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Monday, September 30, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - September 30, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Blogger uses genitals to unlock iPhone 5S
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/09/25/Blogger-uses-genitals-to-unlock-iPhone-5S/UPI-53621380136137/

An Oregon tech blogger said he was able to use the iPhone 5S Touch ID system to unlock his phone using a "private part."

A Digital Trends blogger reported he was able to use his genitals in place of a fingerprint for the Touch ID system, which can be used on the iPhone 5S to unlock the phone and authorize purchases through iTunes.

"And not only did I successfully register this private part with relative ease, I was also able to use it to unlock the device. I think you can understand why there isn't a video of this one," the blogger wrote.

The blogger said he was inspired by other bloggers' failed attempts to register body parts including elbows and nipples for the Touch ID.

Another blog, TechCrunch, recently released a video showing how a cat's paw was successfully used for the Touch ID.

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‘I will take great delight in killing you’ - tenant’s threat to ‘crappy’ Sunderland solicitor - 09/30/13
http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/crime/i-will-take-great-delight-in-killing-you-tenant-s-threat-to-crappy-sunderland-solicitor-1-6098398
A WOMAN sent a death threat to a housing firm’s solicitor during a long-running row. Nichola Ratcliffe told lawyer Alison Dixon: ‘I will take great delight in killing you’, in a foul-mouthed e-mail in which she branded Gentoo employees “bully boys”.

Using the Web as a bully platform not just a teen phenomenon - 09/29/13
http://www.rrstar.com/news/x1843598871/Bullying-Using-the-Web-for-abuse-not-just-a-teen-phenomenon#ixzz2gNntDUbd
It’s been 11 years since author and poet Flora Cousins self-published her children’s book, “Don’t be a Bully! Be a Buddy!” About 15,000 copies of the 32-page illustrated book have been sold. Since that time, the book’s timeless message has not changed, but how bullies prey on their victims has changed drastically.

Sex beasts are stalking our kids on the Internet - 09/29/13
http://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/crime/sex-beasts-are-stalking-our-kids-on-the-internet-1-5538769
Perverts are prompting children to perform sex acts live on webcam – and then blackmailing them to do more with threats that their naked pictures will be revealed to family or friends. Child abusers, known as paedophiles, are targeting youngsters in South Holland and across the UK and turning them into “slaves”.

eBay buyer off the hook for $10,000 iPhone offer - 09/28/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/09/28/eBay-buyer-off-the-hook-for-10000-iPhone-offer/UPI-37521380389558/#ixzz2gNqLe9Oh
A California man selling a gold iPhone 5 on eBay said he gave the guy who bid $10,100 a break by canceling the transaction. The anonymous seller told the Los Angeles Times the buyer had committed a potentially costly error by typing in an extra zero in his bid.

Miss Teen USA warns others about cyberstalking after 'sextortion' episode - 09/27/13
http://upstart.bizjournals.com/entrepreneurs/hot-shots/2013/09/27/miss-teen-usa-talks-cyberstalking.html
When Cassidy Wolf was crowned Miss Teen USA, she probably didn’t imagine she’d be on the Today show to discuss cyberstalking, nor that her official website would be filled not just with smiling photos of herself but a link to an FBI press release on the criminal charges filed against her alleged perpetrator.

12 true tales of creepy NSA cyberstalking - 09/27/13
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-09/27/nsa-stalking
The NSA has released some details of 12 incidents in which analysts used their access to America's high-tech surveillance infrastructure to spy on girlfriends, boyfriends, and random people they met in social settings. It's a fascinating look at what happens when the impulse that drives average netizens to look up long-ago ex-lovers on Facebook is mated with the power to fire up a wiretap with a few keystrokes.

This Is How the Cookie Crumbles - 09/26/13
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/bitwise/2013/09/google_alt_cookies_how_to_control_how_companies_track_you_online.html
n Tuesday’s column about Google’s foray into alt-cookies, we touched on the idea that a seemingly simple goal­to prohibit any tech or advertising company from tracking your activities across websites that they don’t own­is incredibly difficult to achieve. Below I’ll lay out a few simple ways to ameliorate, though probably not prevent, the wide-scale tracking of our Internet activity by corporations. We’d call it cyberstalking if it were a human being doing it.

Marine Corps whistleblower relieved following allegations of email harassment - 09/26/13
http://www.navytimes.com/article/20130926/NEWS/309260033/Marine-Corps-whistleblower-relieved-following-allegations-of-email-harassment
The Marine Corps has removed from his job a staff judge advocate who publicly accused Commandant Gen. Jim Amos of unlawful command influence in the high-profile cases against eight Marines prosecuted in connection with a war-zone video of scout snipers urinating on enemy corpses. Maj. James Weirick was also placed under a Marine Corps Protective Order and asked to turn in his personal weapons and submit to a voluntary psychiatric evaluation.

Jacqueline Laurita Claims Internet Critics Are Harassing Her - 09/26/13
http://www.wetpaint.com/real-housewives-of-new-jersey/articles/2013-09-26-jacqueline-laurita-claims-haters-harassing
Jacqueline Laurita has had it with people bashing her on the Internet. The Real Housewives of New Jersey mama took to Twitter to send out an angry message to her haters yesterday, and then she elaborated on her BravoTV blog, devoting two whole pages to confronting her "enemies."

Hackers steal law student's Facebook profile and use hundreds of pictures in 'e-whoring' scam by claiming she is an escort - 09/25/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2431583/Law-students-Facebook-profile-hacked-e-whoring-scam.html#ixzz2gNmkb76z
A law student was targeted by hackers who stole her Facebook account and used it to advertise her services as an escort. Jazmine Jones claims police have refused to take action over the 'e-whoring' scam - and says that the fraudsters have been threatening to steal her identity to set up fake bank accounts. The scammers have also managed to cheat other web users by posing as the 23-year-old student and asking for money because she was in trouble.

Monday, September 23, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - September 23, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Palestinian strings up mouse who ate his cash
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/09/22/Palestinian-strings-up-mouse-who-ate-his-cash/UPI-44901379862905/#ixzz2fig6p7Vm

A Palestinian man tied a mouse up by its four limbs and posted a photograph of it on Facebook after the rodent ate some of his cash, Gulf News reported.

The Gaza man, whose name wasn't reported, said he had hidden his weekly salary in his closet but found that a mouse had eaten three of the banknotes worth a total of $170.

He then caught the mouse, strung it by each of its four limbs and posted a photograph of the rodent, Gulf News said.

The post received several comments from other Internet users, including one who joked that the matter should be brought before the U.N. General Assembly and the Security Council, which should act to release the mouse.

Another commenter said the man's actions were unacceptable.

The incident came as extreme economic concerns plague the West Bank and Gaza, Gulf News reported. The Palestinian National Authority has delayed cashing in public worker salaries for months due to a shortage brought about by Israeli withholding of Palestinian funds.

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Miss Teen USA warns of cyber-stalking - 09/21/13
http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/temecula/temecula-headlines-index/20130921-temecula-miss-teen-usa-warns-of-cyber-stalking.ece
It’s been about four months since Temecula’s Great Oak High School graduate and newly crowned Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf found out she was the victim of cyber-stalking and sextortion. Since discovering the suspect allegedly hacked into her computer and stalked her for several months, Wolf decided to take her story to the masses.

Vigilante who hunts 'child sex predators': Leader of group that closed down following suicide of man it targeted pleaded for anonymity when confronted by the Mail - 09/20/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2427433/Letzogo-Hunting-leader-vigilante-hunts-child-sex-predators-pleaded-anonymity.html#ixzz2fieDTypi
This is the Leicestershire man behind a disturbing phenomenon of vigilantes who set out to hunt down and trap suspected child sex offenders, and expose them on the internet. He is the self-appointed leader of Letzgo Hunting, a gang that closed down this week just nine months after he set it up, following the suicide of a man it accused of grooming a pre-pubescent girl for sex over the internet.

'Anti-McCann' websites plotted to kidnap one of Madeleine's siblings 'to find out what they knew about her disappearance', court hears - 09/20/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2426813/McCann-children-kidnap-plots-took-place-websites-accusing-Kate-Gerry.html#ixzz2fieOjrfZ
Internet trolls fuelled by an ex police chief's claims about the McCanns incited conspiracy-theorists to plot to kidnap the couple's twins Sean and Amelie, a court heard today. Goncalo Amaral's claims they faked daughter Madeleine's abduction to cover up her death in their Algarve holiday apartment was to blame for the threats, close family friend Michael Wright said. Gerry and Kate McCann, 45, from Rothley, Leics, are suing the former Portuguese detective over his bombshell July 2008 book 'The Truth of the Lie.'

Revealed: How foreign paedophiles are stalking British children online and 'sexually blackmailing' them to take sordid images of themselves - 09/19/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2426116/Foreign-paedophiles-stalk-British-children-online-liberal-parenting-leaves-vulnerable.html#ixzz2fieYtB3r
Children as young as eight are being targeted online by foreign paedophile gangs who believe that Britain’s ‘liberal’ values make them easy prey. Britain has become the top target for cyber sexual predators, a report reveals today. The criminals trick victims into thinking they are talking to a boy or girl the same age.

Twitter trolls spark rise in internet crime for police - 09/19/13
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/10320708/Twitter-trolls-spark-rise-in-internet-crime-for-police.html
The country’s largest force is now handling an extra 1,500 crimes a year linked to harassment or bullying over the internet. And Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Craig Mackey warned the figures are likely to increase further as more and more victims start to come forward.

Kittery man pleads guilty to 'sextortion' - 09/18/13
http://www.pressherald.com/news/kittery-man-pleads-guilty-to-sextortion_2013-09-19.html
A Kittery man could face up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to engaging in a type of cyberstalking known as "sextortion." The U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Attorney John P. Kacavas of New Hampshire said in a press release that John Bryan Villegas, 23, of Kittery pleaded guilty in federal court to interstate stalking.

Conman 'addicted' to swindling vulnerable women on dating websites stole £7,800 by targeting victims across Britain - 09/17/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2423763/Conman-addicted-swindling-vulnerable-women-dating-websites-stole-17-000-targeting-victims-Britain.html#ixzz2fiefwC9Y
A conman who swindled thousands of pounds from vulnerable women he picked up on online dating sites was on bail for a similar crime when he committed the frauds. David Brice, 48, targeted women across Britain and charmed them into handing over more than £7,800 in cash and possessions by gaining their trust.

Monday, September 16, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - September 16, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried . . . Greek civil servants lose paid leave for computer use

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/09/13/Greek-civil-servants-lose-paid-leave-for-computer-use/UPI-22091379107945/#ixzz2f4GClHqO

Greek officials announced civil servants will no longer receive an extra six days of paid leave each year for using computers.

Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Thursday that getting rid of the spare paid leave days would be the equivalent of hiring 5,000 more public sector workers, Ekathimerini reported Friday.

Mitsotakis told Skai TV he is confident the government will reach its goals for public sector employment to qualify for a bailout payment in October.

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Facebook Cyber Bullies - 09/16/13
http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Facebook-Cyber-Bullies-20130916
A few weeks (months?) ago I wrote an article about the dubious reality of reality television. Since then Masterchef SA has drawn to a close and the live shows of Idols SA S9 are underway at the State Theatre in Pretoria. The winner of Masterchef SA S2, Kamini Pather, sparked outrage from some people. To be more precise, some people who would have preferred another contestant to win.

Calif. school dist. tracks students online to curb cyberbullying - 09/16/13
http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/23439612/calif-schools-tracks-students-online-cyberbullying
A Southern California school district is trying to stop cyberbullying by watching what students post on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday the Glendale Unified School District hired the company Geo Listening last year to track postings by about 14,000 middle and high school students.

Turkish gunman killed British lover because 'she was cheating on Facebook with man from Saudi Arabia' - 09/16/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2420859/Turkish-gunman-Veli-Acar-killed-British-Anne-Bury-cheating-Facebook-Saudi-Arabian-man.html#ixzz2f469iMFi
The Turkish gunman who shot his British lover caught her chatting to a man on Facebook and suspected she was cheating on him. Veli Acar, 46, told police he killed Anne Bury, 56, after he found her talking online to a man from Saudi Arabia. When Acar, who had been in a relationship with the qualified midwife for six years, questioned her, she told him to ‘mind your business’.

Rebecca Ann Sedwick suicide highlights range of apps available to cyberbullies - 09/16/13
http://www.smh.com.au/world/rebecca-ann-sedwick-suicide-highlights-range-of-apps-available-to-cyberbullies-20130916-2ttsw.html#ixzz2f3y3brs2
The clues were buried in her bedroom. Before leaving for school on Monday morning, Rebecca Ann Sedwick had hidden her school books under a pile of clothes and left her mobile phone behind, a rare lapse for a 12-year-old girl. Inside her phone's virtual world, she had changed her user name on Kik Messenger, a mobile phone application, to "That Dead Girl" and delivered a message to two friends, saying goodbye forever.

Facebook stalking: A whole new kind of online dating - 09/16/13
http://www.redandblack.com/views/facebook-stalking-a-whole-new-kind-of-online-dating/article_bab53450-1e62-11e3-80b6-001a4bcf6878.html
Ever go out and meet a guy you think could be "the one"? You might flirt with him, or maybe he bought you a drink. Bummer for you, numbers weren't exchanged; last names weren't given. All you know is his year, his major and his gorgeous spattering of face freckles.

Monitoring the Cyberbullies While Protecting Free Speech - 09/15/13
http://guardianlv.com/2013/09/monitoring-the-cyberbullies-while-protecting-free-speech/
In one Los Angeles school district, officials have hired a company to spy on their students social media pages. The decision to hire the company was made after two students committed suicide last year as a result of cyberbullying. “Cyberbullying” is a new term recently created which means to bring a person to a state of misery via the internet. The concept did not exist, obviously, prior to the existence of the internet and social media.

Social media website has become a popular place for cyber-bullying among local teens - 09/15/13
http://articles.ky3.com/2013-09-15/bullies_42087706
School may be out for the weekend but that doesn't stop some classroom bullies. "It was actually a friend of mines daughter and it was brought to my attention that she was getting bullied a little on Ask.fm," said Delora Roberts, cheer leading coach and parent. "ASK.FM" is a social website centered around asking questions, but some say it's being used to spread hate.

Cyberbullying investigated in death of Florida girl - 09/14/13
http://www.today.com/tech/cyberbullying-investigated-death-florida-girl-8C11157763
Authorities in Florida said on Friday they were investigating former schoolmates of a 12-year-old girl who killed herself in central Florida after she was bullied online for months. It was not yet clear whether any criminal charges would be filed stemming from the suicide on Monday of Rebecca Ann Sedwick, who leaped to her death from the tower of an abandoned cement business site near her home in Lakeland.

Carly Rae Jepsen's Abbotsford cyberstalker gets four-months house arrest - 09/13/13
http://www.abbotsfordtimes.com/news/carly-rae-jepsen-s-abbotsford-cyberstalker-gets-four-months-house-arrest-1.624242#sthash.7n4QXHNB.dpuf
The Abbotsford used car salesman that hacked into pop star Carly Rae Jepsen's Internet accounts was handed a four-month conditional sentence on Friday afternoon. Christopher Long, 25, pleaded guilty to mischief to data and possession of stolen property in May after taking control of Jepsen's email and social media accounts and stealing sensitive personal information in March 2012. Long can't leave his house except to attend work or school and is subject to electronic monitoring.

Harrowing video showing young girl in noose launched by cyberbully charity - 09/13/13
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/sep/13/cyberbullying-suicide-harrowing-video
A harrowing video (warning: contains upsetting scenes) depicting a noose slowly descending over the head of a young victim of cyberbullying has been launched by a charity as part of a campaign urging victims not to retaliate. The film for the Cybersmile Foundation, which describes itself as the only dedicated cyberbullying charity, is designed to raise awareness of the growing threat of online bullying.

How stalking has been made easier by the internet, mobiles and social networks - 09/13/13
http://grahamcluley.com/2013/09/internet-mobile-social-networks-stalking/
Most victims don’t immediately think “I have a stalker”. It starts off much more subtly. The victim may just think this person is acting a bit odd, then they find them annoying, being a nuisance; they don’t take hints or respond to a direct request for them to leave the victim alone.

The "cult" of trolls and how to deal with them - 09/12/13
http://boingboing.net/2013/09/12/the-cult-of-trolls-and-how.html
Greg Sandoval at The Verge writes about the Internet's indifferent amplification of rape threats and other unacceptable behavior from men. The conundrum is exemplified by Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer, whose stalking and defamation of one woman went unpunished, but who was eventually jailed for specious reasons that made him a cause celebré for internet freedom.

Parents Should Look Beyond Facebook to Monitor Social Media - 09/12/13
http://kstp.com/news/stories/S3157118.shtml?cat=1
As awareness of bullying and cyberbullying increases, experts caution parents to look beyond well known apps and channels of social media when overseeing their children's online communications. Rebecca Hartmann is a parent of two, and a teacher at Nativity of Mary School in Bloomington. She says if you think you're children have limited access to the Internet and cyberbullying, it's likely you're wrong, "If your kid has a smartphone, if your family has an iPad, your child is probably being exposed to it."

Keeley Houghton: "I was jailed for cyber bullying" - 09/12/13
http://www.reveal.co.uk/real-life-stories/news/a514907/keeley-houghton-i-was-jailed-for-cyber-bullying.html
Keeley Houghton, 18, was sent to a young offenders' institute for three months in 2009 after writing on a social networking site that she was going to "murder" a fellow teenage girl. The incident happened after an ongoing feud with Keeley's victim. Keeley said she she attempted to apologise to the girl on the night before she posted the message, but says her victim wouldn't listen. "It was understandable, but I was so angry, even through to the next day," Keeley recalled on This Morning today (12 September).

Cyber bullying affects more teens than you may think - 09/11/13
http://www.wrbl.com/story/23409442/cyber-bullying-affects-more-teens-than-you-may-think
You may notice your teenager absorbed in texting, tweeting and posting pictures on Facebook on a daily basis, but not all of it may involve sending the nicest message to peers. Cyber bullying has become a serious issue. Statistics show that over half of teens have been bullied online, and about the same amount are doing the bullying. One local psychiatrist says the trend is more dangerous than you might think.

Monday, September 09, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - September 9, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried (and look in your closets). . .Rare Pokemon card on sale for $100,000
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/09/08/Rare-Pokemon-card-on-sale-for-100000/UPI-61091378658632/
Nearly 400 people have made offers to buy a rare Pokemon trading card on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $100,000.

The card -- a Pikachu Illustrator -- is one of six total in circulation that were made especially as a reward to those who won the Pokemon Card Game Illustration Contest, Geek.com reported.

It previously sold for about $20,000.

The seller, whose name was not reported, set a high Buy It Now price, but expects to get about $50,000 for the card.

As of Sunday afternoon, the auction had 398 offers.

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Taking it on the Chin: Legislatively Imposed Internet Restrictions for Sex Offenders - 09/09/13
http://www.corrections.com/news/article/34026-taking-it-on-the-chin-legislatively-imposed-internet-restrictions-for-sex-offenders
Clear back on February 4, 2013, I gave some predictions for the coming year. I never finished my thoughts, getting waylaid by co-writing a book on Internet investigations. Sorry about that. One of my last comments was… “what about the remainder of my 2013 predictions, such as sex offender Internet restrictions?”

'Dating sites cant protect women from abusive men' - 09/09/13
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/internet/Dating-sites-cant-protect-women-from-abusive-men/articleshow/22433052.cms
A new anti-stalking charity has alleged that online dating sites are unable to protect women from being targeted by stalkers or from serial domestic violence convicts. New anti-stalking group, Paladin, which is set up to offer counseling to stalking victims, has revealed that it has received requests for urgent help from women after they met men online, who became abusive towards them, the Guardian reported.

Family stalked for 17 years - 09/09/13
http://www.pendletoday.co.uk/news/crime/family-stalked-for-17-years-1-6013791 Burnley man who harassed a mother and her two daughters for 17 years must undergo a psychiatric report before he is sentenced at court. Graeme Hannigan (43) of Brownhill Avenue, Burnley, pleaded guilty on August 13th at Burnley Magistrates’ Court to stalking Anne Brierley and Lisa Wilkinson by “persistently monitoring their internet usage, publishing statements regarding their moment via the internet, and watching or spying on their activities.”

Drone hunting licenses selling out in Colorado town - 09/06/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/Blog/2013/09/06/Drone-hunting-licenses-selling-out-in-Colorado-town/7981378474551/#ixzz2ePh6L0zD
A small town in Colorado hasn't yet voted on a proposed ordinance that would allow them to shoot down government drones, but that hasn't stopped hundreds of people from sending their license fees to the town clerk. Resident Philip Steel wrote the ordinance, which would offer residents drone hunting licenses for $25 dollars, allow them to shoot down drones flying under 1000 feet, and even pay a bounty on the bagged government UAVs.

Mom makes 8-year-old hold 'bully' sign as punishment - 09/05/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/09/05/Mom-makes-8-year-old-hold-bully-sign-as-punishment/UPI-43601378409316/#ixzz2ePgxzR5K
An Oklahoma City woman says she made her 8-year-old son stand outside holding a sign calling himself a "bully" after he started a fight at school. Janie Peterson said she came up with the punishment Wednesday after receiving a call from the school principal saying her son, Malachi, was being suspended for three days for fighting with another boy, KFOR-TV, Oklahoma City, reported Thursday.

Widow, daughter of courthouse shooter held for hearing next week - 09/05/13
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130905/NEWS01/309050079/Widow-daughter-courthouse-shooter-held-hearing-next-week
The widow and daughter of New Castle County Courthouse shooter Thomas Matusiewicz appeared for the first time before a Delaware judge today since being indicted last month on federal stalking charges. Lenore Matusiewicz, 68, and her daughter, Amy Gonzalez, 41, both had the charges against them explained by Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Pat Thynge.

Mount Olive track coach charged with cyberstalking - 09/05/13
http://www.wncn.com/story/23352336/mount-olive-track-coach-charged-with-cyberstalking
An athlete at Mount Olive College has filed charges against her former track coach, who she said drover her to quit the team. Matt van Lierop is charged with misdemeanor cyberstalking after four of his former athletes claimed they were uncomfortable with how he treated members of the team.

DID HIGHLINE WATER DISTRICT EMPLOYEE THREATEN & LIBEL NEWSPAPER? - 09/05/13
http://www.skyvalleychronicle.com/GOLD-BAR/DID-HIGHLINE-WATER-DISTRICT-EMPLOYEE-THREATEN-LIBEL-NEWSPAPER-br-i-In-association-with-suspected-cyber-stalker-Anne-Block-i-1466127
The Sky Valley Chronicle has always been a big fan of local water districts. We believe they are one of the unsung heroes of every community, for without them everything comes to a standstill. If you don't have a good fire department, a good police department and a stable supply of clean, reliable, on-demand water in your community you may as well pack it up and go somewhere else. Police, fire, water. Those are the three big legs of every community’s survivability tripod.

Cyberstalking trial postponed -- again -- for alleged website operator - 09/04/13
http://www.katc.com/news/cyberstalking-trial-postponed-again-for-alleged-website-operator/
A second continuance has been granted in the cyberstalking case against to the man who allegedly operated the "Busted In Acadiana" website. According to court records, lawyers for Christopher Hebert were granted a motion on Aug. 26 to rescheduled the trial Dec. 2. According to the motion, both attorneys, Christopher Alexander and Stephen Spring, had other cases that would keep them from being in Lafayette for trial.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Article I am quoted in about cyberbullying

Newspaper article from London, Ontario, Canada - Family relieved after violent video taken down Tuesday night

Monday, September 02, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - September 2, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Carpet section from MTV Video Music Awards for sale on eBay

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/08/29/Carpet-section-from-MTV-Video-Music-Awards-for-sale-on-eBay/UPI-54501377817233/#ixzz2dkq2ZcVt

A New York bodega is trying to sell a piece of the red carpet from the MTV Video Music Awards on eBay with a starting bid of $500.

Workers at the Dubai Mini Mart said they were able to grab a 12-foot-by-12-foot section of the carpet, which stretched in front of the store in the lead-up to the awards show Sunday, and the owner of the store is now attempting to sell the carpet on eBay with a starting bid of $500 or a Buy It Now price of $5,000, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

"You never know," store worker Abdul Ibrahim. "People buy weird things all the time."

The owner of the store said he will cut the carpet into pieces for his kids to use if it fails to sell by Monday.

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Florida teen wins fight over bright red hair - 08/31/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/08/31/Florida-teen-wins-fight-over-bright-red-hair/UPI-43311377962692/#ixzz2dkoLfSON
A Florida teen says she won a fight to be allowed to have fire-engine red hair in school after the principal determined the hair color was not disruptive. Tavares High School student Mabry Anderson, 16, had been told by Principal Janice Boyd Tuesday her choice of hair color violated the school district's policy forbidding "unnatural" hair color and she could not return to campus until the problem was remedied, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported. Mabry took her fight to social media website Facebook where her "Team Mabry" page received more than 800 "likes."

Celebrate Labor Day by Cyber-Stalking Your Ex With This Handy New Program - 08/30/13
http://betabeat.com/2013/08/celebrate-labor-day-by-cyber-stalking-your-ex-with-this-handy-new-program/
Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have offered users the ability to tag their locations with each new post for a while now–and one group of researchers has created a tool that will allow people to use that information to their advantage by stalking the shit out of friends and arch nemeses alike.

Why do we Facebook stalk? - 08/30/13
http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/why-do-we-facebook-stalk/
It starts the same way every time. A status update indicating someone broke off an engagement; a selfie showing off a 30 pound weight fluctuation; 80 tagged pictures of a raucous Cabo trip. These tantalizing, tempting tidbits of information are just begging to be clicked. “Just this album,” we say. “Just a peek at the wall to see what’s going on,” we claim. These cries fall on deaf ears, because everyone knows they are dirty, dirty lies.

Secret Service visit Maine senior citizen for posting racially charged threat to Obama on his Facebook page - 08/30/13
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/secret-service-visits-maine-senior-citizen-racially-charged-threat-obama-facebook-page-article-1.1441412#ixzz2dknlTFvR
A Maine man who used a racial slur and suggested shooting President Barack Obama in a Facebook posting has resigned from all boards and committees on which he serves in the town of Sabattus. David Marsters, 68, submitted his resignation in an email. The Sun Journal said he apologized for his remarks.

Deception, stalking charges filed against man arrested near Danielsville - 08/30/13
http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2013-08-30/deception-stalking-charges-filed-against-man-arrested-near-danielsville
A 46-year-old man sought on a charge of stalking his ex-wife in Oconee County and trying to defraud a businessman in Franklin County was arrested Thursday in Madison County, authorities said. David Goss Brooks is charged with felony theft by deception in Franklin County, while warrants charging him with aggravated stalking and violating a temporary protection order were obtained Wednesday in Oconee County.

Michigan man convicted of cyberstalking in phony romance scheme - 08/29/13
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-michigan-cyberstalking-20130829,0,3288434.story
A 29-year-old Michigan man was convicted of interstate stalking for plotting to kill a woman and her boyfriend after the woman's picture was used to engage him in a phony romance over the Internet. Brian Curtis Hile of Fremont, Mich., had been duped in a so-called cat-fishing scheme to believe he was having an online romance with a woman. "Romantic communications and explicit photographs" were exchanged, according to federal prosecutors. Among the photographs were pictures of his penis.

Million-dollar dating scam mum and daughter jailed - 08/29/13
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23884241
A mother and daughter who used an internet dating scam to steal $1.1m (£700,000) have been jailed for a total of 27 years. Denver-based Karen Vasseur, 63, and daughter Tracy, 42, tricked victims into thinking they were talking to US service personnel looking for love. The prolific scammers duped 374 victims in the US and 40 other countries.

6 Insidious Ways Social Media Can Be Used to Silence Women - 08/28/13
http://www.policymic.com/articles/61023/6-insidious-ways-social-media-can-be-used-to-silence-women
Online harassment is a prolific, largely a gendered problem. A University of New Hampshire study found that 72% of online harassment victims are women. As the prolific, self-described "troublemaker" Laurie Penny wrote in the Independent a few years back, "a woman's opinion is the mini-skirt of the Internet." Cyberharassment isn't limited to women who critique gender roles, either. Audrey Watters, an ed-tech writer disabled comments on her blog in an effort to stem similar issues.

NSA Analysts Use Surveillance for Cyberstalking Crushes - 08/28/13
http://reason.com/24-7/2013/08/28/nsa-analysts-use-surveillance-for-cybers
Of all the revelations about how the National Security Agency collects, sorts, filters, reviews and catalogs the personal information of Internet users, none have been as downright creepy as what the Wall Street Journal reported last Friday.

TripAdvisor row between chef and customer viewed thousands of times - 08/28/13
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/10271564/TripAdvisor-row-between-chef-and-customer-viewed-thousands-of-times.html
When a diner felt aggrieved by the level of service and quality of food at a Berkshire restaurant, he decided to post his feelings, and some words of advice, in an anonymous online complaint. What the man could not have expected however was that owner Kiren Puri would reply, mounting a staunch 1,000-word defence of his staff and accusing the customer of being a habitual complainer who lies to try to get free food.

Man who showed off marijuana growing on YouTube gets jail time 08/28/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/08/28/Man-who-showed-off-marijuana-growing-on-YouTube-gets-jail-time/UPI-67771377722359/#ixzz2dkptEe2g
A New Hampshire man who chronicled his marijuana-growing operation on YouTube was sentenced to a year in jail with four months suspended. Kyle Berry of Auburn pleaded guilty to manufacturing a controlled drug after he was arrested by authorities tipped off to his marijuana-growing operation by a series of videos he posted to YouTube, WMUR-TV, Manchester, reported Wednesday.

The War Over Free Speech, Harassment, and Trolls Hits Another Social-Media Site - 08/27/13
http://www.motherjones.com/media/2013/08/elevatorgate-storify-trolling-harassment-free-speech
A notorious internet troll­known for allegedly harassing feminists on Twitter and uploading YouTube clips edited to depict women saying degrading things­has forced a major social-media site to choose between free speech and punishing an alleged harasser. This latest controversy has heightened the online debate about whether tech giants are doing enough to protect victims of harassment.

Kent State student victim of stalking and image used in catfish scheme - 08/27/13
http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/oh_cuyahoga/Kent-State-student-victim-of-stalking-and-image-used-in-catfish-scheme#ixzz2dkn5cFxz
Allyssa Griffiths is a junior this year at Kent State University and will have many stories to tell. Having her identity stolen for the past five years and used in a catfish scam is not one she planned on. While reading her Twitter page one day in Dec. 2011, she decided to click on her hashtag after her name. That one click opened her up to a world she never thought of - stalking and catfish.