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Monday, November 26, 2012

Net Crimes Newsletter - November 26, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Prank ad seeks James Bond-style spy

An ad seeking a "target elimination specialist" willing to travel to exercise a license to kill was posted Friday on a British government website.

Unfortunately for those with James Bond fantasies, the ad was a prank, The Daily Telegraph reported. There were some tipoffs, like the suggestion that candidates should prefer martinis "shaken and not stirred."

A spokeswoman said the Department of Work and Pensions is investigating how the fake posting got onto the job center website and whether a government employee was involved.

"It is disappointing that somebody would want to post a false advert when people are looking for real jobs," she said. "It has now been removed."

The listed salary was 50,000 to 60,000 pounds ($80,000 to $96,000) a year with fringe benefits including "jet packs, mini-submarines and a Walther PPK."

Applicants were advised to leave paperwork under a "large and rather fake-looking rock in Regents Park."

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Sir Henry Floyd headteacher who reported pupils’ cyber bullying to police welcomes internet security boost - 11/26/12
A headteacher has welcomed an internet security giant’s move to help Bucks children be safer in cyberspace. Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School’s Stephen Box believes McAfee’s ‘Online Safety for Kids’ project will provide an extra layer of protection for students and help inform parents. Mr Box last month took the unusual step of contacting police after some of the school’s pupils were ‘cyber bullied’ on a Latvian social networking website and he said activity on such sites are the major fear.

Victims learn how to beat cyberbullies - 11/25/12
Cyberbullying is a growing problem with attacks often having a lasting effect on the victims. Inside Out looks at two victims of internet bullying who have decided to find a solution to the problem. Seventeen-year-old Conor, a student and musician from Shropshire, was bullied on a website where people could vote on whether or not he was a 'jerk'.

Feds pursuing group selling fake cars - 11/23/12
Federal authorities are pursuing three fugitives and have arrested four others in what they describe as a $1.4 million international fraud operation stretching from Kentucky to Europe and involving the sale of non-existent cars.

Assistant U.S. Attorney exposed as online troll behind abusive comments about local officials and businessman - 11/22/12
A federal prosecutor has been demoted after anonymously posting abusive comments on an online news site. Jan Mann, who was First Assistant U.S. Attorney in New Orleans, doled out personal abuse and even offered opinions on cases she was working on, all under a 'sock puppet' pseudonym.

Vaughan woman drops request to move acorn trees after fierce reaction and "cyber-bullying" - 11/22/12
A Vaughan woman who sought to have oak trees uprooted and replanted far away from her children's school due to concern over acorn allergies says fierce public reaction and "cyber-bullying" has led her to drop her request.

'Student waged cyber-war on company computers' - 11/22/12
A student waged a sophisticated campaign of cyber-attacks which paralysed companycomputers causing unprecedented damage, a court heard. Christopher Weatherhead, 22, whose online nickname was “Nerdo”, exploited “the dark side” of computer technology, the jury was told.

Can criminal harassment happen on Twitter? We're about to find out - 11/21/12
Unwanted Twitter messages have led police to charge a 52-year-old Toronto man with criminal harassment. Police say a woman and a man met online through Twitter in April and soon began discussing graphic design for an upcoming community event.

Porn king ran multimillion-dollar Internet sex empire from his prison cell (after guard gave him a laptop) - 11/21/12
A jailed porn king ran his web empire for more than 18 months behind bars by using a laptop in his cell and prison telephones, authorities said. Francis Sharrak, 44, of Farmington Hills, was acting as his own lawyer at the time.

Jail for scientist 'duped' into drug smuggling by a honeytrap sting: Gangsters lured him with fake emails from Miss Bikini World - 11/21/12
An eminent British scientist has been jailed for almost five years after being caught smuggling cocaine in a bid to impress a glamour model more than three decades his junior. Professor Paul Frampton, 68, claimed he was duped into carrying the drugs by gangsters who struck up a relationship with him online by pretending to be former Miss Bikini World Denise Milani.

Reading test words put online and marks 'inflated by teachers' - 11/21/12
Teachers inflated children’s marks in a new reading test and allowed half the questions to leak on to Twitter and parenting websites, an official report revealed yesterday. Nineteen of the 40 words used in the test were divulged on web forums popular with parents and teachers and even a national radio broadcast mid-way through the week-long testing period, according to exams watchdog Ofqual.

Pepsi found to be in breach of advertising rules after refusing to pay competition 'winner' - 11/21/12
Pepsi was found to be in breach of advertising rules when the drinks giant refused to pay an angry competition ‘winner’ who claimed to have won hundreds of random £500 cash prizes. The promotion on bottles and cans of Pepsi offered the chance to win £500 every hour by emailing or texting the last four digits of the barcode on the product. The customer ‘won’ hundreds of times, but complained to watchdogs when soft drink giant PepsiCo said they would only pay up one £500 prize per entrant.

Twitter suspends, reactivates 'NYT On It' account after Times complaint - 11/20/12
Twitter has now restored the popular New York Times parody account it suspended on Monday after the Times filed a complaint against it. Benjamin Kabak, the 29-year-old lawyer behind the account, told POLITICO that Twitter reenabled the account Tuesday morning but threatened him with permanent deletion if they receive another complaint. Kabak removed the account avatar, the reason for the Times' complaint, and is opening a design contest to replace the canned icon.

Prisoners who use Facebook on smuggled mobile phones will have sentences increased and perks removed - 11/20/12
Prisoners caught using Facebook on smuggled mobile phones will be stripped of their perks or have time added to their sentence, it emerged tonight. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has ordered ‘serious disciplinary consequences’ for any convict who posts pictures of themselves on social networking sites. It follows revelations by the Mail that hundreds of prisoners - including notorious killers - are using Facebook to taunt their victims from behind bars.

£13m lottery winner's home is trashed after 200 gatecrash her daughter's 17th birthday party they read about on Facebook - 11/20/12
As the daughter of a £13million lottery winner, Ffion Jenkins was perhaps entitled to hope for a pretty special 17th birthday party. Unfortunately for her, that hope was shared by about 200 teenagers who arrived at her house to join the raucous celebrations after the event was advertised on Facebook. While Ffion’s mother, Sandra Fosbrooke, was at the local pub which she co-owns, partygoers were running riot at her six-bedroom home.

3 arrested after stolen items found on Craigslist - 11/19/12
Three men were jailed Sunday after police said they stole items from a Moultonborough property and posted them on Craigslist. Stolen items ending up on Craigslist has become common, but in this case, officials said the items hadn't even been stolen when the ads were placed. Detective Stephen Kessler said the suspects were posting an item and then going out and stealing it.

Lord McAlpine to sue ITV for up to £500,000 as his lawyers pursue 10,000 Twitter users for linking him to care home child abuse scandal - 11/19/12
Lord McAlpine’s lawyers were last night negotiating with ITV for damages over the broadcast in which This Morning host Phillip Schofield presented the Prime Minister with a list of alleged paedophiles. The Conservative peer’s legal team is looking for ‘substantially more’ than the £185,000 it has already agreed with the BBC for the Corporation’s botched Newsnight investigation.

Gospel singer posed as U.S. fighter pilot, oil executive and grieving widower on to steal £120,000 from lonely women - 11/19/12
An acclaimed gospel singer who used a dating site to steal more than £120,000 from lonely women by posing as a pilot, oil executive and grieving widower has been jailed for six-and-a-half years. Conman Oluwamayola Ajayi, 31, preyed on four single women on popular dating website using a series of aliases and outlandish stories to fleece them of their cash.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Net Crimes Newsletter - November 19, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man: Bathroom cam was for supervising

Police in Florida said a JCPenny worker accused of planting a camera in the women's bathroom said he wanted to make sure his co-workers were doing their jobs.

Authorities said the Loss Prevention Officer at the West Palm Beach Store noticed the ceiling fan in the bathroom was dislodged just after 9 a.m, Monday and a closer examination revealed a cellphone aimed toward the bathroom's toilets was recording video, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Wednesday.

The officer told police she suspected employee Raphael Dieguez to be behind the incident and the found phone rang when officers called the number the worker had given his employers.

Police said Dieguez revealed during questioning that his real name was Marco Bartolon-Velasquez, 26, and he had been using his brother's name for "employment purposes" because he had been in the country illegally for four years.

Bartolon-Velasquez said he had been filming in the bathroom since last Christmas.

"He went on to say that he had only done it today to monitor how well his employees were cleaning," the police report says.

Police did not say what position the suspect held at the store. He told police he had never filmed inside the men's bathroom.

Bartolon-Velasquez was charged with video voyeurism.

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FBI hesitant in cyberstalking cases, except for national security threats - 11/18/12
The Federal Bureau of Investigations does not as a rule, investigate incidents of cyber-stalking or online harassment in federal criminal complaints. Rather, such incidents are considered by the federal government to be civil matters. In fact, an Associated Press review of cyber-stalking incidents over the last two years, in which the FBI became involved were so few you could count them on both hands - with a finger or two left over.

Michigan man accused of cyberstalking 10 local females - 11/17/12
One by one, the young women came to the Kenmore police with disturbing tales of a stranger sending them messages, some by text, some through Facebook and Twitter. His demands were clear: Communicate with me or I’ll send nude pictures of you to your friends and family.

Woman arrested for Beverly police threats - 11/16/12
A 20-year-old Beverly woman was arrested after being accused of threatening to kill police officers and firefighters. Investigators say nine police officers --including the chief -- were sent death threats Wednesday morning. Later in the day, a deputy fire chief received a similar note. In the emails the suspect allegedly explained, “You have all dealt with me,” and, “I have so much anger towards you people.”

How Free Speech Died on Campus - 11/16/12
At Yale University, you can be prevented from putting an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote on your T-shirt. At Tufts, you can be censured for quoting certain passages from the Quran. Welcome to the most authoritarian institution in America: the modern university­"a bizarre, parallel dimension," as Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, calls it.

'Storage Wars' Star Brandi Passante: I'm Being Harassed by a Porn Freak! - 11/16/12
Brandi Passante is experiencing more trouble with the man who allegedly posted a fake porn video of her on the internet. Declarations by the "Storage Wars" star and her attorney Linda S. McAleer filed in U.S. District Court in Central California on Thursday indicate that Hunter Moore, the former operator of the web site Is Anyone Up, has violated a temporary restraining order against him.

Cyberbullying restaurant owner gets 90 days in jail - 11/16/12
An Ottawa restaurant owner has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and probation for two years after she was found guilty of libel against a restaurant reviewer. Marisol Simoes, 42, was found guilty in September of sending lewd emails to the boss of Elayna Katz after the Ottawa woman posted bad reviews of her restaurant, Mambo Nuevo Latino, in 2009.

Women's rights campaigner banned from Facebook after re-posting 'death threat' made against her... as she did not have his permission - 11/16/12
A woman who took a picture of a threat made against her and posted it on her Facebook page has been banned from the social networking site. Icelandic women’s rights campaigner Hildur Lilliendahl Viggósdóttir received a 30-day ban after she copied the threatening message made to her through another Facebook user’s status – which was set to be visible to the public – and posted it on her own wall.

Peer's revenge over Twitter slurs: McAlpine will sue internet gossips as BBC pays him £185,000 damages following Newsnight report - 11/16/12
Lord McAlpine is taking landmark legal action against internet gossips who falsely branded him a paedophile. Lawyers for the Tory peer warned Twitter users ‘we know who you are’ and urged them to come forward voluntarily or face being pursued through the courts.

Police grapple with internet troll epidemic as convictions for posting online abuse soar by 150% in just four years - 11/15/12
The number of internet trolls convicted in court of bullying online has soared by more than 150 per cent in just four years. New figures show more than 1,200 people last year were convicted of sending offensive, obscene or threatening electronic messages - up from just 498 in 2007. After several high profile cases involving celebrities and families grieving for loved ones being targeted on Twitter, Facebook and chatrooms, police have become more willing to use the full force of the law.

Vodafone call centre worker suspended over claims he “stalked” customer on Facebook - 11/14/12
A VODAFONE call centre worker has been suspended following claims he “stalked” a Scots customer on Facebook. Cheryl Mcgarrigle phoned the mobile network last month to set up a direct debit and was redirected to an Egyptian call centre. The 23-year-old from Glasgow said she was immediately asked for her shoe size by the “creepy” man who answered the phone.

My online dating terror: Spurned internet lover slashed my horse and plotted to torture me - 11/14/12
When Nathalie ­Kelderman signed up to an online dating site she was looking for love, romance and even marriage. And with as many as one in five lasting relationships now beginning online, she thought there was little to be worried about. But Nathalie was to learn the hard way that what can look like a match made in heaven on screen, can just as quickly turn into a horrific nightmare.

Drunk Man Accused of Threatening Family Members of an FBI Agent - 11/14/12
There’s an old, time-tested rule: Don’t make phone calls while you’re really inebriated. Peter Joseph Persico apparently couldn’t help himself at a Florida bar when he called the FBI office in Albany and unleashed a torrent of profanity directed at an agent, the Albany Times Union reports.

Conman jailed for 16 months for selling illegal tooth-whitening gel online made with 100 TIMES safe level of cleaning chemicals - 11/14/12
A conman who sold potentially dangerous tooth-whitening gel which contained up to 100 times the legal level of cleaning chemical hydrogen peroxide has been jailed for 16 months.Barrington Armstrong-Thorpe, 68, was found guilty of eight consumer protection offences after a judge told him he had 'lied' his way through a week-long trial.

Man sentenced to nine months in jail for criminally harassing ex-girlfriend - 11/13/12
When a city man found out his girlfriend wanted to end their 2 1/2-year relationship because she thought he was cheating on her, he launched into what the judge called a series of abusive and threatening phone calls, texts, e-mails and other “vile” communications over a 21-month period. The victim believed her boyfriend launched the attack, including the posting on an Internet porn site of a cell phone video he had earlier taken of them having sex, said provincial court Judge Allan Fradsham, as an attempt at “manipulating” her to be with him.

'Holby City's Rosie Marcel: 'Stalker made me consider suicide' - 11/13/12
Rosie Marcel, star of BBC One's Holby City, has opened up about her stalking ordeal for the first time. The actress, who plays surgeon Jac Naylor in the hospital drama, admitted that she was "on the edge of a nervous breakdown" and even considered committing suicide. 21-year-old Sarah Rumbelow - who has ADHD and Asperger's syndrome - was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail last month after a court heard that she sent Marcel physically and sexually threatening emails, texts and tweets.

Man arrested after alleged attempt to hack into bank account of father shot dead in French Alps - 11/12/12
A Nigerian man has been arrested on suspicion of trying to get into the bank accounts of a British engineer murdered in the Alps alongside family members. Abiodun David John, 33, is said to have tried to access money belonging to Saad Al-Hilli, 50, who was shot dead close to Lake Annecy, in eastern France, on September 5. The wife and mother-in-law of Mr Al-Hilli, of Claygate, Surrey, died alongside side him, while a French cyclist was gunned down nearby.

Teenager is arrested for burning a poppy on Facebook: Family brand him 'idiotic' but say police went too far - 11/12/12
A teenager who drunkenly posted a picture of himself burning a poppy on Facebook was in police custody last night. Officers arrested Linford House after they received a complaint about the image that was published in the early hours of Remembrance Sunday. When police called at his parents’ home that evening, the 19-year-old had already taken down the image on a friend’s advice..

'Bottoms up': What Home Office interpreter said after dropping sleeping pill into college student's coffee and raping her as she slept - 11/12/12
A ‘conniving and dangerous’ Home Office interpreter has been jailed for nine years after drugging a 24-year-old college student and raping her at her home while she was asleep. Tang Ge, 38, of Irlam, Greater Manchester, had met the unidentified woman after putting an advert on an online community forum looking for someone to do domestic chores, police said.

Monday, November 12, 2012

WHO@ Newsletter - November 12, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Tattoo parlor tiles floor with pennies

The owner of a Pittsburgh tattoo parlor said she found covering her shop's floor with pennies was cheaper than buying tile.

Mel Angst, owner of the Artisan tattoo shop, said she and a team of helpers spent about 300 hours gluing 250,000 pennies to the floor of her store, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

"Amazingly enough, we found it's a lot cheaper to just glue money to your floor than to actually buy tile. It's about $3 a square foot," Angst said.

Angst said anyone who spent at least 30 hours helping with the floor will receive a complimentary Abraham Lincoln penny tattoo.

"Some days it was just me. I think the most [people helping] we ever had was seven," Angst said. "But on average, three or four people a day for about 10 to 16 hours a day, for about three weeks straight, gluing these down."

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Police blasted for questioning 7 online critics - 11/12/12
AN advocate of online rights on Monday blasted the law enforcement officials in this city for “inviting” for questioning seven Facebook users who posted comments critical of the police for their handling of recent robberies. “It is not only erroneous for the police to invite the supposed online offenders for questioning, but the PNP personnel could be administratively charged for harassment,” said Argee Guevarra, a lawyer and member of the Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance.

Cyber bullies swarm schools as Facebook pages rife with student abuse - 11/12/12
STUDENTS at almost 500 schools are running Facebook pages dedicated to humiliating their peers as more and more children carry the incessant burden of cyber bullying outside the school gates.

Murdered teenager’s aggrieved experience Internet harassment - 11/12/12
Several users of the reportedly some 680,000-member site, who do not disclose their real name, have written comments speculating about what may have happened or the chain of events. Some of the people using the site are Norwegians, reports NRK. “It’s so incredibly painful to read such things about one’s closest, almost indescribable,” Bjarne Koren, father to Sigrid’s 16-year-old friend she visited the night of her disappearance, told the broadcaster.

Internet Trolls: Convictions For Abuse Online, Facebook, Twitter Double In Five Years - 11/12/12
Convictions for internet abuse have more than doubled in the space of five years alongside the enormous growth in popularity of social media sites. Official figures show the number of people found guilty under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 has grown each year from 498 in 2007 to 1,286 in 2011.

Probe launched into e-mail harassment - 11/10/12
A probe into harassing e-mails uncovered communications between Petraeus and his biographer The FBI informed the director of national intelligence of the situation on Election Day Petraeus was never the target of the inquiry, an official says CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus resigned after admitting an affair

Depressed headteacher who became addicted to online poker stole £50,000 from primary school savings to fund his habit - 11/09/1958
A headteacher has been struck off for stealing £50,000 from school funds to finance his online gambling habit. Andrew Wilkie, 42, blew his family’s £90,000 savings and £70,000 by remortgaging the family home - then drained his primary school of funds for a new extension.

Turkish mayor sues Twitter followers - 11/09/12
The mayor of Ankara, Turkey, Melih Gokcek, said he has sued 600 of his Twitter followers because they insulted him on the website. Gokcek, who has 367,995 followers on the microblogging site, said most of those who insulted him are in legal trouble, the Hurriyet Daily News reported Friday.

'Dead' student shows up for school - 11/08/12
An Indiana middle school student said his lost phone led to a prank that convinced students and teachers at his school he was dead. Michael Sinkfield, 14, who attends Riverside Junior High in Fishers, said he lost his phone Friday and many of his friends then received text messages from the device Sunday night claiming to be from his father and saying the youth had died in a car crash, the Indianapolis Star reported Thursday.

Jailed: The juror who wrecked £2m trial by telling defendant he'd looked him up on the internet - 11/08/12
A juror was jailed yesterday for contacting a defendant in a £2million theft trial. Stephen Pardon, 42, went to the accused's workplace to tell him his fellow jurors had illegally looked up the case on the internet. Ian Lewis and two other men had been found guilty of one theft charge but the jury was deadlocked and unable to reach a verdict on a second related charge.

Teenage gatecrashers beat up architect in his OWN £1.1million home after daughter's 13th birthday party appears on Facebook - 11/08/12
An architect was kicked, punched and spat on as he tried to defend his award-winning home from gatecrashers behaving with a 'pack mindset' during his daughter’s 13th birthday. Sixty uninvited older teenagers - who spotted the party details through Facebook messages - gathered on the £1.1million home of Shaun Beverley in an exclusive private road.

Who’s watching you online? - 11/07/12
How will you react if you are told that people are stalking you to know what you have been shopping for lately, or the places you visit to buy your things? This is exactly what’s happening with you, your family, friends and everybody visiting the deep dark digital woods, the Internet. And surprisingly, no one seems to be making any fuss about it. While we realise the Internet is not exactly private it hasn’t always been like this; we had less covetous people before. So what happened? What went wrong?

Internet or face to face - it's bullying - 11/07/12
Incidences of online harassment are no different from face-to-face bullying, a Hawke's Bay principal warns. "At least twice this year I've talked to the school at assembly about cyber bullying," Hastings Boys' High School headmaster Robert Sturch said.

Man’s alleged e-mail threats against Redford ‘did not cross the line,’ says judge - 11/05/12
A 57-year-old Calgary man who sent alleged threatening emails to several media outlets last year did not cross the line when he wrote in one of them, ‘would (Premier) Alison Redford still be smiling smugly with a hole in her head?”

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Monday, November 05, 2012

WHO@ Newsletter - November 5, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Firefighters arrive to find fireplace DVD

Swedish firefighters said they responded to a report of flames seen through an apartment's window only to discover it was a DVD of a fireplace.

Jonkoping firefighters said they were called Wednesday by workers at a senior care home who spotted flames through the window of a nearby apartment building, Swedish news agency TT reported Thursday.

"We quickly realized that it was one of those DVDs of a fireplace," firefighter Jerker Sturedahl said.

Emergency responders said the TV screen fire video was quite relaxing.

"We even stayed and watched the fire for a while afterward," police officer Goran Gunnarson said.

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Man Expected To Be Charged In Connection With Threat Against Dublin School - 11/05/12
Charges were expected Monday in connection with the bomb threat that forced the evacuation of Dublin Jerome High School. A man, whose identity was withheld pending official charges, was arrested in connection with the email threat.

Anonymity, trolling and virality: Have we created a culture of bullying online? - 11/05/12
In the space of a few weeks, two Irish teenagers took their own lives and subsequently raised serious questions about cyberbullying and the effect it can have on the mental health of young people. With many placing the blame on social networks, we ask if anonymity and the habit of sharing content at another’s expense has created an online culture that fosters bullying.

Cyber Bullying worst at Workplace, says study - 11/05/12
Cyber bullying is said to be worse at workplace than at school, revealed a study. The study has unveiled that eight out of 10 employees have witnessed one or more incident of cyber bullying in last six months. The research was being carried out by Dr. Christine Sprigg, Sam Farley and Dr. Carolyn Axtell from the University of Sheffield along with Dr. Iain Coyne from Nottingham University. All the three researchers will be presenting their work at Annual Festival of Social Science conference being organized by the Economic and Social Research Council this week.

Cyber bully targets double transplant patient - 11/04/12
A MAN whose life was saved by a heart and lung transplant has been targeted by an internet troll who told him he did not deserve the new organs. Chris Richardson, 28, from Newcastle, was born with a congenital heart defect which meant he spent much of his childhood in a wheelchair. He underwent a lifesaving double transplant at the Freeman Hospital, in Newcastle, five years ago. He takes daily medication to prevent his body rejecting the donor organs and requires steroid injections which can cause weight gain.

A tragic Internet ending - 11/04/12
I never dated boys from my high school when I was a teenager. I always went a town or two over. That's because I knew what happened to many girls who did anything with local boys: the news spread like wildfire and they were relentlessly teased. ... Not the boys, just the girls. At least I could remain somewhat anonymous in a different district.

Taking action: Sunday Mirror's campaign to stop paedophiles using Twitter praised by MPs in the Commons - 11/04/12
The Sunday Mirror’s campaign to stop paedophiles using Twitter has been praised in a House of Commons debate. Our investigation into perverts exchanging indecent images via the microblogging site was raised in Parliament for the first time and MPs said its impact had created a storm.

State senator’s stalking order extended six months - 11/03/12
The no-stalking, anti-harassment order of protection against state Sen. Suzi Schmidt was extended for six months Friday by Lake County Judge George Strickland. The same provisions barring Schmidt from contacting her neighbors in unincorporated Lake Villa are in effect through May 2, attorney David Del Re said. He represents the neighbors who allege that Lake Villa Republican left them a “series of harassing phone calls, text messages (and) e-mails” since December 2010.

Blocking 'will not stop bullying' - 11/03/12
BLOCKING ACCESS to a website at the centre of controversy following the deaths of two teenage girls will not end cyberbullying and could lead to similar sites being accessed instead, Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan has warned. Ms Logan made her comments in Limerick yesterday at the launch of a report undertaken by her office on bullying in schools.

Man gets 6 months conditional sentence for criminal harassment of former lover - 11/02/12
A Toronto osteopath who sought to ruin his former mistress' life by disseminating pornographic shots and videos to her family, friends and church pals was slapped Friday with a blended six-month conditional sentence. Justice Peter Harris handed Oleg Korbut a mixture of house arrest to be served Monday through Friday -- which enables him to keep working and supporting his wife and six-month-old son -- plus 90 days of weekends in jail, starting next Friday night.

Are you dumb enough to put your bank details online? - 11/02/12
Jack has a new debit card. I don’t know him. I’ve never met him. But I’ve seen his card number and I know where he lives. With a little more digging I could have all the information necessary to steal his identity. How? Because Jack took a picture of his new plastic and posted it on Twitter, where it was then retweeted by @needadebitcard. The account, which popped up in May, retweets images of credit and debit cards uploaded to the social network. Its purported aim is to shame users into being more careful, with its profile reading: “Please quit posting pictures of your debit cards, people.”

'eBay blacklisting has forced us on to dole’ - 11/02/12
Jane Lloyd, who runs Saal Fabrics with her husband Simon, alleges that eBay blacklisted their business based on a controversial scoring system, despite them having a 99.7pc positive “feedback” score. Ms Lloyd says Saal Fabrics, which is based in Worcestershire, was selling around £12,500 worth of designer fabric a month on the e-commerce site when it had its account frozen based on eBay’s Detailed Seller Ratings (DSR) system. “We’ve gone from a £12,500 to £15,000-a-month turnover to jobseekers’ allowance. I can’t begin on the financial ruin a huge conglomerate can wreak.”

Halo 4: sexist jerkiness in online gaming is under attack - 11/01/12
Halo 4 is one of the most eagerly awaited games of this year, and is likely to be one of the most successful. The franchise has shifted more than 46m units before its release next week, and it's no surprise that developers of the game are doing the rounds this week to drum up support. But two developers in particular have made some notable comments about sexism in the game, discussing the moderation policy in Microsoft's online system and coming out firmly against the culture of slurs, abuse and general jerkiness that's often perceived to pervade online first-person shooter (FPS) play.

Pirated novelist gets on board with rogue translator - 11/01/12
It was when debut novelist Peter Mountford spotted a rogue Russian translator deciding that the characters in said novel were drinking melted shoe polish, rather than getting high from sniffing it, that he first thought about stepping in. So began a bizarre and bewildering correspondence between Mountford and the man illegally translating his novel for a Russian publisher, which has seen the novelist advise the user known as AlexanderIII on everything from the meaning of "the party line" to "a sea of bullshit".

Accountant Jenny hoped internet dating would find her a man to share country walks with. Instead she was plastered across sleazy lads’ mag sites - 11/01/12
After her marriage broke down, Jenny Beard knew finding love again wouldn’t be easy. Not only was she 42 and the sole carer of her six-year-old son Will, but her demanding career as an accountant left her with precious little time to socialise. Nonetheless, she didn’t want to be alone forever, so when she heard about an internet dating site for single parents like herself, she joined without a second thought, Jenny told Channel 4 News in a programme that will be aired tonight.

Judge orders newspaper to reveal name of commenter - 10/31/12
A Topeka newspaper has been ordered to identify the person who posted a comment on its website about a story on a murder trial. At the time, the commenter apparently was serving on the jury for that same trial. Shawnee County District Judge Steven Ebberts last week denied a request by The Topeka Capital-Journal to quash a subpoena seeking the name, address and Internet Protocol address of a poster who goes by the pseudonym “BePrepared.”

Alleged hacker caught on camera by cyber-security experts who infect his computer with HIS OWN virus - 10/31/2
Cyber-security experts turned the tables on an alleged hacker by using his own malware to film him through his own laptop webcam. Specialists from Georgia's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-Georgia) tricked a man they claim has been targeting their networks by hiding the virus inside a file titled 'Georgian-Nato Agreement'. After the attacker stole that archive from an infected PC in their lab, they were able to seize control of his computer and capture video of him at work.

How to Delete Regrettable Posts from the Internet - 10/30/12
It might seem that the Internet doesn’t lose track of anything that has been published online. The alleged permanence of tweets, blogs, snapshots, and instant messages worries many privacy activists and policymakers such as Viviane Reding, justice commissioner of the European Union and vice president of the European Commission.

Singer Chinmayi smokes abusive men out of their internet anonymity - 10/30/12
The recent arrest of two men in Tamil Nadu for harassing and threatening south Indian playback singer Chinmayi Sripada on Twitter and social media showed the country how even the virtual world is unsafe for women in India. For a change, it also showed how women can hit back and smoke the abusive men out of their internet anonymity.

'You've brought shame on us all:' Angry family members target Jimmy Savile's great-niece on Facebook after she speaks out about the star molesting her - 10/29/12
Relatives of Jimmy Savile’s great-niece have reportedly attacked her on Facebook for speaking out about the star molesting her. The abuse comes after Caroline Robinson claimed that as a 12-year-old she was abused in a room full of relatives, including her late-grandmother - Savile’s sister - who told her “don’t worry, it’s only Jimmy”.