Net Crimes Newsletter - December 3, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Fake plane crash fools TV station

A Chicago TV station spent about 15 minutes reporting on a plane crash that turned out to be simulated for the TV series "Chicago Fire."

WGN-TV reported on the crash, which was a simulated scene around 8 a.m. Friday for NBC series "Chicago Fire," complete with a small plane with its left wing splintered off, police cars and ambulance and extras acting as spectators, WMAQ-TV, Chicago, reported Friday.

Police said they did not receive any calls about the fake plane crash, but the Chicago Fire Department sent out an alert asking residents to disregard the scene.

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NC may be first state to charge students with cyber crimes - 12/02/12
N.C. students take note: Starting this week, going online to harass your teacher could get you arrested. A new cyberbullying law with roots in Charlotte makes it a misdemeanor for students to commit various online offenses against school employees, such as creating false profiles, signing them up for Internet porn or posting personal images and private information.

U.S. Marine impersonator sentenced for cyberstalking - 12/01/12
A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for posing as a U.S. Marine and cyberstalking and threatening women on online dating sites across Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region. James M. Johnson, of Roxboro, N.C., pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria to one count of cyberstalking and one count of making interstate threats. He was sentenced Friday to 15 months in prison.

Belgian 'spies' reveal selves online - 11/30/12
A Belgian newspaper said its investigation discovered two employees of state security agencies put personal information on social networking site LinkedIn.

Plus-size mannequin sparks online debate - 11/30/12
A plus-sized mannequin has sparked fierce debate online about whether it promotes obesity or a healthy body image. The model became the victim of intense cyber-bullying as he was ridiculed for being obese, but some tweets defended the size saying it represented what normal people look like.

Paedophile wins Facebook challenge - 11/30/12
A convicted sex offender has won a High Court order to remove a Facebook page set up to monitor paedophiles in Northern Ireland.

Alleged Phone Thief Uploads Self-Portrait to Victim's Facebook Page - 11/29/12
If you're going to steal a phone, you might want to check the settings before you start messing around with it. A Savannah man charged with burglary was caught after a picture of him showed up on the victim's Facebook page, according to a Savannah Morning News report.

Pro-reading 'Beat It' parody back online - 11/29/12
A pro-reading video created by Pennsylvania teens using the tune of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" has been restored to YouTube eight days after it was blocked. The Lansdowne Public Library said the video, a parody of Jackson's song titled "Read It," was blocked on YouTube Nov. 19, just three days after it was uploaded, on a request from Sony-ATV, ABC News reported Thursday.

'My Life Is A Lifetime Movie': Cyberstalker Made Thousands Of Threats Over Six Years - 11/29/12
"My Life is a Lifetime Movie" looked at one of the most extraordinary cyberstalking cases of all time. Leandra Ramm was a talented opera singer who's career was nearly destroyed by a man who threatened her thousands of time, and sabotaged her career at every turn.

Comedian Goes On Twitter Strike To Protest Harassment Of Female Comics - 11/29/12
Comedian Jen Kirkman of Chelsea Lately and After Lately declared a "Twitter strike" today to protest Twitter sexism. After Tweeting "Maybe one day will go by on Twitter when people will ONLY comment on my comedy and go to Louis CK's page to talk about his body," Kirkman wrote a longer post on her Tumblr discussing Internet harassment of women comics, in which she announced her strike.

Didn't like your holiday? Do you think we give a f***? Thomson's worker in foul-mouthed emails to unhappy customer who dared complain - 11/29/12
Having spent more than £3,000 on a romantic holiday to Mexico, Gemma Fish and her fiancĂ© were devastated by the ‘prison cell’ room they were given. But far worse was to come. A month after Miss Fish complained to tour operator Thomson, she was sent abusive emails telling her to ‘shut the **** up’ and book with Thomas Cook instead.

Teenage honeytrap who brought down Chinese Communist Party official after sex tape pictures were leaked online - 11/28/12
This is the girl filmed having sex with a Chinese Communist Party official in a leaked internet video which has sent shockwaves across the country, it can be revealed today. Lei Zhengfu, a district party chief in the southwestern city of Chongqing, was fired from his position as district party secretary after the video went viral earlier this month.

PPI text and email sharks fined £440,000 for sending 840,000 messages a day as company directors are named and shamed - 11/28/12
A marketing company that sent millions of illegal texts encouraging Britons to claim compensation for PPI or accidents has become the first to be fined. The Information Commissioner’s Office has ordered the owners of Tetrus Telecoms to pay £440,000 after they plagued the public with up to 900,000 unlawful spam texts per day over three years.

Former UW star Doug Wrenn convicted of cyberstalking - 11/27/12
Former Washington basketball player Doug Wrenn was convicted this afternoon of harassing an ex-girlfriend. Times reporter Jennifer Sullivan filed the story on Wrenn who was found guilty of four counts of cyberstalking and four counts of telephone harassment during a stipulated bench trial.


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