WHO@ Newsletter - May 30, 2011
Toy tiger causes UK police alert
Police scrambled helicopters and ordered tranquilizers to hunt what they feared was an escaped wild animal in southern England but found that the tiger was a toy.
Hampshire Police say they responded after several residents called in to say they'd seen a white tiger in a field near a golf course in Hedge End, near the English coastal city of Southampton.
A tongue-in-cheek recorded message posted to the force's media line said that after "a brief stalk through the Hedge End savannah ... it became obvious that the tiger was a stuffed, life-sized toy."
A second message posted on Sunday emphasized police had a duty to take such sightings seriously. As for the renegade tiger, "it's being treated as lost property."
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Defamation over social media to be penalized under bill - 05/30/11
The Consolidated Cyber Crime Bill in the House of Representatives, if approved , is set to penalize cyberstalking and defamation over social media. Committee Chairman Sigfrido Tinga on Monday said, while the bill recognizes freedom of expression, even that has to be within the confines of what is acceptable.
Leading the fight against cyberbullying - 05/30/11
Wikipedia calls cyberbullying "the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated and hostile behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to harm others."
Parents welcome pay-out for bully victim's suicide - 05/30/11
The parents of a teenage boy who killed himself after being bullied on the internet say a ruling on compensation restores dignity to their son's memory. Seventeen-year-old Allem Halkic received threatening text messages for several months before committing suicide.
Federal inmates eligible to use e-mail - 05/28/11
The Facebook page reads: "We are inmates in the federal system who are looking for someone to talk to. We have e-mail capability so we may chat." A few caveats: "You must be educated and (non-ghetto) please." Oh, and only women need reply.
Patriot Act renewed despite warnings of 'secret' law - 05/28/11
The U.S. Congress has approved a four-year extension of the Patriot Act despite warnings from senators that the Justice Department has twisted the 2001 law into a "secret" surveillance mechanism far broader than Americans realize.
Judge may revoke bail for alleged stalker - 05/28/11
A Kennewick man jailed on $1 million bail in a Columbia Park sex case is due back in court today to ask a judge not to hold him without bail. Deputy Prosecutor Anita Petra filed a motion Thursday in Benton County Superior Court to revoke Ryan Graichen's bail, alleging that he has stalked his former girlfriend and violated a civil anti-harassment order while he was out of custody.
What you can do to erase yourself from the Internet - 05/27/11
You leave behind a piece of your digital identity every time you use the Internet, so what happens if you find yourself wanting to erase yourself from the web? One woman says her digital identity led to vicious cyberstalking.
Social Media Safety in the Workplace - 05/27/11
From workplace distraction to conduit for stalking, harassment and other criminal activity, the rise of social networking has its supporters and its detractors. Although some companies lament the greater bandwidth demands, virus infiltration, identity theft issues, productivity drain and possible co-worker harassment that can pummel computer networks and employees, others point to the teamwork and productivity enhancement nurtured by having social networking as a mental break.
Prosecutors ask for no bail in Hawaii hotel murder - 05/27/11
The tourist from Washington state charged with killing his girlfriend during their stay at a Big Island resort was on probation for domestic violence and cyber-stalking before arriving in Hawaii for vacation, according to police and court documents.
Boy accused of cyber-stalking Ozaukee County girl - 05/27/11
A teenage boy in Australia has been arrested for allegedly harassing a southeastern Wisconsin girl online. Grafton police say the 14-year-old Ozaukee County girl maintained an online friendship with the 17-year-old boy for more than a year.
Judge allows search warrant in cyber-stalking case - 05/26/11
A District Court judge Wednesday refused to throw out the search warrant used to collect evidence in the case against a state teachers union leader accused of stalking a former Rhode Island lawmaker over the Internet.
Phone app tells tales on murderer - 05/26/11
It began with a simple phrase -- "brace yourself" -- sent by a university professor to his mistress via a South Korean messaging service app used by millions every day. But now the message has become key evidence in a murder investigation, with the professor arrested for killing his wife and his mistress sought as an accomplice, police said.
Hackers Threaten Madison Police Chief - 05/26/11
Madison Police Chief John Trevena on Thursday was the target of an apparent extortion hoax via email. The perpetrators allegedly hacked into the email account of a Maplewood attorney and emailed a threat to Trevena, copying several borough officials as well as Patch.
Ex brother-in-law of top Midland policeman spared jail after harrassment campaign - 05/26/11
THE ex brother-in-law of a top Midland policeman who waged a two-year hate campaign has been spared jail. Former teacher and novelist Robert Cook targeted Simon Chesterman, the assistant chief constable of West Mercia Police, in hundreds of derogatory articles posted on the internet.
Cybercrooks do not go on summer break, warn experts - 05/26/11
Cybercrooks do no go on a holiday and innocent kids may be victimised by them as children spend a lot of time on the Internet during vacations, say experts. Online stalking, spams, phishing attacks and illegal content including pornography are the various tools used by cybercrooks and parents need to exercise extra caution to protect children, they say.
Social media attacks can carry risks to author - 05/25/11
We live in an age where it's easy to get our views expressed. Just go online and let it all out. You can rate your doctor, critique a restaurant, complain about the hotel you stayed at, or the retailer who won't accept the return of a defective product.
Cyber trolls mock the recently deceased - 05/25/11
A new and disturbing form of bullying is gaining popularity on the internet. Cyber trolling is an online craze that mocks the dead. Cemeteries are considered holy ground. But what about online memorials? Joe Dispenza, President of Forest Lawn, says they're just as sacred.
Newark man admits to sexually threatening real estate agents -05/25/11
A Newark man admitted to making sexually threatening phone calls to Westerville-area Realtors. John Daniels, 45, last known address 542 Seneca Drive, pleaded guilty Tuesday to four counts of telecommunications harassment, each a fifth-degree felony. Three counts were dismissed.
Cyberstalker Targets Moving Company - 05/25/11
A small, local moving company has been the target of a cyberstalker, and it has taken a toll on their business. Anonymous postings on the Internet can kill a company, and that's what's been happening to Monster Movers, which has been in business for five years doing residential and business moves.
Maine man arrested after 'pocket dialing' 911 - 05/24/11
Police in Maine say a man wanted for failing to pay fines accidentally helped officers find him when he repeatedly "pocket dialed" 911 while doing yard work.