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Monday, August 25, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - August 25, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Thai woman posts more than 12,000 selfies
Kim Kardashian has competition as the queen of selfies. Instagram user Mortao Maotor of Bangkok has posted more than 12,000 selfies on the social media website. Mortao, which is not her real name, has 20,000 followers and snaps an average of 200 selfies per week. She is not the stereotypical selfie-taking teenager but a married Thai woman in her 40s, Time reports. Mortao did not speak English but said through her husband's daughter that her reason for the high number of self-portraits is "quite personal."

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Polytron and Fez Reportedly Put Up For Sale After Hack - 08/25/14
After being the target of disgruntled hackers, Fez creator Phil Fish announced that he is selling both the Fez IP and his development studio Polytron, as he plans to leave the game industry forever. Hackers took over the Polytron website and Twitter account early last Friday morning as part of a broad attack on developers embroiled in the midst of a massive wave of online harassment.

The trouble with electronic records - 08/25/14
In the summer of 2010, a physician working for Columbia University took his personal laptop to work at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His decision would cost the two entities almost $5 million. By accessing the server, the physician, who was not named in federal documents, inadvertently allowed thousands of patient records to be exposed online. The hospital agreed to pay $3.3 million and Columbia $1.5 million, the most expensive settlement of its kind ever.

Put-in-Bay gets 'hate email' - 08/23/14
It appears somebody isn't too happy with the Put-in-Bay Police Department. The department received a "hate email" on July 31 from an explicit, anonymous email address, according to an Aug. 1 Put-in-Bay police report. At about 11:30 a.m., Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce member Nicole DeFreitas told police about the email she received regarding the department.

Be careful what you share on social media – it could be a crime - 08/23/14
Social media and online chat sites have opened new opportunities for citizens to take matters into their own hands, drastically increasing the risks of harassment, defamation and invasion of personal privacy. Not everyone is aware, for example, that sharing information about a suspected criminal could in itself constitute a criminal offence.

Computer programmer 'cost Hollywood studio £2.3m' with world's first pirate copy of Fast & Furious movie - but was caught because he used his hacker name on his dating profile - 08/22/14
A computer programmer bragged on Facebook that he was the first person in the world to pirate a copy of the movie Fast & Furious 6 – but was caught after he used his hacker name on his dating profile. Philip Danks, 25, secretly filmed the sixth installment of the Hollywood action movie at a cinema in Walsall, West Midlands, on its UK release date and illegally uploaded it on the internet, costing Universal Pictures an estimated £2.3million. Fraud investigators quickly traced him after they noticed his online ‘Thecod3r’ tag attached to the video was identical to his profile on dating site Plenty of Fish.

Popular Website Bans Sexism - 08/22/14
The online misogyny frequently leveled at women on the internet isn’t a new issue, but the topic has been back at the news lately thanks to Fark, a prominent link aggregation community launched in 1999, that recently announced it will no longer allow misogyny in its online forums. The site will be updating its moderator guidelines accordingly. “If the Internet was a dude, we’d all agree that dude has a serious problem with women,” site founder Drew Curtis wrote in a statement about the change, adding that “this represents enough of a departure from pretty much how every other large internet community operates that I figure an announcement is necessary.”

Brick Township police officer charged with misconduct, online stalking of ex-girlfriend - 08/22/14
A New Jersey police officer has been indicted for allegedly stalking his ex-girlfriend online and gaining access to a law enforcement database without authorization. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said Friday a grand jury charged Justin Delaney with official misconduct and stalking. The 33-year-old Brick resident is free on $30,000 bail and has been suspended without pay from the Brick Township police department.

The Chilling Effect of Misogynistic Trolls - 08/22/14
This is the first column in this new series I've started to focus on issues of sex and gender in the world of science and tech, and it seems as good a time to start as any. Or perhaps I should say it's a bad time to start, because today's topic of discussion is an issue that has long hounded women with even the slightest interest in going near a computer, and which has been fantastically demonstrated by a few recent events: Women aren't welcome on the internet.

Gaming Misogyny Gets Infinite Lives: Zoe Quinn, Virtual Rape, and Sexism - 08/22/14
A lady developer was harassed by her vindictive ex-boyfriend. Some gamers ‘rape’ other avatars in Grand Theft Auto V. Is there no game over to sexism in the industry? The chronic problem of misogyny had another flare-up this week with a disturbing harassment campaign organized against indie game developer Zoe Quinn, the mind behind Depression Quest. It’s a story that demonstrates, yet again, how serious the problem of misogyny in the gaming world is and how any woman in it can find herself targeted by the howling mobs of woman-haters on the Internet, often on the thinnest of pretenses.

The movement to empower women online is strong, but will it work? - 08/22/14
Whether you're of the female persuasion or not, recent news events have made it clear that the struggle for gender equality has a new battlefield: The Internet. There are very few corners of the Web where you won't be confronted with sexist images, misogynistic comments or sexual harassment. As sad as it sounds, this type of behavior has actually become what we expect out of Internet culture.

Up your identity theft IQ - 08/22/14
Your income is laughable. Your car is a POS. Your wallet is near empty, and even your meal plan is in arrears. When you're an average, broke college student, it's easy to believe you have nothing to steal. In a world where most financial transactions happen invisibly, though, even a poor college student has a lot of things of value to a thief, things like a Social Security number, a basic bank account or a stupidly simple password. (1234! Bosco!)

No tolerance for digital harassment - 08/21/14
I hate trolls. Not the kind of fairy tale animals found rumbling underneath cobblestone bridges with some kind of deformity, but the kind of people who have nothing better to do than spam social media and comment sections with racism, bigotry, and just plain senseless hatred. Much like the troll in Three Billy Goats Gruff, online trolls are hungry too. But instead of eating goats, they feed on others people’s emotions and get off on bullying.

How To Keep Internet Trolls And Harassers From Winning - 08/21/14
Watching a month-old video of the lead-up to a shark attack in Los Angeles is like seeing Internet trolls in real life. An unidentified fisherman hooked a seven-foot great white shark off Manhattan Beach in July. It is illegal to fish for Jaws, but the guy lets the shark struggle on the line for more than a half hour, laughing and amused by its thrashing. Then in the distance of the video, you can see long distance swimmers come into frame. The people in the video laugh harder at the impending collision between the agitated shark and the swimmers, losing it when one of the swimmers runs directly into the shark. “He fuckin’ jumped right on top of him,” howls one. “Right on top of him!”

The Primary Way to Report Harassment Online Is Broken - 08/21/14
Death threats, violent misogyny, child pornography, copyright infringement. See any of those four very different things on a social media site and you pretty much have only one technical option: You can hit a button to mark the content as objectionable, ‘flagging’ it for review by the site’s moderators. It’s a feature as simple as it is widespread. Vine, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter all implement the flag to some degree.

Former UA Anchorage employee charged in federal court with sending threats by email - 08/21/14
A former university employee here has been arrested for emails he allegedly sent this month to university officials in Fairbanks threatening violence in retaliation for his termination five years ago. Edward W. DuBois faces a felony criminal count of sending threatening communications in the form of emails to University of Alaska employees in Fairbanks on Aug. 10 and 14, according to a charging document filed in federal court.

Brazilian judge orders Apple and Google to remove Secret from app stores, wipe phones clean - 08/20/14
It’s illegal to send anonymous messages in Brazil, according to a judge's ruling yesterday, that ordered Apple and Google to remove the Secret app from their app stores and when possible, remotely wipe phones clean of the software. Microsoft's version of the same app, Cryptic, must also be taken down. And there’s reason for concern something similar could happen in the United States. If the companies fail to comply, the order from Judge Paulo Cesar de Carvalho of the Fifth Civil Court of Victoria, says they will face fines of 20,000 Brazilian Real, or approximately $9,000 at the current exchange rate, according to an Apple Insider report.

Free Speech Does Not Protect Cyberharassment - 08/20/14
Trolling ­ like the kind of exploitative abuse spewed against Zelda Williams on Twitter after her father’s death last week ­ is often nasty and hurtful. But it is routinely protected expression. Internet users are free to use words and images to get a rise out of others, even at their most vulnerable. In this case, two individuals tweeted photographs of dead bodies to a young woman and wrote that her deceased father would be “ashamed” of her ­ forcing her to quit the service altogether. These acts are offensive, disturbing and mean-spirited, and yet, they are examples of constitutionally protected speech.

Anonymity Online Serves Us All - 08/20/14
While some stalwart free speech defenders oppose any limits on repulsive speech circulated online under the cover of anonymity, a lack of regulation leaves targets of harassment no alternative but to simply toughen up and wait for it to subside. Anonymous expression has been foundational to our political culture since its inception. It is important that, when possible, Internet companies that specialize in content, like social media companies, curb harassment within their platforms. Solutions like pending comment systems can limit nastiness without inhibiting diverse and creative free speech.

Man held for sending lewd messages on Facebook - 08/20/14
The Metropolitan Police Crime Division today arrested a 30-year-old man for sending lewd messages with indecent photos of himself to women thorough a fake Facebook profile. According to the MPCD, Ram Kumar Synagbo, a permanent resident of Jalkanya-2, Sindhuli, but currently living in Lazimpat, was found to be sending obscene messages and photos to women of ‘elite social class to solicit sex from them for money’.

Mich. man accused of posting nude photos of ex to Facebook - 08/20/14
Chad Monroe, a Michigan man, will appear in court on Aug. 26, for allegedly posting to Facebook nude photos of his ex-girlfriend and vowing to torment her until she committed suicide, reports. Monroe, 34, harassed his ex-girlfriend with calls, texts and lewd Facebook messages, even after the woman filed for a protective order on July 22, according to police. Monroe's case is the latest in what one expert last year told Crimesider is a "pervasive" trend of online sexual cyber-bullying.

Against the bullies: How local schools and organizations are addressing cyberbullying. - 08/20/14
Bullying ain’t what it used to be. “For generations, there’s been a culture of meanness, and it changes its face from the playground bully or the one kid on the block,” said Mandy Mundy, director of education and training at Nova Bucks. With school starting in just a few weeks, bullying will be on the minds of school administrators and other professionals across the region. It’s a problem that’s gotten more recognition in recent years, due both to a better understanding of its far-reaching effects and also how much more prevalent the problem has become.

Internet Stalking - 08/19/14
Internet stalking is often referred to as cyberstalking. Cyberstalking is a popular form online harassment. Internet stalkers use various forms of electronics devices to locate, harass and torment their victims. There are laws in place to protect individuals from being harassed, while they are surfing the Internet. These laws are enacted by various states worldwide to include all known forms of internet stalkking, that online stalkers are sure to use. Cyberstalkers are smart, daring and creative. They find inventive ways to reach their victims, and create havoc in their lives. Laws are designed to protect individuals who fall prey to internet stalking.

Monday, August 18, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - August 18, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Online security service starts selling Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin cat-scratch posts
An online security service provider called has launched a campaign to help combat Internet censorship. Dubbed The Pussycat Riot after the Russian punk group, the initiative is selling cat-scratch posts emblazoned with the faces of either North Korean leader Kim Jong Un or Russian President Vladimir Putin. The handcrafted posts sell for $7,500 and each took teams of artists more than 200 hours to finish.

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Unwanted sexting? There’s an app for that - 08/18/14
The Child Exploitation Unit of the Ontario Provincial Police in Canada is taking a novel approach to tackling underage sexting and online harassment. Send This Instead is an app which provides users with a range of snappy retorts to requests or pressure for explicit images. Once installed, a user can select from a range of slogans and images loaded on the app and send them back to unwanted suitors.

Bay City man posts nude photos of ex on Facebook, says lawyer OKed it - 08/18/14
Police are alleging a Bay City man persistently harassed his ex-girlfriend via the Internet, posting nude photos of her on Facebook in an attempt to drive her to suicide. The afternoon of Thursday, July 31, a woman visited the Bay City police station and spoke with an officer regarding her 34-year-old ex, Chad A. Monroe, not leaving her alone. The woman said she had his phone number blocked, but he kept calling and sending her text messages and messages on Facebook, court records show.

Women - keep off the internet - 08/17/14
piece of advice? If you'd like to engage with the world of social media without suffering harassment, abuse or threats of physical or sexual violence then don't out yourself as a . . . what? A racist with a fetish for women's clothes? A Tea Party supporter? A member of the Golden Dawn or the KKK? A Unitarian or a Jew? Nope, none of the above. If you don't want to receive bullying abuse online then don't let anyone know that you're a . . . woman. \

'My name is Robert and I am looking for females to write to': One of Australia's most notorious serial killers posts online ad appealing for women friends - 08/17/14
He is one of Australia's most notorious murderers, torturing and killing 10 people in a bloody spree for which he has never shown remorse. But now Snowtown serial killer Robert Wagner has made an astonishing appeal for 'female friends' to write to him in the cell at Yatala Labour Prison, in South Australia, where he is serving ten life sentences with no chance of parole. 'Hi, my name is Robert and I'm looking for females to write to,' the 42-year-old states on the website 'Feel free to ask me anything and I'll reply as honestly as possible.'

From Scottish aristocrat to Texas jailbird: How the daughter of alcoholic housewife from Alaska lived out Cinderella story by marrying a lord before turning to a life of crime in US as Internet con artist - 08/17/14
The rags-to-riches story of a poor girl from Alaska who became the wife of a Scottish lord has come full circle when Amanda Bruce Grimes landed behind bars in Texas earlier this year. But for the attractive, blonde mother of three who for a time was known in Scotland as Lady Bruce, the April arrest on credit card theft charges was only the latest in a long series of run-ins with the law.

Detective sacked for harassing ex lover... but escapes jail - 08/16/14
A disgraced detective convicted of harassing her policeman ex-lover has avoided jail... but has been sacked by her force. Lucy Worthington, 28, sent a string of text messages, letters and voicemail messages to a fellow officer and his wife after the end of a six-month affair. She was sacked for gross misconduct this week ahead of a sentencing hearing, where she was fined for the offence.

Former UMKC Student Pleads Guilty to Cyberstalking Charges - 08/16/14
A former UMKC student has pleaded guilty to charges that she cyber-stalked her former instructor. Authorities say Kenna Haight, 27, repeatedly sent an instructor threatening emails from October to December 2013. In announcing the plea, the FBI said that among the statements Haight sent her instructor were: “I keep having homicidal fantasies that me keep me up at night around you.” And, "[Y]ou may find yourself tied to your own bed in your own home begging for mercy. Or having your tongue cut out and your spinal cord cut paralyzing you for life so that you can never walk or speak again. Who knows what the universe has in store for you. If someone invades your home and cuts out your tongue…not my fault. Wishful thinking.”

Local man arrested after stalking woman online - 08/15/14
How safe are you online? After a recent arrest for cyber-stalking, it's a question Laredo Police want you to consider. Police tell us Facebook was the social media site used in this case, but there are many other sites and apps where cyber-stalking can happen too. Police say the more you use a site, the greater your chance of becoming a victim.

Rapists in India shame victims with online videos - 08/15/14
For six days, the frail 16-year old high school student did not tell anyone about how she was raped last month by two men in an abandoned home far away from her neighbourhood in New Delhi. "I was afraid. While I was being raped, another man pointed a gun and recorded me with his cellphone camera," the teenager recalled, sitting crouched in her New Delhi home and running her finger over the tiny "Om" tattooed on her hand. "He said he will upload the film on the net if I tell my family or the police."

Florida man charged with stalking local woman - 08/14/14
A Florida man has been charged with stalking a Port Orchard woman. Wesley James Stephenson, 41, of Jacksonville, was charged Aug. 6, in Kitsap County District Court. He was arrested and booked into the Kitsap County Jail on Aug. 11. Bail was set at $100,000. Charging papers stated that the female victim told a Port Orchard police investigator on April 25 that she found a GPS tracking devise attached to her car. She reported that her and her ex-husband had been receiving phone calls from an unknown person who disguised his voice. Both the woman and man, along with their parents, had been receiving calls.

Hudson Woman Charged with Cyberstalking - 08/14/14
26-year-old Amber May-Brandt Marley of Ebberle Way in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (August 13) for cyberstalking and making harassing phone calls. She was also charged with a probation violation and with failure to appear. Marley is on probation as she serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a December 2013 conviction in Lincoln County for felony larceny.

Cop gets probation for cyberstalking ex-wife - 08/14/14!bFzYte
State Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says a Barrington police sergeant has been sentenced to probation and resigned from his job after pleading guilty to cyberstalking his ex-wife and obstructing justice. Joseph Andreozzi, 47, of Pawtucket entered the pleas Wednesday in Providence Superior Court. Judge Susan McGuirl ordered him to undergo domestic violence counseling and have no contact with his ex-wife.

Facebook won't shut down page shaming 'People of the Iowa State Fair' - 08/14/14
Facebook will not be shutting down a page on its site that has ostensibly been set up to shame people who attend the state fair in Iowa. According to the social media site, the "People of the Iowa State Fair" page does not "violate community standards."

How the Law Is Standing Up to Cyberstalking - 08/13/14
Leandra Ramm is a survivor of a crime that has been called “psychological terrorism”. A mezzo-soprano by training, the New Yorker spent most of her 20s trying to escape from the clutches of a cyberstalker thousands of kilometres away in Singapore. Posing as a director of a music festival, Colin Mak Yew Loong first contacted Ramm in the United States in 2005 and promised to help further her music career.

Juvenile arrested in cyber bullying case - 08/13/14
A juvenile has been arrested by the Demopolis Police Department after an investigation that involved Internet harassment. The case involved using false identities on Internet chat sites with the intent to harass and annoy several area youth. The DPD Criminal Investigation Division conducted the investigation.

Ohio Granny Harrassed Over Pics Of Pacifier Duct-Taped To Baby's Mouth - 08/13/14
A grandmother in Ohio wants the public to know she is not a terrible person after facing backlash over photographs of her baby granddaughter with a pacifier duct-taped to her mouth, WBNS-TV reported Wednesday. Jackie Sheaks, of Columbus, said it was just a harmless joke when she placed duct tape around the pacifier in the baby girl's mouth, took the picture and uploaded it to Facebook.

French Quarter shooter was facing cyberstalking, domestic violence charges - 08/12/14
A Crowley man who shot himself to death Sunday at a New Orleans hotel had been arrested in Lafayette and accused of cyber-stalking a former girlfriend and of hitting her during an argument. New Orleans police identified him as Bajkanwar Aulakh, 20, whose trial for one count of cyber-stalking was scheduled to begin Monday at the Lafayette Parish Courthouse.

Several teens additionally charged in Little Falls sexting investigation - 08/12/14
Several teens have been additionally charged when police concluded an in-depth investigation arising from two teens being arrested for "sexting" earlier in the year. According to Detective Sgt. James Briggs, the teens were charged with second-degree distribution of child pornography and fourth degree possession of child pornography, which stemmed from a series of text messages, hacking and "selfies."

Stalkers don’t stop, but arming victims would help - 08/11/14
Taylor Woolrich, a 20-year-old Dartmouth College student, who has been stalked for the past four years, has asked for an exception to the usual firearm licensing and carry prohibition at Dartmouth. She has so far been refused. She’s afraid of 67-year-old Richard Bennett, who lives near her family in San Diego. He has persistently harassed her there in person, and via the Internet since she began college in 2012. She was able to have him arrested for approaching her again at home.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Monday, August 11, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - August 11, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Polish couple posing for selfie in Portugal die after falling off cliff
A Polish couple in Portugal fell off the edge of a cliff while they were posing for a selfie. The couple was visiting the cliffs of Cabo da Roca with their children when they fell to their deaths, the Independent reported. The tragic accident occurred on Saturday, but emergency workers were not able to recover the bodies until Sunday because poor weather conditions impeded their search. A Spanish couple alerted authorities about what had happened after witnessing the fatal fall. The children, ages 5 and 6, are currently being cared for by Polish diplomats. Family members have been alerted and will be traveling to Portugal to deal with situation.

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Cyberbullying has 'hugely disproportionate impact on women and girls - 08/11/14
When Canadian teen Amanda Todd committed suicide after intimate photos of her were circulated online, the media referred to the circumstances as a case of cyberbullying. But according to a Vancouver-based women’s advocacy group, online harassment has a “hugely disproportionate impact on women and girls” and needs to be called what it is: cyber misogyny.

Federal judges slam man in extortion cases - 08/09/14
Judges in two federal cases last week ruled against an Arizona man accused of operating an Internet extortion racket that targets sex offenders across the country. Judges in Arizona and Michigan awarded default judgments to 11 plaintiffs in six states who filed lawsuits against Charles Rodrick, owner of a network of websites that used law-enforcement data to demand payments from people identified as sex offenders.

Cyberbullying: The internet’s dark side - 08/09/14
A 13-year-old girl’s science fair project to combat cyberbullying among teens secured her a spot in Google’s 15 Global Science Fair finalists. Trisha Prabhu, 13, of Illinois, created her project to test the prevalence of online bullying after making them take a minute to think twice about what they are about to post. Her theory was that younger brains are less developed than an adult’s, leading to more impulsive posting on social media.

Authorities search for man wanted on cyberstalking charges - 08/09/14
Authorities are searching for a man who allegedly threatened his family members via email on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7. According to a news release, Emerick Bultman, 48, emailed family members to tell them he intended to kill them.

Meet the Internet’s earliest cat lovers ­ and the trolls who terrorized them -08/08/14
Before there were Internet forums, there were newsgroups on Usenet. Before there were trolls, there were “flamers.” And before all of these things, there were cats ­ because this is the Internet, and the cat is its spirit animal. What many contemporary Internet users forget (and what’s worth remembering on International Cat Day, which, FYI, is today) is that the Web’s earliest cat lovers were also some of its earliest high-profile victims of harassment and trolling. They were also, incidentally, some of its earliest advocates for reform.

Little Falls sexting investigation charges 6 teens, raises legal questions - 08/07/14
A group of a half-dozen teenagers are awaiting family court appearances this summer after police announced the results of a wide-spanning “sexting” investigation, authorities said. Allegedly connected in a tangled web of text messages, hacking, and selfies, six teens from Woodland Park, West Orange, Little Falls and Totowa – all apparently known to one another – were charged with second-degree distribution of child pornography and fourth-degree possession of child pornography, said Sgt. James Briggs, a detective with the Little Falls Police Department.

Taryn Manning’s alleged stalker hints at sexual relationship - 08/06/14
A woman accused of stalking by “Orange Is the New Black” co-star Taryn Manning says she’s the one who was being harassed ­ and insisted she and Taryn were more than just friends. “We had a physical relationship,” Jeanine Heller, 32, told The Post Wednesday, referring to Manning, who had her arrested for allegedly sending hundreds of creepy text and e-mail messages between April and July.

Bus firm owner charged with harassing customers - 08/06/14
The owner of a bus company that shuttles students between college campuses and the Chicago area has been charged in Lake County with Internet harassment stemming from disputes with customers who had complained about his company's services. Dennis Toeppen, 50, was arrested last month in Champaign after a former customer complained to authorities that Toeppen had posted lewd statements about him and another customer to the online forum Reddit.

Twitter Won’t Stop Harassment on Its Platform, So Its Users Are Stepping In - 08/06/14
When CNBC invited Twitter users to ask questions of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo last month, thousands of people chimed in with queries like, “Why is reporting spam easy, but reporting death and rape threats hard?” and “Why are rape threats not a violation of your ToS?” According to CNBC, more than 28 percent of the 8,464 questions submitted to the network concerned harassment and abuse on Twitter.

Pregnant Woman Discovers Husband Is Vile Reddit Troll Who Won't Stop - 08/06/14
A Redditor discovered her husband was viciously trolling people online and refuses to stop. In a post called "I just discovered my husband of six years is a Reddit troll. I'm pregnant," posted to Reddit's r/relationship forum, user whatanasssss posted a troubling story about how she stumbled onto her husband's secret life online.

Two held for 'objectionable' Facebook post on MP - 08/06/14
Andhra Pradesh Police today arrested two persons, including an MBA student, for allegedly creating and posting on a social networking site political cartoons with vulgar comments against YSRCP MP from Araku, K Geetha, police said.

Cleveland, Ohio man wanted on local charges of cyber stalking - 08/05/14
A Cleveland, Ohio man is wanted in relation to allegations of cyber stalking and misdemeanor stalking of a woman, according to Cleveland County court documents. Sean Michael Gribble, 22, of Wilkins Way in Cleveland, has allegedly been following and harassing a woman since the beginning of July.

Liberty Township man charged after sending sexually explicit emails, police say - 08/05/14
A Liberty Township man has been charged with cyber-harassment after he sent sexually explicit emails to a Bergen County resident, authorities said. Brandon B. Kuhl, 30, emailed the victim, a Ridgewood resident, "obscene writings," pornographic images and video files depicting himself masturbating on or about Nov. 23, court records say.

Monday, August 04, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - August 4, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Mom sells daughter's Katy Perry tickets on Facebook to teach her a lesson
A North Dakota mother was so upset with her daughter's poor behavior that she went on Facebook to get rid of her concert tickets. Cindy Bjerke posted her 18-year-old daughter's Katy Perry tickets on the Fargo Moorhead Online Garage Sale Facebook page to teach her a lesson. Bjerke called the girl a "spoiled brat" who "doesn't deserve these tickets." The Perry concert is scheduled for August 23. "I was not going to give her these tickets. I was not going to let her go to the concert with the behavior she's been doing," Bjerke told WDAZ. The tickets were worth $110, but Bjerke undersold them for $90. Some people were critical of Bjerke's very public parenting style, but she is sticking by her decision to use social media as a teaching vessel. "I think a lot of parents are like me and feel they are being bullied over how they should parent their own children," she said.

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St Ives man allegedly stalked American billionaire's daughter Haley Meijer - 08/04/14
AMERICAN billionaire’s daughter Haley Meijer was the alleged victim of a stalking by a St Ives man who was married to her, Truro magistrates heard. James Michael Casbolt, 37, of Windsor Terrace, St Ives, entered no plea to an allegation of stalking her, causing her alarm or distress, sending mass e-mails containing photographs and videos of her to family and friends and posting them on the Internet for public viewing, during October and July.

Naked images are hackers' new ploy - 08/03/14
The email terrified the young mother. "What if I told you I had pics of you?" the anonymous writer asked. "Like a lot. Would you send me more?" "They were pretty x-rated," he added. To prove he wasn't bluffing, the mysterious emailer sent four naked or suggestive photographs of the woman, which had been stored in a laptop computer stolen in a recent burglary of her New Hampshire apartment. He threatened to publish them if she didn't send him more explicit ones.

Stalker in Mitaka murder case sentenced to 22 years - 08/02/14
The Tokyo District Court on Friday sentenced a 22-year-old man to 22 years in prison for fatally stabbing his teenage ex-girlfriend last October in a high-profile stalking case that sparked allegations of incompetence in the Mitaka Police Department.

International cyber bully hit with 181 charges including criminal harassment and identity fraud - 08/02/14
Canadian police has arrested a cyber bully that was subject of an international investigation involving the UK, US and Canada into crimes that date back over 12 years. The Toronto Star reports that an unemployed man from the country’s capital Ottawa has been charged with 181 counts relating to a wide scale cyber bullying and harassment network that covered as many as 38 victims.

Criminals are lying to Google to cover-up their past crimes using 'right to be forgotten' rules, company lawyer reveals - 08/01/14
Criminals are abusing so-called 'right to be forgotten' rules in a bid to cover up their past crimes, it emerged today. A European court ruling has ordered that search engine Google remove links to webpages which people claim are no longer relevant. The move - which has seen the company inundated with nearly 100,000 requests to remove search results - has been widely criticised as unacceptable censorship of the internet.

Stalker bombarded young prostitute with thousands of calls, text messages - 08/01/14
A JEALOUS delivery driver became so infatuated with a young prostitute he sent her hundreds of threatening texts on a gifted phone, then monitored it to harass and make bomb threats that were falsely attributed to her other customers. Theofillus Sugiaman, 41, was jailed for the maximum term of seven years in the District Court in Brisbane today after pleading guilty to an extraordinary period of unlawful stalking in which he made some 10,636 threatening phone calls to a 21-year-old prostitute in just six weeks.

‘Facebook fiend’ walks free after terrorising former fiancée - 08/01/14
n the absence of a proper legal framework to check crimes committed online, nearly all those accused of harassment, cyber attacks or leaking ‘private’ material, manage to escape prosecution. Recently, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) freed a young man – accused of uploading compromising photographs of his former fiancée – on bail because the prosecution did not have sufficient evidence to incriminate him.

Geordie Shore's Holly Hagan calls police after stalking terror - 07/31/14
A source told the Daily Star: "The person was publishing her phone number and her home address online, as well as impersonating her on Snapchat. "It's causing real emotional upset to Holly." According to the newspaper, officers from Cleveland Police are investigating the allegations. Holly, from Newcastle, was 18 when she first found fame in Geordie Shore in 2011. The star and her cast mates are now filming the ninth series of the MTV reality show and their faces are known the world over.

Language school blogger fired after boss confuses homophones with homophobes and accuses him of 'promoting gay agenda' - 07/31/14
A blogger for a school in Utah has lost his job after he wrote a post explaining what a homophone is and his boss accused him of promoting a gay agenda. Until his recent dismissal, Tim Torkildson worked as a social media strategist for the Nomen Global Language Center in Provo, a private language school which aims to help students with their English.

Sheer 'hell' for cyber-stalking victim - 07/31/14
Virtual terror leaves real scars, says one of the string of women a 29-year-old man is accused of cyber-stalking under the alias Scotty Toppers. "I've basically been a victim for three years," said the woman who reported that someone she believes hacked her e-mail impersonated her on Facebook over and over again.

Rochford tattooist arrested on suspicion of online harassment: Conspiracy theorist Chris Spivey claimed Lee Rigby death was a hoax - 07/31/14
A BLOGGER who claimed online that the murder of soldier Lee Rigby had been a hoax has been arrested on suspicion of harassment. Tattoo artist Christopher Spivey, 51, from Rochford, was arrested after police raided his home and took away computer equipment in the early hours yesterday.

Google Faces Thai Criminal Case For Not Shutting Down Blogger - 07/31/14
Google’s founders, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and its entire board have been named as criminal defendants in a case in Thailand. The case arises under that country’s “Computer Crimes Act.” David Hanks and Brian Goudie filed the criminal complaint after Google was non-responsive to requests to remove defamatory material from a blog hosted by the company on its Blogger platform.

NBA player uses social media followers to track down man who allegedly killed his aunt - 07/30/14
California police arrested a man who allegedly murdered the aunt of NBA player Matt Barnes after the Los Angeles Clippers small forward appealed to his social media followers to help track down the suspected killer. The suspect, Michael Williams, allegedly killed Barnes' 48-year-old aunt Tanganyika Hoover by slashing her throat.

FBI Arrests Woman Allegedly Stalking Soundgarden's Chris Cornell - 07/30/14
Late last week, the FBI arrested 32-year-old Jessica Leigh Robbins of Tampa for allegedly harassing Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell online and charged her with stalking. Tampa Bay Times reports that Cornell and his wife believed that Robbins entered their Miami home last year and, more recently, pulled their children out of New York public schools out of fear that the woman would hurt them.

'Purge' incidents sexually exploit local teens - 07/29/14
WINK News has new information about a frightening social media trend that's sexually exploiting children in Collier County. Detectives say teenagers are posting naked pictures of other teens on Instagram. Some of the girls are so distraught, some of them have talked about suicide. "If you don't think your kid is on there doing something think again," said Sgt. Wade Williams with the Collier County Sheriff's Office.

Hillside teen pleads guilty to sending threatening Facebook message - 07/29/14
A 15-year-old Hillside girl, who pleaded guilty to sending a Facebook message in which she threatened to kill a former classmate, will serve a year of probation and perform 15 hours of community service, authorities announced yesterday.