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Monday, January 31, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - January 31, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Snow way!
Teens arrested for robbing motorists stuck in snow
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110123/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_stuck_in_snow_thefts

Three teens accused of robbing motorists stuck in the snow have been caught after ­ you guessed it ­ they got stuck in the snow themselves.

Prosecutors announced robbery and armed criminal action charges Friday against 18-year-old Darion O. Page of Kansas City, a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old.

The Kansas City Star reported that police found the teens stuck in a snowdrift early Thursday morning.

The victims' credit cards were among the items found in their vehicle.

Court documents say the 17-year-old denied participating in the robberies and told police that all he did was drive.

The documents say Page admitted being present, but he blamed the holdups on the 16-year-old. The Star says that teen declined to make a statement.

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Sex-tape scandal pop star jailed - 01/31/11
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5jmC8hqXq3cmuIjeu0AZr35PtGoxw?docId=N0456871296471601105A
One of Indonesia's best-known pop stars has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars after sex tapes featuring his celebrity girlfriends found their way to the internet, riveting and dividing this predominantly Muslim nation. Liberals said the embarrassment suffered by Nazril "Ariel" Irham - who insists the videos were not intended for public viewing - was punishment enough. But hard-liners were outraged, saying the singer was contributing to the country's moral decline.


Nazi tunes: Shame-faced Apple bosses forced to remove marching anthem from sale on Holocaust Memorial Day - 01/31/11
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1351043/Nazi-marching-anthem-banned-end-World-War-II-removed-iTunes.html
Apple has been left red-faced in Germany after it emerged it was allowing music lovers to download a famous Third Reich anthem. The German press revealed the online giant was breaking the law by allowing iTunes customers to download the Horst Wessel Song. Germany forbids anything that is seen as glorifying Hitler’s regime and it is still illegal there to publish the lyrics.

FBI knocks down the doors of Anonymous suspects - 01/28/11
http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1940418/fbi-knocks-doors-anonymous-suspects#ixzz1Ccl1KpIa
SEARCH WARRANTS have been executed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) throughout the US in an investigation against the online group Anonymous. The FBI's men in black have followed the lead of the UK's Metropolitan Police and issued 40 search warrants all over the US as part of its investigation into recent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Yesterday the Met collared five suspects for questioning about DDoS attacks conducted by Anonymous.

Cyber criminals: How they turn data in to cash - 01/27/11
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/8284093/Cyber-criminals-How-they-turn-data-in-to-cash.html?utm_source=Tmg&utm_medium=TD_8284093&utm_campaign=tech2801
Cyber criminals are responsible for billions of pounds of damage to the UK economy each year, and according to new research just one gang is responsible for more than a third of data thefts from company networks.

Sheriff’s Office worker charged with cyberstalking - 01/27/11
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20110127/ARTICLES/110129530/-1/entertainment?Title=Sheriff-s-Office-worker-charged-with-cyberstalking
The Alachua County Sheriff's Office arrested one of its own Wednesday, accusing him of stalking another employee. Andrew Daniel Brunelle, 30, was arrested on a charge of cyberstalking. He was being held at the Alachua County jail on Thursday.

Man faces cyberstalking charge over threatening e-mail - 01/27/11
http://www.shelbystar.com/news/charge-53091-mail-woman.html
A hearing-impaired Kings Mountain man faces a cyberstalking charge for allegedly threatening a Shelby woman via e-mail.

Springfield blogger cleared of electronic harassment charges - 01/27/11
http://www.illinoistimes.com/Springfield/article-8286-springfield-blogger-cleared-of-electronic-harassment-charges.html
The pen is mighty, says Scott Humphrey of Springfield, but he’ll be more cautious when he uses it from now on. The 58-year-old construction worker and blogger learned that lesson after his recent acquittal on charges of making threats on the Internet. Humphrey’s case is among the first local tests of a 2008 Illinois law aimed at dealing with cyber-bullying and electronic harassment. Illinois Times first reported on the case in October 2009.

Oakland University professor faces jail time over stalking allegations - 01/26/11
http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/oakland_county/oakland-university-professor-faces-jail-time-
An Oakland University professor is in trouble with the law for what police say he did to a former student. The professor is accused of frightening the young woman by cyber-stalking her.

Woman Faces Dubai Jail for Web Jibe - 01/26/11
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3371451/Brit-faces-Dubai-jail-for-jibe-on-Facebook.html
Businesswoman Amarjit Kaur Dhadli, 44, complained to cops she had been approached for sex on the social networking site by American computer engineer Qasem Ali. Officers asked her to tempt Ali, 35, into a hotel rendezvous. He was arrested and admitted he had sent abusive messages, a crime in Dubai.

Babysitter charged with sexually abusing one-year-old in her care and sending video footage to Marine boyfriend in Afghanistan - 01/26/11
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1350731/Babysitter-sexually-abused-1-year-old-sent-video-boyfriend-Afghanistan.html
A woman was arrested over allegedly sexually abusing a one-year-old child she was babysitting and sending videos of the abuse to her boyfriend serving in Afghanistan. Inez Carmaneesh Mon Lambert, 24, from Portland, Oregon, is charged with seven counts each of serious sexual assault, first-degree sex abuse and using a child in the display of sexually-explicit conduct.

Trotman trial hears of email threat to expose affair - 01/25/11
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/yourtown/oxford/8809873.Trotman_trial_hears_of_email_threat_to_expose_affair/
A JEALOUS teacher sent emails threatening to expose a senior police officer’s affair, a jury heard yesterday. Chief Superintendent Jim Trotman confided to a colleague that he had received messages about his private life in the days before he allegedly torched his own car, in Jarn Way, Boars Hill, near Oxford.

Social networking leads to sex faster? - 01/25/11
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110125/od_nm/us_sex_survey_odd
Nearly four out of five women and three of five men say they believe texting, Facebook and other social networking tools cause new couples to jump into bed faster, a survey released on Monday showed.

Schoolboy 'killed in attack planned on Facebook' - 01/25/11
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8281307/Schoolboy-killed-in-attack-planned-on-Facebook.html
GCSE student Sofyen Belamouadden was ''hunted down'' by a heavily armed group of 20 teenagers before being stabbed, punched and kicked, jurors were told. Sofyen was killed after tensions between pupils from two west London schools, some of whom saw the station as ''home territory'', the Old Bailey heard.

Burned! A London Vacation Rental Scam - 01/25/11
http://frugaltraveler.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/25/burned-a-london-vacation-rental-scam/
I was stressed, rushing to make last-minute lodging arrangements for a three-stop writing trip to Europe, when it appeared on Craigslist: the perfect apartment for my first stop in London. A tiny studio in Notting Hill for just £45, or $73, a night. I hadn’t been in London since I was a boy, so I shot the link around to some friends to ask about the location. Great neighborhood, they said. Take it.

Monday, January 24, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - January 24, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Love this stupid criminal's name!
Mass. police chief: Man tried to sell me fake gold
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110119/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_fake_gold_police

Police say a Boston man picked the wrong mark when he tried to sell him fake gold jewelry at a grocery store.

The man approached William Pace on Sunday and offered to sell him a bracelet and chain marked as 14 karat gold for $100. Two problems ­ Pace is the police chief in Randolph, Mass., and he owns a jewelry store.

Pace, who was out of uniform, tells The Patriot Ledger he could tell the gold was fake by its look and feel.

The suspect, identified by police as Johnnie Butts, will be issued a summons to appear in court on a charge of attempt to commit larceny by false pretense.

Police are trying to determine if Butts sold any fake jewelry to others before approaching Pace.

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Shot After "grass" Facebook Claim - 01/24/11
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3367014/Shot-after-grass-Facebook-claim.html
A MAN was shot on a doorstep four hours after he was pictured and named as a police informant on Facebook. Domenico Masciopinto, 30, had a bullet removed from his chest in hospital.

Cyber-Stalking on the Rise - 01/24/11
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/17969-1
January is National Stalking Awareness Month and, according to the National Center to End Violent Crime, more than three million people over age 18 are stalked each year in the United States. One in four victims reports being cyber-stalked.

A threatening feeling - 01/24/11
http://www2.highlandstoday.com/content/2011/jan/22/a-threatening-feeling/
The woman reportedly received a text message from an ex-boyfriend that said "Time to die (expletive)." Police became involved and the man was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated stalking. Later, prosecutors reduced the charge to a misdemeanor after the woman said she was more annoyed than threatened.

New Jersey Man Sentenced for Cyberstalking - 01/24/11
http://7thspace.com/headlines/370220/new_jersey_man_sentenced_for_cyberstalking.html
Matthew Bean, 20, of Bergenfield, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 45 days in prison and five years probation for a case of cyberbullying that included sending sexually explicit photos of another person to that person's school on January 26, 2009 and posting them on his own online page.

Stalking behavior often creeps up on students - 01/23/11
http://www.dailycardinal.com/opinion/stalking-behavior-often-creeps-up-on-students-1.1913437
It's a familiar scenario: After a rough break-up, your ex-boyfriend or girlfriend repeatedly sends you unwanted text messages and shows up unannounced in unexpected places. Soon, this behavior makes you feel uncomfortable, but you shake it off and probably do nothing about it. Although this situation is considered common, what most people do not know is that this type of behavior, a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear, is a form of stalking and is illegal in all 50 states.

Dog owner who gloated about fatal mauling on Facebook is jailed - 01/21/11
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1349284/Facebook-Dog-owner-John-Palmer-gloated-fatal-mauling-jailed.html
A violent thug has been jailed after he unleashed his American pitbull dog on a man who died six days later. John Palmer, 26, later gloated on Facebook and pictured himself laughing at a newspaper report of the attack. He laid into Simon Whittall, 39, after an argument, and allowed his dog to bite him on the arms, legs, torso and groin in a prolonged attack near the town centre in Warrington, Cheshire.

Lush website hack sees customers defrauded - 01/21/11
http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/jan/21/lush-website-hack-customers-fraud
Handmade cosmetics group Lush has admitted its website was hacked repeatedly by fraudsters over the past three months, putting thousands of customers at risk of having their card details stolen. But the company only informed customers last night.

Only on 12: Man speaks out about libelous internet posts, court verdict - 01/21/11
http://www.wrdw.com/crimeteam12/headlines/They_ruined_my_life_man_receives_404000_settlement_for_libelous_internet_posts_114344939.html
Gene Cooley says untrue internet posts amounted to "character assassination" and cost him his job and home in Blairsville. Now he's pushing to make such libelous posts illegal.

Vestal officials investigating incident at high school - 01/20/11
http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20110120/NEWS01/101200396/Vestal-officials-investigating-incident-at-high-school
An incident in which Jewish students at Vestal High School were kicked by fellow students is being investigated by school officials, according to a parent, the local Jewish community and the school district. "Apparently, there was an incident, or series of incidents, in which a number of students were involved in 'kick a Jew day,' in the Vestal school," said Michael Wright, chairman of community relations for the Jewish Federation of Broome County.

Sex-texting mystery solved with help of Facebook - 01/20/11
http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/2011/01/20/20110120ohio-mystery-sex-texter-arrested.html
Social networking helped lead to the arrest of a man accused of sending hundreds of sexually oriented text messages to young girls and others in northwest Ohio, police said Thursday. Two men who posted text conversations they said they received from suspect Jason Paul Starkey on social network sites including Facebook helped police by alerting the public, said Monroeville police Capt. James Bond, who is also the interim police chief.

Facebook, gun lead to arrests - 01/20/11
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20110120/NEWS01/101200318/1002
More than a dozen high school students have been arrested since Tuesday in connection with three separate incidents at three schools. Two of the incidents involved the social networking website Facebook, authorities said.

Mother 'who left baby son in bath to play game on Facebook' faces 43 years in jail after boy drowns - 01/19/11
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1348428/Mother-left-baby-play-Facebook-game-faces-43-years-jail-boy-drowns.html
A 34-year-old Colorado mother faces up to 43 years in prison after allowing her 13-month-old son to drown in a bathtub while she was playing a game on Facebook. Shannon Johnson, form Fort Lupton, has been charged with child abuse resulting in death, and was advised of the charge via a video hookup from the jail where she is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Swiss banker linked to Wikileaks is found guilty - 01/19/11
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12231036
A former Swiss banker who said he gave Wikileaks details of rich tax evaders has been found guilty of breaching Switzerland's strict bank secrecy laws. A judge in Zurich did so even though the leaked documents referred to accounts in the Cayman Islands.

Woman accuses ex-hubby of online harassment - 01/19/11
http://www.mid-day.com/news/2011/jan/190111-News-Bangalore-online-harassment-Muslim-laws.htm
Says he hacked her account and sent obscene mails to her family members, and even threatened to kill her A 27-year-old woman has complained against her ex-husband for hacking her account and posting obscene mails to malign her character. Before the divorce, the accused allegedly tortured her physically, and after separation he is allegedly harassing through the online medium.

Google Street View: injured man raises middle finger to camera as he is put into ambulance - 01/18/11
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/8266429/Google-Street-View-injured-man-raises-middle-finger-to-camera-as-he-is-put-into-ambulance.html
An injured man has been caught expressing his displeasure at being photographed by a Google Street View car by apparently raising his middle finger to the camera. The unidentified man was photographed covered in blood as he was being attended to by paramedics in Birmingham.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Phoebe the cyber crime dog on TV

Monday, January 17, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - January 17, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Stupid criminals
Trapped burglars call police for help
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110113/od_nm/us_germany_thieves_odd

Two would-be thieves called in their own crime to police in Germany after they could not escape from a broken-down elevator over the weekend, police said in a statement.

"This sounds really dumb," one of the thieves told police in Cologne over the elevator's emergency phone, "But I'm afraid that we wanted to break in and the elevator has gotten stuck."

When police arrived they found the two thieves aged 31 and 37 stuck in the elevator of an office building.

The thieves allegedly broke into the building and were attempting to reach a higher floor when the elevator became stuck, the police said.

They decided to phone for help when one thief injured his hand attempting to pry open the door.

Firemen eventually freed the men and they were arrested.

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West Allis man behind bars following mall threat - 01/17/11
http://www.wfrv.com/news/local/West-Allis-man-behind-bars-following-mall-threat--113872394.html
A West Allis man is in jail after allegedly posting an online threat again Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa.

Bethlehem School Worker Charged With Threats - 01/16/11
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local-beat/Bethlehem-School-Worker-Charged-With-Threats-113854444.html
A school district employee has been arrested on charges of making online threats, including the possibilities of taking a gun to school and meddling with an airport's air traffic control system, authorities say.

Ex-candidate accused of online threats - 01/16/11
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20110116/NEWS07/301169898/1002/LOCAL
An Indiana woman who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress last year was being held Saturday on charges she made threats against judges and other officials on her Facebook account.

Online threat leads to Warren County teen's arrest - 01/15/11
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Online-threat-leads-to-Warren-County-teen-s-arrest-958753.php#ixzz1BJDU0WWS
A 17-year-old girl was arrested Friday after she allegedly wrote a threatening message on her Facebook page.

Madison lawmakers threatened in unidentified Craigslist post - 01/15/11
http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-madison/madison-lawmakers-threatened-unidentified-craigslist-post
Several Madison and Wisconsin lawmakers were threatened in an unidentified post on Craigslist this week during a time which awareness of such threats is at a heightened state and lawmakers and their aides are being more vigilant and attentive to such rhetoric.

Florida girls in trouble with police after creating lewd fake Facebook profile for classmate - 01/14/11
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/01/14/2011-01-14_florida_girls_in_trouble_with_police_after_creating_lewd_fake_facebook_profile_f.html
A fake Facebook profile has two Florida girls in some real trouble. The Lee County sheriff's office charged Taylor Wynn, 16 and McKenzie Barker, 15, with cyberstalking after they created a Facebook page in the name of a classmate - complete with their classmate's head on a "nude prepubescent girl's body," according to the police report published on The Smoking Gun.

UW professor sued for cyberstalking - 01/14/11
http://dailyuw.com/2011/1/14/uw-professor-sued-cyberstalking/
UW professor Oren Etzioni has been sued by a Seattle attorney for alleged cyberstalking, according to court documents and The Seattle Times. Etzioni is the current director of UW’s Turing Center on computer sciences, and has been a computer science faculty member since 1991.

Internet stalking made easy - 01/13/11
http://www.businessreviewusa.com/blogs/editor/internet-stalking-made-easy
There used to be a thing called the Yellow Pages. If you didn’t want your address and number in the public domain, you simple revved up your rotary phone and requested to be “unlisted.” Now there are sleeker versions of this sort of database online, but it includes more than just your telephone number.

Harahan man arrested in assault on ex-wife; police find murder-suicide note - 01/13/11
http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2011/01/harahan_man_arrested_for_assau.html
Authorities say they arrested a Harahan man early Thursday after finding a murder-suicide note referencing his ex-wife, as well as a gun and shackles in a vehicle he had been driving. Jason Rodriquez, 26, of 1620 Hickory Ave., was taken into custody by Harahan Police after Criminal Court Commissioner Patricia Joyce issued an emergency warrant, Harahan Police Chief Mac Dickinson Thursday afternoon.

Vancouver teen accused of making threats on Internet - 01/13/11
http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/jan/13/vancouver-teen-accused-making-threats-internet/
A 15-year-old Vancouver boy will face charges of making Internet threats against a Yakima high school Wednesday night. Vancouver officers helped Yakima police on the case and seized the boy’s computer.

The Baffling Cybercrime Case of the Nosy Spouse - 01/12/11
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/71628.html
Cybercrime is a costly problem that needs to be taken seriously. but should our legal system be tied up with disputes over spouses reading each other's email without permission? A Michigan prosecutor has brought charges against a man for doing just that -- calling him a "hacker" even though his now ex-wife made her password easily accessible to him and the two shared a computer.

Facebook Used For Anti-Teacher Hate Campaigns - 01/12/11
http://www.itproportal.com/2011/01/12/facebook-used-anti-teacher-hate-campaigns/
Facebook and other social networks are being used by parents and children to launch hate campaigns against school teachers, The National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) has warned. In response, the association has issued a set of guidelines for teachers on how to deal with a situation if they face online abuse by a parent or students. NAHT has also advised headteachers on how to deal with such situations before they escalate.

Noirin is living in fear as cyber-stalker starts following her in real life - 01/12/11
http://www.herald.ie/entertainment/around-town/noirin-is-living-in-fear-as-cyberstalker-starts-following-her-in-real-life-2492940.html
Big Brother star Noirin Kelly is fearing for her safety after a cyber-stalker has begun following her in real life. The Dublin model told the Herald she has asked Twitter security staff in the US to launch an investigation to establish who is impersonating her on the social networking site.

Biloxi man accused of cyberstalking his ex-girlfriend - 01/11/11
http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2011/01/biloxi_man_accused_of_cybersta_1.html
A Biloxi man sought on charges of cyberstalking and failure to pay traffic fines was arrested early Saturday after being spotted at the D'Iberville Walmart, police said Monday.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - January 11, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Try to use a name of an "unwanted" man
Mont. man arrested after giving name of wanted man
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110107/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_arrested_anyway
Authorities in Montana say a man who had three outstanding warrants for his arrest gave officers a false name during a traffic stop ­ but ended up in custody anyway because that man was also wanted.

Court records say that during a traffic stop Monday in Great Falls, Jonothan Ray Gonsalez, of Box Elder, told police that his name was Timothy Michael Koop Jr.

The officer learned a man by that name was wanted in Hill County and arrested him.

Police say a search of Gonsalez after his arrest turned up half a gram of methamphetamine in his jacket pocket and he was charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

The Great Falls Tribune reports Gonsalez gave his real name on Tuesday, so a charge of issuing a false report to law enforcement was added.

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Biloxi man accused of cyberstalking his ex-girlfriend - 01/11/11
http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2011/01/biloxi_man_accused_of_cybersta_1.html
A Biloxi man sought on charges of cyberstalking and failure to pay traffic fines was arrested early Saturday after being spotted at the D'Iberville Walmart, police said Monday.

Cyberstalk charges in Bayside - 01/11/11
http://bayside-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/cyberstalk-charges-in-bayside/
AN AMERICAN man has been charged with cyberstalking a Sandringham woman after secretly flying here to meet her.
Christopher Robyn Stried, 24, is alleged to have stalked the woman via emails and phone calls from his US home before coming to Australia to track her down.

Internet stalking fears for Premier Kristina Keneally - 01/10/11
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/ipad/internet-stalker-fears-for-premier/story-fn6bqphm-1225984628942
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally is reportedly being harrassed by social-networking stalkers. Members of Ms Keneally's personal security unit have visited at least two men in the past fortnight, warning them to stop posting menacing and sexually explicit messages on social media such as Twitter.

Jason Ronald Vaughan pleads guilty to harassing women via email, text message - 01/10/11
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/jason-ronald-vaughan-pleads-guilty-to-harassing-women-via-email-text-message/story-e6freoof-1225985095569
A BIOTECHNOLOGY expert who couldn't deal with rejection from women bombarded four of them with abusive e-mails and texts after they spurned his advances, a court has heard.
Jason Ronald Vaughan, 35, made his second appearance in the District Court in Brisbane on charges arising out of harassing women he met and who didn't want anything to do with him.

Corrections Responses for Juvenile Sexting - 01/10/11
http://www.corrections.com/news/article/27317-corrections-responses-for-juvenile-sexting
It was ten years ago last month that I raised the issue of computer delinquency in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin December 2000, article, “Juveniles and Computers: Should We Be Concerned?” The article discussed how juveniles were increasing being involved in all manner of high tech delinquency from hacking to check fraud and counterfeiting. Some juveniles were also getting involved in possession and distribution of child pornography.

Boston man jailed for harassing judge for 3 years - 01/10/11
http://www.examiner.com/independent-in-boston/boston-man-jailed-for-harassing-judge-for-3-years#ixzz1Ajy2PQPN
A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to accusations that he hacked into an e-mail of a Middlesex probate judge and sent harassing messages and phone calls to his cell phone and relatives for three years." reports Boston.com

Man claims to be Scotland’s first FourSquare cyberstalking victim - 01/07/11
http://www.thedrum.co.uk/news/2011/01/07/17495-man-claims-to-be-scotland-s-first-foursquare-cyberstalking-victim/
An unidentified 26 year old freelance designer has called in the police after falling victim to the obsessive attentions of a female stalker. The designer’s travails began when he met the woman at an exhibition nine months ago, a chance encounter which quickly turned nasty.

Prescott Man Arrested for Stalking - 01/07/11
http://www.prescottenews.com/home/item/17592-prescott-man-arrested-for-stalking
An ongoing investigation by the PVPD violent crimes against women unit culminates in the arrest of a Prescott man for stalking and related charges.

Woman to face trial in stalking - 01/07/11
http://www.detnews.com/article/20110107/METRO02/101070375/Woman-to-face-trial-in-stalking
Pontiac Police Chief Val Gross testified Thursday he was so concerned about a woman's alleged stalking behavior toward him that he passed out fliers with her photograph, warned relatives and altered his route to and from work for fear she was tracking him.

Accused stalker gets 11th-hour reprieve - 01/06/11
http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20110105/BUSTED/101050319
It took some doing, but an ex-Ball State University student accused of stalking a former classmate was able to have his trial, scheduled for Tuesday in Muncie City Court, postponed at the 11th hour. Abel J. Childers, 31, who lives in northeastern Hancock County, was charged in October 2009 with intimidation, a Class A misdemeanor carrying a maximum one-year jail term, and harassment, a Class B misdemeanor with a maximum 180-day sentence.

Huge surge in Facebook threats - 01/06/11
http://news.scotsman.com/news/Huge-surge-in-Facebook-threats.6681473.jp
POLICE are dealing with a huge increase in reports of people in Edinburgh being threatened and abused on website Facebook. Lothian and Borders Police has recorded more than 100 separate cases in the last year compared with just a handful the year before.

Grand Jury Won’t Indict Former Spurs PA Announcer For Online Harassment - 01/05/11
http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/grand-jury-wont-indict-former-spurs-pa-announcer-with-online-harassment/
A few months back we looked at the bizarre story of Mike Lavender, a man who did PA announcing work for the San Antonio Spurs and other sports teams around the San Antonio area…and then created a Twitter account called “SkanksInSA411,” from which he spread damaging accusations about a local TV reporter before being “charged with one count of online harassment-spoofing” under a new Texas law.

UW professor sued for alleged cyber-stalking - 01/04/11
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013844081_profsued05m.html
Oren Etzioni, the inventor of pioneering Internet search engines NetBot and Farecast and director of the University of Washington's Turing Center on computer sciences, has been sued by a Seattle attorney and her law firm for alleged cyber-stalking.
Etzioni, a world-renowned expert on computers and linguistics and a wealthy Seattle venture capitalist, is accused of sending a series of anonymous e-mails to attorney Mabry DeBuys, who represented Etzioni's ex-wife during the couple's divorce. The e-mails are described in a King County Superior Court lawsuit as "highly intimidating, outrageous, depraved and vicious."

Monday, January 03, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - January 3, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Talk about cold feet - literally!
Pa. couple wed on boat, take chilly river plunge
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110103/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_taking_the_plunge

A Pennsylvania couple took a frigid plunge to symbolize taking another plunge ­ their marriage.

Judy Herilla and Adam Lipinski were among hundreds of members of the Pittsburgh Polar Bear Club who jumped into the Monongahela River on New Year's Day.

Unlike the others, they had just gotten married aboard a water taxi.

Herilla, of Springdale, wore a veil and a long purple-and-white tutu with her swimsuit. Lipinski wore a T-shirt with a tuxedo design and shorts.

They had considered waiting to get married until Nov. 11, so their anniversary would be 11-11-11, but settled for 1-1-11 and jumping into the 37-degree water.

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OMG! Ban in classes may be case of CUL8R - 01/03/11
http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2010/12/29/16703621.html
To many area students, the news may seem 2G2BT. With cellphones at their desks, they can already imagine the possibilities . . . and we aren’t just talking about texting each other. And even if a newly revised policy softening the ban on personal electronic devices (PEDs) ­ including cellphones, Blackberries and iPod Touches ­ in area Catholic schools opens the door to texting heaven, it will be worth it, said one teacher. “If we allow students to use their personal devices for learning, in my experience they respond positively and you have less off-task behaviour, said Danika Barker.

Scams achieve a new level of sophistication - 01/03/11
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/01/scams_achieve_a_new_level_of_s.html
If you think you’re too smart to fall for an Internet scam, you’re probably kidding yourself. The scammers are far more sophisticated than most people realize, said Louis Dirienzo, a U.S. postal inspector.

Four nursing students expelled from university after posting pictures of themselves posing with a human placenta on Facebook - 01/03/11
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1343628/4-nursing-students-expelled-posting-Facebook-human-placenta-pictures.html
Four students who posed for photos with a human placenta have been expelled from a nursing course after posting one of the pictures on Facebook. One of the students, Doyle Byrnes, has filed a complaint in a Kansas district court seeking to force Johnson County Community College to reinstate her before classes resume on January 19.

British couple arrested for 'abusing children and posting footage online for international paedophile ring' - 01/03/11
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1343732/British-couple-arrested-abusing-son-daughter-posting-footage-international-paedophile-ring.html#ixzz19zZA1SgI
A British couple who allegedly abused their son and daughter online while others watched have been arrested after police smashed an international paedophile ring. The pair, who have not been named, were running an 'open naturist' website for parents who also abused their children, according to police.

I will not stalk my ex on Facebook, and other social media resolutions - 01/02/11
http://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2011/01/02/i-will-not-stalk-my-ex-on-facebook-and-other-social-media-resolutions/
On Christmas day 2009, my ex defriended me on Foursquare and stopped following me on Twitter. Fair enough, I suppose. I didn’t need to know what bars he was going to and he didn’t need to read my 140-character self-deprecations. But I noticed his unfollow immediately and I cried, really hard. Three glasses of mulled cider later and I began to meditate on the aspects of sharing our lives, our work and our love online.

Insights and Tips on Cyber-Bullying - 01/01/11
http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/12/31/better-understanding-cyber-bullying/22209.html
Cyber bullying is on the rise, but parents and schools often have little idea what they can do proactively to reduce the effects of cyber-bullying in their family or group. Two out of three children have experienced bullying via the Internet or mobile phones, according to a survey by Telenor in 2008 in Norway. The survey also shows that parents are uncertain about what to do about this kind of bullying.

Craigslist scam snags woman - 01/02/11
http://new.thedailytimes.com/Local_News/story/Craigslist_scam_snags_woman_id_006418
She took pictures of the seller, of the car and took down information from the man’s driver’s license, but that wasn’t enough to save a 33-year-old Knoxville woman from becoming the victim of a Craigslist scam in Alcoa.

Trial date moved for College Place woman in cyberstalking, threats - 12/31/10
http://union-bulletin.com/stories/2010/12/31/trial-date-moved-for-college-place-woman-in-cyberstalking-threats
A new trial date has been set for a College Place woman accused of sending e-mails threatening to kill local judges and a state Supreme Court justice in 2008, as well as stalking her former boyfriend and stealing his identity.

Abuse of teachers by pupils sparks email call - 12/30/10
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/education/abuse-of-teachers-by-pupils-sparks-email-call-1.1077109?localLinksEnabled=false
Scottish teachers have been warned not to pass details of their personal email accounts to pupils after a spate of abusive cyber attacks. The Scottish Secondary Teachers Association (SSTA) issued the call after an increase in email harassment during the current cold weather.

Recovering After Your Email Is Hacked - 12/30/10
http://www.fox2now.com/news/morningshow/ktvi-email-hacked-scam-sue-mccarthy-123010,0,6228324.story
It could happen to you. An unbelievable computer hoax that took many people by surprise. Investigators call it the 419 scam or the Nigerian scam.

Facebook 'paedophile' grooms schoolchildren by posing as new classmate - 12/30/10
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1342756/Facebook-paedophile-grooms-schoolchildren-posing-new-classmate.html#ixzz19z8IQqAF
A suspected paedophile is attempting to groom schoolchildren on Facebook by posing as their new classmate. Hundreds of warning letters have been sent to worried parents in Cambridgeshire after police discovered the predator was contacting pupils.

SC man sentenced to 2 years in Nigerian money scam - 12/29/10
http://www.thestate.com/2010/12/29/1623322/sc-man-sentenced-to-2-years-in.html
A Greenville man has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison in an e-mail scam. U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says 39-year-old Kenneth Ojua also was ordered to pay nearly $150,000 in restitution.

2010's best Nigerian Scam e-mail - 12/28/10
http://www.connectsavannah.com/news/article/103421/
AS YOU ENJOY our Year in Review special issue, I’d like to present to you something near and dear to my heart: My choice for the year’s best Nigerian Scam letter. Longtime readers will know of my abiding love and connoisseur’s appreciation for the highly creative, if quite illegal, literary genre known as the “Nigerian Scam”: A time–honored technique – originating in but not limited to Africa – of using creative writing to tug on the heartstrings, and wallets, of the gullible and the stupid.

Cyberbullying: Latest trend of digital aggression presents new dangers to students - 12/28/10
http://www.tahoebonanza.com/article/20101228/NEWS/101229930/1061&ParentProfile=1050
Smartphones, the world wide web and social networking sites have forever altered the way in which individuals interact with information, the world at large and with each other.

Ten things Web users should fear in 2011 - 12/28/10
http://redtape.msnbc.com/2010/12/ten-things-web-users-should-fear-in-2011.html
As in the real world, cyberspace has bad neighborhoods. But unlike the real world, risks in cyberspace are not easy to spot -- and the location of those digital bad neighborhoods can change all the time. When security experts look back at 2010, they will see a major turning point in the world of cyberscares. The virtual and the real collided in new, dramatic ways during the past 12 months, and the Internet will never be the same.

Shouldn't We Fix The Check Clearing Loophole That So Many Scammers Abuse? - 12/28/10
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20101226/23370012415/shouldnt-we-fix-check-clearing-loophole-that-so-many-scammers-abuse.shtml
Slashdot points us to a recent story about a guy who lost his lawsuit against a bank, over a variation on a classic Nigerian email scam. The scam is one we've discussed many times in the past: somehow the victim gets a big check, which they're expected to deposit in a bank. After the check "clears," the victim/recipient is supposed to transfer a large chunk of that money to the scammer, on the belief that they get to keep whatever is left over.