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Monday, October 27, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - October 27, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .'Zombie-proof' cabin being sold online
A British company is marketing the Zombie Fortification Cabin, dubbed the "world's first and only certified zombie-proof cabin." Tiger Log Cabins unveiled the Zombie Fortification Cabin, or ZFC-1, on its website for a starting price of $112,898. Delivery is free, but installation costs an additional $20,963. The cabin comes with a "10-year anti-zombie guarantee" and the website states customers must present "medical evidence of the presence of a real zombie" to collect on the guarantee. The basic cabin package includes barbed wire, reinforced windows, an escape hatch, a storage unit and an upper deck with a 360-degree vantage point for spotting the undead. Buyers can also obtain security cameras, riot protection gear and solar panels for extra fees. "Get yours, before they get you!" the website states.

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Being pimped out online by misogynist harassers will not stop me from speaking out - 10/27/14
Earlier this year, Germaine Greer argued that women now are worse off than ever, citing the proliferation of pornography and the level of harassment and abuse directed toward women on social media as evidence. I tend to agree. For a feminist campaigner like myself, threats of violence and rape have become part of the territory. I am used to being called a bitch, or a slut. I’ve been singled out by men’s rights activist group A Voice For Men after writing a piece on the media’s bias against women.

Police retrain to tackle rise in cyber stalking - 10/26/14
Police officers are being trained to deal with digital stalking and harassment, as the proliferation of apps and spyware makes the personal lives of smartphone and laptop users increasingly vulnerable. For a small fee, stalkers can download software which allows them to track their victim’s movements, read their emails and social media posts, or unlock webcams so they can spy on their personal lives.

Online Harassment Is A Complicated Problem - 10/26/14
Despite how common online harassment is, it is not always easy for law enforcement to effectively do their jobs, explains Elizabeth Dowell, Villanova University nursing professor, who studies online aggression. She reports that “our legal system hasn’t quite caught up with technology.” She also adds that adults are often hesitant to report such incidents because they view it is a “child or teenage problem.”

White buck brings out cyberbullies - 10/25/14
What would make a journalist think it’s OK to suggest that a child ­ or anyone ­ belongs in a death camp? Cyberbullying took a darker turn this past week as journalist Peter Gerstenzang turned both barrels on 11-year-old Gavin Dingman of Howell. In pursuit of free-range organic meat with his crossbow, Gavin happened upon a creature straddling the line between mythicism and reality ­ a rare white buck.

Google worker arrested for cyberstalking - 10/25/14
A Google employee from San Jose is facing federal charges in connection with the alleged cyberstalking of a former college classmate and a threat to reveal naked pictures of her if she didn’t send him more explicit photos and videos. According to documents posted Friday on The Smoking Gun website, Nicholas Rotundo, 23, was arrested Oct. 4 after an investigation by the FBI and the University of Texas at Dallas.

Young adult author shamed for stalking critic after bad review - 10/24/14
Book bloggers have harsh words for young adult author Kathleen Hale this week after Hale published an essay in the Guardian in which she admits to stalking a book blogger who gave her book, "No One Else Can Have You," a low rating. Twitter users have curated the hashtag #HaleNo for conversations against Hale's actions, which included paying for a background check of the blogger, Blythe Harris, and showing up at Harris' house to confront her (Hale left without speaking to Harris).

Marsico laments slow action on child cyber bullying law - 10/24/14
State Rep. Ron Marsico lashed out at state senators for attaching an amendment to a comprehensive child cyber harassment bill, a maneuver Marsico claims stalled final passage of the legislation.

Sexually explicit tweets targeted Elizabeth high school students, official says - 10/24/14
Police are involved in an investigation into sexually explicit and otherwise bullying Twitter posts targeting city high school students, a school official said last night. Donald Goncalves, assistant board secretary for Elizabeth Public Schools, said the district began hearing on Monday from principals and students about anonymous Twitter accounts featuring "some very lewd or improper-type postings" about city students.

Richard and Judy's horror at rape threats to daughter - 10/24/14
Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan have confirmed they have made a formal complaint to the police after online rape threats were made against their daughter Chloe. The family said they have handed over "a substantial amount of evidence" to the police. The 27-year-old was the target of trolls after she defended comments made by Finnigan during a debate around the future of rapist Ched Evans, in which her mother said his crime was "non violent" and did not cause "bodily harm".

Arrest over online harassment of police officer's daughter - 10/23/14
A 20-year-old man was arrested yesterday on a charge of criminal intimidation of a police officer's daughter amid what the force alleges is a spate of online harassment of officers and their families. The man, who was arrested in Wan Chai, was accused of sending a threatening message to the officer's daughter, police said, without describing the message.

Be careful online, privacy doesn't exist - 10/23/14
When you go to the store, they see what you look at. When you check your mail, they see who you are in contact with. Even when you are chatting with your significant other, they watch you make those lovey-dovey faces to one another.

Trolls Make Chrissy Teigen Quit Twitter - 10/23/14
Why Is This Important? Because Twitter trolls need to stop. Long Story Short: Twitter troll attacks have spurred Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen to quit Twitter after she expressed an opinion regarding the shooting at Parliament Hill in Ottawa yesterday.

A Bronx blog battle is brewing over domain names and online threats - 10/22/14
An online dispute rooted in the Bronx has turned into a battle of domains. Blogger Ed Garcia Conde claims he’s being extorted by a fellow borough blogger who registered a .nyc domain using his well-known “welcome2thebronx” handle.

Facebook Real-Name Policy Is Still Targeting the Wrong People in Its Reporting Equation - 10/22/14
Despite posting an apology and claiming that it will “work on internal procedures,” the ripples caused by Facebook’s real-name policy spread wider and wider. More groups are being affected, and the hubbub has chummed the waters, ending in more accounts suspended in what has become a cultural cyber-war. And real-name policy is targeting the WRONG people in this reporting equation. When Facebook started cracking down on its naming policy in September, the social network stated that a single user flagged hundreds of accounts, starting the avalanche. Those accounts primarily belonged to drag queens and members of the LGTBQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community. Facebook apologized, fixed it, and everyone moved on, right? Not quite.

Monday, October 20, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - October 20, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Woman trapped in chimney dated homeowner after meeting online, he says
A woman who was arrested after being trapped inside a chimney had met the Thousand Oaks homeowner online and dated him before he recently broke off the relationship, according to the homeowner. The man told KTLA-TV that he met 30-year-old Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa online and had gone on six dates with her. "She seemed totally cool until the first flag was her actually being on my roof two weeks ago," said the man, who did not want to be identified. Soon after, he said, he broke off the courtship. But she apparently returned to his roof again early Sunday. Ventura County firefighters worked for two hours, removing each brick in the chimney to rescue Nunez-Figueroa after she became trapped inside, fire officials said. Firefighters had to pour dish soap down the flue and spray water to grab her arms and pull her out, authorities said. She was taken to a hospital and later arrested on suspicion of unauthorized entry of a dwelling and of giving false information to a police officer, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. It is unclear why she entered the home, sheriff's officials said. While the homeowner was not there during the ordeal, he later told KTLA he hopes Nunez-Figueroa "gets help" and "stays offline." "Even if she's online, people are probably going to know who she is now, so, 'You're welcome,' " he said.

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Scorned lover manipulates law enforcement to torment ex-fiance - 10/19/14
Joe Good of St. Augustine, Florida thought he had met his Carol Brady when he hooked up with Tawny Blazejowsky, a mother of four. Strangely, only a few years later, and after calling off an engagement, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, ABC 2020 posted a video report of Blazejowsky's criminal conviction for cyber-stalking Good. So what happened, and could it happen to you?

Britain Threatens Internet Trolls With Up To Two Years In Prison - 10/19/14
In Britain, proposals have been made to make internet trolling punishable by up to two years in jail. Internet trolling is an act that seems to have become engrained in cyber culture. Internet trolls are mean and persistent, and if you’re found lacking, they will proceed to ruin your self esteem.
According to the Tribune, Britain’s big announcement to make internet trolling a federal offense comes after the parents of Madeleine McCann, a young girl who went missing while on vacation in May 2007 became victims of cyber bullying.

UCF PD: 1-2 students victims of revenge porn each month - 10/19/14
On Wednesday night, representatives from UCF's Police Department, Victim Services and Student Legal Services hosted a panel discussion about revenge porn in the Student Union. The act of posting sexually explicit photos of others online without their consent is a well-publicized issue, with celebrity cases recently making headlines. Officer Pete Stephens said the issue hits close to home with one or two UCF students reporting the crime each month. However, he said that's not a large number compared to how many students go to UCF.

Parents need wake-up call about dangers to teens online - 10/19/14
A 13-year-old St. Clair County girl sends nude pictures and videos of herself to a man in Florida. A 14-year-old Rochester Hills boy flashes his private parts in front of a webcam for a stranger. A 15-year-old West Bloomfield girl sends nude pics of herself to a presumed teenage boy who turns out to be a 50-year-old man.

The Nasty Online Movement That Has Women Feeling Unsafe in Their Own Homes - 10/17/14
The sometimes blunt misogyny of video games­a fantasy realm where female characters have often been pigeonholed as prostitutes, helpless princesses or pinups­has been creeping into the real world as gamer women who speak up against sexism have become targets of a convoluted and controversial group called #GamerGate. Nasty tweets and messages are the unfortunate norm in some dark corners of the Internet, but this week that harassment escalated dramatically when a deadly mass shooting was threatened if prominent games critic Anita Sarkeesian gave a speech at Utah State University.

An important message to our users regarding online harassment - 10/17/14
In recent weeks, an increasingly fervent debate has raged online about video games. Some of this debate has focused on ethics in game journalism, but some of it has consisted of vicious and abhorrent attacks on individuals and groups within gaming, particularly on those calling for a more open and inclusive games industry. The GameSpot team is made up of a diverse group of passionate gamers who care deeply about the future of this medium. We have had many discussions internally over the last week about what should be said on behalf of the site staff regarding the recent events in the industry, and we felt it was important to release a short statement to make it very clear where we stand.

Florida Man Cyberstalked Teen Girl For Five Years - 10/16/14
A Florida man was arrested after he allegedly cyber - stalked a 13-year-old Michigan girl for five years, using coercion, black mail and shame to get her to send him nude photos, the Lansing State Journal reported on Wednesday. The girl received text messages and emails from strangers virtually nonstop over the five - year period, demanding that she send sexually explicit photos of herself or they would post nude photos they already had of her on pornographic websites.

Man indicted for online harassment of women - 10/16/14
A federal grand jury indicted a 23-year-old Bowling Green, Ohio man for allegedly terrorizing and extortion of women online, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton said. According to the indictment, 23-year-old Stephen Mislich used hacked online accounts to misappropriate sexually oriented photos of women and tried blackmailing these women into giving him sexually explicit pictures and videos of themselves.

The Cyber War on Women: Anita Sarkeesian Cancels Utah Lecture After Shooting Threats - 10/16/14
In a perfect storm of violence against women, gun culture and video gaming culture conspired against Anita Sarkeesian, the Canadian-American feminist, media critic and blogger, and forced a cancellation of her lecture at Utah State University. This is, to me, a religious crisis because it is a struggle for the very existence of women as human beings with God-given dignity and worth, and the right to express themselves without fear of getting shot.

Three men snagged in sex, cyberstalking cases - 10/16/14
Authorities this week said a Michigan man and two from Florida face charges for using computers and other technology to lure or track crime victims ­ including minors. A high school volleyball coach was charged Thursday at 41-B District Court in Clinton Township with child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime.

Teenagers warned over online friends - 10/15/14
More than one in three teenagers have gone on to meet someone they first encountered online, according to a survey. The poll of more than 1,000 UK youngsters aged 15 to 18 found 36 per cent said they had gone on to meet someone they had first interacted with while using social media. A quarter of those surveyed also said they felt happier online than they did in real life.

Are mobile devices broadcasting too much information? - 10/14/14
Nearly everyone has a smart phone. But what some may not realize is the apps and programs on it might be broadcasting tons of information about the user. Mobile users constantly snap photos, post videos, and check in with friends. But are those actions making it easy to become the next target for criminals?

With New ‘Death of Klinghoffer,’ Furor Only Grows - 10/14/14
One protester labeled the baritone a “fascist.” Another called for the set to be “burned to the ground.” Others hinted they would try to disrupt opening night. As the Metropolitan Opera prepares to stage John Adams’s critically acclaimed 1991 opera “The Death of Klinghoffer” on Monday for the first time, it has become enmeshed in a vitriolic debate that often seems to have more to do with the polarizing politics of Israel and the Middle East than the oratoriolike opera its singers have been rehearsing.

Cheltenham's Emily Chew posted intimate pictures of a woman on Facebook over unpaid drug debt, court hears - 10/14/14
Former cannabis dealer Emily Chew posted intimate pictures of a woman on Facebook because she had not paid a drug debt, a court heard. Chew, of Devonshire Avenue in Cheltenham, appeared before Gloucester Crown Court on her 20th birthday and admitted harassment of the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Monday, October 13, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - October 13, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Hawk attacks drone to defend its territory
A man at Magazine Beach Park in Cambridge, Mass., was recently flying his Phantom FC40 quadcopter drone with a camera attached and caught a video of a hawk attacking the drone. Christopher Schmidt, who was operating the drone, reports the quadcopter and the hawk both came out of the situation just fine. Aside from birds, bees have also been known to attack these quadcopters. Birds can be killed by quadcopters, so operators have to be careful how close they fly to them.

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Death Threats Against Brianna Wu Show That Gaming Has a Long Way To Go - 10/13/14
Sad to say, this is a familiar story: yet another woman working within the video game industry has been targeted by frightening online harassment and threats, and was chased from her home Friday night. It’s all depressing as hell, and it highlights an increasingly unavoidable reality ­ the death threats against Brianna Wu show gaming’s problem with sexist abuse, and the intensity of some gamers’ hostility towards women within their cherished space.

The scourge of Internet trolls - 10/13/14
The death of a British woman accused of a vicious campaign of online abuse against the parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann has ignited debate over the growing scourge of Internet “trolls”. Brenda Leyland was found dead in a hotel room earlier this month after being confronted by Sky News over her alleged trolling of Kate and Gerry McCann, whose three-year-old daughter went missing in Portugal in 2007.

Using Effective Communication to Decrease Drama and Bullying - 10/13/14
For the month of October, we are posting tips, resources, and interviews to support the National Bullying Prevention Month. The work we do is more than anti-bullying; we address the behaviors that often lead to bullying. Our biggest goal this month is to teach adults about the difference between bullying and drama. Over the past few years, it seems that everything is being labeled as bullying.

Father-of-two Stephen Grott charged with stalking netballer Romelda Aiken - 10/12/14
A TOOWOOMBA father has been charged with stalking netballer Romelda Aiken using the stolen identity of a Melbourne pool cleaner. Stephen John Grott, a 46-year-old businessman with two daughters, is accused of posing as a young physiotherapist named “Jayke Williams” to convince the netball star to send him naked photographs of herself.

Arlington-based game developer flees home following threats - 10/12/14
An Arlington-based video game developer fled her home this weekend following threats on Twitter. Brianna Wu, head of development at video game company Giant Spacekat, became the target of death threats on Twitter on Friday, which prompted a call to Arlington police.

‘I just felt violated': B.C. woman speaks out after nude photos posted online - 10/10/14
A Richmond, B.C., woman is calling for tougher laws to protect women against cyber bullying after she says a bitter ex-boyfriend posted nude photos of her online. Anisa Salmi, 27, said a friend texted her a month ago asking if she knew intimate images of her were featured on The Dirty, a notorious U.S. gossip website where people can post anonymously about others.

The unsafety net: How social media turned against women - 10/10/14
In December 2012, an Icelandic woman named Thorlaug Agustsdottir discovered a Facebook group called “Men are better than women.” One image she found there, Thorlaug wrote to us this summer in an email, “was of a young woman naked chained to pipes or an oven in what looked like a concrete basement, all bruised and bloody. She looked with a horrible broken look at whoever was taking the pic of her curled up naked.” Thorlaug wrote an outraged post about it on her own Facebook page.

Widener University student arrested after making threats on social media site Yik Yak - 10/10/14
A 20-year-old Widener University student from New Jersey has been charged in connection with threats he allegedly made Tuesday morning to shoot his classmates on campus. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said the threats were posted anonymously on the social media website Yik Yak at about 10:30 a.m. Within about 90 minutes of the posting, Whelan said, city and county investigators had traced the Internet protocol address of the man’s smartphone, found him in class and arrested him.

Student expelled for allegedly stalking younger students at Brisbane school on Facebook - 10/10/14
A STUDENT from a Brisbane high school has been expelled and charged by police after allegedly using social media to stalk three younger students, proposition them for sex and distribute indecent images of one of them. The boy, 17, who cannot be named, was a student at the southside school when he allegedly committed the offences.

Social media monitoring in the workplace: When is it discriminatory? - 10/09/14
Due to the ever-growing popularity of Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, social media has influenced our everyday vernacular, personal relationships (or lack thereof), and even hiring practices. Statistically speaking, every 2 in 5 employers admit to using social media to screen potential hires, while 65 percent of those surveyed claimed that evaluating candidate’s professionalism in terms of social conduct was the most important reason for social media screening.

You're not using Twitter's best feature enough: block people - 10/09/14
Social media is best experienced when maintained like a bonsai tree. You must know which branches to let grow in your digital life, and which to cut. Over the past three months, I've become a master of Twitter's most bonsai feature, the block button. The function of the block button isn't as simple or blunt as blocking someone from your digital life.

Court: Jail sentence over internet sex picture - 10/09/14
A Whittlesey man who published explicit pictures of a woman on the internet after she had borrowed cash from him has been jailed. Ismail Hamad put up pictures of the woman ‘performing a sex act’ on Facebook ‘to humiliate and shame her’ Peterborough Crown Court heard. On Tuesday, 7 October, Hamad (34) of West End, Whittlesey, was locked up for 18 weeks by Recorder Hurst after he had pleaded guilty to one count of stalking at a previous hearing.

Stalkers: The "terrorists" among us - 10/09/14
They are psychological terrorists. Ask anyone who has been a victim. They terrorize with words. They paralyze victims with menacing behavior. They harm and sometimes murder. The mental and emotional anguish they instill is immeasurable. The damage can be enduring, causing victims to live in abject fear and trepidation. Some become withdrawn and reclusive, suffering acute anxiety, depression and the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Cape teen getting racy pictures after Snapchat name is leaked - 10/09/14
A southwest Florida teen is concerned that her rep may be trashed after her name is associated with racy pictures sent from a social media app. She's been getting inappropriate photos ever since. For the Todd family, the last 24 hours have been hell. "Some guys have sent me videos of them touching themselves," said Victoria Todd, 17, of Cape Coral. I've received just pictures of their male genitalia."

Yik Yak should be fun, but it needs work - 10/08/14
I’m an absolute sucker for ridiculous, trendy apps, no matter how disputable their usefulness may be. There’s something fascinating about this nightmarish cyber future we’ve built for ourselves, and I guess I like watching the world burn enough that Yik Yak appeals to me on some level.

The Dangers Of Digital Stalking - 10/08/14
When technology allows people to control and intimidate others, or even harass them, it can be devastating. That’s why experts are warning about a growing form of domestic violence called “digital stalking.” Mental health professionals say it’s such a new problem that some people could be in a digitally abusive relationship and not even realize it.

3 Reasons Why Social Media Age Restrictions Matter - 10/08/14
Every October, schools and organizations across the country observe National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal is to put an end to bullying and cyberbullying tragedies like the one that contributed to the suicide of a Florida girl last year.

Taryn Manning’s Cyber Stalker Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor Charge, ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Star Refutes Claim That The Charges Were Dismissed - 10/08/14
The woman accused of stalking actress Taryn Manning has plead guilty to misdemeanor criminal contempt in the second degree after violating a protection order last month. Janine Heller, a former friend of Manning, was arrested on Sept. 2 when she called and e-mailed the actress, violating a protection order instated when she previously stalked and harassed the "Orange is the New Black" star.

Social Media And Privacy: A Never-Ending Concern - 10/07/14
With incessant improvements and advancements in technology, social media has surpassed all expectations. The advent of World Wide Web has led to widespread information sharing through social networking platforms including Facebook Inc. (FB), LinkedIn Inc. (LNKD), Twitter Inc. (TWTR) and Google Inc.’s (GOOGL) Google+, among many others.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Social Network Show welcomes Jayne Hitchcock to the October 10, 2014 episode.

The Social Network Show welcomes Jayne Hitchcock to the October 10, 2014 episode.

Monday, October 06, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - October 6, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Suspected drunken driver was trying to order pizza
Louisville police said a woman arrested for drunken driving was trying to order pizza from a website while behind the wheel. Police said Rosanna Heinrichs, 27, was pulled over just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday when officers noticed her swerving in and out of her lane. Heinrichs, who police said smelled strongly of alcohol and admitted to drinking beer and half a bottle of wine before getting behind the wheel, had the Domino's Pizza website open on her phone's browser when she was pulled over. Police said Heinrichs admitted to trying to use the website to order pizza while she was driving. Heinrichs was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and a communications device violation for her attempted pizza order.

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The Age of Anonymous - 10/06/14
The far reaching abilities of the internet have opened many doors for all of us, but they have also exposed us to a new racist, classist, homophobic, and (especially) misogynistic rhetoric that endangers the progressive ideals we’ve spent decades working towards. Now, don’t get me wrong; I think the internet has been a great tool for spreading equality, and it has certainly been an excellent platform for women and other underrepresented groups around the world to make their voices heard. But increasingly, those who share their opinions and beliefs about injustice online are often met with a series of comments meant to shame them for speaking up.

Leicester police warn of increase in revenge porn cases - 10/06/14
A growing number of young people are sending naked pictures of themselves to their partners – leaving themselves open to humiliation when the relationship breaks down, police have warned. Leicestershire Police has reported it is investigating a growing number of cases of ‘revenge pornography’ – in which people maliciously post intimate pictures of their ex-partners online for the world to see.

Social media and the workplace: a legal minefield - 10/05/14
Less than a year ago, the Oxford English Dictionary, named ‘selfie’ as the winning Word of the Year 2013, with a 17,000 per cent increase in recorded usage over that year. Shorthand for ‘self-portrait photograph’, the word refers to self-portraits snapped with mobile devices and uploaded instantly to one’s social media network of choice. In just over a decade, social media portals have taken the world by storm, transforming and simplifying the way in which we interact with each other. Such a sudden change in the way we communicate has had drastic effects on many aspects of our daily lives, with the workplace being no exception.

Internet troll who targeted McCanns found dead in hotel room days after fleeing home when she was revealed to be behind online campaign of vitriol - 10/05/14
A church-going mother who was accused of trolling Madeleine McCann’s parents has been found dead in a hotel room. Brenda Leyland, 63, was found dead at a Marriott hotel on Saturday around 15 miles from her immaculately kept village home. Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious.

James McCabe, charged with cyber stalking Sophie Monk, allegedly breached bail conditions and contacted her on social media - 10/04/14
JAMES McCabe, charged with cyber stalking Sophie Monk, allegedly breached his bail last week by contacting Monk via social media and asking the 2DAYFM star to call him. It’s claimed the breach occurred within 24 hours of McCabe’s scheduled reappearance in a Tasmanian court on September 25.

Halifax police react to The Coast's cyberstalking story - 10/03/14
Halifax Regional Police say they have made mistakes in dealing with allegations of cyberstalking. The admission follows an investigative story written by Hilary Beaumont of the Halifax weekly paper, The Coast. HRP Deputy Chief Bill Moore says the investigations were not up to snuff. "I guess the best thing I can say is that it's probably not our best effort. I don't think there was anything in there that an officer purposefully did but there were certainly areas that caused us some concern," he tells CBC's Information Morning.

Gamergate complaints cause Intel to buckle to pressure - 10/03/14
The so-called “Gamergate” scandal has claimed yet another victim, this one being Intel: the hardware giant has pulled its advertising from news website Gamasutra after being pressured by Internet users. In statements released after Intel had pulled the ads, the chip maker said that customer feedback is taken very seriously by the company. When it comes to ad placements and relevant content, Intel is even more careful, the company said.

CYBER STALKER TO VICTIM: “You’re the reason that mass shootings happen. I blame you.” - 10/03/14
For a victim of Cyber Stalking one of the most frightening elements of the crime is not knowing when the perpetrator might move from the non-violent phase into a very violent phase as part of a transition from angry acts in the virtual world to angry action in the real world. Because the crime of Cyber Stalking is relatively new, neither mental health specialists nor law enforcement experts have a clear handle on all of the triggers that move an Internet/email/phone based stalker from months or years of non violence toward a victim or victims, to horrendous violence against a victim sometimes leading to the victim's death.

Convicted cyberstalker: UCF coed was never in danger - 10/02/14
One of Central Florida’s first convicted cyber stalkers says he has proof his victim was never in danger. Macchione, convicted in 2012, says his YouTube rants, texts and Facebook messages to UCF coed Kristen Pratt were never made face-to-face.

KIRO 7 report leads to nationwide cyberstalking investigation - 10/02/14
On Thursday, new Seattle Police Department documents were filed in King County Superior Court that reveal, because the KIRO 7 report in late 2013 identified the suspect by name, a Philadelphia detective investigating the same man contacted the SPD to compare evidence. KIRO 7 Reporter Alison Grande was the first to report on a Seattle woman’s struggle with a cyberstalker last October.

The High-Tech Ways Debt Collectors Get You to Pay Up - 10/02/14
It sounds like science fiction. A lender sitting in an office who wants a payment clicks a button on a screen, and suddenly, the borrower’s car is disabled on the side of the road. “Pay now or you’ll never drive again,” is the clear message. It’s not a movie script. Car “ignition interrupt devices” are just the latest high-tech tool that debt collectors have deployed in their information war against borrowers.

Cell Phones Have Made Stalking Easier, Scarier - 10/01/14
Some 6.6 million people are stalked in this country each year, and that number has doubled in the last three years. Experts say something many of us own has contributed to the increase, and they are making stalking easier: cell phones. Our calls, texts, emails and apps can all be accessed if a stalker has your phone for five minutes. It’s something that happened to an Anoka County woman.

Technology Used As Weapon In Domestic Abuse Cases - 10/01/14
It is a sinister twist in cases of domestic abuse. Stalkers are distorting the intent of technology to follow their victims 24/7, often without the victim having any idea it’s happening. There can be threatening text messages around the clock. Bogus social media pages and endless phone calls as well.

How Publishing’s Biggest Troll Kept Harassing Women For So Long - 10/01/14
There’s a strange, magical little corner of Twitter and the rest of the Internet you may not have heard of unless you’re an author or an enthusiastic reader: the world of book bloggers. It’s where people get together for Twitter parties, hold cover reveals on their favorite blogs, and connect with readers on Tumblr. It’s also where some of most vicious, bizarre, and chilling wars of the Internet take place, all beneath a facade of politeness because everyone is too terrified to say anything for fear of jeopardizing their position in the publishing industry or their role in the book blogger hierarchy.

Change to Florida cyber threat law allows victims to fight back - 10/01/14
Did you catch the CBS premiere of the show "Stalker"? As a CBS12 investigation found, the crime of stalking happens more frequently than many people realize. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, this crime affects more than 6 million people a year. One in 6 women and 1 in 9 men has experienced what the DOJ calls “serious stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime.” That is why, out of the 32 news laws passed by the 2014 Florida legislative session going into effect October 1st, one of those brings the crime of stalking into the Internet age.

Art Dealer Gets Prison Time for Cyberstalking - 10/01/14
An art dealer in Temecula, Calif., was handed a five-year sentence in federal prison for cyberstalking and threatening a Beverly Hills art dealer and artists. Jason White, 43, pleaded guilty in March to two federal counts of stalking and demanding $300,000 from his former employer. He sent dozens of emails and text messages to dealer Robert Bane, and made threats against the families of artists whom he worked with while at Bane's gallery.

Surrey 'revenge porn' victim speaks of six-month ordeal - 09/30/14
A woman whose ex-boyfriend posted explicit images of her online has spoken of her six-month campaign to have the pictures taken down. Emma, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, said she blamed herself after discovering the "revenge porn" on the man's blog. The 21-year-old, from Surrey, said she tried to reason with her ex, but he began posting new images.

Animal activist charged with cyberstalking, trespassing - 09/30/14
A woman accused by area horse activists of maltreating and starving her horses has struck back by filing charges of cyberstalking and trespassing against one of them. Judi Nichols, 2645 N.C. 43, who recently agreed to surrender eight horses to county animal control, filed charges of cyberstalking and second-degree trespass against Candy Rozo, 42, of 640 Butler Ford Road, Vanceboro. Rozo was presented with the cyberstalking charge on Sunday and the second charge Tuesday morning during her preliminary hearing in District Court.

Sophia Bush Reveals Terrifying Online Stalking and Rape Threats - 09/30/14
Actress Sophia Bush has revealed she’s the victim of a vicious Internet stalker. Not only has the stalker targeted the 32-year-old, but the person also went after her fans by posing as Sophia and sending hurtful and violent messages. Monday night the Chicago PD star exposed the disturbing situation by writing on Instagram,”For the past few months I have been harassed to the point of sheer horror by an online stalker. This person has taken to harassing and bullying many of my followers as well.”

Making Rape Threats on Twitter Lands London Man in Jail - 09/30/14
Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London made a landmark decision to jail a Twitter user for making violent and abusive rape threats against Stella Creasy, Labor MP for Walthamstow. The crime is outlined in section 127 of the U.K.’s Communications Act, which prohibits digital messages found to be “grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character.”

Confronting My Cyberbully, 13 Years Later - 09/30/14
When I was thirteen, I had a falling-out with my best friend, after which she tortured me over the Internet for the next three years. We were so close that she knew the answer to my security question, so it didn't matter if I changed my password. Over the course of three years she would periodically go in and delete all of my emails, leaving only cruel notes for me, from my own account, as the sole messages in my inbox.