke, a court heard yesterday. Katie Parker, 21, photographed distressed George, two, after boyfriend Oliver Smith, 17, put him in the machine.

Report e-mail scams, National Fraud Authority urges - 02/26/11
Millions of Britons who receive scam letters and e-mails are now being urged to forward them on just the once - to the National Fraud Authority.

Cyber bullies to be 'poked' on Facebook by cyber police - 02/26/11
Cyber bullies using the internet to target their victims are to be warned they face prosecution by cyber police patrolling websites such as Facebook.

Law student jailed for internet terrorism - 02/26/11
A law student who posted Islamic terrorist propaganda on the internet after becoming radicalised was jailed for five years yesterday. Mohammed Gul was "pouring petrol on the fire" and his actions could have spurred others to commit acts of terror, the Old Bailey heard.

Tormented by trolling: The vile web craze that taunted family of bullied Natasha even after her suicide - 02/26/11
As incomprehension turned to grief in the aftermath of his teenage son Tom’s suicide, Robert Mullaney was able to draw some small comfort from the messages of sympathy posted on an online memorial page. It was only two days earlier that 15-year-old Tom had been looking forward to a family holiday, and had just become the proud owner of a season ticket for his beloved Birmingham City.

Stetson Student Arrested, Accused Of Stalking Professor - 02/25/11
A judge decided to release a Stetson University student even though she was arrested for aggressively stalking her history teacher. nvestigators said 19-year-old Sarah Foss was still typing threatening emails as they began handcuffing her overnight. It all happened over a period of five hours and escalated to the point that, even as the student was with police being arrested, she started typing on her computer again, shut it, police opened it and saw another email to her history professor.

U.S. judge hears case against man accused of coaxing Canadian into suicide - 02/25/11
A defence lawyer for a Minnesota man charged with aiding the suicides of two people, including an 18-year-old Canadian university student, says they already had plans to take their lives and his client's online conversations with them had no impact.

Adrian man pleads guilty to new stalking charge - 02/25/11
An Adrian man in jail for stalking his ex-wife pleaded guilty to a new aggravated stalking charge for telephoning her more than 99 times from the Lenawee County Jail. Bruce Wayne Mohr Sr., 40, faces a maximum five-year prison term when he is sentenced March 30 in Lenawee County Circuit Court.

Craigslist Called ‘Cesspool of Crime’ by Rival. Low Blow? - 02/24/11
Here’s a marketing pitch that will grab your attention: Want to avoid getting raped or killed? Don’t use Craigslist. That’s what Oodle, a competing online marketplace, is telling browsers and posters of classified ads. It hired an outside consulting firm, AIM Group, to compile reports of violent crimes that resulted from meetings facilitated by Craigslist.

Debt Collectors Target You On Your Social Network Site - 02/24/11
Some debt collectors will try just about anything to get their money including spying on you on your Facebook page or other social networking sites. So, what can you do to keep yourself safe? The next time you go on Facebook, just know that someone might be stalking you.

'The most stupid criminal ever' pleads guilty to burglary after he stole a laptop and posted photo of himself on owner's Facebook - 02/24/11
He didn't exactly stand much chance of getting away with it. And yesterday the man described as 'the most stupid criminal ever', who stole a laptop then posted a leering photo of himself on its owner's Facebook page, pleaded guilty to burglary in Washington D.C. Last December, Rodney Knight Jr, 19, broke into the home of Washington Post journalist Marc Fisher and stole his 15-year-old son's laptop computer, $400, a winter coat and another laptop.

Mother of Suicide Victim Worried about Cyberbully Cases - 02/23/11
The mother of a teen suicide victim tells KMOX she hopes last week’s failed internet harassment case doesn’t scare prosecutors away. In last week’s trial Prosecutors alleged a St. Peters woman posted a 17-year-old girl’s personal information and photos on Craigslist in retaliation.

SD Man Accused Of Tying Up, Beating Girlfriend - 02/23/11
A Sioux Falls man is accused of tying up and beating his girlfriend after discovering she had used the Internet to research how to leave an abusive relationship.