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Monday, October 31, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - October 31, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .I can just see some drunk coming out of a bar and thinking it was real-life "Planet of the Apes"
Runners suit up as gorillas for charity
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/10/30/Runners-suit-up-as-gorillas-for-charity/UPI-48291320012115/

More than a thousand runners dressed in ape suits took part in an annual 5K Gorilla Run for charity in Denver, event organizers said.

The eighth annual run in to raise money for the Denver-based Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund attracted more than 1,200 runners dressed in gorilla suits to the starting point at the Wynkoop Brewery Saturday, The Denver Post reported.

"It's strictly built on fun and raising awareness," said Frank Keesling, 46, who runs the event each year.

"We have to be the largest importer of gorilla suits in the country," Keesling joked.

Keesling said his mother Ruth, 83, is the real force behind the event.

Ruth Keesling became interested in gorilla conservation after she met primatologist Dian Fossey in 1983, her son said, and after Fossey was murdered in Rwanda in 1985 was determined to continue her work protecting the endangered mountain gorillas of Central Africa.

This year's event raised $90,000 for MGCF efforts in Africa, Frank Keesling estimated.

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Jail For Internet Harassment Boyfriend - 10/31/11
http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16100090
A man who used social netwokring sites to mount a year-long harassment campaign against his girlfriend has been sentenced to four months in jail. Shane Webber, 23, from Nottingham, posted sexually explicit images of his then girlfriend Ruth Jeffery, 22, to her family and friends. District Judge Anthony Callaway said the offence was a "gross violation of Miss Jeffery's privacy".

Hacked off with a life online - 10/31/11
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10762926
For the past week, a hacker has been occupying my email account. And he or she may still be there. A disembodied intruder, this person has been stalking my inbox, replying to messages, signing off with my nickname and refusing to let me in. He or she has been going through my personal history and making judgments about my character.

Taylor takes Swift action against website claiming it has 'topless private pic' of the country star - 10/31/11
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2055356/Taylor-Swift-takes-action-website-claiming-topless-private-pic-country-star.html
She's known for topping the charts. But Taylor Swift's lawyers say it's not her in a topless photo posted on a gossip website. The country singer's legal team is threatening to file a trademark-infringement lawsuit against the website Celebrity Jihad, after it posted a picture of a semi-nude woman claiming it is most likely Taylor.

Borrowed car sold on Craigslist - 10/29/11
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/10/29/Borrowed-car-sold-on-Craigslist/UPI-41611319875200/
Police in California said they were searching for a man accused of borrowing a woman's car and selling the vehicle on Craigslist. Auburn police said Laurel Rudolph, 55, loaned her car Oct. 6 to an acquaintance named Jeff Keller or Kellar and she filed a stolen vehicle report when he failed to return the vehicle at the agreed-upon time, the Auburn Journal reported Friday.

Hackers attempting to crack 600,000 Facebook accounts every day - 10/29/11
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2054994/Facebook-hackers-attempting-crack-600-000-accounts-day.html
Computer hackers attempt to break into at least 600,000 Facebook accounts using stolen username and password details every day, the social networking giant has revealed.

RISP arrest 2 cyber crime suspects - 10/28/11
http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/local_news/northwest/scituate-risp-arrest-2-cyber-crime-suspects
The Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit has arrested two cyber crime suspects. 42 year old Marisol Sharpless of North Providence is charged with Cyber Harassment.

Tulare man gets prison sentence in Internet harrassment case - 10/28/11
http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/article/20111029/NEWS01/110290319
A Tulare man who authorities said harassed, repeatedly threatened and falsely impersonated a woman on the Internet was sentenced to 32 months in state prison Friday. Michael Rosa, 36, received his sentence after being convicted of stalking, false impersonation, identity theft, and electronic harassment last month.

The nurses who gossip about patients on Facebook and how they are spying on their loved ones - 10/28/11
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2054436/The-nurses-gossip-patients-Facebook-spying-loved-ones.html
NHS staff are exposing highly sensitive information about patients up to five times a week by posting messages about them on Facebook, discussing illnesses in public or losing their medical files. Figures show that in the past 12 months doctors, nurses and admin workers breached patients’ confidentiality some 802 times.

Childless couple conned by fake surrogate are now parents - 10/28/11
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/10/28/childless-couple-conned-by-fake-surrogate-are-now-parents-115875-23519602/#ixzz1cNIxYTka
A CHILDLESS couple who were conned out of their savings by a fake surrogate mum have finally fulfilled their dream of parenthood. Samantha Cookes duped them out of almost £2,000 by pretending she would carry their child. Cookes, 23, was spared jail this week despite a judge condemning her “cruel and hurtful” fraud which left her victims heartbroken.

Surrogate mother hit with £135,000 medical bill after parents flee U.S. with baby twins... AND money they promised to pay her - 10/27/11
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2054031/Carrie-Mathews-surrogate-mother-left-217-000-medical-babies-Austria.html#ixzz1cNIXrOMs
A surrogate mother from Colorado has been hit with $217,000 in medical bills after delivering twins for an Austrian couple who have fled the U.S. with the children. Carrie Mathews says she nearly died delivering Rudolf and Teresa Bako's children in July after suffering severe complications.

Arrest made for cyberstalking - 10/27/11
http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20111028/NEWS01/110280335
Bernice resident Troy Jones has been accused of cyberstalking by the Union Parish Sheriff's Office. Jones, 39, of 150 Denham Road, is accused of leaving threatening messages and graphic sexual references as to what he would do to the victim. The messages were left on a patient advocates' answering machine at LSU Health Sciences Center in Monroe.

Cyberstalking breaks many ex-etiquette rules ­ and it's illegal - 10/26/11
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2011-10-26/features/os-ex-etiquette-102711-20111026_1_cyberstalking-etiquette-passwords
I'm going through a divorce. Yesterday I found out my soon-to-be ex hacked my email account and changed all my passwords so he could read my private business. Then he changed them back, thinking I wouldn't know ­ but they send an alert and my email comes through my phone, so I knew what he was doing.

Schoolboy sparked terror alert after tweeting bomb threats to Sky News - 10/25/11
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/twitter/8848094/Schoolboy-sparked-terror-alert-after-tweeting-bomb-threats-to-Sky-News.html
The schoolboy, who cannot be named, was arrested after he sent a string of fake terror bomb alerts to police and news organisations on Twitter in May this year. Croydon JPs heard how the GCSE schoolboy, of Sutton, Surrey, tweeted under a name which included 'Irishterror' and forced police to conduct a sweep of the House of Parliament and Victoria station on May 31.

San Diego cyberstalker must get psych exam - 10/25/11
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_19188639
A former Navy man who pleaded guilty to cyberstalking for spying on his ex-girlfriend's computer and tracking her through GPS must undergo a psychiatric evaluation before he's sentenced. City News Service says a judge in San Diego gave the order Monday for 30-year-old Michael Lutz. He'll now be sentenced in December and faces up to five years in prison.

Hotelier sues TripAdvisor after accusations she wrote fake positive reviews causes revenue to plummet by 75% - 10/25/11
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2053221/Hotelier-sues-TripAdvisor-accusations-wrote-fake-positive-reviews-causes-revenue-plummet-75.html
A hotelier is suing TripAdvisor over claims she has lost thousands of pounds in revenue after the travel website accused her of posting fake positive reviews. Deborah Sinclair is taking legal action after a 'red flag' was placed on the review page of the Riverside hotel which she owns in Evesham, Worcestershire.

Jealous boyfriend beat teenager unconscious in bid to get Facebook password believing she was having an affair - 10/24/11
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2052877/Boyfriend-beat-girlfriend-order-Facebook-password.html
A teenage girl was tortured into revealing her Facebook password by her boyfriend, a court heard yesterday. Jessica Herbert, 18, had a pencil rammed into her ear by 'obsessive bully' Jason Fleming.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - October 24, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Jewelry thief leaves name behind
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/10/24/Jewelry-thief-leaves-name-behind/UPI-67491319435371/

Police say a woman who stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from a shop in Obernburg, Germany, erred big time -- she left her name and address behind.

The 38-year-old woman allegedly grabbed a tray filled with about 10,000 euros ($13,900) worth of gold and silver jewelry and watches from a glass case Thursday, The Local reported.

Police had little trouble tracking her down. They said she had given her name and address to the store clerk shortly before the theft when she asked to have a bracelet cleaned.

She was arrested, eventually confessed and the stolen jewelry was recovered, The Local said.

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‘Stalking cop who made my life hell’ - 10/24/11
http://www.leightonbuzzardonline.co.uk/news/local-news/stalking_cop_who_made_my_life_hell_1_3177416
A VICTIM of a policeman who stalked vulnerable women by sending them explicit text messages says the harassment turned her from a confident and outgoing person into “a nervous wreck”. Eaton Bray mum Maria Snow, 48, who has waived her right to anonymity, was subjected to a daily barrage of texts and phone calls from former Leighton Buzzard PC Mark Wilkie after he attended an emergency at her home.

X Factor boyband singer Andy Merry reveals his sex stalker nightmare - 10/23/11
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/showbiz/television-news/2011/10/23/x-factor-boyband-singer-andy-merry-reveals-his-sex-stalker-nightmare-86908-23508745/
X FACTOR star Andy Merry claims he is being stalked by a sex-obsessed fan. The Scot says the girl has bombarded him with explicit texts and pictures after meeting her on the internet. Boyband pin-up Andy, 21, was targeted by Savannah Lopez after he gave her his mobile phone number on Facebook.

Facebook Harassment Case Draws Near - 10/23/11
http://trumbull.patch.com/articles/facebook-harassment-draws-near
An unusual case touching on accusations of underage drinking, sex, social media, Internet privacy and parenting is now on the jury docket in state Superior Court in Norwalk. With the case on Friday's firm jury docket, Teri Buhl is now closer to either a trial or plea agreement.

Sex harassment man thought female boss was seducing him like Sharon Stone - 10/21/11
http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/sex_harassment_man_thought_female_boss_was_seducing_him_like_sharon_stone_1_1105688
Ricardo Vinagre, 38, of Ingle Mews, Clerkenwell, believed project manager Sonya Reddy had flirted with him, wearing deliberately provocative clothes. And when Vinagre’s contract was not renewed, he was seen hiding behind pillars outside the offices and made scornful remarks about her to colleagues, City of London Magistrates’ Court heard.

Stalker stole my identity and left me living in fear, says renowned violinist - 10/21/11
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-24000979-stalker-stole-my-identity-and-left-me-living-in-fear-says-renowned-violinist.do
A leading solo violinist told how she is being hounded by a stalker who stole her identity online after she spurned his marriage proposal. Sian Philipps, who made her debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2004, claims that the American bombarded her friends and family with emails claiming to be her.

Judge says evidence in Kennewick stalking, teen sex cases allowed - 10/21/11
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2011/10/21/1687598/judge-says-evidence-in-kennewick.html#ixzz1bhpk4m00
A Kennewick man accused of offering girls money and drugs to watch him perform sex acts and stalking his ex-girlfriend against court orders sobbed Thursday after a judge refused to dismiss one of his cases or suppress evidence in both. Ryan Graichen, 35, now will face a Benton County Superior Court jury Monday for the Columbia Park sex case.

This LA man created 130 fake Facebook pages just to harass his ex-girlfriend - 10/20/11
http://thenextweb.com/facebook/2011/10/20/this-la-man-created-130-fake-facebook-pages-just-to-harass-his-ex-girlfriend/
I’ve definitely been subjected to a few harassing emails from ex-boyfriends in my day, but this is one situation that takes the cake in “crazy ex” stories. Reported today is the prosecution of 22 year old Los Angeles resident, Jesus Felix, who created ­ wait for it ­ 130 different Facebook pages in order to harass his 16 year old ex-girlfriend. Wow.

Skype Exploits: I know where you are, what you are sharing, and how to best stalk you - 10/20/11
http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/78986
Security researchers discovered several serious security and privacy flaws in Skype that even a 'high school-age hacker' could use to track not only users’ locations over time but also their P2P file-sharing activity. The security team warned that this information could easily be used for "stalking, blackmail or fraud."

Man held for posting nude pix on Facebook - 10/20/11
http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Man+held+for+posting+nude+pix+on+Facebook&NewsID=306365
Police today arrested a man for posting indecent photos of his ‘estranged girlfriend’ on Facebook by creating a fake account. Tapta Kumar Shrestha (37) of Teku, Kathmandu, created a fake profile of a woman, who’s identity has been withheld, on Facebook and posted dozens of lewd pictures and messages over a period of eight days, said SSP Devendra Subedi, Chief of Metropolitan Police Crime Division.

Criminals cash in on tax blunder: Internet scammers send fake 'rebate' email in bid to steal bank details - 10/20/11
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2050984/Hoax-warning-internet-scammers-send-fake-tax-rebate-email-bid-steal-bank-details.html
Internet scammers were today trying to trick taxpayers into giving away their bank details after it was revealed that millions are in line for a rebate. Six million people are set to receive a windfall of around £400 each as HM Revenue and Customs clears a Pay As You Earn backlog.

Facebook 'horror movie' sounds cyber-stalking alarm - 10/20/11
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/facebook-horror-movie-sounds-cyberstalking-alarm-20111020-1m9nn.html
Facebook is becoming an ever more intrusive feature of websites, but just how much of your personal life do you give up each time you click the "Connect with Facebook" button? The danger in exposing your personal life is being laid bare by Takethislollipop.com, a new site that turns the popular social network into a personal horror movie, which is creeping out hundreds of thousands of users across the web.

Lakeville woman convicted of harassing family may be released early - 10/20/11
http://www.twincities.com/ci_19160277?source=most_viewed
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said his office will challenge a judge's order that will release a 26-year-old Lakeville woman - guilty of stalking a prominent south-metro family - early from jail. Kaley Marie Hennessy, who is scheduled to be released Nov. 22, will have served about three months of her yearlong sentence. The early release requires that she not violate probation requirements, said the order by District Judge Richard Spicer.

Selena Gomez stalker 'has two stalking convictions - 10/19/11
http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/246346
The man who has been ordered to stay away from terrified actress/singer Selena Gomez, has a history of stalking, according to authorities in his native Illinois. The 'Wizards of Waverly Place' actress has been granted a restraining order against Thomas Brodnicki, after the 46-year-old allegedly told his psychiatrist that he was going to kill the star after having conversations with God about her.

Police: man threatened to kill wife, cops - 10/18/11
http://www.srpressgazette.com/news/pace-14186-charges-stalking.html
A Pace man was arrested Friday afternoon on numerous charges which stemmed from recent comments that included he would his wife, her family, as well as law enforcement. James Walter Robinson, 34, of Todd Street in Pace, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force from Pensacola after investigators received a tip that Robinson was at his fathers in Pace.

Ottawa teen poured out his pain on the Internet before taking life - 10/18/11
http://www.thespec.com/news/canada/article/611126--ottawa-teen-poured-out-his-pain-on-the-internet-before-taking-his-own-life
A gay Ottawa teen wrote openly on the Internet about the depression and bullying that led him to take his own life. Jamie Hubley chronicled his pain on a blog alongside photos of razor-scarred forearms and other suicidal images.

Trial begins in Facebook threats case - 10/18/11
http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111018/NEWS90/111019739/-1/NEWSMAP
Anthony Douglas Elonis' alleged Facebook threats to attack Dorney Park, kill his wife and slaughter a class of kindergartners scared some and terrified others, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.But when a jury weighs the evidence against Elonis, it won't have to consider whether he intended to threaten those people, but rather that he knew it could be perceived as a threat.

Former Naval Officer Caught Stalking Woman With GPS Tracking - 10/18/11
http://www.fieldtechnologies.com/former-naval-officer-caught-stalking-woman-with-gps-tracking/
Sentencing was delayed yesterday for a man who recently plead guilty to cyberstalking a woman in San Diego, CA. According to court documents, the ex-Navy man, Michael Lutz, made hundreds of calls to a woman’s telephone and tracked her through GPS tracking technology after she made clear their relationship was over. He once chased the victim throughout a shopping mall, followed her into a women’s bathroom and climbed under a locked stall to confront her.

Internet bigot Stephen Birrell jailed for eight months - 10/17/11
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-15333744
A man who posted sectarian comments on a Facebook page called "Neil Lennon Should be Banned" has been jailed for eight months. Stephen Birrell, 28, from Glasgow, admitted posting the religiously prejudiced abuse earlier this year.

Monday, October 17, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - October 17, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Italian retiree must prove he is alive
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/10/15/Italian-retiree-must-prove-he-is-alive/UPI-76611318697457/
A retired construction worker is struggling to prove to the Italian government he is still alive. Giulio Marchetto, 62, said he discovered when he inquired why he was no longer receiving his pension that the government had him listed as dead, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. Marchetto, who lives in Boschi Sant'Anna near Verona, is getting together the documents he needs to demonstrate he is still alive. "I don't why they stopped paying someone who's alive when there are so many swindlers getting pensions from dead relatives around the country," Marchetto said.
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Man Who Tracked Woman With GPS To Be Sentenced - 10/17/11
http://www.10news.com/news/29505613/detail.html
A former Navy man who made hundreds of calls to a woman's telephone and tracked her through GPS technology after she made clear their relationship was over is scheduled to be sentenced in San Diego Monday.

Googling your dates comes with risks - 10/17/11
http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Googling+your+dates+comes+with+risks/5559800/story.html
Dear Dating Girl: I met a guy last weekend at a party and we really hit it off. I gave him my number and told him to call me. When I got home, I Googled him and discovered some things about him that made me wonder if I should date this guy.

Woman CEO maligns female colleague on Net, detained - 10/17/11
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Woman-CEO-maligns-female-colleague-on-Net-detained/articleshow/10381833.cms
Cybercrime is usually perceived as the province of depraved men. But a disturbing trend has come to light of late. Increasingly, women are resorting to online tactics to achieve some nefarious end. Recently, the woman CEO of a multinational corporation's India operations was detained by the police for cyber-harassment of a co-worker in HR - also a woman.

Woman reunited with half-blind cat - 10/16/11
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/10/16/Woman-reunited-with-half-blind-cat/UPI-62531318801129/
A New York City woman says she was reunited with her cat, blind in one eye, after a year of searching online. "I always felt he was alive, even though I had down days," said Karen Hansen, 54, a Brooklyn special education teacher who was reunited with her cat Sammie Oct. 9, the New York Daily News reported.

Marshals arrest Pace man who threatened to kill wife and cops - 10/15/11
http://www.srpressgazette.com/news/pace-14159-robinson-marshals.html
A Pace man was arrested Friday afternoon on numerous charges which stemmed from recent comments that included he would his wife, her family, as well as law enforcement. James Walter Robinson, 34, of Todd Street in Pace, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force from Pensacola after investigators received a tip that Robinson was at his fathers in Pace.

Did Facebook Illegally Wiretap 150 Million People? Maybe! Probably Not - 10/13/11
http://abovethelaw.com/2011/10/did-facebook-illegally-wiretap-150-million-people-maybe-probably-not/
Earlier this week, the federal government got some heat for allegedly violating the common man’s electronic privacy by snooping around in email and the like. Today we have a lawsuit from Kentucky accusing a tech company, specifically Facebook, of doing nearly the same thing.

Feds Say Charges are Constitutional in Facebook Threat Case - 10/13/11
http://www.law.com/jsp/pa/PubArticlePA.jsp?id=1202518748853
Just days before a Pennsylvania man is scheduled to go on trial for making violent threats on Facebook, federal prosecutors are urging a judge to reject the man's challenge to the constitutionality of the federal cyberstalking statute.

Photos of Sara: The Fake Stalker and His Secret Tumblr - 10/12/11
http://www.theawl.com/2011/10/photos-of-sara-the-fake-stalker-and-his-secret-tumblr
Michael Walker was acting strangely. The 23-year-old Seattle soundman had just been re-introduced to Sara Merker, a college student a couple years older than he was, and the first thing he said was, "Can I take a picture of you for my blog?" This was the second time Merker had really talked with Walker.

Jo Yeates murder trial: Vincent Tabak’s online ‘cover-up’ - 10/11/11
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3864968/Jo-Yeates-murder-trial-Vincent-Tabaks-alleged-online-cover-up.html
KILLER Vincent Tabak used his computer to research the rate of decay for a corpse, the Jo Yeates murder jury heard yesterday. He went on Google after dumping his neighbour's body in a country lane and typed in the query: "How fast does a human body begin to decompose?"

U.S. agents defend Ontario pedophile-luring ploy - 10/10/11
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2011/10/10/us-ontario-pedophile-sting.html
U.S. authorities say their online portrayal of Ontario as a haven for child-sex tourism helped them catch four predators. The controversial website set up by the Department of Homeland Security was for the bogus firm Precious Treasure Holiday Co., which promised to arrange illegal encounters in Ontario for pedophiles.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

10 College Pranks That Resulted in Criminal Charges

10 College Pranks That Resulted in Criminal Charges - excellent article!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - October 10, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried: Woman finds bottled message, knows sender
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/10/08/Woman-finds-bottled-message-knows-sender/UPI-89891318060800/
A Swedish woman who discovered a more than 20-year-old message in a bottle in the Baltic Sea said she was shocked to realize she knew the sender.
Annica Winhagen said she discovered the bottled message, which was written in a child's handwriting, while sailing with her husband off the coast of Bonhamn, The Local reported Friday.
"Hi the one who finds the message in the bottle send a letter I like post cards," the message read.
Winhagen said she was surprised to recognize the name of the sender, Josefin Grund, as the daughter of a former work colleague.
"It wasn't just that is was so old that was exciting, but that I actually knew the person who had sent it," Winhagen said. "I had worked with her mother when she was just a little girl."
Winhagen said she got in contact with Grund's mother, who in turn contacted her daughter, who now lives in Stockholm.
"I thought about it for a while, and then I remembered sending the message. I was eight, about to turn nine," said Grund, 31.

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Bullying spurs legislation push to protect cyber-victims, prevent suicides - 10/10/11
http://www.lohud.com/article/20111010/NEWS02/110100311/Bullying-spurs-legislation-push-protect-cyber-victims-prevent-suicides?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CNews
The recent suicide of Buffalo-area teen Jamey Rodemeyer, a victim of bullying, has spurred people around the state to push for tougher laws protecting students against harassment. Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, and other members of the Senate Independent Democratic Conference are proposing legislation to expand the crime of third-degree stalking to include cyberbullying, or a minor creating fear of harm or emotional distress for another minor through electronic communications.

Social Media And The Workplace: Virtual Worlds and Legal Realities in 2011 - 10/01/11
http://business.transworld.net/74634/features/social-media-and-the-workplace-virtual-worlds-and-legal-realities-in-2011/
Radical revolution. Breaking boundaries. Peak performance. Sounds like the last ten years in surfing, skating or riding, right? Probably. But that also describes the advances in personal communication platforms. These changes have altered how we all play, live and work. What was once spoken, or written and edited, is now instantly uploaded for all to see and hear.

Syria's protesters turn to Facebook to expose 'citizen spies' - 10/08/11
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/09/syria-informers-protests-internet-facebook
A pair of eyes watched from a shop as a group of young men were chased down a Damascus side street by security forces. Just in time, a resident opened his door to hide them. It was another Friday in Duma, a north-eastern suburb of the capital, where courageous protests against President Bashar al-Assad's regime show no sign of abating.

A Rash of Cyberharrassment Has a Parish Wondering Who is Doing it, and Why. - 10/07/11
http://bethwood.patch.com/articles/a-rash-of-cyberharrassment-has-a-parish-wondering-who-is-doing-it-and-why
Christ Episcopal Church has stood on Amity Road since 1799. It has been a refuge of hope and faith for Bethany families for dozens of generations, and for the past 28 years, the domain of a dynamic rector, Peter Stebinger, who inspired devotion and loyalty in his parishioners. Along with an energetic music director, Fabian Ortiz, the church drew many new worshippers into the fold.

Cyber Police Says Facebook Users Targets of Behavioural Profiling - 10/07/11
http://www.itproportal.com/2011/10/07/cyber-police-says-facebook-users-targets-behavioural-profiling/#ixzz1aO7TGYjN
Yesterday the director of cyber police centre commented about Facebook users that they are, “Fodder or cattle being herded and harvested for their behavioural profile generated by their activity.” David Vaile made these remarks in relation to a survey conducted by a computer security company that discovered that 89 percent children face threat, harassment and humiliation on the Internet, particularly on the social networks like Facebook.

Patricia Arquette quits Facebook after alleged cyberstalking - 10/07/11
http://www.digitalspy.com/celebrity/news/a344419/patricia-arquette-quits-facebook-after-alleged-cyberstalking.html
Patricia Arquette has shut down her official Facebook page after claiming that she has been cyberstalked. The Medium star posted a final message before closing her account on Thursday, revealing that she had been the victim of harassment from a Facebook friend over the last "ten days".

Columbus Man Sentenced to Six Months in Prison for E-Mailing Bomb Threat Aimed at the Ohio State University - 10/07/11
http://news.gnom.es/news/columbus-man-sentenced-to-six-months-in-prison-for-e-mailing-bomb-threat-aimed-at-the-ohio-state-university
Jonathan Michael Birkemeyer, 24, of Columbus, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to six months’ imprisonment for sending an e-mail threat to the FBI warning of bombs placed on the campus of The Ohio State University on November 16, 2010.

It's child porn: Furious mother demands son's friend is prosecuted for passing round naked shower photo - 10/07/11
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2046409/Its-child-porn-Furious-mother-demands-sons-friend-prosecuted-passing-round-naked-shower-photo.html#ixzz1aO0qrCyG
A furious mother has demanded that one of her son's friends is prosecuted for passing around a photograph of several students naked in the shower. Sara Lee, whose unnamed son attends Seaside High School, in Yamhill County, Oregon, reported the indecent image - taken of players after an American Football game - to the police, claiming it is child pornography.

Rosepine woman arraigned for cyberstalking charges - 10/06/11
http://www.leesvilledailyleader.com/news/x136291453/Rosepine-woman-arraigned-for-cyberstalking-charges
Kayla Marie Bordelon pleaded not guilty to 12 felony counts which include cyberstalking, false swearing and improper telephone communications at her formal arraignment Tuesday.
Bordelon was arrested by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office after a harrasment complaint was filed by a member of her family.

Report says hate nurtured on Web - 10/06/11
http://articles.boston.com/2011-10-06/news/30252968_1_anti-jewish-incidents-semitism-anti-semitism
A recent rise in reports of anti-Semitism in Massachusetts suggests the Internet may be fueling a new and growing breed of hate crime, the Anti-Defamation League says. Acts of anti-Semitism such as threats, vandalism, and slurs increased 16 percent in the state last year, from 55 incidents in 2009 to 64, according to a report released yesterday by the Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights organization.

Busted Founder Busted - 10/06/11
http://www.klfy.com/story/15636326/busted-founder-busted
Busted in Acadiana founder Chris Hebert has been charged with stalking and cyber stalking, which is the intestinal or repeated following or harassing of a person where that person may feel alarmed that they may be harmed.

McDonald's worker posed as rock star on Facebook to lure American teen to British forest where he cut her throat - 10/06/11
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2045454/McDonalds-worker-David-Russell-used-Facebook-lure-Maricar-Benedicto-cut-throat.html#ixzz1aO0gPSME
She met him on Facebook, and was impressed enough to cross the Atlantic to meet him. But Maricar Benedicto’s naive trust was repaid in the most horrific way. The man who lured her to the UK, David Russell, took her to a forest and persuaded the 19-year-old to wear a blindfold, saying he had a gift for her.

Morley teen warned over internet harassment - 10/05/11
http://www.morleyobserver.co.uk/news/local/morley_teen_warned_over_internet_harassment_1_3840474
A MORLEY teenager has been issued with a harassment warning from police after allegedly threatened a former friend on the internet. The teen was spoken to by police and given the warning under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 after it was alleged that they uploaded threats on a social networking site.

Do You Have A Right To Privacy On Facebook? - 10/05/11
http://www.allfacebook.com/facebook-privacy-2-2011-10
The current flare in media coverage over the newly implemented Facebook changes has been filled withoutrage at the fact that Facebook seems to have a total disregard to its user’s privacy. But do we really have a right to privacy, or have we unknowingly forfeited this right through our unremitting social media adoration?

Arrest Made in NC College Campus Threat Case - 10/04/11
http://www.wcti12.com/news/29389981/detail.html
Police have charged an 18-year-old college student in connection with email threats that led to the evacuation of College of The Albemarle's Elizabeth City campus.

More victims of alleged Facebook stalker found - 10/04/11
http://www.wafb.com/story/15617348/more-victims-of-alleged-facebook-stalker-found
He was arrested one week ago and charged with stalking and harassing dozens of women. Since then, Hammond Police say they've received calls from Baton Rouge, New Orleans and even out-of-state from women saying Adam Kolb, 25, harassed them as well. Detectives say one of Kolb's alleged victims, is a teenager.

Jackass-style stunt leads to termination - 10/04/11
http://www.hrreporter.com/blog/Employment-Law/archive/2011/10/04/ijackassi-style-stunt-leads-to-termination
When it comes to an employer wanting to fire someone for misbehaviour or a violation of its standards of conduct, the first thing many employment lawyers will stress is how clear the standards have been made to employees. It’s fine to have policies regulating codes of conduct and such, but when courts and arbitrators look at policy violation as just cause, they will examine whether the employer has communicated these policies properly. If an employer hasn’t done that, an employee can’t be expected to follow unknown standards.

Status - ocean-going hypocrite: While N. Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il denies his people the internet his family are on Facebook! - 10/04/11
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2045174/Grandson-dictator-Kim-Jong-il-posts-romantic-photo-girlfriend-Facebook.html
The grandson of Kim Jong-il is clearly enjoying life at college in Eastern Europe - not that any of his compatriots would ever know. Kim Han-sol appears just like any other teenager. He enjoys experimenting with his hair, making friends with girls and even has a fondness for romantic comedies.

Man Accused of Cyberstalking Ex-Wife - 10/03/11
http://te.patch.com/articles/man-accused-of-cyberstalking-ex-wife
Tredyffrin Police have charged Anthony Ciccarone with three counts related to alleged cyberstalking after an investigation spurred by complaints from his ex-wife. According to police, the woman complained to police, alleging that her daily activities were being monitored.

Monday, October 03, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - October 3, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .GPS Really Works!

Owner tracks stolen boat 2,500 miles away
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/09/30/Owner-tracks-stolen-boat-2500-miles-away/UPI-63271317417774/

The owner of a powerboat stolen in Florida was 2,500 miles away in Nevada but was still able to tell police where the stolen craft was headed, authorities said.

A Global Positioning System device on the 32-foot, $260,000 boat told the owner through his cellphone that the craft, stolen Wednesday in Jacksonville, Fla., was being hauled north on Interstate 95 in Brevard County, Florida Today reported.

With help from a police helicopter, deputies located the Ford F-250 towing the 2009 Yellowfin Yachts Center Console and arrested two men after they exited the interstate.

Maykel Calafet Calderon, 28, and Manuel I. Telles, 38, both Cuban natives living in Miami, were arrested on charges of theft.

"The owner giving us updates was by far the thing that assisted us the most," Todd Holland of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said.

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Gablinske Speaks Out After Cyberstalking Case Closes - 10/03/11
http://bristol-warren.patch.com/articles/gablinske-speaks-out-after-cyberstalking-case-closes
The recent cyberstalking conviction of John Leidecker, the National Education Association Rhode Island’s (NEARI) deputy executive director, was the end of just another – but surely not the last – story of labor’s long reach in Rhode Island politics.

Vice mayor alerts residents of impostor Facebook account that solicits campaign donations - 10/03/11
http://www.guampdn.com/article/20111003/NEWS01/111003005/-liNoHeading-
An impostor has created a Facebook profile pretending to be Sinajana Vice Mayor Robert Hofmann, and the village leader has warned residents not to respond to online requests for campaign donations.

Friends and family remember Jacque Waller four months after her disappearance - 10/02/11
http://www.semissourian.com/story/1769376.html
Jacque Waller has now been missing for four months. But that hasn't deterred searchers from combing hundreds more acres, or supporters of her family from gathering and continuing to pray. Prosecutors have named Jacque Waller's estranged husband Clay Waller as a suspect connected to her disappearance. Authorities say Clay Waller was the last person to see her before she disappeared from the Jackson home where he was staying. Clay Waller is currently in the custody of federal marshals and will face an Internet harassment charge in federal court, in addition to state charges of theft and harassment unrelated to Jacque Waller's disappearance.

Man Ambushed By Facebook 'Friend' - 10/01/11
http://www.news4jax.com/news/29357187/detail.html
Christopher Harris said he's learned a lesson about meeting people on Facebook after he set up a meeting with who he thought was a woman. "I don't even like Facebook. I was on Twitter, then I go back to Facebook for two days and this happens to me," said Harris.

Fury over charity pics porn leak - 09/30/11
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3846057/Fury-over-charity-pics-porn-leak.html
KIND-hearted students were left furious after pictures they appeared in for a saucy charity calendar appeared on online PORN sites. Some of the girls, from the University of Portsmouth, are said to be "devastated" after the unedited images were leaked on to the web and attracted a host of lewd comments.

British Dad Chokes Boy Who 'Killed' Him in Online War Game - 09/30/11
http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/british-dad-chokes-boy-who-killed-him-in-online-war-game-ncxdc-093011?obref=obinsite#ixzz1ZjMjWjUS
A British man attacked a teenage boy who "killed" his character in an online computer war game, a court in southern England has heard. Father-of-three Mark Bradford, 46, was awaiting sentencing Friday after he admitted storming round to the boy's home and grabbing him around the throat after the youngster teased him about winning "Call of Duty: Black Ops," the Plymouth Herald reported.

Bigamist caught by first wife when he posted second marriage photos on Facebook - 09/30/11
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2043654/Bigamist-Paul-Haynes-caught-wife-posting-2nd-marriage-photos-Facebook.html
A bigamist was caught out after his first wife spotted his second wedding day photos on Facebook. Diane Haynes was still legally married to coach driver Paul Haynes when she discovered photographs of his illegal wedding on the social networking site.

Former police officer sentenced to 2 years for internet stalking - 09/30/11
http://www.woai.com/news/local/story/Former-police-officer-sentenced-to-2-years-for/F-0ZQghO4UWqPg_3oDewBQ.cspx
A former Fair Oaks Police officer will be spending the next two years in prison for stalking a San Antonio woman over the internet. The officer, 41-year-old Robert Lee Crews, was sentenced Friday in federal court. Crews will also be placed under supervised release for a three-year period after completing his prison term.

Patients' horror as they find pictures of their breasts online after plastic surgeon 'posted images on web... and put their names next to them' - 09/28/11
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2042827/Patients-horror-finding-naked-pictures-breasts-online-plastic-surgeon-posted-pictures-internet--names-them.html
Five women who had plastic surgery on their breasts say they were horrified to find before-and-after naked pictures, alongside their names, used as advertising on their surgeon's website.

More victims report cyberstalking suspect - 09/28/11
http://www.wafb.com/story/15572411/more-victims-report-cyberstalking-suspect
Authorities said they have been getting more reports from women claiming they were abused by a 26-year-old man suspected of cyberstalking. The Hammond Police Department said Adam Kolb used Facebook to befriend women, collect nude pictures and videos of them, and then extort sexual favors if they tried to break off the relationship.

Website under fire for promoting gossip - 09/28/11
http://www.examiner.com/christian-pop-culture-in-national/website-under-fire-for-promoting-gossip
“A perverse person stirs up conflict and a gossip separates close friends,” states Proverbs 16:28. That biblical statement is so true, that even atheists agree. What used to be passed around in class on small notes of paper or overheard on community phone lines are now broadcasted through text messages or tweeted through Twitter. Whether you call it cyber bullying or spreading an urban legend, gossiping is still trendy.

The rom-con men: Fraudsters target 'lonely hearts' on dating websites - 09/28/11
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2042633/Online-dating-websites-Fraudsters-target-lonely-hearts-scams.html
Dating and social networking websites are becoming a magnet for confidence tricksters preying on ‘lonely hearts’, a study reveals. It says as many as 200,000 people may have been persuaded last year to give money to fraudsters using false identities to pursue relationships with them. But because of the shame victims feel, fewer than 600 cases were reported.

2 girls accused of making threats on Facebook - 09/27/11
http://www.ksla.com/story/15557487/2-girls-accused-of-making-threats-on-facebook
Ouachita Parish prosecutors say two girls have been booked with cyberstalking because they allegedly threatened on Facebook to injure another girl at West Monroe High School. Juvenile Assistant District Attorney Doniele Staten told The News-Star (http://bit.ly/o26Mro) on Monday that the threatened girl was afraid to go to school.

Spammers Hijack Email Marketer Accounts to Send Malicious Messages - 09/27/11
http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Spammers-Hijack-Email-Marketer-Accounts-to-Send-Malicious-Messages-787085/
Attackers are increasingly targeting email marketing firms and corporate email accounts to power their spam campaigns, Websense Security researchers reported. Websense Security Labs has observed a rise in spam being sent from corporate Webmail accounts, wrote David Saunders, email threat research team manager at Websense Security.

Breakup leads to cyber-stalking charge - 09/27/11
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Breakup-leads-to-cyber-stalking-charge-2191985.php
Soon after a Massachusetts college student dumped her Houston-area fiancé, he sent her email and text messages to find out what happened, maybe win her back. It didn't work. Things got ugly. The ex-boyfriend is now accused of unleashing a torrent of hundreds of messages that grew so violent that the woman sought help from the FBI.

How to Document Harassment and Cyberstalking on Twitter - 09/27/11
http://www.business2community.com/twitter/how-to-document-harassment-and-cyberstalking-on-twitter-061038
With 200,000,000 registered twitter accounts and almost 450,000 new accounts being created daily, some of you are bound to run into a sociopath, a bully a troll, even a complete cyberstalking psychopath on Twitter sooner or later. Having just had to deal with my own little unpleasant experience with a small group of possibly psychotic individuals targeting friends on the twitternets, I thought I should share with you a little video that my friends at Tweetreports (@tweetreports on Twitter) cooked up for us just for this post.

Charges considered in New York teen’s ‘bullycide’ - 09/27/11
http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/09/27/charges-considered-in-new-york-teens-bullycide/
In the wake of a gay teen’s suicide after repeated bullying in school and online, some are asking if his school district did enough to prevent the tragedy. Did a New York school system do all it could to stop the bullying of a gay teen who took his own life earlier this month? That’s one question being asked in the wake of the suicide of Williamsville North High School freshman Jamey Rodemeyer.

Most young people are victims of on-line bullying - 09/27/11
http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/most-young-people-are-victims-of-on-line-bullying#ixzz1ZjW46VsC
More and more teens and young adults say they don’t even have to leave their homes to be harassed, abused, or taunted. A staggering 56% say it is happening on-line. That’s according to a survey done by MTV and the Associated Press. The poll is all part of a campaign called, “A Thin Line.” The goal of it is to raise awareness of and prevent bullying and abuse.

Harvard website hacked by Syria protesters - 09/26/11
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-15061377
Harvard University has had its website hacked in what appears to be a "sophisticated" Syrian-related attack. Along with a picture of Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, the hacked home page showed a message saying the "Syrian Electronic Army Were Here".

Chris Langham thought he would be 'admired' for downloading child porn - 09/26/11
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/09/26/chris-langham-thought-he-would-be-admired-for-downloading-child-porn-115875-23447892/#ixzz1ZjLJw9il
Disgraced actor Chris Langham said he expected people to "admire" him when he said he had downloaded child porn images as research for a television role. The Bafta award winner was sent to prison for 10 months in 2007 after being found guilty of 15 counts of downloading child pornography, but insisted he viewed the videoclips and pictures as research for a paedophile character he was developing for the BBC2 drama Help.

Most burglars using Facebook and Twitter to target victims, survey suggests - 09/26/11
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/8789538/Most-burglars-using-Facebook-and-Twitter-to-target-victims-survey-suggests.html
The majority of burglars use social media such as the websites Facebook and Twitter to target their victims, a survey suggests. With many users posting constant updates, the sites can unwittingly provide the thieves with information about recent high-value purchases such as televisions as well as the dates and times when they are out.