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Monday, November 17, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - November 17, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Flyer charged $1,200 for airplane access to email
A Toronto man got the shock of his life when he received the bill for reading his emails this week during a trip on Singapore Airlines: $1,200. "I had an otherwise enjoyable flight," ruined by the "sticker shock of being gouged $1200," blogged Jeremy Gutsche, founder of online trend site Trendhunter. The bill, which came up on Gutsche's cell phone at the end of the flight, covered 155 page views, mostly of emails, he noted. He signed up for a $30 WiFi package. But that was llittle more than the access fee. The rest was an "overage charge" for downloading 30 megabytes of material. At one point Gutsche uploaded a 4 megabyte Power Point doc, which he estimated cost him $100. The email warning his staffers that the upload was taking some time probably cost him $10, he thinks. "I can think of a lot of other things I'd rather spend $1200 on, like a flight... to Singapore!" he quipped. "Alas, I've already done that and the flight ended up costing way more than expected." The airline hasn't yet responded to his complaints.

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Is social media bad for your mental health? - 11/17/14
The internet and social media have mushroomed since the first email was delivered more than 40 years ago. Nowadays, in our technology-driven world, using the internet for instant communication is an integral part of modern life.

Don't leave compromising holiday snaps on Facebook, teachers warned in cyberbullying crackdown - 11/15/14
Teachers will be warned not to leave compromising photographs of themselves enjoying beach holidays or attending parties on Facebook, under guidance designed to curb a rising tide of online abuse by pupils and their parents. Teachers will be told they must not befriend pupils online, and ensure that their mobile phones are password -protected to prevent private pictures being intercepted, under advice drawn up by Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary.

The real reason Facebook causes one-third of divorces - 11/14/14
33% of divorced couples cite Facebook as a reason for their split. Ah, Facebook. The social networking site that’s fast becoming not just a thorn in our backsides, but the bane of our existences. If Facebook isn’t selling your private information to companies these days, then it’s breaking up happy marriages.

Montreal university investigates cyber harassment complaint filed by professor - 11/13/14
A wave of vandalism targeting three professors and the Université de Québec à Montreal’s sexual harassment policy has sparked a formal investigation that will focus on a student group. The university told a student association Thursday that it will be looking into a complaint of cyber harassment after it republished pictures on its Facebook page showing an apparent campaign to denounce the professors. The doors to the offices of two sociology professors and a geography professor were covered in black-and-white stickers that referred to Policy 16, the university’s internal rules concerning sexual harassment.

Sexual Harassment and Social Media: a double-edged sword - 11/13/14
In the space of less than a week, the combined voice of the Internet’s masses – status updated, tweeted or hash tagged – has twice struck a blow against public perpetrators of sexual assault and harassment. First, self-professed, American ‘pick-up artist’ Julien Blanc had his visa revoked by Australia’s immigration ministry, after a social media storm. Mere days later, comedian Daniel O’Reilly, known better as his character ‘Dapper Laughs’, had the second series of his ITV show cancelled, and told Newsnight that the character was “gone” after online public outcry about his ‘sexist’ rape jokes

Twitter threats to Marc Trestman's family are appalling - 11/13/14
Tracked down by the media after tweeting a series of death threats toward New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez two years ago, a 25-year-old Jets fan was surprised his posts were taken seriously. "People get threatened every day on Twitter," he told New Jersey's Star-Ledger in December 2012. "Because it's Mark Sanchez, it doesn't make it [any different]. If I'm in trouble, everyone should be in trouble ... I apologize, it was wrong my remarks, but they're just tweets."

Suspected cyberstalker arrested in woods near home - 11/13/14
A man already on probation for an aggravated stalking conviction was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of cyberstalking after police officers found him in the woods.

Cyber stalker posts morphed pics of girl and mother on FB
When Hiral (name changed), 22, opened her Facebook profile earlier this month, she was shocked. A youth had tagged her name in a photograph that showed her skimpily clad. When she ignored the post and refused to bow down to the youth's incessant request for her phone number, three days later she was tagged again and this time the victim was her mother.

What the Law Can (and Can't) Do About Online Harassment - 11/12/14
It was late summer when we met, on a patio jutting out onto the Pacific. The night was still warm as I sipped my Gewürztraminer and asked him about his exciting career. His articulate responses drew me in, and I breathed back nerves and adrenaline with the ocean air as we continued this perfect first date.

Man under arrest for cyber stalking ex-girlfriend - 11/12/14
A woman is living in fear after her ex-boyfriend allegedly hired a hit man to kill her. The victim says 50-year-old John Reilly also stalked her online. Reilly's arrest report shows the alleged terrorizing has been going on for more than a year.

Cyberstalking: What to know, how to avoid it - 11/11/14
Computers, tablets, smart phones. They have programs and apps that help us live better, richer lives, but some people use them to inflict pain. "If people want to perpetuate violence they will do that, and they will use whatever tools necessary to do that," said Mary Foley, Executive Director of Paducah's Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center. She says stalking is a tool used within the realms of domestic violence. "To intimidate, to change behavior, to control, to isolate," said Foley. High-tech tools at a person's disposal can lead to dangerous behavior.

Jilted girlfriend threatened 2nd SPU attack - 11/11/14
A Burlington woman threatened a second mass shooting at Seattle Pacific University after a student there refused to rekindle a relationship with her, King County prosecutors say. Now charged with cyberstalking, Samantha Otis is alleged to have threatened “a repeat” of the June 5 shooting at SPU in an Oct. 31 message to her ex-boyfriend.

Monday, November 10, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - November 10, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Nursing student dies taking selfie on bridge
It was a bridge too far for Polish nursing student Sylwia Rajchel, 23, who suffered fatal injuries when she fell from Spain's Puente de Triana span in Seville as she attempted to take a selfie while vacationing there. Rajchel tumbled 15 feet to the bridge's concrete footing. Medics managed to revive her at the scene after she went into cardiac arrest, but she died soon after arriving at a local hospital. A town official called the fall "tragic" and said investigators are considering ways to improve the safety of the 19th century bridge, one of the most photographed sites in Europe. Rajchel had taught herself Spanish and hoped to live in the country once she had earned her degree, said her mom. "Going to Spain was a dream come true for my daughter," she added. Officials in Spain last grappled with unsafe selfies when participants in the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona stopped to pose for photos with the charging beasts. The region passed a law before the event cracking down on reckless selfies, calling for fines up to $2,050 for anyone who endangers people's lives by filming or taking photos. Selfie-obsessed Tour de France fans were also criticized last summer for turning their backs on racers to pose for photos, creating a serious hazard for the athletes. One cyclist called it a "dangerous mix of vanity and stupidity."

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Netballer's accused stalker faces another charge - 11/10/14
A TOOWOOMBA man accused of stalking a Queensland Firebirds netball player has had another charge laid against him. Stephen John Grott, 46, was not in Toowoomba Magistrates Court this morning when his matters were mentioned. His solicitor Rebecca O'Toole (Shine Lawyers) told the court a further charge was to be laid against her client and she had instructed him to go to the police station for that to be done. Grott is accused of using the identity of a Melbourne man to entice Queensland Firebirds goal shooter Romelda Aiken to send him nude photographs.

Cybercrime Gang Targets Execs Using Hotel Internet - 11/10/14
Executives traveling across Asia have been targeted by cybercriminals through hotel Internet networks in an ongoing and sophisticated attack, a Russian cybersecurity company said Monday. Thousands of people have been affected by the attacks, which likely start out being targeted at a specific individual and occur when the traveler connects to the hotel wireless or cable Internet, according to Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab. About two-thirds of the attacks occurred in Japan, followed by some in Taiwan, China and other countries, the report said.

No free pizza, just free malware with email scam - 11/09/14
The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers about a scam email that promises free pizza, but really infects your computer with malware. The FTC says that the email looks like it’s from Pizza Hut offering a coupon for free pizza, but clicking on the coupon will just install malware on your computer

Twitter offering new method for women to report harassment - 11/09/14
Twitter announced a partnership with nonprofit advocacy group Women, Action, and the Media (WAM!) last week, which changed Twitter’s policy on online harassment towards women. Jaclyn Friedman, Executive Director of WAM!, spoke on behalf of the organization, saying it was “thrilled to be working with Twitter” to make the platform a safer place for women.

Tackling kids and cybercrime - 11/09/14
There is a need for parental mediation as more young people resort to the Internet for gaming and social networking. WITH children using digital media at an even younger age, media-education becomes a pressing issue for parents. Parents seem to be always worried as they see their children glued to the digital world. These youngsters are typical digital citizens! They seem to get upset and worked up if they aren’t connected to the Internet!

“Pirate@40 Arrested for Bitcoin Ponzi Scam - 11/07/14
Trendon Shavers, aka “Pirate@40,” was arrested this morning on securities fraud and wire fraud charges stemming from his involvement in a Bitcoin-related Ponzi scheme. A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation where the operator pays returns to its investors from new capital paid by new investors, rather than from profit earned.

Muskoka residents charged in money laundering fraud scam - 11/07/14
Three Muskoka residents have been charged in a worldwide Internet scam that has defrauded people of approximately $150,000 over the last two years.

Bad boyfriends called out on Instagram - 11/07/14
"I haven’t gotten any yet, and I think I’m just going to deal with it as it comes, but I kind of let them just dig their own grave,” says 27 year-old Alexandra Tweten of possible retaliation from the men she shames on her Instagram account @ByeFelipe. Tweten started her account a month ago and already has more than 200,000 followers and has appeared on Good Morning America.

4chan user posts photos of murder and surrenders to police as alleged killer - 11/06/14
What happens on the Internet stays on the Internet may have once been the rule of thumb, but lately, virtual crime is becoming actual crime, at least in the case of one 4chan user who posted photos of a murdered woman on the site and then later surrendered himself to police as the alleged killer.

KSU student uses stalking ordeal to inspire others - 11/05/14
Allyssa Griffiths was once a victim of cyber bullying and catfishing and is now filling up auditoriums at Kent State University, helping others make sure this doesn't happen to them and letting them know that she's taking control of her online identity. "Because it wasn't my name, and she wasn't threatening my life I couldn't take any legal action," said Griffiths.

Haterz Gonna Hate? - 11/05/14
Like a surprisingly large proportion of Americans, I have a cyberstalker, whom I shall call S. “You know I hate you more than Aphrodite hates Helen,” S announced in his most recent e-mail. “If anyone hates you, it’s me.” A gifted, disturbed and drug-abusing former student, S slipped into paranoia almost three years ago, one fall night in 2011­I remember the shock of receiving about twenty obscene messages in a single hour.

Monday, November 03, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - November 3, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Phones used more as alarm clocks than to make calls
A British survey suggests making calls is the sixth most common use for a cellphone, behind browsing the Internet and using the alarm clock function. The makers of taxi-summoning app Hailo said their survey of 2,000 Britons indicates making phone calls is the sixth most common use of a cellphone, with first being sending text messages and second being receiving texts. Reading personal emails was third on the list, followed by surfing the Internet and using the alarm clock function. Following making phone calls at No. 6 were sending personal emails, checking the time, using the calculator and checking Facebook. "The functions on a smartphone have developed and improved drastically over the past decade," said Tom Barr, chief executive officer of Hailo. "With so many ways to keep in touch nowadays, people in the U.K. are using the functions that are convenient for them. As we get less and less time to ourselves, we need more convenience in our lives and less hassle. While calling can be more personal, it doesn't always save you time."

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CNN Guest Says Women Wouldn’t Care About Harassment if Catcallers Were Handsome - 11/03/14
It’s been a conversation that has saturated the Internet for the last several days. Everyone has shared his or her views on street harassment and catcalling women in response to a video that captured a woman walking around the streets of New York City and enduring catcalls for 10 hours. Yes, the video had it flaws. Particularly the one that involved the filmmaker removing the white men from the video, and only depicting his girlfriend being catcalled by men representative of minority groups. But it still made people talk about the issue women go through on a daily basis on so many streets in the United States.

Beware scope of ‘revenge porn’ laws - 11/02/14
Bad behavior can inspire bad laws. The ugly practice of retaliating against an old girlfriend or ex-wife by posting nude or sexual images of her ­ known as “revenge porn” ­ has led to 13 states enacting laws, and the momentum is building. It’s an understandable response. These vicious postings victimize women by humiliating them online. There ought to be a law, the reasoning goes.

The Vicious Attacks on Children of Same-sex Couples - 11/01/14
As the child of a same-sex couple, she’s different. And being different has caused her to be targeted for destruction, threatened and abused, libeled and lied about. She writes under the pseudonym Rivka Edelman, and you will soon see why she’s afraid to use her real name. Oh, she is being targeted for speaking out against same-sex parenting.

Cyberstalker pleads guilty - 11/01/14
For the past 13 years, Robert James Campbell has been terrorizing 38 victims around the world in an online campaign of harassment and hatred, shredding their reputations in what police called a cowardly revenge plot. Campbell, 42, finally took responsibility on Friday and pleaded guilty to 65 charges of stalking, identity theft and defamatory libel. He will remain in custody, awaiting a sentencing date.

Albino buck controversy: Death threats to child, 11, rally Michigan hunters to boy's defense - 10/31/14
Michigan hunters are lining up behind an 11-year-old boy who shot and killed an albino whitetail buck - a kill that has attracted national attention - after he has been subjected to death threats and other insults.

Cyberbully admits to years of vile harassment - 10/31/14
He called them Nazis, child molesters, sex freaks and potheads. Strippers, racists, fatsos and and incest lovers. There seemed to be no insult too vile for Robert Campbell to hurl as he waged years-long campaigns of harassment against roughly 40 people while cowering behind the anonymity of the Internet.

Pennsylvania man indicted on invasion of privacy, computer charges - 10/31/14
A 37-year-old Pennsylvania man faces computer theft, harassment and invasion of privacy charges after allegedly emailing threatening messages to a woman with attached "intimate photos" of her.

UT-Dallas alum indicted in breast study scam - 10/31/14
A University of Texas at Dallas alum is accused of running a breast study scam and threatening to publish a former classmate’s topless pictures if she didn’t send him more explicit photographs. Nicholas Joseph Rotundo, 23, was charged with two counts of cyberstalking and one count of intrusion, according to an indictment filed Oct. 6 in the U.S. District Court’s eastern Texas division.

The Biggest Threat to Women on the Internet Isn't Creeps ­ It's Police Incompetence - 10/30/14
What could possibly make revenge porn worse than it already is? Try the lack of interest from the very authorities that exist to protect us from it. Following the celebrity nude leaks in August and Jennifer Lawrence's no-shame response, the public is finally starting to see revenge porn for the violation it is: A dangerous form of harassment and a sexual violation. Law enforcement agencies, on the other hand, are woefully unprepared to actually investigate this modern sex crime.

GamerGate anger at women all too real for gamemaker - 10/30/14
Brianna Wu, a software engineer so absorbed in her work that she considers eating a waste of time, did not want to be a cultural figure. “I got into video games,” she said recently, “to make video games.”

Is This the Troll-Proof Social Network of Women’s Dreams - 10/30/14
Sometimes the internet feels cleanly divided into two parts. There’s the anonymous internet, filled with infinitely replicating 15-year-old boys eager to test boundaries with violent rape jokes ­ think Gamergate, 4chan, Reddit. Then there’s the not-anonymous internet, which contains your mom, your boss, your ex-boyfriend, your next boyfriend ­ where you worry about your Google results, and self-censor accordingly.

In defense of publicly shaming online harassment - 10/30/14
I used to think that I would never advocate for public shaming in any context, but like it has before, my opinion has shifted to allow for a little more nuance. In your time on the Internet you may have stumbled across one of the many blogs dedicated to screenshots of creepy people on dating sites, with such names like Creepy White Guys, Straight White Boys Texting or Bye Felipe.

Bound Brook man charged with ‘sextortion’ - 10/30/14
A Hamilton Street man has been charged with “sextortion” and possession of child pornography after a 15-year-old Illinois girl told authorities that she was being extorted by someone on Internet to create and send of video of herself performing a sexual act.

Click it or ticket: Trooper demanded naked photos and sex from female motorists - 10/30/14
On October 29, 2014, Bryan D. Lee, 30, a former Trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, pleaded guilty to four counts of violating the civil rights of female motorists and one count of cyber stalking. Lee offered not to ticket the women for traffic violations, in exchange for sexual favors and naked photographs. The oversexed State Trooper drew attention to himself, when his superiors noticed him turning off his microphone and flirting with women he pulled over for suspected drunken driving. Lee was feeling invincible for a good reason. Years earlier, in 2009, he was caught turning off his microphone and failing to issue speeding tickets to fellow troopers. Lee joked with his buddies, after they sped by on their motorcycles at nearly 150 mph. His punishment was limited to a one-day unpaid suspension.

Rape threats target woman in viral anti-harassment video - 10/29/14
A viral video intended to raise awareness about the rampant catcalls and sexual harassment faced by women and sexual minorities in the public sphere resulted in harassment and threats across a different medium: the Internet. Earlier this week, the anti-street harassment advocacy group Hollaback posted a public service video online in which a young woman, wearing a plain T-shirt and jeans, received more than 100 shouts, comments about her body, invitations for dates or admonishments to “smile” while she walked around New York City for a day.

FBI arrests man for Gmail nude photo scam - 10/29/14
An “Internal Technology Resident” at Google was arrested for allegedly attempting to extort nude photos in a Gmail scam. As reported by WebProNews, the man, 23-year-old Nicholas Rotundo, was charged on three felony counts after trying to use nude photos obtained from a Texas college student to extort additional ones.

Change of venue granted for Peralta case - 10/29/14
A judge in St. Bernard granted a request Wednesday for a change of venue in the sexual battery case involving Parish President David Peralta. The location for the trial will be chosen later. Other motions for bond revocation, medical records and contempt of court were continued to be heard on Nov. 19.

From Ghomeshi to #GamerGate: Are the trolls winning? - 10/28/14
Buried within the Toronto Star’s report detailing allegations of sexual violence by celebrity Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi, there is a nugget explaining why none of the alleged victims have agreed to come forward to police, or to go on record with the media: they fear a backlash from Internet trolls.