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


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