WHO@ Newsletter - August 27, 2012
Officials in an Alaskan town said a man unfamiliar with the area drove his car into a harbor on the advice of his GPS unit and survived along with his two dogs.
Dave Schofield, director of the Whittier Department of Public Safety, said the man, moving to Alaska from another state, took a right turn into the town's small boat harbor about 400 feet after driving off a ferry, the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News reported Friday.
"The GPS apparently misrouted him and he drove down the ramp for launching boats into the water," Schofield said. "He was unfamiliar with the area is the only answer I have for you."
A witness jumped into the water and smashed one of the car's windows, allowing the man and his two dogs to escape, but a cat in a pet carrier did not survive.
Schofield said a towing company pulled the car from the water.
"It was a first for us," Schofield said.
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Man held over harassment of Brighton woman on Facebook - 08/27/12
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Web regulation will impact millions of Kiwis - 08/27/12
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Lifer’s Facebook prison threats - 08/26/12
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Watch out for the cyber snoopers - 08/26/12
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Every time you log onto Facebook you put yourself at risk of identity theft, cyber-stalking, burglary and personal injury. Documenting your every move on the social networking site may seem harmless, but you can never be sure who is watching.
Cyberbullying by British Tabloid of a Local Woman - 08/26/12
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Find out who called my child: Cyberstalking, bullying exposed - 08/26/12
In the last few years, you may have heard the words bullying or cyberstalking in the news quite a bit. With more and more people using cell phones and social networking sites online, the problem of children --or others--being harassed, propositioned, humiliated or in some way, bullied, has grown exponentially.
EuroMillions email scam falsely promises a share of couple's £148m winnings in exchange for your bank details - 08/25/12
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Twitter troll’s kid death hoax - 08/25/12
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Google cheat view - 08/25/12
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US music file-sharer must pay damages - 08/24/12
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Claire Lynch’ Actress Reportedly Quit TNA Wrestling Due To Online Harassment - 08/24/12
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Are the Feds Facebook-stalking you? -08/24/12
This may or may not be news to you, but Facebook is recording your location – specifically, wherever you are every time you log in to the service.In fact, this is one of the bits of information the social network maintains in your complete Facebook log. (If you are a resident of the European Union, you can request a copy of that file. If you’re on this side of the pond, you’re out of luck, amigo.)
Scammed Facebook users could lose insurance claims because they post too much information online - 08/24/12
Facebook users face losing claims against banks and insurance companies because they are inviting fraudsters to scam them by posting so much personal information online. Anyone burgled after advertising holiday plans on social networks, or scammed after inadvertently leaving clues about their accounts or passwords online, could find they are left completely out of pocket.
Teen assassin stabs girl to death for £16 over Facebook row... but only faces a year in jail due to his age - 08/24/12
A teenage assassin who murdered a 15-year-old girl for just £16 over an argument on Facebook could face just one year behind bars. Joyce Winsie Hau was stabbed to death at her home in Rotterdam, Holland by the 15-year-old boy, identified only as ‘Jinhua K’, who was sent to kill her by her best friend and her boyfriend in January.
Man nabbed for Internet threat - 08/23/12
The National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI-7) yesterday arrested a 37-year-old man who was accused of extorting P15,000 from his ex-girlfriend by threatening to post their intimate photos and videos on line.Ray Anthony Abella Jr. of barangay Lahug, Cebu City, was arrested in an entrapment operation by NBI-7 agents at a fastfood restaurant in barangay Guadalupe.
Targeted by the internet trolls: Mum's heartbreak at sick messages pretending to be from four-year-old boy swept out to sea -08/23/12
The grieving mother of a four-year-old boy who was swept out to sea has hit out at internet trolls who set up a Facebook page containing fake messages from her son. Dylan Cecil’s body has still not been found since he fell from a slipway into treacherous waters during a family visit to the seaside.
'We were conned out of £5,000 by online criminals': Internet shoppers at risk from Chinese gangs targeting bargain hunters - 08/22/12
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Custer man starts sentence for cyber stalking, theft - 08/22/12
A Custer man is serving 60 days in Whatcom County Jail after pleading guilty to stealing his ex-girlfriend’s purse and sending her numerous threatening text messages.Troy L. Judge, 43, started his jail sentence last week after pleading guilty in June to one count each of third degree theft and cyber stalking. The plea stems from a run-in Judge had with his ex-girlfriend last September outside the Silver Reef Hotel and Casino near Ferndale.
State’s attorney to spread anti-bullying message - 08/22/12
State’s Attorney Joe McMahon wants students to understand, and he hopes the county’s schools take advantage of a program his office has launched. Presented by Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Mosser, the program is called Stop Treating Other People. For example, someone may say “stop treating me as if I’m a punching bag.”
Wheelchair-bound equalities advisor, 58, 'arranged to have sex with a five-year-old and her mother after making contact on nudist website' - 08/21/2
A wheelchair-bound equalities advisor for Westminster City Council was snared arranging to have sex with a five-year-old girl and her mother, a court heard yesterday. Andrew Holdsworth-Wild, 58, was allegedly caught red-handed at Victoria station in south-west London with a box of Smarties, a colouring book and train tickets to Maidstone, Kent.
USC Server Hacked, Identity Of Around 34,000 Compromised - 08/21/12
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