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.


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