WHO@ Newsletter - October 17, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Italian retiree must prove he is alive
A retired construction worker is struggling to prove to the Italian government he is still alive. Giulio Marchetto, 62, said he discovered when he inquired why he was no longer receiving his pension that the government had him listed as dead, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. Marchetto, who lives in Boschi Sant'Anna near Verona, is getting together the documents he needs to demonstrate he is still alive. "I don't why they stopped paying someone who's alive when there are so many swindlers getting pensions from dead relatives around the country," Marchetto said.
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Man Who Tracked Woman With GPS To Be Sentenced - 10/17/11
A former Navy man who made hundreds of calls to a woman's telephone and tracked her through GPS technology after she made clear their relationship was over is scheduled to be sentenced in San Diego Monday.

Googling your dates comes with risks - 10/17/11
Dear Dating Girl: I met a guy last weekend at a party and we really hit it off. I gave him my number and told him to call me. When I got home, I Googled him and discovered some things about him that made me wonder if I should date this guy.

Woman CEO maligns female colleague on Net, detained - 10/17/11
Cybercrime is usually perceived as the province of depraved men. But a disturbing trend has come to light of late. Increasingly, women are resorting to online tactics to achieve some nefarious end. Recently, the woman CEO of a multinational corporation's India operations was detained by the police for cyber-harassment of a co-worker in HR - also a woman.

Woman reunited with half-blind cat - 10/16/11
A New York City woman says she was reunited with her cat, blind in one eye, after a year of searching online. "I always felt he was alive, even though I had down days," said Karen Hansen, 54, a Brooklyn special education teacher who was reunited with her cat Sammie Oct. 9, the New York Daily News reported.

Marshals arrest Pace man who threatened to kill wife and cops - 10/15/11
A Pace man was arrested Friday afternoon on numerous charges which stemmed from recent comments that included he would his wife, her family, as well as law enforcement. James Walter Robinson, 34, of Todd Street in Pace, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force from Pensacola after investigators received a tip that Robinson was at his fathers in Pace.

Did Facebook Illegally Wiretap 150 Million People? Maybe! Probably Not - 10/13/11
Earlier this week, the federal government got some heat for allegedly violating the common man’s electronic privacy by snooping around in email and the like. Today we have a lawsuit from Kentucky accusing a tech company, specifically Facebook, of doing nearly the same thing.

Feds Say Charges are Constitutional in Facebook Threat Case - 10/13/11
Just days before a Pennsylvania man is scheduled to go on trial for making violent threats on Facebook, federal prosecutors are urging a judge to reject the man's challenge to the constitutionality of the federal cyberstalking statute.

Photos of Sara: The Fake Stalker and His Secret Tumblr - 10/12/11
Michael Walker was acting strangely. The 23-year-old Seattle soundman had just been re-introduced to Sara Merker, a college student a couple years older than he was, and the first thing he said was, "Can I take a picture of you for my blog?" This was the second time Merker had really talked with Walker.

Jo Yeates murder trial: Vincent Tabak’s online ‘cover-up’ - 10/11/11
KILLER Vincent Tabak used his computer to research the rate of decay for a corpse, the Jo Yeates murder jury heard yesterday. He went on Google after dumping his neighbour's body in a country lane and typed in the query: "How fast does a human body begin to decompose?"

U.S. agents defend Ontario pedophile-luring ploy - 10/10/11
U.S. authorities say their online portrayal of Ontario as a haven for child-sex tourism helped them catch four predators. The controversial website set up by the Department of Homeland Security was for the bogus firm Precious Treasure Holiday Co., which promised to arrange illegal encounters in Ontario for pedophiles.


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