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Monday, June 27, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - June 27, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Gotta love stupid criminals

Dude! NY man's tossed pot lands on police cruiser
State police say a man's effort to ditch some drugs from a moving car in western New York didn't exactly go as planned.

Troopers with the state police Thruway detail say 20-year-old Sean Schmidt was standing with his upper body sticking out the sunroof of a vehicle traveling on Interstate 190 in Buffalo late Monday night.

When a trooper following in a state police cruiser activated the car lights to pull the other vehicle over, Schmidt threw a small bag of marijuana, which landed on the hood of the trooper's car.

Troopers say Schmidt was ticketed for marijuana possession and not wearing a seatbelt.

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From Data-Dates to Cyberstalking - 06/27/11
Nick Paumgarten’s article about online dating sites in this week’s issue examines the ways that technology has changed the mating game. Paumgarten traces the advent of computer-assisted dating back to 1966, when Lewis Altfest and Robert Ross came up with a program called Operation Match.

North Carolina Teacher Charged with Cyberstalking Student - 06/27/11
A middle school teacher has been charged with cyberstalking one of her 13-year-old students. Megan Mantooth, 26, is a popular eighth grade math teacher at Burgaw Middle School, located in Burgaw, North Carolina, where her husband is a deputy sheriff. Mantooth has been charged with cybertalking, allegedly sending "hundreds" of text messages to her student, which included "a lot of sexual innuendos," according to the boy's mother, Elizabeth Graham.

Is the internet bringing out your dark side? - 06/27/11
Do you send emails and texts without thinking? Or impulsively splurge online? A new book says technology is changing our personalities - for the worse Back in the good old days, celebrities used to get drunk at awards ceremonies, hurl insults and occasionally punches at each other. But these days the internet is the virtual bar where they brawl.

Cyber-Bullying Law Incites National Debate - 06/26/11
Tennessee's new law on cyber-bullying, that goes into effect Friday, is stirring nationwide debate and generating much criticism. But as much a fan of Facebook as Nashville transplant Mitch Ebie is, the accountant at Nissan admits he keeps his personal site G-rated. "I don't have pictures of me on there, with like my shirt off," Ebie told NewsChannel 5 Sunday, while working on his MacBook at Fido in Hillsboro Village.

Man accused of sending vulgar emails - 06/26/11
A Gastonia man emailed vulgar remarks to another man in an attempt to initiate a sexual relationship, according to arrest warrant affidavits. Kevin H. Moore, 47, of 1407 Shannon Bradley Road, was charged with cyberstalking.

One in five girls aged 18 admit to sending revealing images over the internet, survey finds - 06/25/11
CHILDREN as young as five are using Facebook and want their parents to help keep them safe online. A Federal Government report into internet use among young Australians - released during the week - also found tech-savvy children want their parents to learn more about social networking to bridge the generation gap.

Former Hannemann Aide Admits Anonymous Attacks - 06/25/11
A former aide to Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann admitted he made anonymous Internet attacks on political opponents. In 2008, pro and anti-rail transit groups battled over both the rail referendum and the Hannemann re-election.

Undressing on cyber space - 06/24/11
You probably accepted a friend request from an unknown person on Facebook who you shared with a few mutual friends. Then you started chatting online, your new male friend picked your contacts and then soon became a bother with the numerous unsolicited phone calls.

Man Harassing Ex Via Billboard Is Ordered to Remove It Immediately - 06/24/11
In the newest ruling from New Mexico, a state district judge has signed an order of protection against an Alamogordo man who purchased a billboard that implied his ex-girlfriend had an abortion, ruling that the billboard be immediately removed. A previous Domestic Violence court commissioner also stated that the billboard must be taken down, declaring it part of a “pattern of emotional harm and harassment,” but the creator refused to comply with the recommendation.

In brief: TV’s Judge Judy can’t settle suit for harassment in Collierville - 06/24/11
A hearing for a harassment complaint that bounced from television’s Judge Judy to the Collierville Town Hall was postponed Thursday. The arraignment hearing for Rachel Bates was rescheduled to July 26. Bates of Designer Digs was charged with harassment by Collierville resident Amy Smith after Bates placed an ad on Craigslist for a “divorce sale” at the home of Smith and her husband Brandon.

Man charged with posting woman’s info on Craigslist - 06/23/11
A Sycamore man has been charged with a misdemeanor offense after reportedly posting a woman’s contact information and offers for sex on an Internet website. Alexander P. Dominguez, 25, of the 700 block of South Main Street, is accused of posting a woman’s name, phone number and workplace information, along with offers of sexual contact, on the classified website Craigslist.

Facebook harassment charge highlights lack of online rules - 06/23/11
The arrest of a Port Macquarie teenager after he allegedly created an anti-police Facebook page has not surprised some in the information technology industry. The 18-year old has been charged with harassing police through a page titled "All Port Macquarie Police are Corrupt".

NYS Sexting and Cyberbullying Prevention Bill Goes To Governor Cuomo - 06/23/11
New York Lawmakers have passed a bill that provides youth charged with "cyberbullying" or "sexting" an option other than a permanent criminal record. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports. Recent headlines have highlighted the consequences of the growing epidemics of cyberbullying and sexting among youth in our society. The New York State Assembly and Senate have passed legislation that requires the development of an educational program about the numerous perils of sexting and cyberbullying.

Auditor employee placed on leave after alleged email threats to Amy Broyles - 06/23/11
An employee of the Knox County Auditor’s office has been placed on paid administrative leave for allegedly making email threats to Knox County Commissioner Amy Broyles, Knox County officials said today. David Cox, an auditor in the office of County Auditor Richard Walls, has worked there since Jan. 16, 2009 at a salary of $42,601.

Nathan Kotylak in hiding due to Internet threats but still active online - 06/23/11
Natahn Kotylak, the 17-year-old Canadian Olympic water polo hopeful caught attempting to set fire to a police car during the Vancouver riots, has been seen maintaining an online presence despite claims that harassment and intimidation from the Internet caused the Kotylak family to flee their home.

Botox and texting may not mix - 06/23/11
Anyone contemplating Botox treatments for excessive sweating might want to consider the case of a U.S. teen-ager. The 17-year-old girl, a typical whiz at sending text messages from her phone, had Botox injections to control excessive sweating on her palms -- and afterwards, she couldn't text as well, according to a case study published in Archives of Dermatology.

Tallahassee man returns to face stalking charges - 06/22/11
Bond was set at $50,000 this week for a Tallahassee man charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend in Jackson County. Huan Doan, 32, turned himself in to police earlier this week, two months after warrants had been issued for his arrest. The Marianna Police Department had asked the United States Marshal Service to help locate and take Doan into custody, after he allegedly fled the area in April to avoid arrest. Doan presented himself to police Monday.

Schoolboy murdered ex-girlfriend 'for a free breakfast' - 06/22/11
A schoolboy murdered a former girlfriend after he was promised a free breakfast if he carried out the killing, a jury heard today. Rebecca Aylward, 15, of Maesteg, near Bridgend, south Wales, was battered to death within weeks of the chilling bet with a friend.

Apartment Complex Confrontation Goes Viral - 06/22/11
A YouTube video showed a dispute over a Downtown Cedar Rapids apartment getting ugly. Now police say they’re conducting an investigation. That investigation stems from an incident that happened here in the Roosevelt Apartment Complex here in Downtown Cedar Rapids.

Parole violation alleged in Facebook case - 06/21/11
A Michigan woman sentenced for taunting a terminally ill girl on Facebook and trying to run another neighbor over is violating her probation, neighbors claim. Jennifer Petkov, who was ordered to move out of her Trenton home during her 18-month probationary sentence, has been sneaking back into the home where her husband and children still live and has resumed taunting her neighbors with Internet postings, neighbors told The Detroit News.

Students post angry comments against blogger - 06/21/11
A recent internet blog entry spurred a series of angry responses from local high school students and an apparent trespassing incident in town. About two weeks ago, Patch blogger Joel Hellmann posted a column titled “Pigs Just Tip of Manure Pile on Senior Prank Day.” The column criticized the Barrington High School students who conducted some pranks at the school ­ they let loose two pigs and a rooster inside the halls of the high school ­ in early June.

Monday, June 20, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - June 20, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Gotta love stupid criminals

Prison escapee caught after knocking on wrong door

An escaped convict was caught following a day on the loose after he knocked on a cabin door ­ only to find out the man renting the lodge was an off-duty guard at the prison he just fled.

Authorities said 39-year-old James Edward Russell took off from the Washington state penitentiary Tuesday morning. Early the next day, Russell ­ still wearing his prison uniform ­ went to the cabin asking to use the phone, said Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis on Thursday.

After a scuffle, Russell ran off again, Lewis said. The guard, whose name was being withheld by authorities, reported the incident and Russell was caught a few hours later.

He had been serving time for forgery and theft.

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DU law student charged with cyber stalking - 06/20/11
A Delhi University law student has been accused of stalking and threatening a woman online. He also created her fake profiles on social networking sites to defame her.

Student TV file sharer facing extradition to U.S. after arrest for 'running site providing links to pirated films and TV shows' - 06/18/11
A British university student faces being extradited to the United States for hosting a website which provided links to downloadable pirated films and TV shows. Undergraduate Richard O'Dwyer, a student at Sheffield Hallam University, was arrested late last month and is accused of criminal copyright infringement by U.S authorities.

Dad sues girl's bullies over Facebook video - 06/18/11
A Houston lawyer has sued three girls who made his daughter the target of a nasty video posted on Facebook, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Harris County, Texas. Last month, the Kingwood, Texas, students, who attend the same middle school, filmed themselves offering unkind words about a classmate, then uploaded the video to the social networking site, the civil complaint says.

Whistleblower: Daughter ranted; Mom has to pay - 06/18/11
Kyong Kessler was mad about the pockmarked driveway that cost her $5,400; a Hennepin County judge agreed that the job was less than perfect and ordered the contractor to pay $440 in damages. But when Kessler's daughter went online to blast the contractor's ethics and business practices, the company fought back and won a $2,000 judgment against Kessler for defamation.

Online Attacks -- Why So Many Feel Big When They Hide Behind A Screen - 06/18/11
I've often joked that the internet is the last place that beating up women in public is still considered acceptable. Ask any woman who writes online, be it politics, women's rights, often even parenting and more mundane social issues, and you will hear a nearly universal admittance that she has at some point been attacked for her views by at least one anonymous commenter. Not an "I disagree with you because x, y,z..." response, but a "You stupid bitch, why do you think you can write what you write."

Police probing Tim Burchett threats - 06/18/11
The Knox County Sheriff's Office is probing threats reported by at least one county commissioner and, most recently, County Mayor Tim Burchett. Burchett said he couldn't comment on threatening phone messages left for him this week because of the investigation, but he confirmed that they referred to the budget passed earlier this week.

FBI Investigates Hackers Threatening City Websites - 06/17/11
The FBI is investigating emails from hackers trying to stop the arrests of Food Not Bombs volunteers who serve meals to the homeless, according to officials. The hackers threatened to shut down Orlando city websites and officials said the hackers claimed to be part of the same group that hacked Sony and even some small countries.

More charges added against Schoenberger - 06/17/11
Some guys just can’t take no for an answer. After being charged earlier this week with 17 counts of telephone harassment, Scott Schoenberger, 40, 70307 J St., an inmate at St. Tammany Parish Jail, had a protective order filed against him by his ex-girlfriend, but has allegedly continued to make more telephone calls to her, this time, he allegedly made 11 harassing phone calls to the woman.

Vriezen: Free Speech? Not in Tennessee - 06/17/11
Many state legislatures have attempted to pass bills with vague and unclear wording in the past, but the diction of Tennessee’s new law could get a lot of Internet users in trouble. Beginning July 1, a law will be enacted that seems to allow the possibility of a Facebook user, Tweeter, blogger or news group being prosecuted for “emotional distress” suffered by a victim.

Puddick cleared of harassing wife's lover on internet - 06/17/11
Plumber Ian Puddick has been cleared of internet harassment after tweeting and blogging details of his wife's affair. Mr Puddick, 41, hailed it as "a victory for free speech and the small man", following the verdict at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Tackling the cyber stalkers - 06/17/11
The internet has helped social landlords communicate with tenants but it has also created a platform for the harassment of staff and residents alike. Carl Brown investigates. ‘He made threats against me and my family and I had to take my son out of school because he threatened to kill him.’

RI Senate Passes Cyberbullying Bill - 06/16/11
Late Thursday, the Rhode Island senate is expected to endorse a bill that creates a statewide policy to fight cyberbullying in schools.

Firm 'scams fans out of Take That tickets' - 06/14/11
HUNDREDS of Take That fans may have fallen victim to an online scam. People who bought tickets for this month’s concerts from Ticket Index have yet to receive them. The company claims on its website it has ­“technical difficulties”, but this was last updated in May and it is not answering phones.

Schools May Punish Students for Off-Campus, Online Speech - 06/14/11
Public schools may discipline pupils for their online speech spoken off-campus, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in two long-running cases testing student speech in the online world. However, in the cases decided Monday, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Pennsylvania school districts overreacted and breached the First Amendment rights of two students by disciplining them for mocking their principals online, using computers that were off the campus.

Judge to copyright troll: your lawsuits are shams, give it up - 06/14/11
Hugh from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez ,"In a decision with likely wide-ranging impact, a judge in Las Vegas today dismissed as a sham an infringement case filed by copyright troll Righthaven LLC. The judge ruled that Righthaven did not have the legal authorization to bring a copyright lawsuit against the political forum Democratic Underground, because it had never owned the copyright in the first place. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Fenwick & West LLP, and Las Vegas attorney Chad Bowers are defending Democratic Underground."

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Beware of "Help, I'm on Vacation, Got Robbed & Need you to send money" emails

Beware of emails like this!

I just got one of these (keep reading after for myadvice):


Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 05:51:58 -0700 (PDT)
From: pokermonsta
Subject: Vacation Problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To: undisclosed recipients: ;

I'm writing this with tears in my eye, my family and I came down here to Scotland for a short vacation and got mugged at the park of the hotel we stayed, all our cash, credit card and Cell Phone were stolen off us at GUN POINT but luckily for us we still have our passports with us but don't have enough money to sort the bills so we can get out of here.

We've been to the embassy and the police here but they're not helping issues at all and our flight leaves soon but we're having problems settling the hotel bills, and the hotel manager won't let us leave until we settle the bills, I'm freaked out at the moment and wondering if you could help us with a quick loan, I promise I'll refund it once we get back. Please write me so i can send you the info for the wire of the money to save me from the embarrassment of not being able to cover the bills.

I'm freaked out at the moment..



My friend's name is really Glenn and the Yahoo account in the from line looks suspiciously like his, although his is from I traced the email back to Nigeria (those darned Nigerian scammers). How did I do this? I'm going to show you, so that if you get something like this, you can file the proper complaints to the right ISP(s):

You usually see TO, FROM, DATE & SUBJECT lines in what are called the headers. What you need to do is "show full headers" in your email program. There a list of the most popular email programs with instructions on how to do this at the WHO@ web site:

When I got the full headers, they looked like this:

Delivery-date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 07:51:45 -0500
Received: from ([]:48638)
by with smtp (Exim 4.69)
(envelope-from )
id 1QWpZR-0004Dg-77
for; Wed, 15 Jun 2011 07:51:45 -0500
Received: from [] by with NNFMP; 15 Jun 2011 12:51:59 -0000
Received: from [] by with NNFMP; 15 Jun 2011 12:51:59 -0000
Received: from [] by with NNFMP; 15 Jun 2011 12:51:59 -0000
X-Yahoo-Newman-Property: ymail-3
Received: (qmail 35652 invoked by uid 60001); 15 Jun 2011 12:51:59 -0000
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; c=relaxed/relaxed;; s=s1024; t=1308142319; bh=VTrCcX9uPSZEAPmvP1bgcj2LDDwTGI+BCaMSllq5Vjs=; h=Message-ID:X-YMail-OSG:Received:X-RocketYMMF:X-Mailer:Date:From:Reply-To:Subject:To:MIME-Version:Content-Type; b=sGSZ62oQDiPS6gcCUnDArtJzPwR9GRcEbZwm+Fj/oiW5MQXJWAGytJCVMs6MJHbwJRmceS8Z1FG5ZrAx+gWIQMmXrEdr04iG3GBw8quK0gm04giW4TUjdLvrd6d8yNhclu2OUnDCndINq0ZtCYy/TZJ6cHuJV9ZBUjGnXkqEmO8=
Message-ID: <>
X-YMail-OSG: SuLa.ecVM1nXt2p27Jbi9pbDOwsXWg3_ByLTYFBmqM7l472
Received: from [] by via HTTP; Wed, 15 Jun 2011 05:51:58 PDT
X-Mailer: YahooMailClassic/14.0.1 YahooMailWebService/
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 05:51:58 -0700 (PDT)
From: pokermonsta
Subject: Vacation Problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To: undisclosed recipients: ;
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="0-190512440-1308142318=:35596"
X-Spam-Status: No, score=2.8
X-Spam-Score: 28
X-Spam-Bar: ++
X-Spam-Flag: NO

See all the extra hidden info there? Now, working from the bottom up, and usually the first Received: from line, you'll see a series of numbers, usually in brackets. This is the IP address, which is four sets of numbers with 1-3 numerals each. In this case, it's

Next, go to a WHOIS search engine (I use, put in the IP address and tada! It shows that the numbers trace back to Visafone in Nigeria and gives you the email addresses to report this to. I also noticed an email address,, which was the real email address.

To report this, you need to highlight the email, with the complete full headers and body of the email (the message) and open a blank email, then paste all of this into that email. Address it to and as well as (for and

In the Subject line, write: Scammer using your services, then send it. You probably won't get a reply, but at least you filed the complaint. Then email your friend at their real address and let them know their account has most likely been hacked by a virus/trojan they unwittingly opened and to change their password immediately.

Please repost/share this and stay safer online!

Monday, June 13, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - June 13, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Whoopsie

Box labeled `grandma's urn' left at Goodwill store

State police in Michigan are trying to find who left what appear to be a grandmother's cremated remains in an urn at a Goodwill store near Flint.

Fenton Goodwill store manager Allen Ryckman says "it's got to be the No. 1 or No. 2 weirdest item" the store has ever received. He says it appears to have come from a house that was cleaned out.

The Flint Journal says store workers found the box just before Easter.

The box has the label "grandma's urn." The cream-colored urn is about 10 inches tall and weighs about 10 pounds. It doesn't have any identifying marks or label.

The Michigan State Police Flint post asks anyone with information to call. Anyone with information may contact the Flint post at 810-732-1111.

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BMW Mini car worker caught selling stolen motor parts was rumbled when items were spotted on eBay - 06/13/11
A car worker at the BMW Mini factory who was caught selling stolen car parts on eBay when an investigator spotted the items on screen, a court heard. Safouane Selatnia was found with 26 amplifiers and 10 air-conditioning pumps worth £24,876 and later admitted to two counts of handling stolen goods.

Revealed: True identity of blogger behind 'A Gay Girl in Damascus'... a 40-year-old American man - 06/13/11
The true identity of internationally renowned blogger 'A Gay Girl in Damascus' has been revealed as a 40-year-old American man. Tom MacMaster, a student at the University of Edinburgh, wrote an apology on the blog today, confessing that the entire thing was a hoax.

'Cuckold' case will test the limits of the internet - 06/12/11
Plumber whose wife had a 10-year affair was investigated by an elite serious crime unit and faces charges for pursuing his grievances online

Students' Facebook sites shut down as Education Queensland hires cybercop to tackle misuse - 06/12/11
A FORMER undercover detective has been hired by Education Queensland to hunt down cyber-bullies and troublemakers as schools grapple with an explosion in inappropriate web behaviour. In the past week alone, almost 30 offensive sites have been shut down by the cyber cop, including Facebook pages where pupils anonymously rated sexual conquests out of 10 and publicly ridiculed partners who were unimpressive.

Sex Offender Arrested For Graphic Texts - 06/11/11
Alamance County deputies say they have arrested a registered sex offender after he sent graphic text messages. Investigators said 67-year-old Howard Michael Bailey was charged with cyberstalking Friday after the person who received the messages called police.

Still no answers in investigation of notorious Facebook page - 06/11/11
No charges have yet been filed in the nearly four-month-long investigation into a now-infamous Facebook page that targeted Beaver County teens with sexually explicit and derogatory comments. The page, titled "Beaver County Hoez(new)," was created Feb. 22 on the prominent social networking site and displayed the names and personal information of more than two dozen young women, many apparently younger than 18.

Dismissed Firefighter Charged With Cyberstalking, Making Threats - 06/10/11
A Polk County firefighter who was fired Wednesday allegedly for posting threats against superiors on his Facebook page has been jailed on charges of aggravated cyberstalking and threatening public officials.

Jailed man accused of making harassing calls - 06/10/11
A Covington-area man jailed earlier this week for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend is now accused of harassing her with 17 phone calls from behind bars.

From Sailor to Facebook Stalker - 06/09/11
An El Cajon man stalked a woman by adding GPS technology to her phone, following her into a bathroom stall and even creating a fake Facebook page so he could "friend" her despite a restraining order.

The untold story of hacking: burglary, fraud and computer viruses - 06/09/11
Demands were made in Parliament yesterday for the police investigation into illegal information-gathering at the News of the World to be widened as MPs heard claims that senior political and public figures were targeted by a notorious private investigator working for Rupert Murdoch’s News International.

Facebook Blackmail Bully, 18, is Caged - 06/08/11
A TEENAGE bully has become the first to be jailed for running a blackmail and protection scam on Facebook. Kristen Walker, 18, contacted a young hospital worker on the site after finding he had sent messages to his girlfriend.

Monday, June 06, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - June 6, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .What a bunch of croc

U.S. police shoot fake alligator
Police in a suburb in the state of Missouri recently encountered one tough alligator -- or so they thought.

Officers in Independence, a Kansas City suburb, responded to a call on a Saturday evening about a large alligator lurking on the embankment of a pond, police spokesman Tom Gentry said Thursday.

An officer called a state conservation agent, who advised him to shoot the alligator because there was little that conservation officials could do at that time, Gentry said.

As instructed an officer shot the alligator, not once but twice, but both times the bullets bounced off -- because the alligator was made of cement.

The property owner told police later that he placed the ornamental gator by the pond to keep children away. But residents had little to fear.

"There are no alligators around here, we are too far north, it's too cold," said Bill Graham, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Gentry acknowledged the incident is drawing a lot of attention.

"In hindsight, it's humorous," he said. "But we have to take every call seriously."

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Cyber-stalking - 06/06/11
When adults get involved in the act of cyber-bullying, it is referred to as cyber-stalking or cyber-harassment. Then act of cyber-stalking is perpetrated by adults toward adults, sometimes directed on the basis of sex.

Naked truth about Cape hot property - 06/05/11
Two estate agents have been dragged into a sordid scandal featuring nude photos, showhouse sex romps and industrial espionage - orchestrated by a jilted lover. Hristo Bukov spent last weekend in jail after allegedly posting graphic pictures of his ex-girlfriend on the internet, along with adverts for luxury properties in Cape Town.

Technology opens doors to creeps - 06/05/11
You know the dream, you're at school or work or on the street and you're naked. Very uncomfortable until you wake up, heart racing, in your bed. It was a nightmare or a comedy or, more than likely, a comedic nightmare. And now it's for real. Not literally, so much, but almost.

Police called to end cyber romance - 06/04/11
AN international romance, spanning the Pacific Ocean, that started with a click of a mouse has finished with a knock at the door. Police, following a request from an Illinois sheriff, this week went to a Rockhampton man's home to stop his cyber affair with a woman from Peoria, USA.

Are Debt Collectors Your "Friends?" Social Networks and Debt Collection - 06/03/11
The Federal Trade Commission recently held a seminar entitled "Debt Collection 2.0" and among the usual discussions of debt collection was a new topic: "Using Social Media for Debt Collection: Consumer Information, Collector Communications, and Privacy Issues." Using social media, like Facebook and Twitter for debt collection purposes is something new.

Calgarian harassed neighbours in anonymous online blitz - 06/03/11
A bitter dispute that involved a couple being harassed anonymously through the Internet has ended with their former neighbour being handed a conditional 12-month sentence, half of it under house arrest.

Dog Found Thanks To Facebook And Craigslist - 06/03/11
Facebook has been blamed for many hours of procrastination and stalking, but what about finding a lost dog? The Associated Press reports that Lucy, a golden retriever, went missing in Minnesota. A truck driver found the dog on the side of the road, and picked her up. Nobody knew who she belonged to, and so the truck driver took her along as a travel companion, ending up in Indiana.

"Unabomber" auction raises over $232,000 - 06/03/11
An online auction of "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski's personal belongings generated $232,246 to compensate his victims and their families, the U.S. Marshals Service said on Friday. The federal government held the court-ordered sale from May 18 until Thursday, as bidders snapped up 58 lots of items seized from Kaczynski during a 1996 raid of his remote cabin.

Xbox Gamer Allegedly Tricks SWAT Team Into Investigating Rival's Home - 06/02/11
An online gaming disagreement turned into a nightmare for a gamer who refused to do the bidding of a person he spoke to over Xbox Live. The victim alleges a rival somehow discovered his name, address and phone number, then falsely reported a murder-suicide at his home, causing a SWAT team to descend on his home.

Cyberstalking: When to Draw the Line - 06/02/11
I use social media often to promote my band, and mostly it's all well and good, but lately there's been a fan (stalker?) who "likes" everything I post on Facebook, retweets even the most banal things I say on Twitter, and once asked me to hang out with him.

Jeannette man charged with threats against Irwin police chief - 06/01/11
A Jeannette man, who has spent time in prison for threatening to blow up the Westmoreland County Courthouse, has now been charged with posting a threat to the Irwin police chief on Craigslist.

WWE legend The Ultimate Warrior is stalking Hulk Hogan, Makes more threats - 06/01/11
Over the last week, former WWE wrestler The Ultimate Warrior, now known as 'Warrior', has publicly threatened Hulk Hogan and says that karma will collect on Hogan. Warrior hints that he has something huge about Hogan to reveal to the public. However, making threats is just the beginning. Warrior has now graduated to 'cyber stalking' as Warrior created a Twitter account with the purpose to threaten Hogan some more.

A Paradoxical Remedy for Cyberstalking - 06/01/11
Scan the headlines and you’ll see a frightening wave of stories about cyberstalking. There even are draft laws hitting the books in some states (Illinois already has a law). The stories are bizarre, from the truck driver accused of stalking a teen actress to the case of a 12-year-old Washington-state girl charged with cyberstalking a classmate. Then there are the seemingly innumerable cases of jilted partners turned cyberstalkers.

Judge Raises Murder Suspect's Bail To $2M - 05/31/11
A state judge on Tuesday raised bail to $2 million for a Washington state man accused of killing a woman at a Big Island resort. Howard Philip Zimmerman, 46, is charged with second-degree murder, terroristic threatening and criminal property damage.

'Archaic' attitude to cyberbullying: expert - 05/31/11
A CYBER safety expert has described as ‘‘archaic’’ a Cranbourne principal’s failure to act on a vicious cyberbullying attack on one of his students. Susan McLean, who runs Cyber Safety Solutions and regularly advises government departments and schools, said Alkira Secondary College in Cranbourne should have protected the victim, a year 8 student, when she was attacked by another student on her Facebook page last week.