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.
Read more: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/01/2
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Visit WHOA on the web at http://www.haltabuse.org
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
NEWS TO USE AND PASS ALONG!
(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)
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.