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Monday, January 30, 2012

WHO@ Newsletter - January 30, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Spurned ex paints graffiti love notes

A spurned lover has covered buildings in a British town with graffiti messages addressed to an ex-girlfriend named "Danielle."

The 16 messages, which include "We were the best" and "Remember the good times we loved and missed," were discovered in various locations around Weston-Super-Mare, England, and signed with the initials "SF," The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

The messages are addressed to a woman named "Danielle" with the initials "DP."

"It's a bit of a mess. Maybe if he does get his girlfriend back he can go and clean it all up," said David Gould, 36, whose office was one of the buildings targeted by the former lover.

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Net stalker sending men to my house for sick sex games ...was my ex - 01/30/12
AMY LEES answered a knock at her front door and a man burst in, grabbed her by the throat and threatened to rape her. The sicko fantasist had been led to believe she was keen to take part in a sordid sex game. She fought him off ­ but he was just one of hundreds of strangers who kept turning up on her doorstep for months demanding that she had sex with them.

Strange Bedfellows: Democracy And The Internet - 01/30/12
While the Internet may aid the spread of democracy, democracy doesn't necessarily mean a free and open Internet. In her new book Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom, Rebecca MacKinnon, senior fellow at the New America Foundation and co-founder of Global Voices, a citizen media network, investigates the corrosion of civil liberties by the governments and corporations that control the digital world.

More caution needed against cyber stalking - 01/29/12
Attention, Facebookers: It’s not always necessary to let the world know what you’re doing. I would rather not know you’re updating your status from the toilet and you regret slathering so much hot sauce on your California burrito. I would rather not know you just had sex with your girlfriend and that this escapade was significantly more experimental than the last. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as over-sharing.

Five Ways Twitter Is Changing Media Law - 01/28/12
While technology companies always outgrow the laws that govern them, Twitter’s 140-character message system is proving to be particularly disruptive. At the same time, the microblog has been more aggressive in defending free speech than established companies like Facebook and Google.

'Shadow' log-in of Facebook chief in bogus ID crackdown - 01/28/12
A Facebook director who told a public inquiry last week that the company had cracked down on ‘multiple identities’ was himself operating a ‘shadow’ log-in on the social networking site. Richard Allan, Facebook’s director of policy for Europe, told the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics that the company enforced a strict ban on people who did not represent themselves under their real identity.

Family's stalking story prompts state House Bill - 01/27/12
An incident of repeated cyberstalking and harassment has garnered the attention of Rep. Marlene Anielski, R-17, of Walton Hills. Throughout 2005 and 2006, resident Lori Siwik, of Broadview Heights, said she and members of her family were victims of harassment and stalking by a fellow resident. “He created a site to stalk and harass my husband and me,” Siwik said. “He had a picture of me and my husband hanging. When we went to the police, they advised there was nothing they could do.”

Teens used CNN computers for Facebook - 01/27/12
Atlanta police said they arrested two teenagers accused of breaking into the CNN newsroom and using computers to check their Facebook pages.

Student, 20, counts cost of cheap drink promotion after video of her dancing naked in nightclub paddling pool goes viral on internet - 01/27/12
A student is counting the cost of cheap drinks promotions today after video of her dancing naked in an inflatable paddling pool at a nightclub went viral on the internet. The university student - who MailOnline has chosen not to identify - woke up this morning to find that a 10-minute video of the incident at Oceana nightclub in Cardiff had been circulated widely on Twitter.

'You ruined her life': Sky Sports producer who Googled stalking victim 40,000 times is jailed for two years - 01/27/12
An obsessed television producer who stalked his ex-classmate for nearly a decade was jailed yesterday after he sent her an anniversary card marking the sixth year of her restraining order against him.

Labour MP Tom Watson sorry over Twitter 'imposter' - 01/26/12
Labour MP Tom Watson has apologised after an intern sent a message on Twitter pretending to be him. The tweet said: "I should log out of my twitter so that my intern doesn't twit-rape me..." Shortly afterwards, the intern sent another message to say the West Bromwich East MP was in a meeting and apologising for "a terrible mistake".

Why crimes on Skype leave witnesses but no evidence - 01/26/12
A woman is in custody in Norway accused of murdering her child while her boyfriend allegedly watched on Skype in the UK. It is the latest in a series of incidents allegedly witnessed on Skype or webcams. But how much does this help investigators?

Google and Bing accused of directing users to illegal copies of music - 01/26/12
Google and other search engines "overwhelmingly" direct music fans to illegal copies of copyrighted tracks online, a coalition of entertainment industry groups has told the government. In a confidential document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, lobbying groups for the major rights holders claimed Google and Microsoft's Bing are making it "much more difficult" for people to find legal music and films online.

UCF alumna still worried after cyber stalker’s sentencing - 01/26/12
UCF alumna Kristen Pratt never thought she would be the victim of cyber stalking. Then, she met now 24-year-old Patrick Macchione. Pratt recently appeared on Good Morning America to talk about the ordeal. "I thought it would be a good way to help other people in this situation because I knew I wasn't the only one going through this," Pratt said. It all started two years ago when Pratt, a sophomore philosophy, religion and pop culture major, received a Facebook message from Macchione. He said he knew her from a dual enrollment class they had taken together.

Man charged with online harassment - 01/25/12
A Bridgeport man once again faces charges for stalking a woman in Fairfield, and this time police said he used a fake name and Facebook and Twitter accounts, police said. Dawer Gilani, 32, of Atlantic Street, was taken into custody by Fairfield police Monday at his home and charged with 10 counts of violation of a protective order and violation of his conditions of release. He was held on a $250,000 bond and was scheduled to appear Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Prison for juror who researched GBH trial defendant on the internet - 01/24/12
A juror who caused a trial to be stopped because she researched a defendant’s past on the internet was jailed for six months yesterday. Lecturer Theodora Dallas, 34, turned to the web while trying a man for grievous bodily harm.

Asbo to halt OAP harassing his vicar - 01/24/12
A PENSIONER has been given an Asbo barring him from contacting his local vicar. Retired teacher Christopher Perry, 65, targeted Rev Robert Amos with a poisonous blog. He investigated Rev Amos's "lifestyle" after being "let down" by him, a court heard. He told the vicar, of Driffield Methodist Church, East Yorks: "I'll bring you down by the power of journalism." He also branded the local mayor a Nazi because his dad had been a Luftwaffe mechanic.

#McFail! McDonalds' Twitter promotion backfires as users hijack #McDstories hashtag to share fast food horror stories - 01/24/12
They certainly don't seem to be lovin’ it. The Big Mac has come under attack, after McDonald's became the subject of an outburst of vitriolic hatred on Twitter when critics hijacked a promotional hash-tag created by the fast-food giant. Opponents accused the burger franchise of making customers vomit, serving pig meat from gestation crates and dishing up a burger containing a finger nail.

'Triple murderer' caught after one of his alleged victim's posted on her Facebook page moments before he shot her - 01/24/12
A suspected triple killer was caught after one of his alleged victims posted on her Facebook page moments before she was shot dead. Octavia Barnett posted a message on the social network site that said her ex-boyfriend Lineten Belizaire was at the door of her home in Florida.

British pervert who blackmailed teenage American girls with naked internet pictures is jailed for six years - 01/24/12
A pervert who blackmailed young teenage girls into sending him naked images was today jailed for six years. Jonathan Murphy, from Wirral, told his victims that if he did not receive the snaps that he would make a personal visit to the U.S. and kidnap them. The 35-year-old also sent incriminating footage of the girls to their friends, via Facebook in a bid to bolster his threats.

Monday, January 23, 2012

WHO@ Newsletter - January 23, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Brothers Reunited In Japan After 6 Decades

They no longer speak the same language, but two brothers separated nearly 60 years each think the other hasn't changed a bit.

Japanese-American Minoru Ohye celebrate his 86th birthday Monday with his only brother after traveling to Japan for a reunion with him.

The brothers were born in Sacramento, California, but were separated as children after their father died in a fishing accident. They were sent to live with relatives in Japan and ended up in different homes.

The reunited brothers hugged in a hotel room and exchanged gifts of California chocolate and Japanese sake. The American brother wore his trademark baseball cap and jeans. The Japanese bother wore a suit and tie.

But the same bright eyes and square jaws were a dead giveaway that they were brothers. They both loved golf and had back pains. They thought the other hadn't changed a bit.

"If we miss this chance, we may never meet. You never know," said Ohye, energetic except for a sore knee. "Either he may die, or I may die."

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'Execution imminent' for Canadian tortured into 'confessing' he ran a pornography website in Iran - 01/22/12
A Canadian Iranian software engineer is facing imminent execution in Tehran for allegedly operating a pornography website after the Iranian Supreme Court rejected a final appeal from his lawyers. Saeed Malekpour, 35, says he was tortured into making a confession about the website on live TV and Iranian officials used the broadcast to give him the death sentence.

Crucified by vigilantes of the internet: MoS proves that innocent young man was falsely branded a thief on the world's biggest websites - 01/22/12
An innocent student who had his name blackened on the internet has comprehensively cleared his name ­ thanks to the Irish Mail on Sunday. Dublin student Eoin McKeogh, accused of dodging a €50 taxi fare, has laid bare how the internet can destroy a blameless person's reputation in seconds and put people in the horrifying position of either leaving vile allegations in the public domain or pursuing a difficult and costly legal battle through the courts that will attract more attention from the media.

Report: UCF student's cyberstalker sent to prison - 01/21/12,-victim-describes-harassment
He’s accused of threatening to kill a young woman over Twitter and sending her YouTube videos showing him touching his private parts and demanding she loves him or else. Now, 24-year-old Patrick Macchione is in prison. The alleged stalker was sentenced Friday on several counts for cyber stalking, but he won’t be behind bars for very long. Macchione will be in jail for 48 months and will then have a 19-year-long probation. The victim said after all of the online stalking and the hundreds of calls, she will never be able to live in peace unless the accused stalker is behind bars for the rest of his life.

Gary Glitter Twitter a fake - 01/21/12
A TWITTER user posing as Gary Glitter has admitted the account is FAKE - and claimed he started it to highlight the dangers of the internet. The imposter sparked fury when the account @OfficialGlitter appeared on Wednesday purporting to be the shamed glam rock star.

Crackdown on Facebook 'burn' pages used for bullying by teenagers as vile trend spreads across country - 01/21/12
Schoolchildren have been setting up special Facebook 'burn' pages to post vile and abusive messages about their peers. Police have now said they are cracking down on the phenomenon and have warned pupils to start removing their names and comments - many of them sexual - off the pages. Officers estimate as many as 700 students are involved in the sites - which are inspired by the cult film Mean Girls - in which students write hurtful and often fabricated gossip in a 'burn book'.

Facebook threat leads to arrest - 01/21/12
A 20-year-old Sparta man was arrested Monday and sent to Sussex County Jail after he posted a death threat on a juvenile girl's Facebook page, township police said. Angel N. Robles was charged with a third-degree count of making terroristic threats. Bail was set at $7,500 with no 10 percent option. On Sunday afternoon, the 17-year-old Sparta girl, with her father, provided Sparta Township Police a printout of her Facebook page, which had an entry from Robles stating that he was sending someone to slit the girl's throat, police said.

Dispatcher case in hands of prosecutor - 01/20/12
The case of a police dispatcher who was arrested on misdemeanor harassment charges is now in the hands of prosecutors. The dispatcher allegedly posted on her Facebook page text messages and photos exchanged between her husband, a Brownsville police officer, and a female officer.

Suit: Web site developer harassed Grayslake orthodontist - 01/19/12
A Web site developer harassed patients and emailed the alma mater of a Grayslake orthodontist after the two became embroiled in a dispute about the design of a site, a libel lawsuit filed Wednesday claims. The two-count suit claims libel and breach of contract. It seeks unspecified damages. Dr. Michael Stosich hired Zenman Productions, Inc., to develop a Web site for his orthodontist practice, a suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court claims. The contract called for Zenman to provide search engine optimization so the Internet site would be displayed on various search engines, including Google.

Cyber-bullying warning after Australia named world's worst - 01/19/12
Kiwi parents should be worried by a study naming Australia as the world's worst place for cyber-bullying on social networking sites, say experts. A survey of 24 countries by Ipsos Social Research Institute found almost 9 in 10 Australian parents said their child or another they knew in their community had experienced harassment on sites like Facebook.

Ohio man sentenced for email threats to Scituate town manager - 01/19/12
An Ohio man has been sentenced in federal court in Massachusetts to five years in prison for sending threatening emails to officials in an affluent Boston suburb. Prosecutors say 49-year-old Jeffrey Clemens of Huron, Ohio sent the emails in March 2010 to a town attorney and the town manager in Scituate.

Kentucky man facing stalking charge in Colorado - 01/19/12
A Kentucky man was arrested after he offered $10,000 on Facebook for help finding his ex-girlfriend and her son, and then tracked them to a Longmont women's shelter, police said. Joshua Payne was arrested Saturday on suspicion of domestic violence, felony stalking and felony to commit stalking. Police also arrested Madison Greenfield, 21, on suspicion of conspiracy to commit stalking.

Woman accused of trying to run over another woman in parking lot - 01/19/12
Two women were arrested in the parking lot at Sandy’s One Stop on Tuesday after deputies said a 20-year-old try to run over another woman with her car. According to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Brooke Ashton Royston was charged after she followed 20-year-old Mary Beyer through Rockwell to the gas station. Royston is accused of sending Beyer threatening messages on Facebook before the clash started about 4:30 p.m.

Internet Justice: 7 Youths Charged in Brutal Assault - 01/18/12
Kids! Aren’t they adorable? Their cherubic little faces, their big dreams, their boundless energy ­ oh, and the way they gang up on helpless peers, kicking them in the face repeatedly while yelling racial slurs. Such was the case in Bridgeport, a Chicago neighborhood, where six teens filmed themselves assaulting a 17-year-old Asian boy in an alley.

Jackson businessman Stuart M. Irby found dead - 01/18/12
A prominent Jackson businessman has taken his own life, days after his former wife was released from prison by then-Gov. Haley Barbour, authorities said. Jackson Police spokeswoman Colendula Green told The Associated Press that the caretaker at Stuart M. Irby's home called for an ambulance about at 8:04 p.m. on Tuesday. She said police and the Hinds County coroner arrived shortly thereafter and the coroner pronounced Irby dead about 9:04 p.m. Green said Irby hanged himself.

Ed Miliband lookalike death threat tweeter arrested - 01/17/12
A man who allegedly posted antisemitic and threatening messages on Twitter directed at women has been arrested. Professional Ed Miliband lookalike Shereef Abdallah was arrested today "on suspicion of sending by communication network an offensive or abusive or obscene message".

Monday, January 16, 2012

WHO@ Newsletter - January 16, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried...British man has passport tattooed on back

A British man had his passport tattooed on his back and even used the image as an ID to take money out of the bank, he said.

Richard Ashton, 27, told The Sun he had his passport inked on his back while backpacking in Australia in 2006.

"I wanted something to remember my holiday by, but also wanted something patriotic," he said. "My girlfriend at the time thought I was a bit daft, but eventually she found it hilarious. That seems to be the general reaction."

The London personal trainer said when he ran out of cash on his trip to Australia, he took off his shirt at a bank to use as ID.

"The cashier gave me a strange look. She typed in my name and details after reading my tattoo and allowed me $50."

Ashton, who was born in Sydney and holds dual citizenship, said he keeps his tattoo covered up most of the time.

"I don't walk around with my top off."

British officials said Ashton couldn't use the tattoo as ID to go abroad or enter Britain.

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Daughter who attacked her Jamaican father's killers on Facebook suspended by country's tourist board - 01/15/12
A BRITISH marketing rep working for the Jamaican Tourism Board has been suspended after expressing her grief on Facebook about her father’s murder on the Caribbean island.

Cyber-stalker targets women in 16,000 tweets - 01/14/12
Scotland Yard is investigating what is believed to be one of the first cases of cyber-stalking involving Twitter. The Metropolitan Police confirmed it was examining claims that a 37-year-old man has allegedly been targeting two women who claim to have received offensive, racist and sexually demeaning tweets and emails.

Jenelle Evans' Accused Cyberstalker: Teen Mom 2 Star Is the Bully, Not Me! - 01/13/12
What a tangled web Jenelle Evans seems caught up in. The Teen Mom 2 star, busted earlier this week for allegedly threatening and making harassing phone calls to her ex-roommate Hannah Inman, had previously accused the guy who's now living with Inman of cyberstalking her.

Google 'improperly' accessed Kenyan rival Mocality's database - 01/13/12
Web giant says it is 'mortified' to learn that people working for it used Mocality's data in attempt to sell competing product

Trenton Girl Taunted By Neighbor’s ‘Death Machine’ Has Died - 01/12/12
The Downriver girl who attracted worldwide attention for a neighbor’s taunting during her battle with Huntington’s Disease has died. Nine-year-old Kathleen Edward, of Trenton, died Wednesday night after a long bout with pneumonia, which is especially tough for Huntington’s patients to beat.

Female teacher arrested for sex with teen - 01/11/12
Another teacher in the Bay Area is facing charges of having sex with a student. Police arrested Marie Johnson Wednesday morning when she arrived for work at Granada High School in Livermore. She has been a teacher at the school for 13 years. Johnson is now on paid administrative leave and in jail after police say she had a sexual relationship with a student.

Student wins High Court order to stop sexual photos of her being shared online - 01/11/12
A student has won a High Court order to stop sexual photographs of her being shared on the internet after the phone they were taken on went missing.

Mother stole £76,000 from her company to fund online bingo addiction - 01/11/12
A mother who stole over £76,000 from her employers after becoming addicted to online bingo has been jailed for 16 months. Lucienne Mainey became addicted to online gambling after her marriage collapsed, a court heard yesterday.

Alleged stalker made threats through Facebook - 01/11/12
A Fort Myers man is accused of cyberstalking two former co-workers using Facebook – and threatening their lives. Lee County deputies say the suspect created several fake Facebook accounts to make the threats. One of the victims said she feared for her life.

Haters bash Jordan Jefferson on Facebook - 01/11/12
Last night's loss had some Tiger fans gunning for quarterback Jordan Jefferson blasting him at the dinner table and on the Internet. But, some fans are taking their hate messages a little too far on social media, and some even threatening to hurt Jefferson. Overnight the Facebook page listed as Jordan Jefferson was deactivated.

Trumbull CSB employee sent email threat - 01/11/12
The Trumbull County Children Services agency admitted Tuesday that one of its employees was responsible for the threatening message sent to Atty. David Engler’s Internet website Friday.

Bulger killer claim man receives suspended jail term - 01/11/12
An Essex man who accused a neighbour of being one of James Bulger's killers has received a 12-week suspended jail term. Spencer Payne, 44, admitted posting an offensive electronic message on Facebook saying a man in his block of flats in Dedham, was Robert Thompson.

Woman who took pictures of her boyfriend raping a schoolgirl is locked up for 10 years - 01/10/12
A woman who photographed her 'dangerous paedophile' boyfriend raping a 10-year-old schoolgirl has been jailed. Nerissa Williams, 48, took the pictures of 49-year-old Neil Beecham assaulting the young girl, and he then posted the images online for other paedophiles to see, a court was told.

My 6-year hell of stalker next door - 01/10/12
A WOMAN last night told how she suffered six years of terrifying texts and phone calls ­ from her next door neighbour. Hollie Townsley, 21, lived in fear after anonymous messages threatened her with rape. They indicated where she was and what she was wearing.

Monday, January 09, 2012

WHO@ Newsletter - January 9, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Robber tried to sell to victim
Police in Florida said they arrested an armed robbery suspect after he tried to sell iPhones and iPads to his alleged victim two days later.

Miramar police said Hank Yan was robbed Monday near an apartment complex on the 2200 block of Sherman Circle South by a gunman who took two iPhones and $500 cash, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Friday.

Police said Yan received a phone call two days later from a man whose voice he recognized as the robber. Yan said the man offered to sell him an iPad and three iPhones and arranged to meet him at the apartment complex near where the robber occurred.

The accused robber, Zachary Swindle, 19, and alleged accomplice Devonte Suckie, 18, were arrested when they showed up for the arranged meeting Wednesday.

Swindle was booked on an armed robbery charge and Suckie was charged with carrying a concealed firearm. Suckie also is facing an unrelated charge of burglary of an occupied dwelling and grand theft.

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Using Smartphones to Document Stalking - 01/08/12
January is National Stalking Awareness Month. More than 26 million adults are stalked every year in the U.S. "There's people being stalked that don't even realize it's happening to them," said Pam Harris, Mini-Cassia Shelter. 1 in 6 women have experienced stalking at one point in their lifetime and about 1 in 19 men. That's according to the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.

Man arrested for internet stalking of 12 minors - 01/07/12
A Branford man was arrested after trying to persuade several underage females to be his girlfriend and making sexual advances online. Michael Azzaro, 23, of 7 Avon Road, was arrested on Saturday, after a lengthy police investigation.

68 cases of online female harassment registered in 2011 - 01/07/12\01\07\story_7-1-2012_pg11_1
Incidents of online harassment of females witnessed a rapid increase during 2011, as 68 cases were registered. District court records revealed that 68 cases of cybercrime were registered with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) against persons who were allegedly involved in hacking e-mail accounts of females, and sending them abusive, obnoxious and vulgar e-mails.

Baby girl is murdered live on Skype - 01/06/12
A MOTHER drowned her baby daughter in a bucket while her British boyfriend watched live over the internet. Norwegian Yasmin Chaudhry plunged the one-year-old girl head first into water during a 3am Skype video call. Chaudhry, 26, had said she wanted to know how to discipline her baby for waking and "disobeying her".

Saudi hacker, 19, claims he posted thousands of Israeli credit card details online in his second attack of the week - 01/06/12
A hacker claiming to be a 19-year-old Saudi posted thousands of Israeli credit card numbers and other personal data online - the hacker's second politically motivated attack this week.

New PC virus doesn't just steal your money - it creates fake online bank statements so you even don't know it's gone - 01/06/12
A new version of the SpyEye 'trojan horse' software not only steals your money, it then offers false reassurance that it's still there. When you visit your online bank, there will be no trace of the transactions that cyber-criminals are using to empty your bank account.

Selena Gomez's accused stalker gets 3-year restraining order on day of 'Wizards' finale - 01/06/12
A man accused of stalking and making threats against Selena Gomez recently had his restraining order extended for another three years - and he has signaled that he is OK with it. A Los Angeles judge had in November dismissed a criminal stalking charge against Thomas Brodnicki, 46, but ruled that a temporary civil restraining order issued against him should remain in place. The 19-year-old pop star and Disney Channel actress says the man, who has a history of mental illness, had threatened to harm her.

BBB lists top 10 scams - 01/06/12
The Better Business Bureau serving the Southern Piedmont of N.C. and S.C. has released a list of the top 10 scams of 2011. Most of these scams originated online, often from foreign countries. Scammers used the anonymity provided by the Internet to victimize millions of people, efficiently and effectively. “Online, a scammer can pose as your neighbor, or someone from your bank, the IRS, the FBI, or even the BBB,” said BBB President Tom Bartholomy. “When the person who contacts you pretends to be someone you think you know, you let your guard down and miss red flags that spell scam.”

Website Posts Lead To Harassment Plea Deal - 01/06/12
A Fort Smith man pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor harassment complaint made by a Greenwood alderman. Dennis Wayne McCaslin, 53, was ordered to pay a $350 fine, $120 in court costs and directed to have no offensive contact with Alderman Lance Terry or his family and commit no criminal offenses in exchange for his plea Wednesday in Sebastian County District Court in Greenwood.

Social Media Background Screening Checks of Job Applicants Becoming More Prevalent and More Controversial - 01/05/12
Employers and recruiters have discovered a treasure trove of information about potential job applicants on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and so-called ‘social media background checks’ are becoming more popular and prevalent than ever. However, the use of social media background checks for job applicants has become controversial and can present legal risks.

Stalker texted neighbour 'night night' for four years - 01/05/12
Holly Townley was bombarded with calls and up to 186 messages a month by Gary Wilson, 51, a family friend. Despite changing her phone number several times, the 21-year-old victim could not escape the grasp of her mystery tormentor, who regularly used violent and threatening behaviour towards her, a court was told.

Hundreds of children adopted after being abused have lives turned upside down as natural parents use Facebook to track them down - 01/05/12
Adopted children are having their lives thrown into chaos by Facebook messages from birth parents who neglected or abused them when they were younger, charities have warned. A big increase in unsolicited contact from parents who track down children who were taken into care for safeguarding has led to serious disruptions in the adoption process.

Executive 'forced out of job' over LinkedIn CV - 01/05/12
A human resources executive was forced out of his job after angering his employer by putting his CV online and advertising that he was interested in other “career opportunities”, a tribunal heard.

Fallout continues after email threat from mayor’s assistant - 01/04/12
Eyewitness News found out the Charlotte mayor's assistant who threatened a nonprofit is taking more heat. City Council member Warren Cooksey wants the mayor and city manager to sign off on anything Tracy Montross writes him from now on. Cooksey is also warning major groups around town that they may want to do the same.

Parents break age rule to help kids join Facebook - 01/04/12
Nancy Gerstein is a marketing executive who supervises corporate Facebook pages for her company's clients. So Gerstein had no qualms when her 11-year-old daughter recently told her that she had created an account on the social media site while she was at a sleepover with a friend. She even helped her daughter finish establishing the Facebook page.

Police investigate almost 400 online ‘trolling’ attacks in 2011 - 01/03/12
Almost 400 incidents of cyber harassment and bullying were investigated by police in Wales last year, we can reveal. Victims of abusive, threatening or harassing messages sent via social networks included teenagers as young as 14. The problem has increasingly hit the headlines in recent months with celebrity victims Katherine Jenkins and former Miss Wales Imogen Thomas complaining publicly about being subjected to vitriolic online attacks.

Clay Waller gets five years for Internet threat - 01/03/12
A judge sentenced Clay Waller to five years in prison on federal Internet threat charges Tuesday. Waller has been under a cloud of suspicion since his estranged wife disappeared June 1. Waller was the last person known to have seen her before her disappearance.

New 'silent camera' apps cause plague of voyeurism in Japan - and some are on sale in West - 01/03/12
Most smartphone cameras have a built-in shutter noise to prevent the camera being used to take pictures without people's consent. But a new wave of 'silent' apps - some specifically designed for voyeurism - have been blamed for a huge rise in illicit photography in Japan.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Review of Redemption by Kate Flora

Just finished reading Kate Flora's latest Joe Burgess mystery, Redemption. It officially comes out in March, so get it! Here's my review:

Technically a police procedural, Kate Flora's latest book, Redemption: A Joe Burgess Mystery is a rollicking good time. I may be a bit prejudiced because I live in Maine and know Portland well, but Flora captures the flavor of Maine in a realistic way. I really hate authors who try to write about Maine and Mainers without knowing anything about it! The book starts off with a bang - a dead body in the water, then careens from there. Tossing in some of Burgess' personal life without overdoing it makes the book a good read. I definitely do not want to give away the plot, but suffice it to say that Burgess is very involved in this case and the ending was a complete surprise to me. This is Flora's third book in this series and it's the best so far (but you do need to read the other two first to get a "flavor" for Burgess).

Monday, January 02, 2012

WHO@ Newsletter - January 2, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Walmart clerk rejects $1 million bill
The old fake $1 million bill scam failed yet again, this time with a North Carolina man allegedly trying to use one at a Walmart store, police said.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported Saturday an arrest warrant alleges Michael Anthony Fuller, 53, of Lexington tried to pay for a vacuum cleaner, a microwave oven and other items totaling $476 with a $1 million bill back on Nov. 17.

Court records show employees at the Lexington store called police and Fuller was later charged with felony counts of trying to obtain property by false pretenses and uttering a forged instrument, the newspaper said. With his bond set at $17,500, he was still in the Davidson County Jail as of Friday pending a Tuesday court appearance.

"It is kind of strange," Lexington police Sgt. Shannon Sharpe said of the case.

Every once in a while someone tries to pass off a fake $1 million bill. For the record, the largest U.S. bill now in circulation is the $100 bill. The largest denomination ever printed was a $100,000 bill printed back in the mid-1930s and used for transactions between Federal Reserve banks.

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