WHO@ Newsletter - July 18, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Talk about funny!
Awkward Family Photos
Some vacation moments are better off forgotten. But fortunately, these ones were captured on camera so no one can ever deny they posed for these quirky family photos.

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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)

Tourists duped by holiday rental scams - 07/16/11
Authorities have been urged to do more to protect travellers from holiday-rental fraud in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics. Tens of thousands of Britons and foreigners are expected to visit the capital during the games next summer. The owner of a London-based lettings agency said this week that more needed to be done to prevent many of them falling victim to online swindles.

‘Cyberbully’ tackles online harassment head-on - 07/16/11
Emily Osment recently spent two months in a constant state of depression, sequestering herself from her friends and family and suffering the exhaustion that comes with feeling the world was out to get her. And she loved every minute of it.

Tenn. man charged with stalking wife - 07/16/11
A Memphis, Tenn., man was arrested by Rapides Parish sheriff's deputies after charges were brought against him for allegedly cyberstalking his wife, according to a release from the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office.

Biddeford man indicted for cyber stalking - 07/15/11
A Biddeford man was indicted Thursday on federal charges of cyber stalking and identity theft. The man allegedly used email and the Internet to stalk his ex-girlfriend, who had changed her name and moved to Louisiana because of his behavior. Shawn Sayer, 41, faces maximum federal prison sentences of 10 years for cyber stalking and five years for identity theft, as well as a $250,000 fine on each charge.

Arlington mayor annoyed by fake Twitter account - 07/14/11
It took fewer than 140 characters for the real Arlington mayor to describe how annoyed he is that someone launched a Twitter account in his name this week.

Anti-bullying law expanded to social networking sites - 07/14/11
A state law prohibiting cyber-bullying at public schools has been expanded to ban harassment through social networking websites. AB 746, authored by Assemblywoman Nora Campos, D-San Jose, modified an existing law prohibiting school bullying on cell phones and computers. The bill was signed into law last week.

Hacker Gets 18 Years in Prison for Harassing Neighbors - 07/14/11
A Minnesota hacker received 18-years in jail for cyber-harassment against his neighbors, demonstrating the chaos that hacking can cause on a personal level.

Woman Behind Schools Lockdown Gets 2 Years - 07/14/11
The woman who caused the massive lockdown last year of the entire Broward public school system through an e-mail threat was sentenced to two years in jail by a federal judge on Thursday.

12-Year-Old Sentenced for Cyberstalking Classmate - 07/14/11
A 12-year-old Washington girl was sentenced on Wednesday to probation and community service for a cyberstalking incident in which she and another 11-year-old girl doctored a classmate's Facebook account with explicit photos and solicitations for sex.

Cyberstalking Prevention: A Computer-Privacy Expert Offers Tips for Avoiding the Fate of Sixth-Grader Leslie Cote - 07/14/11
One of the creepiest things about the adolescent cyberstalking case that came to a close yesterday in King County Superior Court is how two of Leslie Cote's friends were able to pose as the Issaquah sixth-grader and post sexual come-ons--including invitations for oral sex--from Cote's own Facebook account. Were the 11- and 12-year-old betrayers crack hackers? Nope. No nefarious computer skills were necessary.

Minn. man gets 18-year term in Biden email threat -07/13/11
A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for hacking into his neighbors' wireless network and framing them for distributing child pornography and email threats against Vice President Joe Biden and other officials.

NW Woman Editor Charged With Identity Theft, Cyberstalking - 07/13/11
The editor of Northwest Woman Magazine, published in Spokane, is wrapped up in an identity theft case. The Spokane County Prosecutor's Office is charging Charity Doyl with identity theft, theft and cyberstalking.

Plea possible over online threats aimed at Glasgow - 07/12/11
A downstate man charged with threatening the life of Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow on Facebook was found mentally fit to stand trial Tuesday.

Cyberstalkers prefer Facebook, says report - 07/12/11
The first British study into so-caller 'cyberstalking' has fingered Facebook as the most likely avenue for the harassment suffered by online stalking victims.

Ebay and marketplace sites may be liable for trademark abuse - 07/12/11
European court says online marketplaces can be held responsible for the infringement of trademarks on counterfeit goods they promote, following a series of cases brought by L'Oreal to defend its brand

Facebook Use Lands Dallas Workers In Trouble - 07/12/11
Constantly checking Facebook at work may get you in trouble. Two dozen Dallas City Hall workers received reprimands or counseling after a recent probe showed they spent too much time on the social networking site.


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