True Crime Online Newsletter - March 18, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Social media helps teddy bear return home
A Dutch man who found a teddy bear left behind on a train said he was able to return it to its 3-year-old owner after an eight-month social media campaign.

Cees de Jonge, a photographer, said he found the bear on a train that arrived in Hoorn in July and decided to take it home when the conductor told him it would be discarded if he turned it in, Netherlands newspaper reported Monday.

De Jonge said his Facebook posts about the bear yielded so many responses that he made the stuffed animal its own Facebook page. He said a friend made a Twitter account for the bear.

The photographer said months went by without finding the owner, but a fresh push last week resulted in a response from a woman who said the bear belonged to her 3-year-old son, Luciano, reported.

"I am the happiest bear in the world, I have found my owner, Luciano here I am," De Jonge posted on the bear's behalf.

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Man faces sentencing in iPad data breach case - 03/18/13
A man convicted in connection with the theft of more than 100,000 email addresses of Apple iPad users faces sentencing. Andrew Auernheimer is scheduled to appear in federal court in Newark Monday. The former Arkansas resident was convicted in November of identity theft and conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers.

Cyber stalkers leave residents in web of trouble - 03/18/13
Neha Ghai, 28, a resident of BRS Nagar, was shocked after she received objectionable calls and text messages on her mobile phones and even vulgar e-mails in her inbox. As she approached the cyber cell of the city police, she came to know that she has become a victim of cyber stalking. The stalker had collected all personal information of the victim and put it on objectionable portals.

Minnesota woman loses music downloading appeal - 03/18/13
The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a Minnesota woman who has been ordered to pay record companies $222,000 for the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted music. The justices didn't comment Monday in letting stand the judgment against Jammie Thomas-Rasset of Brainerd, Minn. She claimed in court papers that the ordered payment was excessive.

Hacker Case Leads to Calls for Better Law - 03/17/13
Matthew Keys, the 26-year-old deputy social media editor at Reuters charged with assisting computer hackers, has emerged as the latest lightning rod in the continuing battle between proponents of Internet freedom and the Justice Department.

'Anyone got a gun? Bang!' Chilling message by sick internet troll 'threatening to shoot Madeleine McCann's mother as she runs London Marathon' - 03/17/13
Kate McCann has reportedly received a death threat as she prepares to run the London Marathon next month. It emerged yesterday that an internet troll threatened to shoot her in a Facebook post, according to the Sun. McCann, mother of Madeleine McCann who disappeared in 2007, is taking part in the Marathon to raise money for the Missing People charity.

SoCal model encounters iPad pervert - 03/16/13
A Southern California fashion model said she alerted store security officers after she suspected a pet shop patron was using an iPad to look up her skirt. Brittanie Weaver encountered the alleged digital Peeping Tom this week at a pet shop in Sherman Oaks when he bent over to pet a dog at her feet, she told KTLA-TV, Los Angeles.

Alberta man's ID hijacked after online comment war turns ugly - 03/15/13
An Alberta man found out just how ugly an online debate can become when someone hijacked his identity and went on a crude Facebook rampage. Ken, who CBC News has agreed to identify by only his first name to protect his identity, joined a Facebook page on what he thought was a pretty tame subject ­ saving Edmonton's inner city airport ­ but the spirited debate turned nasty.

Security reporter tells Ars about hacked 911 call that sent SWAT team to his house (Updated) - 03/15/13
Brian Krebs has always been a trailblazer among security reporters. His exposés completely shut down a California hosting service that coddled spammers and child pornographers and severely disrupted an organized crime syndicate known as Russian Business Network. More recently, his investigative journalism has followed the money to the people who sell malware exploit kits, illicitly procured credit reports, and denial-of-service services in underground forums.

Poet says she is the target of ‘online cult leader's’ cyber stalking - 03/15/13
When an auctioneer from Seattle began publishing a Marietta poet’s work on her own website for free, the poet fought back. Linda Ellis, author of “The Dash” and other poems, confronted auctioneer April Brown about her unauthorized post of the poem. The auctioneer contacted Matthew Chan of Columbus, who reportedly runs an organization that believes published works should be free to the public online.

Facebook friends discover relation - 03/14/13
An Iowa woman says a Facebook post led her to discover another woman -- they met at a party four years ago -- was a niece who had been put up for adoption. Paula O'Brien, 39, said she posted to Facebook March 6 about when her brother put his first child up for adoption -- incorrectly giving the date as Sept. 19, 1982 -- and received a reply from Abbey Donohoe, 29, a woman she had befriended at a party four years earlier, the Quad City Times, Davenport, Iowa, reported Thursday.

Man plans to meet all his Facebook friends - 03/14/13
A Connecticut man said he raised $5,000 online to fund his trip to visit all 788 of his Facebook friends in person. Ty Morin said the aim of his "Friend Request: Accepted" project, which he is funding with donations received on, "is to reconnect with people. No more hiding behind the screen of social media," CNN reported Thursday.

Sherlock would have been proud! Benedict Cumberbatch turns detective to uncover the star-struck neighbour who was tweeting his every move - 03/14/13
It was a mystery that Sherlock Holmes himself might have struggled to solve – the curious case of the heart-throb actor and the cyber-stalker. Someone, it seems, was snooping on the home of Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays a contemporary version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuth in the hit TV series Sherlock, and documenting his actions in real time on a social networking site. Old Harrovian Cumberbatch, 36, was so unnerved he considered calling the police.

Harlem Shake: could it kill sampling? - 03/13/13
An unexpected viral dance craze shot Baauer's Harlem Shake to the top of the Billboard charts. Almost immediately, legal letters began to arrive. So, can cut-and-paste culture continue to flourish on the internet?

Tragedy inspires Facebook activism against cyberbullying - 03/12/13
Youth suicide hit home for Kristi Essler when one of her Kelowna Secondary classmates committed suicide after graduation as a result of bullying.
"I know of several people in the community who have taken their lives as well - whether it was during high school or after high school. A lot of them had gone through years of bullying," said Essler, now 21. "I'm all about the rights of individuals. It's been an issue that I have been passionate about for a very long time."

Beware new 'ratters' plague: Men are spying on women through their OWN webcams by loading virus on to their computers - 03/12/13
Growing numbers of women are being spied on by hackers who access their webcams then take secret pictures and post them on 'sex slave' forums. The hackers - known as Rats - infect the device with a remote administration tool (RAT) that opens up the woman's screen, webcam, files and microphone. These women can then be monitored in secret or taunted by the hacker who sends mocking messages and pictures into her computer.

Not so tough now! Boxer who lost his national title pays visit to confront abusive Twitter user - 03/12/13
Internet trolls who poisonously mock sportsmen behind a screen of anonymity take note - you're not as safe as you think you are. Ex-footballer turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse was so incensed by the vitriolic comments he received from one Twitter user he offered a cash reward for the man's address and drove to confront him on his doorstep. The 32-year-old ex-Birmingham City and Hull City centre, who took up boxing at 26, lost his English light welterweight crown to Shayne Singleton on a controversial points decision last week.

Rosebush woman accused of cyber stalking - 03/12/13
An Isabella County woman was arraigned Monday after being arrested for allegedly stalking a probation officer, using the Morning Sun’s website. Johnna Elizabeth Totten, 39, of Rosebush was charged with stalking, a one-year misdemeanor; and using a computer to commit a crime, also a one-year misdemeanor. Isabella County Magistrate Sandra Straus ordered Totten to remain jailed in lieu of posting $1,200 of a $12,000 bond.

Raymond man accused of cyberstalking JSU leader - 03/11/13
A 20-year-old Raymond man threatened bodily harm against Jackson State University President Carolyn Meyers in a Facebook post, investigators and JSU officials allege. Jhamerius Darshawn Mack, who investigators say is not a JSU student, was arrested March 5 and charged with two counts of felony cyberstalking in connection with the alleged threats against Meyers via social media. Mack is jailed at the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond under a total $10,000 bond.


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