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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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

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.


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