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Monday, February 27, 2012

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WHO@ Newsletter - February 27, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Mother runs down burglary suspect on foot

A mother of three told a would-be burglar outside her parent's Florida home to "run fast" before chasing him down on foot to be arrested by police.

Betsy Stibler, 41, was checking on her children when she spotted the burglar going through her father's car around 2 a.m. Thursday, Naples (Fla.) Daily News reported.

Stibler said she called 911, then confronted the suspect.

"I said, 'You may as well stop. The police are coming. And if you are going to run, you better run fast and more than three miles because I'm a runner,'" Stibler said.

The suspect, identified as Roy Wayne Hansen, 21, took off, the newspaper said.

Stibler, who has run six 5K races in the past year, caught up to Hansen and cornered him between two homes and waited for Collier County sheriff's deputies to arrive, the report said.

Hansen was arrested and is facing a felony charge of burglary.

Stibler's father, Gary Hardin, said he wasn't surprised his daughter chased down a burglar.

"I was scared for her," said Hardin, 63. "I was worried she might catch the dude and he might be violent. I also worried she might catch the guy and beat the crap out of him."

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Little Britain star Matt Lucas quits Twitter over dead lover taunts - 02/27/12
Matt Lucas has quit Twitter after taunts about the death of his former partner were posted by a young fan. The 37-year-old comedian told his 565,000 followers on the micro-blogging site on Saturday that he was signing off for good. He said: ‘I appreciate all the support on here over the past couple of years but it’s time to shut down my Twitter account.’

Face of 9/11 terrorist Mohammed Atta used to advertise CAR INSURANCE on Facebook - 02/26/12
The face of 9/11 mastermind Mohamed Atta has been used to sell car insurance via Facebook, it emerged yesterday. Atta, the ringleader of the terrorists who killed 3,000 people in the September 11 attacks, is one of the most reviled figures in the western world.

Why spray paint an oil tank when you can say it on Facebook? - 02/25/12
I would just about bet you a horse and $100 that sales of spray paint have fallen in direct proportion to the rise in the popularity of Facebook. What I mean is this ­ whereas folks used to use spray paint to profess their love or hate of someone on the side of an oilfield tank battery or a bridge overpass ­ they can now accomplish the same thing with a few keystrokes on a computer.

Minister: My email hijacked by lefties - 02/25/12
A GOVERNMENT minister accused left-wing activists of hijacking his emails to attack a work experience scheme for jobless youngsters. Employment minister Chris Grayling said activists used his official Commons account to send complaints to Tesco for giving young people a chance.

Experts list job interview 'no-nos' - 02/24/12
Don't answer your cellphone, send a text message or talk negatively about previous employers during a job interview, U.S. experts say. A nationwide CareerBuilder survey of hiring managers and human resources professionals says 'no-nos' for job interviews include:

Worst date ever? Man 'takes photos with lover's phone while having sex and sends them to her contacts - including her MOTHER and BROTHER, 14' - 02/24/12
This could be one of the worst dates in modern history. Hiren Pinaken Shah, 22, took pictures of himself and a female friend engaging in sexual intercourse and allegedly sent said pictures to several contacts in the woman’s phone. Those contacts included the woman’s mother and 14-year-old brother, a police report says.

Tanning peeper pleads guilty to child porn - 02/24/12
The U.S. attorney's office said a Florida man caught videotaping customers who used his tanning bed pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

Police officer charged with fridge thefts - 02/24/12
Police in Texas said an officer is facing charges after security cameras recorded him taking other people's food from a station refrigerator. Deer Park Police Chief Greg Griggs said the cameras were installed after food including lunches, drinks and 60 pounds of deer sausage was taken from the department's refrigerator, KTKR-TV, Houston, reported Friday.

Con artist made $359m selling worthless drugs over internet to customers in UK and US - 02/24/12
A conman who made $359m from selling worthless products on the internet to customers across the globe has reached a settlement with the U.S. Government. Jesse Willms, from Alberta, Canada, has agreed to settle a number of charges brought against him by the Federal Trade Commission in relation to himself and 11 other companies.

'Hit me up... I'm horny': TWENTY men show up at mother's house wanting sex after 'ex-boyfriend posted fake adult Craigslist ads' - 02/23/12
A jilted boyfriend allegedly placed a series of fake adverts on Craigslist that appeared to be from his pregnant ex-girlfriend asking men for sex. Andre Flom, 31, of Portland, Oregon, put up ads with her number and address - and up to 20 men would arrive at her home for sex, police said.

Before Steinberg was investigated for cyberstalking, he voted against it - 02/23/12
Rep. Richard Steinberg, a Miami Beach Democrat accused of cyberstalking a married Miami female prosecutor, has voted for several laws that crack down on stalking-–one as recently as this week. A review of voting records since Steinberg’s 2009 freshman session shows that the former Miami Beach commissioner has cast at least five votes to increase penalties on stalkers and sexual predators who use texting or electronic media during their crimes.

MPD accuses suspect of cyberstalking his wife - 02/22/12
Monroe police arrested a man Tuesday morning accused of sending text messages to his estranged wife threatening to confront and shoot her after work. Simeon D. Jackson, 39, of 801 S. Ninth St., Monroe, was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on a charge of cyberstalking.

Is Anne Marie Rasmusson too hot to have a driver's license? - 02/22/12
Seated on a couch between her two basset hounds, Anne Marie Rasmusson hardly looks like the sort of siren who would cause men to dash their careers at her feet. A former cop, she hides her 5-foot-2-inch figure under a bulky sweatshirt and keeps her blond hair clipped short.

Man faces cyberstalking charges for threatening ex-girlfriend - 02/21/12
A Brevard County man is facing cyberstalking charges for allegedly sending threatening text messages to an ex-girlfriend. Police said Thomas Palumbo made numerous threats to the woman and contacted her when he was ordered not to.

FBI Responding To Growing Number Of Online Stalking Complaints - 02/21/12
The communication in many peoples’ relationships is now taking place on social media sites, which is posing new challenges for how we behave online and regulate privacy. A disturbing new trend is online stalking. It is such a big problem now that the FBI has expanded their cyber crimes unit.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WHO@ Releases 2011 Cyberstalking Statistics

WHO@ RELEASES 2011 CYBERSTALKING STATISTICS WHO@ Shows How Online Trends Have Changed In the Past 12 Years February 22, 2012 - Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHO@) released their 2011 cyberstalking statistics, as well as cumulative statistics for the past 12 years (2000-2011). WHO@ is the oldest and largest all-volunteer online safety organization that has been continuously helping adult victims of cyberstalking since 1997. WHO@ is the only organization to provide the most up-to-date cyberstalking statistics and cumulative trends. It is important to understand that WHO@ statistics are not based on the total number of cases handled during the year. Criteria is distinguished by victims who fill out all of the voluntary demographic information in the questionnaires provided on the WHO@ web site at Those completed questionnaires ensure comparable, verified and meaningful statistics. According to WHO@ President Jayne Hitchcock, “based on the individual needs of each victim, we work directly with law enforcement, victim assistance organizations and lawyers making every effort we can to help and support those who come to us for guidance. According to Internet World Statistics on December 31st, 2000 there were 360,985,492 Internet Users and as of December 31, 2011, that number has grown to 6,930,055,154 representing an acceleration of 528.1%, so it’s pretty clear the internet is continuing to grow and, therefore, internet harassment and cybercrime will continue to grow correspondingly.” Since WHO@ began compiling completed questionnaires in 2000, the total so far is 3,393 cases, of which 305 fully completed questionnaires were recorded in 2011. Although females are still the primary victims, they did show a decrease of 4% compared to 2009. The statistics for 2011 and cumulative are available in .pdf format on the WHO@ web site at Highlights of the statistics for 2011 are: WHO@ has seen the gap between male and female harassers decrease to the point where in 2011, they were about the same 40% males, 33.5% females (the rest were unknown to the victim). This shows that the perceived anonymity of the Internet allows females to feel they can harass and stalk online without punishment. When WHO@ started calculating statistics in 2000, 68% of the harassers were male. Almost 60% of victims had a relationship to the harasser, of which 56% were exes, followed by family, friends, online acquaintances, work, school and neighbors (in that order) Although email was the primary way the harassment began (as it has been for all 12 years), it was followed by Facebook, web sites (such as yelp, ripoffreports, topix, mylife), texting, then message boards. In 2010, it was email followed by Facebook, message boards, instant messaging, web sites, Myspace, and texting 80% of the cases escalated, primarily by telephone at 27%, more than double from the prior year, followed by email, Facebook, texting, web sites, message boards and blogs. Surprisingly, the number of offline threats was only 7%, compared to 26% in 2010. More victims reported the harassment prior to coming to WHO@ for help, almost 80%, with just over half of them sending complaints to ISPs, followed by 41% going to law enforcement for help and the rest calling lawyers for advice. Over 60% of the cases were resolved by WHO@, lower than the year prior, but found that just over 7% were not cases (usually mutual bickering with the other party), 8% did not reply, over 2% resolved on their own and just over 1% were Nigerian scams. Of the cases that WHO@ resolved, the majority were through communication with the ISP/web site host/moderator or the victim made changes to their accounts and profiles to stop the harassment. Top Ten Locations for Victims and Harassers: Victims Harassers 1. California California 2. Texas Texas 3. Florida Pennsylvania 4. New York New York 5. England Florida 6. Pennsylvania England 7. N. Carolina N. Carolina 8. Washington Illinois 9. Maryland Ohio 10. Virginia Canada The rest of the statistics can be viewed at WHO@ is the oldest and largest all-volunteer online safety organization helping adult victims of online harassment and cyber stalking since February, 1997. WHO@-KTD (Kids/Teen Division) was added in 2005 to help online victims under the age of 18, their parents and other adults interested in keeping kids and teens safer online. To learn more about WHO@, or if you know someone who needs help, please visit and Get involved with WHO@ at and WHO@-KTD at WHO@’s mascot, Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog, offers advice and help for kids, teens and adults at, as well as fun info about her life as a retired sled dog in Maine. Phoebe accompanies WHO@ president Jayne Hitchcock to schools to show kids and teens how to stay safe from cyber bullies. Hitchcock volunteers with the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, the National Center for Victims of Crime, and numerous law enforcement agencies worldwide. She is a valued resource to these agencies in the solving of Internet related crimes. Additionally, she trains advocate groups, conducts seminars, and raises awareness of cybercrime and harassment. She also lectures educators, librarians, parents and students at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities about the dangers of cyber bullies, online predators, cyber stalkers, sexting and social networking sites. Hitchcock has appeared as an expert in various media, including Swift Justice, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, PEOPLE magazine, TIME magazine, the Associated Press, Cosmopolitan magazine, 48 Hours, Ladies Home Journal, Campus Security Reports, Inside Edition, Good Morning America and CNN. Her latest book, Net Crimes & Misdemeanors 2nd edition (, highlights online crimes, how to be safer online and what to do if you are victimized. Jayne’s ninth book, True Crime Online: Most Shocking Stories from the Dark Side of the Web is due out later this year.

Monday, February 20, 2012

WHO@ Newsletter - February 20, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried...School speed sign lists six time periods
Motorists in a Michigan town are complaining about a school speed limit sign that requires drivers to read six different time periods for the speed change.

Greg Smith said the sign, which was installed near his home in White Lake Jan. 12, lists six different times that motorists need to slow down from 45 mph to 25 mph on a mile-long stretch of Bogie Lake Road near three schools, The Oakland Press, Pontiac, reported Thursday.

"You practically have to come to a stop to read it," Smith said. "I'm thinking of printing out the speeds and attaching it to my dashboard."

White Lake Police Chief Ed Harris said he will be meeting with the White Lake supervisor and officials from the Huron Valley School District and the Road Commission of Oakland County to discuss the sign.

"We are aware of it and trying to resolve it," he said.

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Jihad from jail: Islamic terrorists using network website to preach hatred from behind bars - 02/20/12
Britain's most dangerous Islamic terrorists are exploiting a security loophole to spread their message of hate from behind bars. Not only have they been able to radicalise fellow inmates, they have also appealed to a new generation of supporters around the world.

Computer whizz faces jail for writing programme to steal personal details of 8 MILLION people, including 400 PayPal accounts - 02/20/12
A computer expert who 'plotted a £350,000 fraud' is facing jail today after admitting he stole the personal details of more than eight million people. Edward Pearson, 23, also admitted he illegally obtained the credit card details of 400 PayPal customers in an 18-month scam.

Hotel boss faces fraud probe over his 3-star 'hovel' complete with shabby interiors and out-of-date signs - 02/20/12
With its three-star rating and views over Cardigan Bay, it seemed like an ideal spot for a break. But once they got through the door of the Queensbridge Hotel guests were confronted with shabby interiors and tiles falling off the walls.

Juror jailed for 'friending' pretty defendant in auto negligence case on Facebook - 02/19/12
A juror who sent a ‘friend’ request to a defendant on Facebook and then bragged about being dismissed from jury service has been jailed. Jacob Jock was told he will spend three days in jail after a judge branded his actions an ‘insidious threat to the erosion of democracy’.

Trial begins Tuesday in cyber-suicide - 02/19/12
Jury selection is set to begin in the New Jersey trial of a man who either pulled a prank or committed a hate crime, officials say. Dharun Ravi allegedly used his laptop and camera to record and Internet-broadcast his Rutgers University dorm roommate Tyler Clementi with another man in 2010, leading to Clementi's suicide, prosecutors say.

Woman attacks man on eBay - 02/19/12
A British mother launched an attack on her ex-husband on an eBay listing for his model train set. The woman, known only as Angie, told potential buyers about how she and her sons had been burned by her ex in the description of the train set, The Sun reported.

Man arrested again for cyberstalking - 02/18/12
A 41-year-old Lady Lake man who bonded out of jail Tuesday on a cyber stalking charge, was re-arrested Wednesday for doing it again, police said. According to an arrest affidavit, Jason Bolling, Apt. 88, 735 S. U.S. Highway 441, wasted little time Tuesday in texting a mutual friend and asking her to have the original cyber stalking victim call or text him. The friend contacted the woman, who contacted police.

'All lessons are cancelled': pupil suspended after hacking school website to tell parents classes were off due to snow - 02/18/12
It’s one school prank that most fellow-pupils would be glad to hear about. As the snow began falling in Harrow, in north-west London on Saturday 4 February, the Jewish Free School was quick to post a message on its website assuring parents that it would none-the-less be open as usual the following Monday.

Google Refuses to Help Temple Grad With Her Creepy Google Cyberstalker - 02/17/12
Earlier this week in Philadelphia’s Federal Court, 25-year-old Temple grad Cailin Arena and her friend Patricia McWilliam of South Carolina sued a John Doe they say has been cyberstalking them and publishing their copyrighted photos and writings without their permission. In the same suit, they name Internet giant Google­which hosts the perpetrator’s blog, Korean Dating Bloggers, as well as a fraudulent Google Plus account set up in Arena’s name­for failing to do anything about it.

Police seek bathroom peeper - 02/17/12
Police in California said they are working to identify a man who allegedly tried to take pictures or video of a female student in a bathroom at Cypress College. The Cypress Police Department said the woman was using the bathroom just after 3 p.m. Monday when she saw a hand reach under the stall divider and point a cellphone at her, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Sick texts from troll posing as dead girl - 02/17/12
A DAD has called in police after receiving sick texts from a hoaxer posing as his dead daughter. Phillipa Campbell, 19, was killed when drunk pal Rob Johnston crashed her new MG TF sports car into a wall in 2009.

Paxton man accused of cyberstalking - 02/16/12
A Paxton man remained jailed Thursday afternoon on a $100,000 bond after being charged with cyberstalking in Ford County Circuit Court. Michael L. Widmer, 46, was charged Wednesday with two counts of cyberstalking, a Class 4 felony, for allegedly posting messages on the Internet that were directed toward a Paxton woman who he had previously been ordered to have no contact with.

St. Louis man imprisoned for cyberstalking and extortion - 02/16/12
The ex-husband of a St. Louis woman has been sent to prison for eight years for cyberstalking and extortion after publicizing nude pictures and sexual videos of the woman–he also demanded 100-thousand dollars from her for shutting down the website.

FAU Cop Under Harassment Investigation - 02/16/12
Florida Atlantic University launched an investigation into allegations that a campus police lieutenant fondled and sexually harassed a co-worker. The alleged victim filed the complaint Dec. 15, 2011, which was referred to the university’s Office of Equal Opportunity Programs. South Florida Times is not publishing the woman’s name because of the nature of the allegations.

'There were hairs in my quiche': TripAdvisor troll admits smearing reputation of award-winning vegetarian restaurant she hadn't even visited - 02/16/12
Despite its local reputation as a great place to eat, last autumn The Good Life was struggling to attract outside custom. Profits even fell by a quarter as visitors to Shrewsbury apparently opted to steer clear of the vegetarian restaurant - despite it being awarded a runner-up medal in the Observer Food awards.

Croatian-Born Doctor of Economics Sentenced for Cyber-Stalking, Extorting Ex-wife - 02/15/12
Jovica Petrovic, a 62-year-old native of Croatia, was sentenced today to 97 months in prison for cyber-stalking and extorting his former American wife.

Jilted City worker described as a "narcissistic psychopath" faces jail after being found guilty of stalking ex-lover - 02/15/12
A jilted former City worker found guilty of orchestrating a campaign of harassment against a doctor and her mother faces jail. Al Amin Dhalla, 42, moved into the home of Dr Alison Hewitt, 35, in Brighton, East Sussex, months after meeting her through an elite online dating agency for professionals. But relations soured after Dr Hewitt's family voiced concern over his "unseemly haste" to marry her and over lies they uncovered about Dhalla's past.

'We're in financial ruin, I stole £53,000' - 02/15/12
A headmaster stole more than £53,000 from his school to fund his gambling addiction. Andrew Wilkie, principal at Southdown Primary School in Buckley, north Wales, had already lost his life savings on online poker sites and had remortgaged his family home.

17 Mass. HS students' Facebook pictures on porn site - 02/14/12
More than a dozen Massachusetts high school students were shocked to learn their Facebook pictures had ended up on a porn website. The students go to Bay Path Technical Vocational Regional High School in Charlton, Ma. Now police and the FBI are investigating.

Monday, February 13, 2012

WHO@ Newsletter - February 13, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man says transvestite escort cheated him
A Florida man says a young escort he hired off Craigslist cheated him in two ways: He was a transvestite and he took advantage of his host's generosity.

The 69-year-old Palm Coast resident said he let the young man stay at his house because he felt sorry for him, The Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal reported. The older man acknowledged they were also having sex.

The escort allegedly then blackmailed him, saying he was only 16 and would report his host for rape. The escort eventually left after the older man purchased a car for him.

The older man eventually decided to file a report with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office. He told the newspaper he now believes the escort is older than he looks.

The man said he goes on a drinking binge about once a year and then turns to Craigslist for female companionship.

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Malware Increasing through Personalized Assaults, Exploit Toolkits and Social Media: M86 Security - 02/13/12
M86 Security in its security review of July-December, 2011 elaborates that cyber-threats had grown through advanced personalized assaults utilizing digital certificates obtained via theft; online scams against social media; as well as extensive utilization of the Blackhole exploit toolkit. MarketWire published this dated February 8, 2012.

Dad shoots daughter's laptop - 02/12/12
An upset North Carolina father posted a video of himself shooting his daughter's laptop computer after reading his daughter's Facebook rant about doing chores. The man, who identified himself as Tommy Jordan of Albermarle, posted the video on YouTube Wednesday and it has since gone viral with more than 18 million views, WCNC-TV, Charlotte, reported.

Newcastle pubgoers urged to find 'love rat' thief - 02/12/12
Pubgoers are being urged to help trace a man police have labelled a "love rat" who befriended a woman, then sold her car. The woman, from Easington, County Durham, met the man calling himself Jamie Patterson, on a dating web site. But on the day he was due to move in with her and her teenage daughter, he sold her car and vanished.

'I'm not greedy. I just wanted someone to love me' - 02/12/12
As Victoria Fraenzel logged on to the internet dating site for the first time, she was uncertain what response she would receive to her request for a man who would offer her ‘truth and honesty’. Yet within hours of keying her details into the popular website Plenty Of Fish, the 35-year-old was not disappointed with the response.

Emailed rave rape pictures earn teen probation - 02/10/12
A teen convicted of emailing pictures of an alleged rape at a rave in Pitt Meadows, B.C., that were eventually posted by others on Facebook has been sentenced to 12 months probation for distributing obscene material. The teen, who cannot be named because of his age, was also sentenced to write an essay on the harmful impact of social media by the judge on Friday in provincial court in Port Coquitlam.

Nazi surgical set withdrawn from auction after organisers reveal 'really unpleasant' threats from families of people who died in the war - 02/10/12
A Nazi surgical equipment set owned by an SS commandant and war criminal has been withdrawn from a sale today after phone and e-mail threats. The wooden box of tools belonged to Anton Burger, a major in the SS who worked at the Theresienstadt concentration camp between July 1943 and February 1944, where 140,000 Jews were held - and 33,000 of them died.

‘Hitman’ E-mail Scam Affects Central Florida - 02/09/12
Police detectives of Kissimmee (Florida, USA) have issued an alert to residents regarding one fresh e-mail scam that's circulating in central Florida wherein the e-mail scammers are introducing themselves as a hitman hired for assassinating the recipient. published this dated February 1, 2012.

Facebook’s ‘sponsored stories’ have gone too far - 02/09/12
Facebook has started rolling out sponsored stories onto photos and it is making me and many others feel uneasy. We knew when Facebook announced its intention to float last week, that there would become a growing pressure on the site’s founder and chief, Mark Zuckerberg, to ramp up the network’s commercial offering.

Philadelphia Teen Stalked By Man In His Thirties On Facebook - 02/09/12
A Philadelphia teenager has turned to police after receiving several obscene messages from a stalker on Facebook. Her Facebook setting was on public and that made her an easy target. According to family, a man believed to be in his thirties, a total stranger, has been stalking the young girl.

Fugitive gives his whereabouts on Facebook - 02/09/12
A fugitive drug dealer from Sicily was found in London after he posted photos on Facebook that provided police clues to his whereabouts, officials say. Michele Grasso had disappeared from his home in Taormina, Italy, in 2010 when police sought to arrest him for drug dealing, The Guardian reported.

Convicted Stalker Is Prime Suspect in Teacher's Slaying - 02/08/12
Police are still searching for a Painesville man in connection with the shooting death of a local teacher in Canfield Wednesday morning. Investigators are calling the murder a crime of revenge between the suspect, Robert McLaughlin, 64, and the victim, Stacey Sutera, 40, who he's been convicted of stalking in the past. Around 7 a.m., Sutera, a science teacher with the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, was shot to death in the Carriage Hill townhouse apartment complex as she was getting ready to leave for work. Several neighbors heard the shots and called 911.

Village school teacher, 50, outrages parents with Facebook posts about her ‘hard-partying, drinking, swearing and sh*****g’ - 02/08/12
A female teacher shocked parents and pupils at a village school after boasting about 'drinking, swearing and sh*****g' on Facebook, a disciplinary hearing was told today. Elizabeth Scarlett, 50, a former teacher at Trinant Primary School in Crumlin, South Wales, was criticised by her headteacher for 'improper' comments on the social networking site.

Hackers raid accounts of iTunes users to steal money from store credit and gift cards - 02/08/12
Hackers have been breaking into the accounts of hundreds of iTunes users to steal their store credit and gift cards, reports the Global Mail. The users claim on customer forums that their store credit or gift cards have been spent and their PayPal accounts fraudulently used by others. Any security issue would potentially pose a threat to the 200million active members on the technology giant's hugely popular music website.

Denise calls the cops over Twitter troll abuse - 02/08/12
DENISE Welch has called in the cops after an evil internet troll urged her to KILL herself. The Loose Women star took action after receiving abusive messages on Twitter. The barrage of hurtful notes came after she revealed on live television on Monday that she had split from her husband of 23 years, Tim Healy.

Facebook criticised for 'hurting' cybercrime investigation - 02/08/12
In an unusual step, Facebook last month named six Russian men it said had been running the $2m scam against its members since for three years. It publicised photographs of the group and pinpointed their office in central St Petersburg. The world's largest social network said it had acted out of frustration at the fact law enforcement agencies had apparently failed to investigate the Koobface gang, triggering a debate about the best way to tackle cyber crime.

Girl of 13 faced hate campaign and Facebook bullying... for reporting she had been raped - 02/08/12
A rape victim aged 13 and her family were targeted by online bullies in her market town after she reported her attacker to police. The girl had been raped in an alleyway by a 15-year-old ‘sexual predator’ and left in a ‘hysterical state’. But although her parents soon arrived to rescue her from her immediate ordeal, another nightmare was about to begin through months of malicious abuse and even threats of violence via a Facebook page set up to proclaim the attacker’s innocence.

The BBC confronts an Internet troll on national TV - 02/07/12
You know them, maybe you’re even one of them. They’re the scumbag lowlifes of the Internet. They are the trolls. Typically hiding behind a mask of supposed anonymity, those who practice Internet harassment are often seen as the neckbeard basement-dwellers of the world. But maybe they’re every bit as scummy in person.

Boy, 14, gets police warning after hate campaign against EastEnders cast and crew - 02/07/12
A 'sick' 14-year-old boy has been given a police warning after waging a hate campaign against the EastEnders cast and crew. The teenager is thought to have targeted more than a dozen stars from the BBC programme through vicious emails and abusive comments left on internet forums. Staff working on the soap became increasingly frightened by the specific detail in the messages, according to a source.

Trendnet security cam flaw exposes video feeds on net - 02/07/12
Feeds from thousands of Trendnet home security cameras have been breached, allowing any web user to access live footage without needing a password. Internet addresses which link to the video streams have been posted to a variety of popular messageboard sites.

Kylie Minogue calls police after 'deluded weirdo' sends threats over Twitter - 02/07/12
Kylie Minogue was forced to call the police after being harassed on Twitter by a 'deluded weirdo.' The All The Lovers singer, 43, revealed via Twitter that she had taken action against the individual who had sent her threatening messages. The 43-year-old wrote: 'I love 1,033,861 of you LOVERS, but 1 is not a lover, just a deluded weirdo making threats #andthatdoesnotmakeyouspecial SO..police alerted.'

Judge catches clerk watching PORNOGRAPHY during rape trial he said was 'boring' - 02/07/12
A court clerk who watched hardcore pornography during a rape trial 'because he was bored' was caught looking at the explicit material right under the nose of the judge. Debasish Majumder, 54, accessed the obscene images while the victim gave her harrowing evidence at Inner London Crown Court.

Monday, February 06, 2012

WHO@ Newsletter - February 6, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Family gets $10K Internet bill for watching movies
A Canadian family said they unknowingly racked up a $10,000 bill while using their mobile Internet to watch movies on Netflix while on vacation.

John Gibson of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, said he recently took his family on vacation to Phoenix, where his grandchildren used his SaskTel mobile Internet to watch Netflix movies on a laptop computer, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday.

Gibson said he was shocked when his SaskTel bill arrived and the amount exceeded $10,000. He said he was told the charges resulted from heavy data usage outside of the company's service area, causing roaming charges to accumulate.

Gibson said he spoke to the company and they agreed to reduce the bill to $1,000. He said the experience was a pricy lesson.

"It's sort of my fault," he said. "I'll pay the thousand bucks and -- lesson learned."

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Snarky Facebook comments no reason to fire teacher, judge rules - 02/05/12
A New York teacher fired for posting snarky online comments suggesting her unruly students should drown can go back to the classroom, a judge ruled. Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Barbara Jaffe last week overturned an administrative decision to boot Christine Rubino, who taught at PS 203 in Brooklyn, for posting "repulsive" comments on Facebook.

Geotags on smartphones make cyberstalking easy - 02/04/12
Many smartphone users don't realize that the pictures they take on their phones can give the exact location of where they are located through something called geotags. Lieutenant Josh Moulin works with Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force.

Woman who 'tried to extort $10,000 from the makers of the Duggar family's reality show 19 Kids and Counting arrested by FBI' - 02/04/12
The Duggar family, who star in the reality TV show 19 Kids and Counting, are allegedly at the centre of an FBI sting. According to the FBI arrested Teresa Hunt for allegedly trying to extort $10,000 from Discovery Communications, the company behind the series that airs on TLC. The reality show follows Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, a deeply religious couple who shun contraception and believe their 19 children are a blessing from God.

Estranged husband booked for stalking - 02/03/12
Ouachita Parish deputies arrested a man Friday morning accused of recording video of a woman and sending them to her. Jonathan Campbell, 21, of 2700 Huntington St., Monroe, was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on charges of stalking and cyberstalking.

Facebook stalker murdered ex - 02/03/12
A MAN who stalked his ex-girlfriend on Facebook before stabbing her to death was today found guilty of murder. Clifford Mills, 49, attacked Lorna Smith after inviting her to his flat in Brixton, south London, in February last year.

The dark web: Guns and drugs for sale on the internet's secret black market - 02/03/12
Out of reach of regular internet searches is the secretive online world known as the 'dark web' - anonymous, virtually untraceable global networks used by political activists and criminals alike. You have the availability of multiple dealers so you can compare products - and customers can review the dealer's product, too."

Rainbow Lake man accused of stalking - 02/03/12
A Rainbow Lake man was arrested Thursday for allegedly stalking a woman and her teenage daughter from Warren County. Steve D. Kolnsberg, 55, faces 10 counts of second-degree aggravated harassment, a class A misdemeanor. He was arrested by Warren County sheriff's deputies following what they said was "a lengthy investigation involving the ongoing online harassment of a Queensbury woman and her fourteen-year-old daughter."

Woman Fights Man She Met Online for Baby - 02/03/12
Kristy Gaffney says she thought she’d found love when she met a man online. Now the Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania woman claims she’s in the battle of her life – fighting for the child they had. “I thought like he was Mr. Perfect, ha, ha,” Gaffney told NBC10 Investigator Harry Hairston. “There’s no words for it. I’m just so angry at him."

Internet gambling addict frittered away £400,000 from company - and now her boss can't afford to retire for another FIVE YEARS - 02/03/12
An internet gambling addict plundered almost £400,000 from her company to fritter away online. Suzan Smith, 53, was jailed after the staggering theft which meant the boss of the small business is unable to retire for another five years. Smith, who had been trusted implicitly, admitted stealing £398,651.26 from Graham Wuyts & Co Accountants in Attleborough, near Wymondham, Norfolk.

Woman describes 'sheer horror' after online impostor takes photos - 02/02/12
As a former model and daughter of a photographer, Lydia Lange has been the subject of thousands of pictures. She posted many of them on her personal Facebook page and fashion blog. Little did she know, someone was copying her photos and posting them online under the name “Jenny.”

TripAdvisor reviews can't be trusted: Website fails to vet comments, says watchdog - 02/02/12
TripAdvisor can no longer claim to offer ‘trusted and honest’ reviews, the advertising watchdog has ruled. It said that because the world’s biggest travel website does not vet its 50 million users’ comments, it cannot guarantee they are genuine. The site promises to provide reliable reviews from travellers about hotels, restaurants and airlines around the world.

Threat from new virus-infected emails which take over your PC even if you DON'T open their attachments - 02/02/12
A new class of cyber attack is threatening PCs - emails which infect PCs without the user having to open an attachment. The user will not even be warned this is happening - the only message that appears is 'loading'. The email automatically downloads malicious software into your computer from elsewhere the moment a user clicks to open it.

Net closes on personalised adverts: Internet users to be protected from 'sinister' tracking devices used for targeted ads - 02/02/12
Internet users are to be given the power to stop companies monitoring their browsing and using the information gleaned to bombard them with targeted advertisements. Sites including Google and Facebook will have to carry a red warning triangle with an ‘i’ on all adverts which have been generated by such monitoring.

Fury at student website for 'condoning rape' - 02/02/12
A STUDENT website has sparked outrage with an article declaring rape was fine as long as the attacker said "surprise". The insulting feature on UniLad said the fact that only 15 per cent of rapes are reported was "good odds". The article ended with the words: "UniLad does not condone rape without saying 'surprise'."

Bogus biology teacher faked qualifications and worked as examiner for an A-Level board - 02/02/12
A bogus biology teacher forged her qualifications to work as an examiner for an A-level exam board. Julia Rawlinson, 44, duped her bosses by using a computer to forge a degree, doctorate and teaching certificates.

Blundering Met sends email addresses of 1,000 crime victims to strangers - 02/02/12
The Metropolitan Police accidentally shared the email addresses of more than 1,000 victims of crime with others, it emerged today. The mistake occurred when 'human error' led to their details being inserted in the wrong box of an email sent by the Met to distribute a quality control survey. This was sent to 1,136 people in seven batches, meaning the email addresses of those affected were seen by up to 198 people.

Vile Gary Speed internet rumours nailed - 02/01/12
A RELATIVE of Gary Speed yesterday condemned Twitter users who spread vile slurs about the soccer legend after he was found hanged. Anthony Haylock ­ who is married to Speed's sister Lesley ­ used the website itself to hit back just hours after the inquest into the Wales manager's death.

Social networking sites fuelling stalking, report warns - 02/01/12
New forms of digital technology and social networking sites such as Facebook are increasingly putting people at risk of stalking, according to a report published on Wednesday. The study, from Women's Aid and the Network for Surviving Stalking, warns that mobile phones, particularly smartphones, are increasingly being targeted. Spyware could be installed on the phone in "less than five minutes", allowing a stalker to listen remotely to the phone's surroundings, intercept calls, track text messages and the location of a device if it has GPS hardware.

Carder Forced Gang Members to Have Sex to Weed Out Undercover Feds - 01/31/12
The mastermind of a carding gang in Georgia devised a novel way for weeding out undercover Feds from his operation ­ he forced members to have group sex, according to a local police detective who helped bust the ring. Vikas Yadav, an Indian national who was deported in 2010, recruited other carders and mules through sadomasochism web sites, forcing would-be accomplices to have group sex with other men and women while Yadav videotaped them, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

Seattle library lets man watch porn, despite complaint - 01/31/12
A Seattle woman is complaining that she was at the Lake City library with her kids recently, when she saw a man watching hard-core porn on a computer, with the screen facing toward the room. She asked the librarian to move the man to a more discreet location. The librarian refused.

'Hey crazy, I read it all over the Internet': The man who told the nation's media he was dumped because he had cancer... and the girl who says he made it all up - 01/31/12
He claimed his girlfriend dumped him for having cancer -- and then still insisted he hand over Superbowl tickets worth $8,000 he bought for her. But now, a man whose story went viral on the Internet is facing claims from the woman in question that he made it all up.

Grammar school pupils expelled after Facebook smear campaign that they had sex in a store cupboard - 01/31/12
Two grammar school pupils were expelled after a malicious gossip campaign broke out on Facebook claiming the pair had sex in a school store room and toilet. Trevor Evans and his girlfriend were 16 when they were first suspended from West Kirby Grammar School, in Wirral, where they were sixth-formers.