True Crime Online Newsletter - April 15, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .iPad found wedged in car bumper, intact and working

A Georgia woman who drove over an hour with an Apple iPad stuck in her car's front bumper said the tablet computer was intact and functioning when she found it.

The iPad, mistakenly left on the roof of another car, flew off at 40 mph and struck Alexa Crisa's vehicle as she drove around the Atlanta suburbs of Marietta and Roswell, the New York Daily News reported Friday.

"I went to Target and ran errands with this iPad hanging out of my bumper. I had no clue. I'm not even sure how I missed (seeing) it, other than I don't check my bumper for random dislodged electronics," said Crisa.

The device was returned to its owner, the newspaper added.

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It started out with a woman simply emailing “Les Misérables” star Hugh Jackman. It escalated into cyber stalking - she was obsessed with the Australian actor - and it came to a a head Saturday morning in New York when police say Katherine Thurston, 47, of California attacked Jackman with an electric razor in an attempt to shave his beard off.

Austin Woman Allegedly Cyber-Stalked a Celebrity - 04/14/13
A story we first reported on in January. An Austin woman sending threatening messages over the internet. We're now learning who those messages were sent to. Those messages involved threats of rape, assault, and even murder. And now, we're learning the victim of that alleged cyber-stalking may have been a celebrity. According to the New York Post, that victim was Alexa Ray Joel, the daughter of singer Billy Joel.

After sexual harassment at workplace, woman faces online slander - 04/12/13
First it was sexual harassment at workplace. Next comes the slanderous campaign on the Internet. For this former employee of auditing firm KPMG, life has become hell since 2007. Now Aditi (name changed) is fighting with the Mumbai cyber police who are doing little on her 2012 complaint seeking action against websites which hosted offensive comments against her.

Laptop stolen from Islington sends home snaps of Iranian family's holiday - 04/12/13
An illustrator who had given up hope of being reunited with his stolen laptop was stunned when his computer reported back that it had fallen into the hands of a family in Iran – with photo evidence. Dom del Torto’s home in Islington was burgled on February 4, with thieves snatching an iPad and a MacBook Pro, but not before the 41-year-old had installed an application called Hidden App on his computer.

Is your child using the sinister website that pits friend against friend? This week a 15-year-old boy killed himself after being hounded on it. No wonder mothers want it banned... - 04/12/13
When she looked at her teenage daughter’s laptop, it was almost impossible for Caroline Quinn to believe that the vicious words on the screen had been written about her child. ‘Slut’ and ‘anorexic freak’ were some of the choice words and phrases which had been posted on 13-year-old Laura’s social networking page. Another message, posted in response to a photograph of Laura at a friend’s birthday party, spat the vitriol: ‘Put some clothes on. I don’t wanna see your slutty face on my computer.’ The website, as 40-year-old Caroline learned, was ­ a notorious question-and-answer social networking site that has enjoyed an explosion in popularity among young British teenagers in the past year.

Metairie man arrested after he posts pics of himself wearing stolen jewelry on social media sites, cops say - 04/12/13 Metairie man was arrested after he allegedly uploaded photographs of himself wearing stolen, customized jewelry to Facebook. Floyd Munson, 26, of Kenner, is also accused of posting multiple Instagram messages/photos of himself as he taunted the owner of the jewelry, which was taken during an armed robbery last year, according to Sgt. Brian McGregor, spokesman for the Kenner Police.

Former lady of Blarney Castle wins damages after being called a 'psycho' on blog by daughter of husband's lover - 04/11/13
The former wife of the owner of Blarney Castle, home to the Blarney Stone, has been awarded damages after being branded a 'psycho' on an internet blog. Lady Nora Colthurst accepted undisclosed libel damages and a public apology for the 'distressing' allegations, made by the daughter of her husband's lover.

Scotland Yard sacks seven for misusing Facebook and Twitter - 04/11/13
Seven employees of the Metropolitan Police have been sacked for misusing social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter in the past five years, the Standard can reveal. They include three police officers and four Met civil staff.

Barclays analyst caught in email gaffe: We’re going to steal website’s ideas - 04/10/13
Barclays has been accused of “inappropriate” behaviour after one of its analysts was caught threatening to “steal” ideas from an internet start-up company backed by the Government. An employee at the banking giant was emailed by a friend who recommended Nutmeg, a new website that offers to manage portfolios for people with as little as £1,000 to invest.

Girl Sends Sext, Gets Kicked Out of School. Lacrosse Players Share Sext, Get Off Scot Free - 04/10/13
A 16-year-old student says she was forced to withdraw from her prestigious Catholic prep school after texting a topless photo to two of the school's star athletes, who shared it with the entire lacrosse team but received no punishment. Instead of using the incident as a teachable moment for both male and female students about trust and social media, the administration sent a clear message: girls are ungodly creatures who tempt boys into sin.

New Baltimore man accused of ‘sextorting’ females - 04/10/13
A New Baltimore man blackmailed 18 females in New York including several minors into performing sex acts for him during a video chat by telling them he had hacked into their e-mail accounts and obtained photos of them nude, according to federal court records. James S. Allen, 36, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 18 counts of cyber-stalking and five counts of production of child pornography.

Kidwelly author attacks police for lack of help over internet 'harassment' - 04/10/13
A PROMINENT Kidwelly author claims internet tormentors are now threatening to "send a suicide bomber" to one of his book signings. Julian Ruck, who claims he has been subject to months of harassment on the internet has hit out at the police for "doing nothing" to help following the latest round of alleged threats.

Corporal who tried to 'big it up' by attending wedding in sergeant's uniform and medals bought on the internet is fined after being spotted on Facebook - 04/10/13
A Royal Marine who impersonated a superior and used medals bought on the internet has been fined, after photographs of him were spotted on Facebook. Robert Barnett, who was a corporal at the time, wore medals he had not earned and the uniform of a sergeant, as he wanted to ‘big himself up’ at a family wedding, a court martial heard yesterday.

Father-of-two facing child sex charges found dead after vigilante hate campaign on Facebook - 04/10/13
A coach driver facing child sex allegations is feared to have killed himself after being subjected to a vigilante hate campaign on Facebook. David Hughes, 44, was accused of grooming girls from a majorettes troupe he ferried to cheerleading competitions.

Foul-mouthed teen crime tsar QUITS her £15,000-a-year youth commissioner role after police launch investigation into Twitter rant - 04/09/13
Britain's first youth crime commissioner quit yesterday after her own police force launched an investigation into racist and homophobic comments she posted on the internet. Paris Brown, 17, wrote the offensive messages on her personal Twitter account, which also included boasts about her sex life, violence, drinking binges and drugs.

Pictured for the first time: British teenage hacker, 18, who took part in cyber attacks on the CIA and the Serious Organised Crime Agency - 04/09/13
This is the 18-year-old British hacker who joined in high-tech attacks on the CIA and the Serious Organised Crime Agency. A-Level student Mustafa Al-Bassam, who until now had his identity protected because of his age, previously admitted two computer crime charges relating to notorious hacker collective Lulzsec.

'Gang-rape victim', 17, kills herself 'after her attackers took picture of the assault and sent it to classmates who branded her a slut' - 04/09/13
A 17-year-old girl has killed herself after four boys raped her and spread a photograph of the assault, causing classmates and friends to taunt and cyber-bully her, her mother has said. Rehtaeh Parsons from Nova Scotia, Canada hanged herself in her family's bathroom on Thursday after months of torment and, on Sunday night, her parents took her off life support.

Arrest Made For High School E-Mail Threat - 04/09/13
A King County sheriff’s spokeswoman says detectives have made an arrest in a March 29 emailed bomb threat that warned of a “blood bath” at Kentwood High School in suburban Covington, south of Seattle. School officials voluntarily sent students home for the day while officers searched the school. No explosive devices were found.


We need to end this cyber bullying, many are affected and lives of innocent are lost.

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