WHO@ Newsletter - July 30, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Customs official caught playing game
A Turkish customs agent was busted playing video games on the job when Customs and Trade Minister Hayati Yazici came for a surprise inspection, officials said.

During his recent visit to Hopa, in Turkey's border province of Artvin, Yazici decided to make a surprise visit to the Sarp Border Gate on the Georgia border, Today's Zaman reported Sunday.

Yazici had his security team leave him and had the license plates on his car changed for the surprise inspection.

When he arrived for the inspection, Yazici entered a room at random and caught an officer playing a video game, the report said.

Yazici proceeded to scold the officer for playing video games while at work.

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Alec Baldwin’s stalker hit with 20 harassment charges - 07/29/12
Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin, accused of stalking actor Alec Baldwin, has been hit with 20 new counts of misdemeanour harassment. The 40-year-old was arrested in April after allegedly turning up outside the “30 Rock” star’s NY City home, reported New York Post.

Texts help police track robbers - 07/29/12
Florida police caught a pair of alleged robbers through text messages they sent to each other about their crime, officials said. Adam Bardisa, 19, and Michael Nicholas Russo, 19, have been arrested and charged for robbing two elderly women in a grocery store parking lot in April, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Friday.

Police investigate harassment of Hudson small-business owner over politically charged remarks - 07/28/12
Hudson police are investigating what a Mitt Romney supporter called an “orchestrated” campaign of harassment against based on his political views. Jack Gilchrist, owner of Gilchrist Metal Fabricating Co., appeared in an Internet ad supporting presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Gilchrist takes issue with President Barack Obama’s much criticized remarks that small-business owners “didn’t build” their businesses.

Bail set at $1 million for alleged teen stalker - 07/28/12
A 56-year-old man from Montana allegedly stalked a Chicago teenager for months after a chance encounter at a convenience store, Cook County prosecutors said Saturday. nRobert Parelius, of Bozeman, Mont., hung his head low as prosecutors described the stalking that began last May, which allegedly included peering at the boy’s home through satellite images available on the Internet and printing a photo of the teen on his boxer shorts.

Man accused of stalking Crystal Little Leaguers on Facebook for sex - 07/27/12
A 44-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested in a police sting and charged Friday with contacting young baseball players in Crystal through Facebook and seeking to have sex with the boys. Michael F. Hamer was charged in Hennepin County District Court with solicitation of a child for sex and possessing child pornography. Hamer was jailed in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Prison didn't stop hate letters - 07/27/12
NOT even the confines of a prison cell could stop Rockhampton's Wayne James Reynolds stalking the woman who broke his heart. The 43-year-old yesterday pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to one charge of aggravated and unlawful stalking and one charge of using a carriage service to menace and harass.

Teen Says Business Guru Harassed Her - 07/27/12
Self-help guru J.T. Foxx harassed a teen-ager with sexually suggestive messages after she and her dad attended one of his business seminars, the young woman claims in court.
Kelsey Ell sued J.T. Foxx and the J.T. Foxx Organization in Superior Court. Ell, of Vancouver, British Columbia, says she was an 18-year-old high school student when she met Foxx at business workshop she attended with her father in March this year.

Youth football players were target of man's stalking, explicit messages - 07/27/12
A former Northwest Side man who recently moved to Montana has been accused of leaving sexually explicit messages for young boys he became familiar with following youth football teams in Chicago.

Beauty nut jailed - 07/27/12
A BEAUTY queen cried “my nightmare is over” as her obsessed stalker was sent to prison yesterday. Chloe Hopkins, 20, was the victim of a two-year hate campaign after spurning the advances of Anthony Mantova, 34.

'Sex predator' student, 21, abused victims after advertising on Gumtree for young women to take part in 'global medical research' for £500 - 07/27/12
A 'calculating sexual predator' posed as a gynaecological researcher to lure young women to his flat and sexually assault them. Student Liam Ryan, 21, posted an ad on the Gumtree website calling for female volunteers to take part in 'global medical research', in exchange for £500.

Hacker who stole Tony Blair’s details and bombarded anti-terror hotline with prank calls is jailed and claims his crime was no worse than those committed by Bullingdon members - 07/27/12
A teenage hacker who stole Tony Blair’s personal details and blocked an anti-terror hotline with prank calls was jailed for just six months today. Junaid Hussain, 18, publicly posted sensitive information about the ex-prime minister and his family online, after hacking into former special advisor Katy Kay’s email account.

Anderson man arrested on suspicion of having child porn; Authorities say he discussed torturing, eating children - 07/27/12
An Anderson man and guardian of two children is in custody after authorities say they found violent child pornography on his computers and online chats in which he discussed torturing and eating children.

Online Bullying: 11 Places Harassment Begins - 07/26/12
It seems a lot of us are typing these days, but not all of us are doing it for the right reasons. This year alone, the number of people using social networks will reach 1.43 billion -- nearly a 20 per cent increase since 2011, according to a report by eMarketer. The report found one out of every five people worldwide will use a social network site, and by 2014, this number will reach a quarter of the population.

Washington State 'Cyberstalking' Case Based on Unconstitutional Law - 07/26/12
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is urging a Washington State judge to dismiss "cyberstalking" charges stemming from rude comments left on a blog. In an amicus brief filed today, EFF argues that the case is based on an unconstitutional law that criminalizes free speech.

Girls tricked by STEAMY message: Webcam spyware student jailed - 07/26/12
A cyberstalking computer science student who tricked women into taking computers with hacked webcams into steamy shower rooms has been jailed for 12 months. Trevor Timothy Harwell, 21, of Fullerton in California, will be forced to spend five years on probation following his release and ordered to complete a sex offender treatment programme after he was convicted of illegally installing spyware on six women’s computers in order to capture images and videos for his "subsequent sexual gratification".

Email threats saddle student with record - 07/26/12
A 43-year-old aspiring nurse pleaded guilty Wednesday to threatening her teachers in a series of elaborate anonymous emails, warning them they'd be kidnapped and beaten if their students failed. Assistant Crown attorney George Spartinos said three nursing instructors at St. Clair College received threatening emails from a person who went by the alias "Black Cobra."

Cheating websites hit a new low with Win A Divorce competition - 07/26/12
Divorce is never an easy option. And couples on the brink of splitting irrevocably are generally in need of counselling, comfort and advice. But one cheating website has decided to take advantage of couples at their lowest ebb by attempting to recruit new members with the launch of a crass Win A Divorce competition.

Cyberstalking arrests increase as social media expands - 07/25/12
Although it is not an every-day occurrence, cyberstalking is becoming more prevalent in Lowndes County and Columbus. According to Police Chief Magazine, cyberstalking is defined as "an escalated form of online harassment directed at a specific person that causes substantial emotional distress and serves no legitimate purpose. The action is to annoy, alarm, and emotionally abuse another person."

Former Wing McCarty agrees to terminate PPO against ex-girlfriend - 07/25/12
Ex-Detroit Red Wing Darren McCarty and his wife, Sheryl, agreed in Oakland Circuit Court on Wednesday to terminate a personal protection order against one of his former girlfriends they had claimed harassed and threatened them by phone and on the Internet.

How Vulnerable Are We To Online Stalking? - 07/25/12
The Internet is typically our go-to destination for gathering information about long lost friends, family, even ourselves. We know our friends and foes do it too, but we tend to think "stalking" in non-threatening ways. Maybe we’ll reconnect with an old friend or co-worker.

Gaunt face of Barker's fugitive son: Eight years after fleeing the country, comedian's son walks into police station to answer child porn charges - 07/25/12
Ronnie Barker's son has returned to Britain after eight years on the run from child pornography allegations. Adam Barker, 44, strolled into a police station in London yesterday morning less than two miles from where he disappeared in 2004.

Stolen Gilroy Garlic Festival tickets offered for sale online - 07/25/12
Police are warning garlic festival fans that some tickets being offered for sale on the Internet were stolen and will not be honored at the event. About 1,000 tickets with a total value of $12,500 disappeared from the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association offices sometime between June 5 and July 2, police said. Half the tickets were for $17 adult admission, the rest were $8 tickets for children.

The Twitter recruitment of Silas Redd - 07/25/12
College recruitment can be a frightening kind of animal. There's always been a certain aspect of recruiting that always takes place in the shadows. When some of the darker elements of recruiting are brought to light, scandal often erupts.

Top athletes 'hand golden ticket to terrorists' by posting pictures of their security passes on Twitter - 07/25/12
High-profile Olympic athletes are sparking potential terror alerts by posting pictures of their official Olympic Village passes on Twitter. Several competitors have caused security headaches by tweeting high resolution images of their Locog accreditation, just days before Friday's opening ceremony.

Deltona janitors try to sell stolen X-ray machine on Craigslist - 07/25/12
An office cleaner and his accomplice stole a large X-ray machine from a Deltona dental office and put it up for sale on Craigslist and eBay where the owner saw it and called deputies, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Superman retrieves lost sock from drain: How police Facebook page has been hijacked by pranksters (so now they're going back to using the phone) - 07/24/12
When a police force decided to embrace social networking and set up a Facebook page, they probably didn't anticipate such an enthusiastic response. But instead of reporting crimes and asking questions about public order, 'friends' have begun inundating Northamptonshire Police with irrelevant questions and joke comments. One informed officers that Superman had found a lost sock, while another asked if the force had its own hovercraft.

Killer who made up fake Facebook friends to persuade his girlfriend to go out with him faces jail for her brutal Boxing Day murder - 07/24/12
A teenager who tricked a naive Christian into going out with him then stabbed her to death as she babysat her niece and nephew on Boxing Day faces life in jail. Tony Bushby, 19, stabbed promising student Catherine Wynter more than 20 times then left her body alone with the youngsters, who stayed locked in the house with the corpse overnight.

Manitoba judge's husband takes blame for nude photos - 07/24/12
A Manitoba judge under investigation for alleged sexual harassment was unaware that sexually explicit photos of her were on the Internet, occasionally accompanied by personal ads seeking group sex, her husband testified Tuesday.

Outrage over Facebook tribute pages set up in praise of accused Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes - 07/24/12
There has been an outpouring of disgust and anger following the creation of Facebook pages paying tribute to alleged Colorado shooter James Holmes. Although some social media users have 'liked' the pages, it has led to an outpouring of comments deriding the anonymous online posts in wake of the tragedy.

Meet the 'bots' that edit Wikipedia - 07/24/12
Wikipedia is written and maintained by tens of thousands of volunteers across the world. Those, in turn, are assisted by hundreds of "bots" - autonomous computer programmes that keep the encyclopaedia running.


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