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Monday, May 30, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - May 30, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Growwwwwl
Toy tiger causes UK police alert
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110523/ap_on_fe_st/eu_odd_britain_tiger_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
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/05/30/11/defamation-over-social-media-be-penalized-under-bill
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
http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/1245998.html
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
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/30/3231123.htm?site=melbourne
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
http://www.freep.com/article/20110528/NEWS01/105280383/Federal-inmates-eligible-use-e-mail
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
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20067005-281.html#ixzz1NqSMJxiG
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
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/05/27/1682407/judge-may-revoke-bail-for-alleged.html
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
http://www.kjrh.com/dpp/news/segment_2/what-you-can-do-to-erase-yourself-from-the-internet
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
http://www.skininc.com/spabusiness/management/personnel/122733894.html
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
http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Prosecutors-ask-for-no-bail-in-Hawaii-hotel-murder-1399333.php#ixzz1NqPNQ0Q9
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
http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20110527/APC0101/110527109/Boy-accused-cyber-stalking-Ozaukee-County-girl
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
http://www.projo.com/news/courts/content/LEIDECKER_RULING_05-26-11_57O9RVP_v10.311fec1.html
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
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110526/od_nm/us_crime_app
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
http://madison.patch.com/articles/madison-police-chief-trevena-target-of-email-threat
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
http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2011/05/26/ex-brother-in-law-of-top-midland-policeman-spared-jail-after-harrassment-campaign-97319-28767994/#ixzz1NqTf9zgh
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
http://www.siliconindia.com/shownews/Cybercrooks-do-not-go-on-summer-break-warn-experts-nid-83993.html?utm_source=clicktrack&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=DontMiss
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
http://www.stthomastimesjournal.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3139151
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
http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/local/Cyber-trolls-mock-the-recently-deceased
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
http://www.newarkadvocate.com/article/20110525/NEWS01/105250311
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
http://www.ksat.com/news/28023738/detail.html
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
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110524/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd911_arrest
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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Things That Stick In My Craw: More Driving Complaints

http://thingsthatstickinmycraw.blogspot.com/2011/05/things-that-stick-in-my-craw-more.html

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Frito-Lay Fan Program is Amazing!

I am all wow! I got an email from Frito-Lay after I liked them on FB, asking if I wanted 2 join their Fan Program. I did & UPS dropped off a box filled w/3 full size bags of scoops, hint of lime tortilla and Lays regular chips), onion dip mix, dip recipe card & small insulated tote. I was expecting small sample size bags! Woohoo! Here's one recipe I'm going to try: http://www.fritolay.com/recipes/recipe/garden-lime-dip

Monday, May 23, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - May 23, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...This is just so sweet!

Michigan woman dons wedding dress she wore in 1938
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110519/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd73_year_old_wedding_dress

A West Michigan woman has strolled down the aisle in her wedding dress for a second time. The first time came 73 years ago. Agnes Anderson wore the dress in 1938 when she married her college sweetheart, Delmar Anderson, in Youngstown, Ohio. The Andersons' marriage lasted more than 50 years until Delmar's death in 1989.

Her second trip down the aisle came last week at a vintage bridal gown fashion show at a church in Muskegon.

The 98-year-old from Muskegon County's Laketon Township says the dress was in mint condition when she retrieved it from a storage box.

Dick Anderson escorted his mother into the church sanctuary and to the altar.

The Muskegon Chronicle says the fashion show featured 20 bridal gowns that dated from 1933 to 2006.

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Facebook abuse rife, sexting rising - 05/23/11
http://www.bordermail.com.au/news/local/news/general/facebook-abuse-rife-sexting-rising/2171849.aspx
A BORDER solicitor says about 50?per cent of the domestic violence cases she sees involve new technologies such as Facebook and mobile phones. Beth Simpson, of the Hume Riverina Community Legal Service, says technology is advancing faster than the laws protecting people from harassment and intimidation.

When cyberbullying crosses the line - 05/22/11
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/05/22/when-cyberbullying-crosses-the-line
In the online world, few are aware that there's a fine line between teasing and criminal harassment. Fewer still know that lies or demeaning images posted on social media can become cyber-libel. A new bilingual website - www.definetheline.ca - aimed at kids, teens, parents and teachers says it hopes to "clear the blurred lines between cyber-bullying and socially responsible digital citizenship."

Advice for teenagers: No 'sexting' - 05/22/11
http://www.masslive.com/hampfrank/republican/index.ssf?/base/news-32/1305962435196100.xml&coll=1
Parents and teens were warned about the dangers of "sexting" at a Thursday night forum at Minnechaug Regional High School. Sgt. Karen Pitts of the Hampden County Sheriff's Department said sexting is the sending or receiving of sexually explicit or sexually suggestive images or videos via a cell phone.

Man threatened to put intimate photos of ex on Facebook - 05/21/11
http://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/local-news/man_threatened_to_put_intimate_photos_of_ex_on_facebook_1_3395189
A MAN from rural north Northumberland threatened to post intimate pictures of his teenage ex-girlfriend online after their relationship broke down. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in court in Berwick last week charged with harassing his ex-girlfriend’s father and grandmother.

Cyber stalker of CBC teen actress gets 18 months in jail - 05/21/11
http://www.vancouversun.com/Cyber+stalker+teen+actress+gets+months+jail/4821765/story.html#ixzz1NBC3maua
A 39-year-old truck driver is serving an 18-month jail sentence for cyber stalking a 16-year-old actress in a popular CBC series. It is the first case in B.C. involving a cyber stalker of a celebrity using social media.

RI House endorses domestic cyberstalking law - 05/21/11
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/RI-House-endorses-domestic-cyberstalking-law-1389731.php
Using the Internet to harass a relative or household member would be considered domestic violence under legislation winning support in the Rhode Island General Assembly.

City may face $10 million lawsuit in harassment case - 05/21/11
http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2011/05/21/news/doc4dd6bf6a20c78578896591.txt
A harassment and cyber-stalking case has led to a possible $10 million lawsuit against the city for malicious prosecution. Jeffrey Spears has had multiple charges and convictions for stalking people online and threatening a city police officer in 2010 and 2011, City Attorney Wallace Long said.

Safe habits shake off cyberstalking - 05/20/11
http://www.zdnetasia.com/safe-habits-shake-off-cyberstalking-62300418.htm
In today's increasingly connected world, tackling online dangers such as cyberstalking requires more than legal ammunition. That is why authorities such as Singapore's Media Development Authority (MDA), are continuously looking to educate users on safe and responsible Net use.

Six rising threats from cybercriminals - 05/20/11
http://pcworld.co.nz/pcworld/pcw.nsf/feature/six-rising-threats-from-cybercriminals
Hackers never sleep, it seems. Just when you think you've battened down the hatches and fully protected yourself or your business from electronic security risks, along comes a new exploit to keep you up at night. It might be an SMS text message with a malevolent payload or a stalker who dogs your every step online. Or maybe it's an emerging technology like in-car Wi-Fi that suddenly creates a whole new attack vector.

Student Asks For Names, Addresses Of Bullies' Parents - 05/20/11
http://www.wmur.com/news/27965682/detail.html#ixzz1NBDm62uv
A student at Winnacunnet High School who said she is being severely bullied by two classmates asked a judge to release the names of the alleged bullies' parents before prom Saturday night. Jay Nadeau, attorney for the girl and her family, said the bullying started last year and started becoming more serious in October.

Malicious neighbour admits web harassment spree - 05/19/11
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calgary/Malicious+neighbour+admits+harassment+spree/4812967/story.html
Annoyed at his neighbours calling city bylaw enforcement about him and another neighbour, Michael Kenzie MacLeod embarked on a nine-month spree of ruthlessly harassing them through the Internet. MacLeod, 35, who said he was formerly friends with Robert and Kathy Smith, set up e-mail accounts in their name that resulted in fictitious ads being placed on a local Internet website to sell merchandise.

What you can do to erase yourself from the Internet - 05/19/11
http://www.kypost.com/dpp/news/science_tech/what-you-can-do-to-erase-yourself-from-the-internet1305819151426
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? For one Arizona woman, her digital identity led to vicious cyberstalking.

Girl reports harassment on Skype, Facebook - 05/18/11
http://www.galesburg.com/news/x941159034/Girl-reports-harassment-on-Skype-Facebook
A 15-year-old Galesburg girl was reported to have been a victim of Internet harassment earlier this week. The girl told her mother an older-sounding man had threatened to release a video of her to everyone she knows via Facebook if she did not talk to him on Skype.

"Sexting" could be added to school conduct code - 05/17/11
http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/news/orange_news/051711-sexting-could-be-added-to-school-conduct-code#ixzz1NBEuS3GS
In this year's Orange County Public Schools student code of conduct, the section on abuse of electronic communication devices informs students that they are forbidden from using their cell phones for cyber stalking, bullying, or harassment.

Five teenagers facing jail after 'hunting down' and killing boy, 15, at Victoria Station in attack planned on Facebook - 05/17/11
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1387599/Five-teenagers-facing-jail-hunting-stabbing-death-boy-15-Victoria-Tube-station.html
Five teenagers were facing jail today for the killing of a 15-year-old boy who was 'hunted down' and stabbed at a London Tube station in an attack planned on Facebook. Rush-hour commuters looked on in horror as Sofyen Belamouadden was chased across a concourse at Victoria station in London by 20 youths charging at him with weapons including a samurai sword.

Hacker strikes, but columnist strikes back - 05/17/11
http://www.startribune.com/business/122063704.html
I don't know whether it's because of the recent thefts of e-mail addresses from e-mail outsourcing firm Epsilon and others, but the "stranded in London" scam is popular again. Last week, a co-worker and I both received copies of a familiar, two-year-old e-mail phishing scheme. Mine appeared to be from a business acquaintance and said...

Monday, May 16, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - May 16, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...This is a neat story
Car stolen from NJ in 1975 recovered in Calif.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110512/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_hot_wheels_recovered

A classic muscle car stolen from New Jersey's largest city nearly 36 years ago has been recovered on the other side of the country.

A Santa Maria, Calif., man bought the 1969 Chevy Camaro SS from a seller on eBay in February. But Keith Williams tells KSBY-TV he contacted the California Highway Patrol after certain features of the car didn't match the model.

Police discovered the vehicle was stolen from Newark, N.J., on July 8, 1975.

The original owner, Janice Maffucci, told the TV station the car was stolen from the post office where her father worked. She can't believe the vehicle was recovered.

Maffucci says she plans to sell the car.

Police are tracing the registration in hopes of finding the thief.

Hacker, 19, who ruined stranger's web business 'for a game' is spared jail ... so he can continue law degree - 05/16/11
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1387564/Hacker-Zachary-Woodham-ruined-strangers-web-business-game-spared-jail.html
A computer hacker who ruined a man's internet firm 'for a game' and was caught with thousands of stolen bank account details has been spared jail - so he can carry on studying for a degree in law.

Google 'PageRank' Bully Pleads Guilty to Harassment, Fraud - 05/13/11
http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20110513/tc_pcworld/googlepagerankbullypleadsguiltytoharassmentfraud_1
The online merchant who notoriously bullied his customers--in hopes that they would be inspired to leave him bad online reviews and subsequently up his Google PageRank--pled guilty to several counts against him on Thursday.

Facebook hired PR firm to smear Google - 05/12/11
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/8509281/Facebook-hired-PR-firm-to-smear-Google.html
Facebook has admitted hiring a top public relations firm to spread anti-Google stories to the US press.

Legal Blog ‘Above The Law’ Sued for $50 Million Over Rape Story - 05/11/11
http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/above-the-law-sued-rape-story_b35432
Popular legal industry gossip blog Above The Law and its parent company, Breaking Media, are being sued by Chicago attorney Meanith Huon, reports Forbes Mixed Media, for an erroneous blog post about rape that allegedly destroyed Huon’s reputation.

4 bragged online about Texas robbery - 05/11/11
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110512/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_facebook_houston_robbery
Authorities say four people were indicted in a Houston bank robbery after bragging about it on Facebook. Federal prosecutors say two former tellers at the International Bank of Commerce recruited a boyfriend and a brother to steal more than $62,000 on March 23.

You Never Know Who Is Watching on Facebook - 05/11/11
http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/DC--You-Never-Know-Who-Is-Watching-on-Facebook-121637719.html
Facebook wants to be clear: Those apps that promise to let you know who is looking at your profile do not really work. To answer the questions many of his Stafford County constituents had about their online privacy, U.S. Congressman Rob Wittman, (R.-Va.), invited a representative from Facebook to brief residents on the social media site's security.

Ex-teacher accused in smear campaign - 05/11/11
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Man-accused-of-launching-smear-campaign-against-1373454.php
A former elementary school teacher was arrested Monday night, accused of conducting an elaborate smear campaign against a female acquaintance's husband. Lance Barry Campbell, 39, was in Bexar County Jail on charges of online harassment, attempt to posses child pornography, harassment and tampering with evidence by destroying it. A judge set bail at $550,000.

Issaquah Girl Pleads Not Guilty To Cyberstalking Classmate On Facebook - 05/10/11
http://www.kirotv.com/news/27841970/detail.html
A 12-year-old Issaquah girl charged with cyberstalking and computer trespass pleaded not guilty to both charges Tuesday in Seattle. The girl is accused of hacking into Leslie Cote's Facebook account, posting sexually explicit photos and sending out messages soliticing for sex.

Don't be a Target of Online Harassment - 05/10/11
http://www.wvva.com/Global/story.asp?S=14621559
Local students and parents learned how to keep themselves safe from online bullies at the Princeton Library. West Virginia State Police Cpl. Michael Summers says since summer is coming, kids will spend more time on their computers. This means there's more of a chance that they'll get into cyber mischief.

Surrey man pleads not guilty to stalking and shooting Illinois woman - 05/10/11
http://www.bclocalnews.com/surrey_area/cloverdalereporter/news/121581619.html
A Surrey man accused of killing his former girlfriend in Illinois after researching the state law on the death penalty, pleaded not guilty in a U.S. courtroom Monday. Surrey's Dmitry Smirnov, 20, turned himself in to police not long after Jitka Vesel was repeatedly shot in a parking lot in Oak Brook, a suburb outside of Chicago in western Illinois.

Student who made sex-ranking list is arrested - 05/10/11
http://www.wlsam.com/Article.asp?id=2182903&spid=
A west suburban boy was arrested Monday for allegedly devising and circulating a list ranking 50 female Oak Park-River Forest High School girls by their sexual characteristics and alleged sexual behaviors.

Monday, May 09, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - May 9, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...What a bunch of croc
Ill. man who kept alligator to woo women charged
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110506/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_alligator_chick_magnet

A suburban Chicago man thought he had the perfect chick magnet in his pet alligator. Authorities only saw a dangerous animal.

A charge of possession of a dangerous animal has been filed against 43-year-old Dewayne Yarbrough of Ford Heights, who claims he kept the four-foot alligator to impress women.

Yarbrough told Cook County sheriff's investigators he kept the alligator in a small tank and fed it only 10 live mice a month to keep it from growing too large. He said he bought the gator five years ago in Indiana for $200.

Animal control investigators did not say how they learned of the alligator, which they found in Yarbrough's kitchen.

The alligator was taken Thursday to the Animal Welfare League and will be given to the Chicago Herpetological Society.

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'Injunction celebs’ chaos on Twitter - 05/09/11
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3570099/A-TWEETER-caused-chaos-last-night-by-claiming-to-out-stars-behind-super-injunctions.html
A TWEETER caused chaos last night by claiming to "out" stars behind super-injunctions. The social network site crashed as thousands tried to view the names of celebs supposedly hiding affairs with gagging orders. Famous footballers, actors and TV hosts have stopped newspapers running stories about their private lives.

Mayfair art dealer Mark Weiss in disgrace after admitting poison pen campaign against rival Philip Mould - 05/09/11
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/8498981/Mayfair-art-dealer-Mark-Weiss-in-disgrace-after-admitting-poison-pen-campaign-against-rival-Philip-Mould.html
He has spent much of his life tracking down lost treasures by old masters and styles himself as the sleuth of the art dealing world. But when Philip Mould, a Mayfair gallery owner and Antiques Roadshow regular, came under attack from a poison pen writer, his formidable skills of detection seemed to have failed him. For two years he fought to save his reputation, and his marriage, as false allegations of infidelity and financial problems were planted in newspapers and on the internet by an unidentified enemy.

Midland sex text security guard jailed for four months - 05/09/11
http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2011/05/09/midland-sex-text-security-guard-jailed-for-four-months-97319-28657063/#ixzz1LrcVgutS
A MIDLAND security guard who sparked a nationwide police hunt after bombarding women and girls with sexually explicit text messages has been jailed for four months. District Judge Layton told Michele Mancini: “Your phone messages were grossly offensive and caused your victims, some of whom were very young, a great deal of distress and in some instances fear.”

Social media creates predators and prey - 05/08/11
http://universe.byu.edu/node/15856
From creepy stalkers to crime fighters, both sides of crime are using social media to their respective advantage. Andrea Cowley, a behavioral science major from Sandy, has repeatedly been on the receiving end of cyber-stalking. “I’m seriously considering getting rid of my Facebook because of some kid,” Cowley said. “I’ve blocked him, ignored him and told him to leave me alone. He just creates new accounts and harasses me from a new profile.”

Cyberbullying takes hurt to a new level - 05/08/11
http://www.azdailysun.com/news/national/article_871c8ddd-1d83-5610-a95a-71deeda5080a.html
It used to be that a teenager who was pushed into a locker or taunted for somehow being different could escape to the haven of home after school. Not any longer. Bullying has expanded beyond the playground and into the personal space of students. Even in their bedrooms, kids often can't escape the threats of bullies, thanks to cruel texts, phony Facebook profiles, even online gaming.

Twitter fakes put big names at risk - 05/08/11
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/twitter-fakes-put-big-names-at-risk-20110507-1edce.html
AFTER the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BPGlobalPR opined on Twitter: ''Catastrophe is a strong word. Let's all agree to call it a whoopsie daisy.''And following the death of Michael Jackson, the British media went into a spin after the former foreign secretary David Miliband tweeted, ''never has one soared so high and yet dived so low. RIP Michael''.

Town warns workers on Web rules - 05/08/11
http://articles.boston.com/2011-05-08/news/29523061_1_social-media-social-networks-town-employees
The town of Sherborn maintains a simple presence on the Internet with a fairly straightforward website. There are department listings, a calendar, an e-mail portal, and an online bill-paying portal but no Twitter or Facebook links and no blogging.

Village Clan's £2.2million Child Porn Empire - 05/07/11
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3567820/Evil-clan-used-giant-computer-to-control-global-child-porn-empire.html
AN evil clan used a giant computer to control their global child-porn empire from a tiny village with just 75 residents. The sickos used the monstrous machine to send 5.5MILLION depraved images to perverts across the world - raking in £2.2million.

Fake Facebook victim in sex e-mail barrage - 05/07/11
http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/9013340.Fake_Facebook_victim_in_sex_e_mail_barrage/
A COMPUTER expert has been ordered to carry out unpaid work after using his father-in-law’s details to set up a Facebook account without his knowledge. Timothy Guise, of Victoria Street, Barbourne, Worcester, was sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work and told to pay £320 in compensation to Peter Derbyshire, having admitted harassment without violence at an earlier hearing at Worcester Magistrates Court.

Mother's Plea As Web Suicide Guru is Caged - 05/06/11
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3565702/Brits-family-hit-out-after-sicko-who-goaded-him-into-hanging-himself-gets-only-10-months-in-jail.html#ixzz1LZI2Lrkz
A SUICIDE Brit's family hit out yesterday after a web sicko who goaded him into hanging himself was jailed for just ten months. Warped William Melchert-Dinkel, 48, stalked "suicide chatrooms" posing as a sympathetic woman nurse.

Spanish students cause havoc with mass party - 05/06/11
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/06/spanish-students-organise-paella-protest
A massive party organised by students using social networking sites brought university classes to a standstill on Thursday in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia. The law and economics faculties at the city's university had to close their doors as drunken students began to run amok after more than a thousand people had gathered for an outdoor bring-a-bottle party at the campus.

Man who faked porn of ex-girlfriend denied court diversion - 05/06/11
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/national/northeast/view/20110506man_who_faked_porn_of_ex-girlfriend_denied_court_diversion/srvc=home&position=recent
A Brooklyn, N.Y., man accused of tarnishing his ex-girlfriend’s name by distributing fraudulent pornographic images of the Greenwich private school teacher on the Internet was denied entry into a court diversionary program for the second time Thursday during a hearing in state Superior Court. As Matthew John Bartnik, 29, of 326 81st St., stood in court, Judge William Wenzel told him it was time to deal with the consequences of his actions. "Unfortunately, there are times when each of us have to be held accountable for our actions, which is not always pleasant," Wenzel said. "Some actions are too significant and too harmful to others to be eligible for a program."

11-Year-Old's iPod Leads to Cyberstalking - 05/05/11
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/11-Year-Olds-iPod-Touch-Leads-to-Cyberstalking-121313124.html
Police in Haverford Township are searching for the person they say began cyberstalking an 11-year-old girl last month. Authorities say that in April, the child was chatting on her iPod Touch with someone she believed was a 12-year-old boy ­ that is, until that person began making threats.

Leidecker wants e-mails thrown out in Gablinske case - 05/04/11
http://www.eastbayri.com/detail/142860.html
John Leidecker, the state teachers’ union official accused of circulating fake e-mails last fall in the name of former state Rep. Douglas Gablinske, is seeking to have those e-mails thrown out of court.

First case of online "spoofing" filed with the Bexar County DA - 05/04/11
http://www.woai.com/news/local/story/First-case-of-online-spoofing-filed-with-the/AcKYetB8Z0iP90KDDfajOw.cspx
Facebook and YouTube are designed to be fun and a good way to connect with people , but one woman learned it can really hurt your reputation too. It's the first case of "spoofing" filed at the Bexar County District Attorney's Office. The woman discovered an angry ex-boyfriend assumed her identity, and then created a Facebook page under her name.

Man arrested for stalking Serena Williams - 05/04/11
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/tennis/man-arrested-for-stalking-serena-williams/story-e6frfgao-1226049580964
A MAN who said he was in love with tennis star Serena Williams has been arrested near her Florida home for allegedly stalking her. Patenema Ouedraogo, 40, was arrested around 2am in Palm Beach Gardens and charged with stalking and cyber-stalking.

Remorseful man who sent email threat to Rep. Snyder gets probation - 05/03/11
http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2011/may/03/remorseful-man-who-sent-email-threat-to-rep-gets/
Before being sentenced to five years of probation on Tuesday, Manuel Pintado apologized in court for sending a threatening email to Republican state Rep. William Snyder in January, which resulted in the Massachusetts man's arrest on charges that could have put him in prison for 20 years.

Sewickley man pleads guilty to reduced federal charge - 05/03/11
http://www.timesonline.com/news/sewickley-man-pleads-guilty-to-reduced-federal-charge/article_66a43314-63c4-52c6-ae30-b210623b06d8.html
A Sewickley man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a federal charge of lying to federal officials after being charged last year with cyberstalking. Mark Juliano, 51, will probably face probation after pleading guilty to the lesser charge, in which prosecutors in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh said he gave false information when he tried to obtain a passport in 2010.

Monday, May 02, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - May 2, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...I was wondering where those crop circles came from

Man steals lawnmower from Conn. school
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110429/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_lawnmower_theft

Authorities say a man who was drunk and looking for a place to sleep broke into a trailer behind a Connecticut high school, then instead stole keys to a lawnmower and went for a joyride during which he mowed his parents' lawn.

Police in East Lyme say 22-year-old Nikolaus Trombley was caught on tape early Wednesday stealing the lawnmower from East Lyme High School.

Police say Trombley told them he was looking for the keys to the school when he found the keys to the lawnmower. He rode it three miles to his parents' house, mowed the lawn and started to head back to the school but abandoned the mower on the way.

He's charged with third-degree larceny and burglary.

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Tween girls charged for cyber-stalking on Facebook - 05/02/11
http://www.examiner.com/women-s-issues-in-national/tween-girls-charged-for-cyber-stalking-on-facebook
Two preteen girls from King County, Washington, accused of hacking into a classmate’s Facebook page and posting sexually explicit photos and messages, have been charged with cyber-stalking and first-degree computer trespassing.

Trooper Talk: Sexting can land teenagers in jail - 05/01/11
http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2011/04/trooper_talk_sexting_can_land.html
Q: Can teens really go to jail for “sexting”? A: Yes they can. But first let me explain what “Sexting” is and the many problems that arise from it. Sexting is a current hot topic in area high schools, as school administrators are forced to deal with its fallout on a daily basis.

Facebook used in 90 percent of divorce cases - 05/01/11
http://www.wtsp.com/news/reporter/article/189649/79/Facebook-used-in-90-percent-of-divorce-cases
A St. Petersburg attorney says Facebook and social media are used in 90 percent of her divorce cases. "You get a little bit of everything that happens on Facebook," said Carin Constantine.

New internet law to be tested by Skype sex claims - 04/30/11
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/new-internet-law-to-be-tested-by-skype-sex-claims/story-e6frg6nf-1226047248774
The charge laid against two young men involved in the Australian Defence Force Academy Skype scandal is a relatively new offence created to deal with crimes committed on the internet and social media sites. Daniel McDonald, 19, and Dylan De Blaquiere, 18, were yesterday charged with using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.

Bristol Man Jailed On UConn Bomb Threat Charges - 04/29/11
http://articles.courant.com/2011-04-29/news/hc-uconn-bomb-threat-0430-20110429_1_bomb-threat-facebook-page-aluminum-foil
A University of Connecticut student charged with making bomb threats that closed the West Hartford campus and with manufacturing a bomb from household items remained jailed on $750,000 bail Friday. A judge lowered Komail Hasan's original $1 million bail but would not go lower than $750,000.

Teacher's Aide in Trouble, Facebook Harrassment - 04/28/11
http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/local/110428-teachers-aide-in-trouble-facebook-harrassment
A Facebook page has cost a teacher's aide her job. Lily Dinh Chau is also facing a charge of online harassment. Authorities say the 26-year-old created a Facebook page using the identity of a coworker at Westfield High School: teacher Adriana Cedillo.

Aspen woman arrested for alleged e-mail threats to church pastor - 04/28/11
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_17949062
Aspen resident Jan Hamilton was arrested Wednesday on 13 felony counts connected to a string of allegedly threatening e-mails she sent to a church pastor and some of his congregation members. She was released later in the day after posting $40,000 bond.

Facebook Adds New Meaning to Parental Oversight - 04/27/11
http://cheshire.patch.com/articles/facebook-adds-new-meaning-to-parental-oversight
I remember the day I joined Facebook. Another day I remember is the day my mom joined Facebook. When I received the email alert that my mom had requested to be friends with me, I did not hesitate to “Confirm” that request.

Electronic stalking earns man prison term - 04/27/11
http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/the_intelligencer_news/electronic-stalking-earns-man-prison-term/article_7e6ecea2-b0dd-5680-9051-dbe6b96f0af5.html
Montco Court Briefs - An Upper Moreland man this week received a state prison sentence for electronically stalking a former girlfriend even when he was behind bars. Matthew H. Hairston-Johnson, 24, of the 3800 block of Blair Mill Road, was sentenced to a combined two to four years in state prison that will be followed by a three-year probation sentence after he completes his parole.

Woman Sues American Apparel For Leaking Nude Photos Online - 04/27/11
http://www.wsbt.com/news/ktla-american-apparel,0,6523803.story
A woman who accused American Apparel CEO Dov Charney of keeping her as a teenage sex slave is now suing him and his clothing retailer for defamation. In the complaint, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the former American Apparel saleswoman and two other women say Charney posted nude pictures of them on the Internet.

Married woman lavishes $10k on internet boyfriend... only to find fireman 'lover' was an elaborate hoax by another woman - 04/27/11
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1381092/Married-woman-seduced-fake-internet-boyfriend-launches-fraud-case-hoaxer.html
A married woman who spent $10,000 on a fake boyfriend she was allegedly duped into having an online relationship with has won a battle to take the case to court. Paula Bonhomme was seduced with messages and emails from the imaginary fireman she met on TV series 'Deadwood' chat rooms in 2005.