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Monday, December 30, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - December 30, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man spots kangaroo while hunting in Oklahoma
An Oklahoma hunter said he captured video footage of a kangaroo hopping near him while he was out hunting in an open field.

Andrew Rice said in a Monday posting on his Facebook page he was out hunting for geese near Adair, Okla., when a kangaroo hopped past him, KJRH-TV, Tulsa, Okla., reported Thursday.

"Alright so I'm pretty sure this is the most crazy thing that has ever happened to me while I was hunting," Rice wrote in the message accompanying his video of the incident.

The video, posted Monday, had more than 16,000 views on YouTube by late afternoon Thursday. Rice said the video posting has led to more than 400 friend requests.

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Elderly man breaks wife's hip during argument about dating website - 12/30/13
A 76-year-old Florida man was arrested on charges of battery and aggravated battery on a person over 65 years old after he allegedly pushed his wife and broke her hip during an argument about his use of a dating website. Sheriff's deputies arrested and booked Edward Aronson after a nurse at Bethesda Hospital West called the police when she allegedly heard him on the phone talking about pushing his wife.

Number of prisoners caught with active Facebook accounts almost doubles in a year: Criminals use social media to 'taunt victims and attempt to intimidate witnesses', charity warns - 12/29/13
The number of prisoners caught with active Facebook accounts has almost double in the last year, new figures have revealed. A leading charity has warned offenders accessing social media can be 'hugely distressing' for their victims after it was revealed the number of active Facebook accounts detected had increased by almost 50 per cent. Victim Support has said some criminals have even used the internet to 'taunt victims and attempt to intimidate witnesses'.

Kid Unwraps Nintendo 3DS for Holidays, Finds Porn - 12/29/13,2817,2428790,00.asp
Buyer beware: If you're picking up a fairly popular device as a holiday gift, especially if you're buying it for your kids, it might be worth your while to ensure that said device hasn't been previously owned, operated, or filled with pornography. You read that right.

Sophie Monk's cyber stalking terror: I sleep with the light on - 12/28/13
SINGER, model and actor ­Sophie Monk has become the first Australian celebrity to have an alleged cyber stalker charged with harassing her on social media. James McCabe allegedly bombarded the 34-year-old with up to 150 sexually explicit and threatening posts on Twitter every day. Mr McCabe allegedly used his Twitter account to produce streams of sometimes indecipherable rants over five years in which he said he pursued Satan and told Monk to "pray pray pray".

Mother names cyber bully girl, 12, who torments her daughter - 12/27/13
AN Australian mum has named and shamed a 12-year-old cyber bully who has been tormenting her daughter. Anne-Marie Schmidt posted a screen shot on her Facebook page of the girl's Instagram post, which incites other grade sixes to call her daughter Mackenzie a "b*tch".

S.C. politicians in social media gun duel - 12/27/13
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's Facebook post about a handgun she got for Christmas prompted political rivals to fire back with a post featuring a shotgun. Haley -- a first-term Republican who is running for re-election in 2014 -- posted the picture Thursday of a 9 mm Beretta PX4 Storm pistol she said her husband, Michael, gave her.

Mother 'tries to sell baby on internet for £150,000': She says it was a joke - but now both of her children are in care - 12/27/13
A young mother tried to sell her four-month-old boy on the internet for £150,000, it emerged last night. The 20-year-old advertised the ‘beautiful’ baby for sale on the Gumtree classifieds website on Boxing Day. Police and social services were alerted after scores of people saw the ad and dialled 999.

New Zealand auction site's post-Christmas items: Ham, lingerie - 12/26/13
Trade Me, New Zealand's largest auction website, said unwanted Christmas items put up for purchase on the site include ham and large lingerie. Paul Ford, a spokesman for the Wellington website, said Boxing Day deals on the website include a still-wrapped "free range Harmony ham," which its seller stipulates must be picked up from Auckland by the buyer, the Dominion Post, Wellington, reported Thursday.

Travelers get unexpected airfare bargains, Delta to honor fares - 12/26/13
Travelers got unexpected presents Thursday from Delta Air Lines when they booked airfares as cheap as $25 for round-trip coast-to-coast flights. The super-cut rate fares appeared on the Delta Website about 10 a.m. EST and lucky customers were able to book some flights for under $5, plus taxes and fees. The real gift came later when Delta said it would honor the fares, the Wall Street Journal said.

McDonald's takes down controversial employee resource site - 12/26/13
Fast food chain McDonald's, based in Illinois, has taken down the employee resource website that advised workers not to eat fast food. The McResource Line website, which was meant to offer helpful financial tips and other advice to McDonald's employees, was down Wednesday and replaced with a message from the company, CNN reported Thursday.

How to Deal With Cyberbullying in the Workplace - 12/25/13
Cyberbullying and hostile workplaces diminish a person’s overall quality of life and their ability to deliver exceptional customer service experiences. More than half of the world’s population spends one-third of their adult lives working, according to the World Health Organization. Employees already have to accept long hours and stressful commutes as work culture standards.

Growing number of parents turn to police to report cyberbullying - 12/24/13
As more people become aware of the harmful consequences of cyber bullying, parents are more likely to report cyber bullying incidents directly to their local police than local school officials. That's the finding of a new national survey of 642 American parents conducted by the Fraud Prevention and Investigations business unit of Thomson Reuters.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Article I Am Quoted In - Parents play critical role against bullying

When you get a chance, read this and pass it on! Parents play critical role against bullying

Monday, December 23, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - December 23, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Norwegian peeping Tom photographs self in girls' shower
An apparent peeping Tom in Norway tripped himself up by accidentally photographing himself in a school shower room, police said.

The teenager was caught in the act of mounting a hidden camera in the girls' shower by accidentally taking his own picture in the process.'

"As he pressed the star button to start recording, he snapped a picture of himself," a lawyer for the police in Skien told the newspaper VG. "We have a picture of part of his face." said Sunday the camera was discovered last week with the suspect's image on the hard drive. Police have still have not identified the suspect but assume he is a student at the school and have asked fellow students to help identify him.

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Drunk 22-year-old Alaska cop charged with sexting - 12/23/13
A police officer in the Alaskan village of Kobuk has been hit with felony charges of soliciting, first- and second-degree child sexual abuse as an authority figure, and evidence tampering after he allegedly sent at least 20 text messages to a 12-year-old girl requesting sex while he was drunk and on duty. The officer, 22-year-old Leon Outwater, allegedly sent the messages from a village-owned cellphone during a 24-hour period between Nov. 16 and 17.

Pop star Ian 'H' Watkins is confused for the SECOND time with Lostprophets paedophile after Google blunder - 12/21/13
Pop star Ian 'H' Watkins tweeted his anger after he was mistaken for his Lostprophets namesake for a second time. Last month, a picture of the former Steps singer was mistakenly used on celebrity website E! Online instead of the disgraced paedophile rock singer.

Former Jailer Arrested On Suspicion Of Internet Stalking Of A Child - 12/21/13
A man who claimed to be an Adair County Sheriff’s deputy has been booked into jail and faces a felony charge of internet stalking of a child, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s office on Saturday (Dec. 21). Travis Beard, 23, of Siloam Springs, was taken into custody by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Cyber Crimes Division, officials said.

Michigan man scammed in online romance sentenced for internet stalking - 12/21/13
A Michigan man has been sentenced to five years in prison for traveling to San Diego with plans to kill two people he believed scammed him in an online romance. Federal prosecutors say Brian Hile of Fremont, Mich., was sentenced Friday for interstate stalking.

Florida man breaks baby's leg after Xbox session is interrupted for a diaper change - 12/20/13
A Florida man is being held without bond on a charge of aggravated child abuse after he allegedly became so enraged about having to stop playing Xbox to change a diaper that he broke a month-old baby's leg.

"You're Days Are Numbered": On Death Threats And Gun Rights - 12/20/13
OK, so let us start with the facts. A total of 2,324 emails came in following my post about guns, so far. I responded to every single one of them. This was in the wake of my essay about developing some sort of rational, peaceful, non-confiscatory way of removing guns from the hands of criminals and reducing the drain on our national resources. And, as one concerned about national defense, that is how I think about the issue.

Harvard Student Sends Bomb Threat and Leaves Sloppy Digital Trail - 12/20/13
Last Monday Harvard sophomore Eldo Kim emailed a bomb threat to authorities at Harvard, including the Harvard University police department and the daily newspaper, The Crimson. His intent was to avoid a 9:00 a.m. exam, and while he certainly did, it was apparently very easy to track down the source of the emails once the immediate crisis was over.

Euthanized bear leads to death threats for Nev. couple - 12/20/13
A couple said they received death threats after reporting problems with a black bear that was captured and then euthanized Thursday by Nevada wildlife officials. Richard and Adrienne Evans said they filed a report with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office on Thursday after receiving numerous threats and harassing messages by telephone and email.

'Cyberstalking' cop pleads guilty, could lose job - 12/17/13
When Seattle Police Detective David Blackmer was asked for his plea to a single charge of domestic violence cyber stalking, he answered in a strong, clear voice. "GUILTY!" It was the first time Blackmer publicly admitted what he is accused of: creating a Facebook page in his ex-girlfriend's name then posting naked pictures and videos of the two of them having sex.

Oldsmar man pleads guilty to cyberstalking - 12/17/13
An Oldsmar man has pleaded guilty to charges he stalked and harassed his ex-girlfriend online while the woman was living in Delaware. Matthew Reinders, 32, was accused of accessing his ex-girlfriend's Instagram, Pinterest and Gmail accounts, then posting remarks and nude photos of her on her social networking pages, according to court records.

San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins pleads not guilty in stalking case - 12/17/13
San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to criminal charges in an Internet stalking case. Jenkins, 33, is charged with 30 felony and misdemeanor counts in the case, relating to his ex-boyfriend and the man who then entered a relationship with Jenkin’s ex.

Electronic Harassment on the Miami Dolphins Demonstrates Necessity of Email Archiving Solution - 12/17/13
Recently the NFL’s Miami Dolphins made headlines, not because of wins on the field, but because of alleged harassment and bullying both in the locker room and through electronic means such as emails, voice mail, and text messages. Briefly, the known facts are as follows: A Miami Dolphins player, Jonathan Martin, left the team, alleging harassment. The harassment is said to have been partially electronic.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Book Signing tomorrow in Freeport, Maine

Tomorrow from noon to 2 pm, I'll be signing my book, True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scamming, Stalking, Murder and Mayhem. You get a free mermaid bookmark with seaglass pendant or seaglass Christmas ornament with every book you buy!

21 December 2013
Shermans Books and Stationery
Noon to 2 pm
Book signing
128 Main Street
Freeport, ME 04032
1-877-474-3762 or

Monday, December 16, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - December 16, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .N.H. Craigslist ad says unicorns for sale
A Craigslist ad placed in New Hampshire has raised eyebrows for offering two "purebred" unicorns for sale. The cost is a paltry $1.86 million.

The ad states: "We are selling 2 purebred unicorns. Male is 3 years old named Pagasus. Female is 5 years old and named Daisy. Price of $930,000 USD is per unicorn."

It goes on to request -- in all caps -- "serious offers only please," WBZ-TV, Boston reported.

The seller claims to be the only fully licensed unicorn breeder in North America and said there's a nine month waiting list to buy a unicorn.

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Online behaviors that increase the risk of identity theft - 12/16/13
PrivacyGuard released the results of a survey aimed at observing and identifying a number of online behaviors that consumers willingly partake in that could put them at risk of fraud and identity theft. The survey identified five behaviors and asked a panel of 1,000 consumers whether they had performed any of the following potentially jeopardizing behaviors:
Made a purchase over Public WiFi
Made an online purchase using a payment method other than a credit card
Ordered an item from a website they were unfamiliar with
Had overlap in the passwords they use for online accounts
Had their billing info stored at more than 10 eTailers (or not know how many sites had their billing info stored)

Revenge porn: A pernicious form of cyber gender harassment - 12/15/13
Being a woman, especially a woman of color, raises one's risk of cyber harassment ­ the intentional infliction of severe emotional distress through persistent online speech. The University of Maryland studied online attacks occurring on an Internet chat medium and found that users with female names received, on average, 100 "malicious private messages" ­ defined as those with "sexually explicit or threatening" language ­ for every four received by male users. User gender had a "significant impact" on the number of malicious private messages sent and "no significant impact" on other kinds of attacks, such as attempts to send files with viruses to users, the study said. It noted that males "specifically" targeted females.

Guy Launches International Facebook Stalking Expedition to Find Girl, Then Doesn’t Contact Her - 12/14/13
Your worst cyber stalking nightmare became a reality for a young woman named Katie whose only crime was hanging out with a seemingly innocuous New Zealander when she lost the friends she was traveling with in Hong Kong last New Year’s Eve.

Man charged with Naperville ‘cyberstalking’ crime - 12/13/13
A man from Chicago’s south side stands accused of harassing a former relative from Naperville with lurid text messages and the posting of her personal information to Internet websites, including some offering escort services. Bail was set at $75,000 for Mark A. Nunnally, 47. He faces trial in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton on a felony charge of cyberstalking/causing fear for one’s safety, according to court records.

Man who admitted to dog theft online returns canine - 12/13/13
Police in Texas said a 10-month-old dog reported stolen during an ice storm was returned by a man who admitted to the theft online. Fort Worth police said Heidi, a 10-month-old Greater Swiss Mountain breed, was stolen from Crawford and Mary Clay Gupton's home by someone who used a tool to cut through a fence during an ice storm Dec. 6, has been returned to her owners, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Friday.

Fmr. UMKC student charged with stalking instructor - 12/13/13
Prosecutors have charged a former University of Missouri Kansas City student with cyber stalking a university instructor. Court documents allege Kenna Haight, 27, sent over 100 threatening emails to the instructor who has remained unidentified. Haight’s emails at times said she wanted to killed and sexually assault the female instructor. Haight started sending the emails in September 2012.

Why Doesn’t Twitter Take Gender-Based Harassment More Seriously? - 12/13/13
Twitter caused quite a stir late Thursday regarding a change in its block policy, provoking outrage from victims of online harassment and advocates. The new policy, which would have allowed blocked users to keep following and retweeting their blockers, was reversed hours after its debut. But while the decision to reverse the change was welcomed, it may not go far enough for those most vulnerable to violent threats and harassment ­ specifically women, people of color, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.

Young 'digital champions' sought to teach Internet to adults - 12/13/13
A British telecom company and a charity are recruiting schoolchildren to become "digital champions" to help adults learn to use the Internet.

Online fraudsters target ski tourists - 12/13/13
Travel agencies have warned of a new internet scam targeting holidaymakers who are booking skiing accommodation online. Some people have transferred thousands of pounds to conmen posing as the owners of luxury chalets. Chalet operator Consensio Holidays has asked for dozens of fraudulent chalet listings to be taken down from rentals websites. Travel association Abta said it was a "growing problem".

Two men arrested for anti-Semitic tweets after Spurs v West Ham match - 12/13/13
Two men have been arrested for posting anti-Semitic tweets following Tottenham Hotspur's match with West Ham. A 24-year-old man from Croydon and a 22-year-old man from Wiltshire posted the comments about Hitler and the gas chambers after the Premier League match on 6 October.

Protective order service leads to drug, firearm, cyberstalking charges - 12/12/13
An alert deputy in Halifax County turned the service of a protective order into drug charges Tuesday. Maj. Scott Hall, of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, said Cpl. Matt Brown went to a residence in Weldon on Tuesday to serve an ex-parte protective order. Upon encountering Paul Lewis Fitts, 53, at the residence, Hall said, Brown noticed drug paraphernalia “in plain view,” including smoking pipes.

Man pleads guilty to stalking teenage neighbor - 12/12/13
A Clinton-area man admitted Wednesday he posted “love letters” on the Internet and carved large teddy bears to get the attention of a 14-year-old neighbor. The admissions were made by 46-year-old Kent Ellsworth Losee during a plea hearing in Lenawee County Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty to unlawful posting of a message and to stalking of a minor.

Murdered by porn: We've all been horrified by high-profile cases of child killers hooked on extreme porn. But they're just the tip of the iceberg - 12/12/13
He wore a freshly laundered shirt and smart dark suit for his appearance in the dock. Jamie Reynolds was also sporting a short new haircut and trim goatee beard instead of his scruffy stubble. In truth, he looked less like the man he is ­ a monster now locked up in the same psychiatric unit as Moors Murderer Ian Brady ­ than the boy he once was: a teacher’s son from a Shropshire market town, who had enjoyed a comfortable, middle-class upbringing.

Man names top Washington officials in $60M suit that claims the government's been stalking him since Google mistakenly made his web search about building bombs - 12/11/13
A man claims he suffered serious emotional trauma at the hands of the federal government after Google auto-corrected his innocent web search into something sinister.When he typed ‘how do I build a radio controlled’ in October 2009, former government contractor Jeffrey Kantor says Google auto-completed his search to read: ‘how do I build a radio controlled bomb.’ Now he’s implicated some of Washington’s top brass in a bizarre $60 million lawsuit that alleges he was fired from his job after the government stalked him and used his co-workers to emotionally abuse him.

San Diego man charged with operating 'revenge porn' site - 12/10/13
Authorities in San Diego have charged a man with operating a “revenge porn” website which allegedly humiliated and blackmailed women by posting nude photographs along with their names and addresses. Kevin Christopher Bollaert, 27, was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of extorting money from women who found compromising images of themselves ­ often supplied by ex-boyfriends and husbands ­ posted on the internet.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

GUEST BLOG: The Basics of Investigating Cyberstalking Cases- J.A Hitchcock

GUEST BLOG: The Basics of Investigating Cyberstalking Cases- J.A Hitchcock

Monday, December 09, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - December 9, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Couple win over Internet with video of them blowing bubbles in winter

A video of a Canada couple blowing bubbles that quickly freeze in the winter air has gone viral after appearing on Reddit.

The video was shot on March 11, 2009, on the coldest day of the winter so far that year, the caption reads.

The temperature was 49 below zero, and the wind chill was 50 below zero.

"Keep blowing bubbles, hun!" Ted Goossen shouts as his unnamed wife stands blowing bubbles nearby. "It's a good day to blow bubbles!"

He then hands over the camera to his wife and begins blowing the bubbles himself -- and catching the frozen ones with his bare hands, CBC News reported.

"It is a little cool out here. Some of you are wondering what I'm doing without my jacket," he says. "I do have my head covered. That's where most of the heat goes."

He then throws a glass of water into the air, which turns into snow and falls down on him.

After the video appeared on Reddit Thursday, a series of new comments were posted.

"I watched this just for the commentary. Your sweet words warmed my heart. I hope to be an old cheesy married couple like you two one day! " wrote one commenter.

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Stalking through cell phones - 12/09/13
Did you know that your cell phone could be used as a bugging device? If not, you’re going to love this article. We all know by now that most cell phones can be GPS tracked, and that’s for determining positions for 9-1-1 based phone calls; however, your phone can be used to spy on you and others around you. This is true and has been proven.

Deanne Vanwinkle, a member of the Navajo Nation that lives in from Las Vegas, NV said she has been humiliated by a facebook page that has her photo up with offensive language written on it and it has sense then gone viral. “Yeah there was a couple of women harassing my fan page bringing up things about my son and how I’m such a horrible person and that people they think I’m a model that’s perfect.” Vanwinkle said in an interview with the Navajo Post.

The Real Threats of Online Stalking - 12/07/13
Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, the list is endless when it comes to social media sites, yet how safe are we when it comes to sharing our every move and personal details online? DESIblitz investigates the very real threats of online stalking.

FBI surveillance malware in bomb threat case tests constitutional limits - 12/06/13
The FBI has an elite hacker team that creates customized malware to identify or monitor high-value suspects who are adept at covering their tracks online, according to a published report. The growing sophistication of the spyware­which can report users' geographic locations and remotely activate a computer’s camera without triggering the light that lets users know it's recording­is pushing the boundaries of constitutional limits on searches and seizures, The Washington Post reported in an article published Friday.

Swedish police officer disciplined for in-uniform sex tape - 12/06/13
A Swedish police officer was disciplined for recording a sex tape while in uniform and sending it to a colleague, police said. An Uppsala police disciplinary board heard the officer, whose name was not released, recorded a sexual encounter in the police headquarters dressing room in November while he was wearing his uniform, reported Friday.

Boy Scout volunteer said to be part of international child pornography ring - 12/06/13
A federal complaint has been filed in the Southern District of Indiana charging a Boy Scouts of America volunteer with being part of an international child pornography ring. According to the complaint, Alabama resident James McCullars is charged with engaging in a child exploitation enterprise and conspiracy to distribute and receive child pornography. Federal agents say that the ring used the Internet and the U.S. mail to trade "substantial volumes" of child pornography.

Woman sentenced for stalking Livingston County victim through Facebook - 12/05/13
A Warren woman was sentenced this morning to 30 days in the Livingston County Jail for identity theft and stalking a Livingston County woman on the Internet. The judge split the sentence telling the woman, Angela Marie Sinclair, she must report to jail Dec. 14 to serve the first 15 days and report March 3 to serve the second half of the sentence. The judge split the time to accommodate Sinclair's college class schedule.

Ohio House backs bill for cyberstalking victims - 12/05/13
Victims of cyberstalking and other technology-based harassment would get better protection under a bill that is winning overwhelming support in the Ohio House.

Singaporean convicted of cyberstalking US singer Ramm - 12/04/13
Colin Mak Yew Loong, the Singaporean who cyberstalked U.S. singer Leandra Ramm for six years, was convicted Tuesday of criminal intimidation, harassment, criminal trespass, and theft in Singapore. The 38-year-old Mak admitted to 31 counts of criminal intimidation of Ms Ramm from 2005 to 2011.

Men get prison time for Facebook threats to kill Anne Arundel judges - 12/04/13
What began as a Facebook post last summer about killing two Anne Arundel County judges ended Monday with two men heading to prison. Zachary Mitchell, a 20-year-old Dead Man Inc. gang member from Brooklyn Park, was sentenced to four years after pleading guilty to two counts of threatening to injure a state official and one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.

Prescott Valley teen accused of school threats - 12/04/13
Prescott Valley police say a 15-year-old boy threatened to shoot people at a school he used to attend, but investigators were able to take him into custody before he could carry out his threats. On Nov. 22, staff from the Franklin Phonetic School called Prescott Valley police to report threatening and offensive emails that were sent to the school, according to Sgt. Brandon Bonney.

Shady Spring High School student arrested for making threats on social media - 12/04/13
59News is learning new details about a post allegedly made by a student. Deputies say the student who made the post threatened to kill other students. The post also was full of curse words and violent photos from the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Colorado.

Monday, December 02, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - December 2, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried.. .Illinois man gives away all his stuff through Craigslist ad

A suburban Chicago man says he posted a Craigslist ad asking people to come and take away all of his stuff for free before he moves to Virginia.

Brian Bagnall, 32, of Franklin Park, Ill., said about 200 people showed up to his house Saturday in response to the ad, which read "We're Moving and Giving Away Lots of Our Stuff for FREE," the Chicago Tribune reported.

Within about 2 hours, Bagnall's home was nearly empty, he said. People took his couches, beds and other "nice" furniture, as well as tools, kitchen utensils, boxes of tissue and toilet paper, and other items.

"People were in the freezer taking food out," Bagnall said.

Bagnall said that overall, the crowd was orderly. A sign on his front door listed rules like no shoving and no lining up outside.

"It wasn't Walmart," he said, referring to fights in stores on Black Friday.

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Second-hand memory cards pose identity theft risk, warn experts - 12/02/13
Selling old memory cards on sites like eBay without proper deletion of previous data may lead to identity theft, security experts have warned. Computer scientists from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia bought 140 second-hand memory cards from the online auction site and attempted to recover data on them including photos, videos, text messages, sensitive documents and home-made pornography.

Beware: 'Tis the Season for Cyberscams - 11/30/13
Malicious spam will continues to inundate e-mail, social media postings, and popular apps on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and beyond, cybersecurity experts warn. Cybercriminals have begun to flood e-mail, social media postings and search results with tainted web links, offers for worthless products and pitches for all variety of scams.

Cannibal cop 'killed and ATE a man he met on "exotic meat" website’' - 11/29/13
A German police worker has been charged with murdering and chopping up a man he met on a cannibal website who had long fantasised about being killed and eaten. The suspect, known only as Detlev G, is said to have been 'obsessed' with cannibalism and met the 59-year-old man from Hanover on the fetishist website.

Mountie's uniform seized after marijuana pictures emerge - 11/29/13
A New Brunswick officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said his uniform was seized after he was photographed smoking medical marijuana in uniform. Cpl. Ronald Francis, who serves with J Division in New Brunswick, said two officers visited his Kingsclear First Nation home Thursday evening and seized his regular working uniform, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday.

Parents tell how cyberbullying claimed their teenage son's life - 11/29/13
“There were no signs,” says Robert Mullaney. “Thomas wasn’t a withdrawn child... we didn’t see it coming.” When Robert and his wife Tracy came home to find their 15-year-old son missing, they presumed he had ‘pulled an all-nighter’ with friends.

Gatineau girl, class punished for cyber bullying - 11/27/13
A Gatineau teen received a five-day suspension after an incident of cyber-bullying against a teacher. In addition to the girl, 47 fellow students were made to write an apology for their participation. The students studied at Mont-Bleu Secondary School in Gatineau, part of the Portages-de-l'Outaouais School Board.

Video footage transforms banana peel lawsuit into fraud case - 11/27/13
Authorities in Washington said a man who filed a personal injury lawsuit faces fraud charges because surveillance video shows him setting up his own fall. Maurice Owens, 42, filed a $15,000 lawsuit against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority alleging he needed chiropractic treatment after slipping and falling on a banana peel at the Potomac Avenue Metro station in August, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Sexting As Evidence in Cases of Sexual Harassment - 11/27/13
Sexting" is a growing digital social phenomenon and field of practice for lawyers who specialize in sexual harassment in the workplace. "Obviously you do see a little bit more of it", says Santa Maria attorney Bill Redell of the Michael Clayton Law Office, "and as the younger generation is moving up and coming into the workforce it is something that is becoming more prevalent in the workplace."

Italian girl, 14, 'gang-raped after classmate hijacked her Facebook profile to post that she was "available to anyone"' - 11/26/13
A 14-year-old Italian girl was allegedly gang raped after a classmate hijacked her Facebook profile to post that she was ‘available to anyone’. The teenager was dragged into an empty outdoor theatre in her hometown of Molfetta, near Bari, in the south east of the country, and raped repeatedly, after the gang of ten assumed that she was ‘easy’, prosecutors say.

New Iberia man accused of cyber stalking, violating protective order - 11/26/13
A 41-year-old New Iberia man is accused of cyber stalking and violating a protective order. According to Sheriff Louis Ackal, on November 24, 2013, Iberia Parish detectives arrested Corey Ronsonet for cyber stalking and violation of a protective order. Detectives conducted an investigation involving the incident and were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Ronsonet.

Toronto woman haunted by unknown online stalker who threatens to rape her - 11/26/13
On a Friday night, about two weeks after her brother took his own life, Vanessa Bruno got a message through that looked like it came from him. At first, she thought it was a delayed suicide note, but it wasn’t. “It said: ‘Maybe if you weren’t such a bitch your brother wouldn’t have killed himself,’” Bruno recalled in an interview.