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Monday, December 31, 2012

True Crime Newsletter - December 31, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Authorities probe game character theft
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/12/27/Authorities-probe-game-character-theft/UPI-64841356629202/

Authorities in Turkey said they are investigating after a college student reported someone hacked his Knight Online game account and stole his character.

Ahmet Kaya, 18, of Kutahya province, said he spent eight years developing his character in the multiplayer role-playing game and he eventually decided to put the character up for sale, Hurriyet Daily News/Dogan News Agency reported Thursday.

"My character costs about 2,500 Turkish Liras ($1,396.96) in the market, but I needed money urgently, so I was selling it for 600 Turkish Liras ($335.27)," Kaya said.

The student said he received an email and a phone call from an interested buyer, but he soon discovered his email account information had been stolen and the perpetrator used the information to access his account in the game and steal his character.

The public prosecutor of the Tavsanli district said the case is being investigated on suspicion of "hindering, spoiling, effacing or modifying of an information system."

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YouTube cancels billions of music industry video views after finding they were fake or 'dead' - 12/31/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2254181/YouTube-wipes-billions-video-views-finding-faked-music-industry.html#ixzz2GeOIkIHx
The world's biggest recording companies have been stripped of two billion YouTube hits after the website cracked down on alleged 'fake' and 'dead' views.

Using Twitter hurts athletes' performance, says Lord Coe as he attacks Olympic failures - 12/30/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2255132/Using-Twitter-hurts-athletes-performance-says-Lord-Coe-attacks-Olympic-failures.html#ixzz2GePzw24t
Lord Coe has attacked sports stars who use Twitter too much, saying it is linked to ‘underperformance’. The Olympics organiser, who has been made a Companion of Honour in the New Year honours list, said he found it ‘bizarre’ that athletes spent their time writing banal comments online during competitions instead of concentrating on winning medals.

British man 'had sex with girl, 13, in motel after grooming her online and flying to U.S. to meet her' - 12/30/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2254822/Adam-Robinson-British-man-sex-girl-13-motel-grooming-online-flying-U-S-meet-her.html#ixzz2GeQU4evN
A British man has been charged with sexual assault after he flew to America to allegedly meet a 13-year-old girl it is claimed he groomed over the internet, it has emerged today. Adam Robinson, 21, has been accused of having six sexual encounters with the teenager over the course of a week in a Californian motel.

Romeo restrained at Houston teen's home - 12/29/12
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/12/29/Romeo-restrained-at-Houston-teens-home/UPI-35221356804891/
A Houston mom said when she caught a man in her daughter's room he said he had to be going, but she begged to differ and her husband held him until police came.

Woman buys fake Steelers jersey online - 12/29/12
http://www.wtae.com/news/local/allegheny/-Woman-buys-fake-Steelers-jersey-online/-/10927008/17942820/-/7ktasl/-/index.html#ixzz2GXLELEKw
Backup quarterback Charlie Batch's emotional win against the Baltimore Ravens this season sealed the deal for die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan Darlene Silvio. "I figured they were on sale, I wanted a Charlie Batch jersey, I've wanted one for years," she said. So Silvio clicked online and Googled "Charlie Batch jersey."

Paedophile snared by police after he takes picture of a girl at his home with shop sign in the background - 12/29/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2254538/Paedophile-snared-police-takes-picture-girl-home-shop-sign-background.html#ixzz2GeOaEkvv
Police traced a paedophile to his home after the indecent picture he took of a girl had a giveaway shop sign in the background. David Mellor, 62, didn't spot he had included it when he photographed the underage girl, in his kitchen and posted the picture on the internet.

Court case query: Is Topeka man a sperm donor or father? - 12/28/12
http://cjonline.com/news/2012-12-28/court-case-query-topeka-man-sperm-donor-or-father
Topekan William Marotta sought only to become a sperm donor ­ but now the state of Kansas is trying to have him declared a father. Nearly four years ago, Marotta donated sperm in a plastic cup to a lesbian couple after responding to an ad they had placed on Craigslist.

News-anchor forced to quit her job by 'aggressive' cyber-stalker who is still abusing her five years on and sends emails describing items in her bedroom - 12/28/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2254430/News-anchor-forced-quit-job-aggressive-cyber-stalker-abused-years-sent-emails-describing-items-bedroom.html#ixzz2GeOmkGnz
A well-known news anchor has revealed she was hounded out of her job by a cyber-stalker who hacked her emails and is still sending her abusive messages.

Bug reveals 'deleted' Snapchat videos - 12/28/12
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20857300
Videos sent via smartphone app Snapchat - which should disappear after a few seconds - can be preserved with easy to find tools. Snapchat has proved popular as it deletes sensitive or risque photos and videos after a short delay.

"Potential Prostitutes" site lets users label women as prostitutes, charges "removal" fees - 12/27/12
http://boingboing.net/2012/12/27/potential-prostitutes-site.html
Potential Prostitutes is only the latest sleazy site to wed personal photos to public humiliation. Its offer to publicize anonymous claims of sex crimes, however, is a novelty: any woman may be be anonymously tagged as a prostitute.

Crime writer caught out posting fake online reviews of his books is now exposed trying to change his life story - 12/27/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2253579/RJ-Ellory-Crime-writer-posted-fake-online-reviews-books-exposed-trying-change-life-story.html#ixzz2GeNBjJab
It is not the first time crime writer RJ Ellory has used fake identities to shape his reputation. And now the author has been accused of using pseudonyms to try to remove negative stories on his Wikipedia page. The 47-year-old has been banned from editing on the site after he tried to delete the stories from his biography.

Woman arrested twice in Dec. for cyberstalking - 12/27/12
http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20121227/NEWS01/121227003/Woman-arrested-twice-Dec-cyberstalking
For the second time in December, a Monroe woman was arrested for cyberstalking, according to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office. Tamara Lynn Foster, 40, 314 Ceder Brook Dr., on Wednesday reportedly sent six text messages to a man who had previously filed a complaint against her. She was arrested Dec. 7 and charged with cyberstalking and stalking. She posted a $6,500 bond.

US music student, 21, wins stalking order against pushy PARENTS who monitored her every move 'to make sure she succeeded' - 12/27/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2253668/Aubrey-Ireland-case-Student-21-wins-stalking-order-PARENTS-monitored-make-sure-succeeded.html
A music theater student has won a stalking order against her parents who admitted they installed monitoring software on her computer and phone to ensure that she succeeded. David and Julie Ireland have been ordered to have no contact with their 21-year-old daughter - their only child - before September 23, 2013 and must keep 500 feet away from her at all times.

Facebook's dirty poke app trick gets a thumbs down - 12/27/12
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2012/dec/27/facebook-poke-snapchat-app-thumbs-down
Several Yuletides ago, before the novelty of camera phones had worn off, a group of us spent much of Christmas doubled up with laughter after inventing 'hand porn', where we'd photograph close ups of our hands in a way that looked anything from suggestive to explicit. It was funny at the time.

5,000 people investigated by police for something they said on Facebook or Twitter as 'social network crime' soars 800% - 12/27/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2253692/Facebook-Twitter-crime-sees-fold-increase-police-deal-5-000-cases-involving-websites.html#ixzz2GeMt0Urp
Reports of crimes involving Facebook and Twitter - such as posting abusive messages, grooming and complaints of stalking - have increased eight-fold in four years. In 2008, a total of 556 complaints were made to police, according to the statistics released by 29 police forces in a Freedom of Information request.

Ex-NFL star Chad Johnson calls in FBI to track down 'hacker' after sex tape leaks online - 12/26/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2253440/Sex-tape-starring-ex-NFL-star-Chad-Johnson-leaks-online-Johnson-turns-FBI-help-nabbing-alleged-hacker.html#ixzz2GeN2P5IW
A sex tape featuring former NFL star Chad Johnson has been leaked online and Johnson is turning to the FBI for help finding out who made the leak. Johnson, who recently separated from his wife over allegations of domestic abuse, acknowledged that he was the male in the sex tape but says he doesn't know how it ended up online, TMZ reported. He believes it may have been hacked from his phone.

Monday, December 24, 2012

True Crime Newsletter - December 24, 2012

I could't make this up if I tried. . .Robot seal brought to Swedish elderly home
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/12/23/Robot-seal-brought-to-Swedish-elderly-home/UPI-88061356300495/

Residents at a a southern Swedish elderly home will soon be able to cuddle up with a robotic seal from Japan, officials say.

The Japanese robots, which respond to touch and to show signs of appreciation, are used in therapeutic care for children and elderly people, The Local.se reported Saturday.

"The seal has appealing eyes and soft fur which is pleasant to touch," Berit Lundstrom, chair of the nursing home, told the local Skanskan newspaper. "It could bring comfort to elderly people who feel anxious."

Lundstrom said bringing in a robot has many advantages over a real cat or dog. A robot is easier to handle and to take care of and there are no risks for allergic reactions.

And, "If you put it in someone's lap it stays there," said Lundstrom.

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Teen made shooting post on FB 'to see what would happen' - 12/21/12
http://www.fox19.com/story/20400142/police-presence-increased-reports-of-threats-at-glen-este-hs
A teenage girl has been charged after making a post on Facebook about a shooting at Glen Este High School. Union Township police say the 15-year-old initiated a rumor on the social media site that hinted at a possible shooting on Dec. 21st.

Twitter Impersonators Could Face Charges After Sandy Hook Massacre - 12/21/12
http://www.businessinsider.com/online-impersonators-face-charges-2012-12#ixzz2FyqiM67F
With the speed and convenience of social media, it takes minimal time and effort to perpetrate a hoax online. But Internet pranksters may want to think twice before making their next fraudulent post, now that state and federal authorities in Connecticut have raised the possibility of criminal charges against those who impersonated Sandy Hook Elementary shooter Adam Lanza and others connected to the shooting.

Football coach charged with cyber stalking - 12/21/12
http://westmorelandtimes.com/news/2012/12/football-coach-charged-with-cyber-stalking-211212011140150163001/
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 28-year-old Wilkes-Barre resident was recently charged in a superseding criminal information with producing and attempting to produce child pornography and interstate extortion. According to U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith, the superseding information alleges that Joseph J. Ostrowski, a former football coach at Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre, persuaded and enticed, and attempted to persuade and entice, minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct and used the Internet to extort and attempt to extort nude photographs, images, and live transmissions of sexual conduct.

Notable author harassed by ex-wife, trial told - 12/21/12
http://www.windsorstar.com/Notable+author+harassed+wife+trial+told/7730079/story.html
The president of the Rotary Club of Windsor is on trial charged with criminally harassing her ex-husband, renowned children's author Christopher Paul Curtis, and his new wife, using email, Fa-cebook and even old-fashioned flyers to spread the word about their alleged affair.

Online games shut out US sex offenders - 12/20/12
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20810421
Hundreds of accounts for online games used by registered sex offenders have been shut down in the US. More than 2,100 gaming accounts were closed as part of Operation: Game Over run by New York's attorney general.

Joke text leads to bank robbery response -12/20/12
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/12/20/Joke-text-leads-to-bank-robbery-response/UPI-70931356038473/
A Chicago-area woman called 911 after her daughter texted, in what turned out to be a joke gone wrong, that she was being held by two escaped bank robbers.

Before a date, do a little 'social media stalking' - 12/20/12
http://www.todayonline.com/Technology/EDC121220-0000033/Before-a-date,-do-a-little-social-media-stalking
A new study has found that two thirds of single people "social media stalk" before agreeing to go a date. It is a rare occasion when the results of a "new online poll" (as one pops into my inbox nearly every hour of the working day) actually surprise me.

'King of Porn' arrested on charges of avoiding paying tax on the £60million profits from his online sex empire - 12/20/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249296/King-Porn-Fabian-Thylmann-arrested-charges-avoiding-paying-tax.html#ixzz2FymtF0e1
The owner of YouPorn faces charges of avoiding paying tax on the £60million his online sex empire is said to earn each year. 'King of Porn' Fabian Thylmann, 34, is being held in a police cell in Cologne, Germany, after he was extradited to his home country from Belgium, where he now lives.

The cruellest hoax: 30 years ago Katrice vanished. Last year a woman claiming to be her contacted the family. Now she's been exposed as a fantasist - 12/18/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249350/Katrice-Lee-hoax-Woman-claimed-exposed-fantasist.html#ixzz2FymcDDKx
For more than 30 years they have been tormented by the mystery of what happened to their daughter. Curly-haired Katrice Lee simply vanished from a supermarket aisle on her second birthday as her mother turned away to get some crisps for the little girl’s party in 1981. Her family believe she was snatched, and have tirelessly led appeal after appeal for her whereabouts, convinced she is alive and is now a 33-year-old woman.

CYBER STALKER - ”Cruel & calculating” gets 10 years in prison - 12/18/12
http://www.skyvalleychronicle.com/BREAKING-NEWS/CYBER-STALKER-BR-Cruel-calculating-gets-10-years-in-prison-1205817
A man who thought he could hide behind a computer and the Internet forever while he cyber stalked women and turned their lives into a nightmare, will be spending the next 10 years in prison. His name is Christopher Chaney and he made news by hacking into the email accounts of such movie stars as Scarlett Johansson and music stars like Christina Aguilera.

Teenagers riot over Instagram sex rumours: Swedish students ‘go berserk’ at police after hundreds of ‘slut’ photos posted online - 12/18/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250087/Teenagers-riot-Instagram-sex-rumours-Swedish-students-berserk-police-outside-Plusgymnasiet-high-school-Gothenburg-hundreds-slut-photos-posted-online.html#ixzz2Fyn5IpfM
Riots broke out at a high school in Sweden today after a female student allegedly named and posted pictures of local 13 and 14-year-old girls, calling them 'sluts'. Running battles were fought with police as students gathered outside Plusgymnasiet high school in Gothenburg where the accused student is believed to study.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Net Crimes Newsletter - December 17, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Contest over: We have the headline of the year
http://jimromenesko.com/2012/12/12/contest-over-we-have-the-best-crime-story-of-the-year/

Sandusky Register design desk chief Mike Schaffer gets the credit for this headline. “It was a no-brainer,” he says. “That song title popped into my head right away. …We were joking about it in the newsroom, saying things like, He’s lost that loving feeling. We’ve had a lot of fun with it.”

Schaffer, 47, says of Hall and Oates: “I’ve seen them in concert before; I know all of their songs. Some of the younger people in the newsroom didn’t get it.”

Emil Whitis, the 27-year-old reporter who wrote the story, was one of them.

“I’d never heard of them,” he says. “The sheriff deputies were rolling with laughter and I didn’t get it. Then they played the song for me.”

Whitis’ story ran on A2, but had a page one teaser ­ with the suspect’s mug shot ­ that read “Watch out, here he comes!”

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Who's Controlling Your Computer? - 12/17/12
http://radio.woai.com/pages/michaelmain.html?article=10643963
Is your computer running great even though you haven't done any updates lately? Maybe someone else is doing them for you...a Bot Master. Recently the Feds broke up a cyber crime ring dubbed The Butterfly Botnet. They say the thieves were controlling 11 million computers and stealing bank account, credit card and other personal information that may be responsible for $850 million dollars in losses.

Woman accuses former online friend of stalking/harassment - 12/14/12
http://newportplaintalk.com/story/39184
A Newport woman said a man she was initially friends with on Facebook has managed to find out where she lives and followed her around, the Cocke County Sheriff's Office reported. Penny Valentine, 42, of Branch Drive, in Newport, said in June or July, she started out as friends with the offender on Facebook, Deputy Sheriff Michael Whitmer reported.

Woman sues paper over picture, 'sex' headline - 12/14/12
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/12/14/Woman-sues-paper-over-picture-sex-headline/UPI-94491355513893/
A Swedish woman is suing tabloid Expressen for publishing a picture of her with a headline saying she was using her phone "to meet up for sex."

Officials warn of online pitfalls - 12/14/12
http://www.goupstate.com/article/20121214/ARTICLES/212141025
Cyberspace. It's where we shop, bank and connect. For all the convenience that comes with accessing boundless information and loved ones with a tap of the keyboard, there also are pitfalls.

Cyberbullying suspect appears in court for violating conditions of release, gets tougher conditions - 12/14/12
http://bangordailynews.com/2012/12/14/news/bangor/cyberbullying-suspect-appears-in-court-for-violating-conditions-of-release-gets-tougher-conditions/?ref=polbeat
The 16-year-old former Orono High School student charged last month with felony terrorizing and harassment by electronic communication has violated the conditions of her release and now is subject to stricter conditions, a Penobscot County assistant district attorney confirmed Friday. The charges stem from dozens of threatening, anonymous messages the teenager, formerly of Veazie, posted beginning in September on an Internet account of a former classmate she thought was flirting with her boyfriend, police said.

Cyberbullying may have played role in Pasco girl's suicide - 12/13/12
http://www2.tbo.com/news/pasco/2012/dec/13/6/cyberbullying-may-have-played-role-in-pasco-girls-ar-581815/
Pasco County school district plans to increase efforts to address teen suicide and bullying after a 16-year-old Fivay High School student hanged herself over the weekend. Although an investigation by school officials and the Pasco County Sheriff's Office turned up no evidence that Jessica Laney was bullied at the high school, Assistant Superintendent Ray Gadd said that suicide and bullying are issues the district wants to "redouble our efforts to do something about."

Think twice when accessing e-mail at workplace - 12/13/12
http://www.kansas.com/2012/12/13/2602346/think-twice-when-accessing-e-mail.html#storylink=cpy
It is easy to forget the power of “send.” In a world where Twitter and Facebook grab headlines, it’s easy for e-mail to fade quietly into the background of daily life. A reliable workhorse of office communication, e-mail has become such an ordinary part of a work routine that the dangers that come with it are easy to overlook.

Ruling in cyber-stalking case troubles radio host - 12/13/12
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Angst-over-judge-s-ruling-4112911.php
A radio show host at an Amsterdam station is aghast at a federal judge's decision to allow home detention back in Florida for a man accused of tormenting her with life-threatening letters.

Fairbanks restaurant manager quits after Facebook blast at military discounts - 12/13/12
http://www.adn.com/2012/12/13/2723182/restaurant-manager-quits-after.html#storylink=cpy
A restaurant manager who described expectations from military members for meal discounts as "pathetic" has quit after his Facebook post went viral. Dusty Westbrook resigned earlier this week from Boston's The Gourmet Pizza franchise in Fairbanks, which is home to two large military bases.

'Project Blitzkrieg': Are Russian cybercriminals about to invade US banks? - 12/13/12
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2012/1213/Project-Blitzkrieg-Are-Russian-cybercriminals-about-to-invade-US-banks
In one of the most ambitious cyber-bank-heist plots ever uncovered, Russian cybercriminals plan to use a mass of fake wire transfers to steal millions from 30 big US financial institutions, possibly before spring 2013, security researchers say.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY MAN DENIED RESTRAINING ORDER OVER EMAIL HARASSMENT ISSUE - 12/12/12
http://www.skyvalleychronicle.com/FEATURE-NEWS/SNOHOMISH-COUNTY-MAN-DENIED-RESTRAINING-ORDER-OVER-EMAIL-HARASSMENT-ISSUE-br-Judge-cites-technicality-1200098
The next time Gold Bar resident Christopher Wright is at a movie and hears the leading man Rory Handsome utter the line, “Desperado Dan got off on a technicality!” Wright will know exactly what Rory means. The former Gold Bar city council person was denied a restraining order Tuesday by a judge on a technicality; a restraining order against a woman he claims sent him unsolicited and threatening emails.

FBI arrest Facebook 'cybercrime ring' after they 'infected 11m computers with viruses and stole £525million' - 12/12/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2246857/Facebook-helps-FBI-bust-cybercriminal-ring-infected-11m-computers-viruses-stole-525million.html#ixzz2FJqOm5Z5
Facebook has helped the FBI to bust an international hacking ring that stole more than £525million from unsuspecting computer users. The gang are said to have infected 11million computers with spyware that stole credit card numbers and bank details to net one of the largest cybercrime hauls in history.

Former British Library manager, 29, jumped 80ft to her death from exclusive restaurant after her Western lifestyle was revealed on Facebook and exposed to strict Muslim parents - 12/12/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246967/Rema-Begum-29-jumped-death-Western-lifestyle-revealed-Facebook.html#ixzz2FJqnNs00
A woman leapt to her death from a City rooftop restaurant after a Facebook stalker exposed her westernised lifestyle to her Muslim parents. Rema Begum, 29, plunged 80ft from the terrace of Coq d’Argent after sipping a glass of wine and climbing on to a ledge.

Gun-selling website Armslist.com faces lawsuit in woman's shooting death - 12/12/12
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/12/gun-trade-website-armslist-lawsuit
The family of a woman who was murdered last year by a stalker wielding a .40-caliber handgun bought illegally on the internet is suing the gun website through which the firearm was procured for allegedly causing the shooting.

Black Meteorologist Fired For Responding to Facebook Question About Her ‘Ethnic Hair’ - 12/11/12
http://jezebel.com/5967738/black-meteorologist-fired-for-responding-to-facebook-question-about-her-ethnic-hair
This is seriously ridiculous and pretty damn racist. Rhonda A. Lee, a meteorologist at KTBS-TV, an ABC affiliate in Shreveport, LA, was fired for (very politely) responding to (inane) Facebook comments about her hair.

Why Are Dead People Liking Stuff On Facebook? - 12/11/12
http://readwrite.com/2012/12/11/why-are-dead-people-liking-stuff-on-facebook
Last month, while wasting a few moments on Facebook, my pal Brendan O’Malley was surprised to see that his old friend Alex Gomez had “liked” Discover. This was surprising not only because Alex hated mega-corporations but even more so because Alex had passed away six months earlier.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Net Crimes Newsletter - December 10, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man posed illegal gun picture on Twitter
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/12/05/Man-posed-illegal-gun-picture-on-Twitter/UPI-58991354739475/

A New Jersey man was arrested after police said they spotted a picture of him holding an illegal weapon, a sawed-off shotgun, on his Twitter account.

Jersey City police said they arrested Khalid McClenton, 22, Nov. 28 after they saw the photo of him holding the gun online, The Jersey Journal, Jersey City, reported Wednesday.

McClenton was charged with unlawful possession of several prohibited weapons, including the shotgun, a handgun and two knives.

McClenton's bail was set at $40,000 cash or bond with a 10 percent option. His lawyer, public defender Alicia Lera, unsuccessfully argued for the bail to be lowered to $35,000 cash or bond with a 10 percent option.

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Cybersquatters cashing in on Kate's pregnancy by registering websites linked to Royal baby - 12/09/12
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2245117/Kate-Middleton-pregnant-Cybersquatters-cashing-registering-websites-linked-Royal-baby.html
Opportunistic cybersquatters are attempting to cash in on the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy by registering websites associated with the Royal baby. In the past week, http://aroyalbaby.com and www.royalfoetus.com have been taken by savvy web users and littered with adverts. These mirror twitter feeds such as @Royal Foetus which were registered within hours of the public announcement.

Unmasked: The Indian text pest bombarding Britain with 500,000 spam messages a day - 12/08/12
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2245250/Unmasked-The-Indian-text-pest-bombarding-Britain-500-000-spam-messages-day.html
This is the man who plagues half a million Britons a day with illegal spam texts telling them they are entitled to a refund for mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI). The IT boss makes millions by selling the numbers of British mobile phone users who respond to his spam messages to claims management companies for as little as 90p each. The claims firms then pursue banks for PPI refunds on behalf of the customer, but take a hefty fee.

Woman arrested on suspicion of harassment - 12/08/12
http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20121208/NEWS01/121208009/Woman-arrested-suspicion-harassment
Ouachita Parsih deputies arrested a woman late Friday accused of harassing a man. Tamara Foster, 40, of 314 Cedarbrook Drive, Monroe, was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on charges of stalking and cyberstalking. According to an arrest affidavit, a victim told deputies Foster had been sending him harassing text messages, voice mails and emails for about two years.

Facebook: Italian police raid HQ in tax crackdown - 12/07/12
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/digital-media/9730811/Facebook-Italian-police-raid-HQ-in-tax-crackdown.html
The investigation comes just weeks after Google faced similar action. In that case the internet group was suspected of having failed to declare millions of euros in income. Google denies any wrongdoing, stating that it “complies with tax law in every country in which it operates and we are confident we comply with Italian law”.

Man claims he was blackmailed after visiting porn website - 12/07/12
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=23291833&nid=148&title=man-claims-he-was-blackmailed-after-visiting-porn-website&s_cid=queue-2
A Cottonwood Heights man learned a lesson about visiting porn websites in a unique way. The man says he got scammed after some online surfing and police are now involved. The man was surfing a porn site, and then went on to a Skype session with a woman that ultimately ended with the alleged extortion.

Woman 'lied about being raped because she "didn't enjoy" the bad date and consensual sex she had with a man she met online' - 12/05/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2242966/Woman-lied-raped-didnt-enjoy-date.html#ixzz2EfVDACoK
A Tennessee woman was charged with filing a false rape claim after she admitted to police that she only did so because she 'didn't enjoy' their date. Twenty-seven-year-old Lynette Lee told detectives in Clarksville, Tennessee that the unidentified man never actually raped her, and that she made the whole story up to get back at him for what she thought was a bad date.

Biddeford man gets 5 years for cyberstalking - 12/05/12
http://www.journaltribune.com/articles/2012/12/05/news/doc50bf674a51351804862515.txt
A Biddeford man who uploaded sexually explicit images of his ex-fiancée to the Internet and created a social media account in her name, inviting men to her home for sexual encounters, has been sentenced to five years in federal prison. Shawn Sayer, 43, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland by Judge D. Brock Hornby to the statutory maximum sentence, along with three years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty to cyberstalking Aug. 13. Court records show Sayer used the Internet in 2009 to harass his ex-fiancée, who had changed her name and moved to Louisiana. He posted sexually explicit video clips of her to adult pornography websites using her real name and actual street address; created a Facebook account in her name in which he posted her photographs and hyperlinks to the videos, and wrote that she was interested in a number of sexual activities.

European students set to sue Facebook over its privacy policies - 12/04/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2242744/Facebook-hit-European-legal-threat-students-privacy-policies.html#ixzz2EfVYHgPK
A Europe wide student group plans to launch legal action claiming Facebook has not done enough to protect the privacy of its hundreds of millions of members. Privacy campaign group europe-v-facebook, which has been lobbying for better data protection by Facebook for over a year, said it planned to take legal action in Ireland, where Facebook has its international headquarters.

Jailed: London-based Nigerian fraudsters who ran £2.7million lotto scam which led to a murder-suicide - 12/04/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2242985/Jailed-London-based-Nigerian-fraudsters-ran-2-7million-lotto-scam-led-murder-suicide.html#ixzz2EfVfUL3U
Two Nigerian fraudsters, whose global £2.7m scam had deadly consequences for one family they mercilessly ripped off, were jailed today. Police identified a total of thirteen victims all over the world, who each lost an average of £207,000, after the duo convinced them they were due an Australian lottery pay-out, inheritance, investment benefit or were sold non-existent heavy plant machinery.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Net Crimes Newsletter - December 3, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Fake plane crash fools TV station
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/11/30/Fake-plane-crash-fools-TV-station/UPI-52281354310082/

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

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

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

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NC may be first state to charge students with cyber crimes - 12/02/12
http://www.wcnc.com/news/crime/NC-may-be-first-state-to-charge-students-with-cyber-crimes-181739121.html
N.C. students take note: Starting this week, going online to harass your teacher could get you arrested. A new cyberbullying law with roots in Charlotte makes it a misdemeanor for students to commit various online offenses against school employees, such as creating false profiles, signing them up for Internet porn or posting personal images and private information.

U.S. Marine impersonator sentenced for cyberstalking - 12/01/12
http://washingtonexaminer.com/u.s.-marine-impersonator-sentenced-for-cyberstalking/article/2514804#.ULzUtu_Nl8E
A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for posing as a U.S. Marine and cyberstalking and threatening women on online dating sites across Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region. James M. Johnson, of Roxboro, N.C., pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria to one count of cyberstalking and one count of making interstate threats. He was sentenced Friday to 15 months in prison.

Belgian 'spies' reveal selves online - 11/30/12
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/11/30/Belgian-spies-reveal-selves-online/UPI-66631354304388/
A Belgian newspaper said its investigation discovered two employees of state security agencies put personal information on social networking site LinkedIn.

Plus-size mannequin sparks online debate - 11/30/12
http://news.msn.co.nz/glanceview/270627/plus-size-mannequin-sparks-online-debate.glance
A plus-sized mannequin has sparked fierce debate online about whether it promotes obesity or a healthy body image. The model became the victim of intense cyber-bullying as he was ridiculed for being obese, but some tweets defended the size saying it represented what normal people look like.

Paedophile wins Facebook challenge - 11/30/12
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/paedophile-wins-facebook-challenge-8372032.html
A convicted sex offender has won a High Court order to remove a Facebook page set up to monitor paedophiles in Northern Ireland.

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

Pro-reading 'Beat It' parody back online - 11/29/12
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/11/29/Pro-reading-Beat-It-parody-back-online/UPI-28741354221614/
A pro-reading video created by Pennsylvania teens using the tune of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" has been restored to YouTube eight days after it was blocked. The Lansdowne Public Library said the video, a parody of Jackson's song titled "Read It," was blocked on YouTube Nov. 19, just three days after it was uploaded, on a request from Sony-ATV, ABC News reported Thursday.

'My Life Is A Lifetime Movie': Cyberstalker Made Thousands Of Threats Over Six Years - 11/29/12
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/29/lifetime-movie-cyberstalker-leandra-ramm-video_n_2209962.html
"My Life is a Lifetime Movie" looked at one of the most extraordinary cyberstalking cases of all time. Leandra Ramm was a talented opera singer who's career was nearly destroyed by a man who threatened her thousands of time, and sabotaged her career at every turn.

Comedian Goes On Twitter Strike To Protest Harassment Of Female Comics - 11/29/12
http://inthesetimes.com/ittlist/entry/14245/comedian_jen_kirkman_goes_on_twitter_strike_to_protest/
Comedian Jen Kirkman of Chelsea Lately and After Lately declared a "Twitter strike" today to protest Twitter sexism. After Tweeting "Maybe one day will go by on Twitter when people will ONLY comment on my comedy and go to Louis CK's page to talk about his body," Kirkman wrote a longer post on her Tumblr discussing Internet harassment of women comics, in which she announced her strike.

Didn't like your holiday? Do you think we give a f***? Thomson's worker in foul-mouthed emails to unhappy customer who dared complain - 11/29/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2240061/Thomson-worker-jeers-holidaymaker-series-foul-mouthed-emails.html#ixzz2E0S3prtc
Having spent more than £3,000 on a romantic holiday to Mexico, Gemma Fish and her fiancé were devastated by the ‘prison cell’ room they were given. But far worse was to come. A month after Miss Fish complained to tour operator Thomson, she was sent abusive emails telling her to ‘shut the **** up’ and book with Thomas Cook instead.

Teenage honeytrap who brought down Chinese Communist Party official after sex tape pictures were leaked online - 11/28/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239300/Zhao-Hongxia-Teenage-honeytrap-brought-Chinese-Communist-Party-official-sex-tape-pictures-leaked-online.html#ixzz2E0RlaBUW
This is the girl filmed having sex with a Chinese Communist Party official in a leaked internet video which has sent shockwaves across the country, it can be revealed today. Lei Zhengfu, a district party chief in the southwestern city of Chongqing, was fired from his position as district party secretary after the video went viral earlier this month.

PPI text and email sharks fined £440,000 for sending 840,000 messages a day as company directors are named and shamed - 11/28/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239768/PPI-text-email-sharks-fined-440-000-sending-840-000-messages-day-company-directors-named-shamed.html#ixzz2E0RwHDXz
A marketing company that sent millions of illegal texts encouraging Britons to claim compensation for PPI or accidents has become the first to be fined. The Information Commissioner’s Office has ordered the owners of Tetrus Telecoms to pay £440,000 after they plagued the public with up to 900,000 unlawful spam texts per day over three years.

Former UW star Doug Wrenn convicted of cyberstalking - 11/27/12
http://seattletimes.com/html/huskymensbasketballblog/2019776581_former_uw_star_3.html
Former Washington basketball player Doug Wrenn was convicted this afternoon of harassing an ex-girlfriend. Times reporter Jennifer Sullivan filed the story on Wrenn who was found guilty of four counts of cyberstalking and four counts of telephone harassment during a stipulated bench trial.