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 Topix.com 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 Play.com 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 Play.com. 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
An Allentown woman allegedly hired a hit man through a website called hitmanforhire.com 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.