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Monday, March 31, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - March 31, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Want to get paid to follow Toronto Mayor Rob Ford while playing tuba? Go on Craigslist
An ad posted on Craigslist earlier this week is seeking someone to fulfill a rather unusual request -- follow Toronto Mayor Rob Ford around while playing a tuba. The gig is an eight-hour shift of following Ford, and it pays $125. (“You must be able to provide your own tuba. A trombone would also be acceptable.”)
According to the ad:

“I'm looking for hire a person to follow Rob Ford around for one day while playing a tuba. You must be willing to adhere to the following:
- wear a gopro camera (provided) to document the ensuing antics
- wear a shirt with @UnethicalHacks (provided) printed on the back for the entire day”

The post also includes a link to a YouTube video of a clip from Family Guy.

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Man ordered to take down police officer’s name and picture from Internet - 03/31/14
[Jordan] Klaffer is a gun owner who frequently fires his gun at objects on private property. On May 1, 2013, Jerry Bledsoe, a police officer, confronted Klaffer while responding to a noise complaint. Klaffer videotaped the interaction, where Bledsoe issued an ultimatum to Klaffer to surrender his guns or be arrested. Klaffer refused to give up his guns and was arrested for disturbing the peace.

Instagram Stories Spark Questions About Responsibility - 03/29/14
Instagram has grown exponentially, big enough even to rival a wildly popular site like Twitter. Unlike the text based social site where users are challenged to condense themselves into 140 characters or less, this social sharing site has a new challenge: find an image to convey the perfect message. It is a seemingly simple task, but the stories about Instagram users spark new questions about sharing responsibility.

Targeting online bullies - 03/29/14
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is trying to tame the untameable cyberspace. A TEENAGE girl gets a series of e-mail propositions from a stranger: have sex or else! She panics. Her worried parents report it to the police but the harassments continue. Elsewhere a girl finds her topless photo circulated over the Internet. Such cases of web abuse are on the rise in modern Singapore. Then there are instances of online bullying of students by classmates – threats, insults and name-callings are frequently used. Mental health suffers.

Tri-Central students suspended over tweets - 03/29/14
Multiple Tri-Central High School students were suspended this week after harassing comments made on Twitter disrupted the school day Tuesday. The investigation is ongoing into how many students were behind a Twitter account making negative comments about their peers. Acting assistant principal Sharon Fields could not give specifics on the name of the Twitter account or the content of the tweets, but she described them as “harassing, obscene, profane and intimidating.”

Man jailed over e-mail threats to ex-law chief - 03/28/14
A MAN who claimed ties with CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been jailed for harassing Scotland’s former top prosecutor. Timothy Rustige, 65, was found guilty of causing Dame Elish Angiolini to suffer fear and alarm by subjecting her to a campaign of harrassment following a trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

LV blogger Bernie O'Hare wins defamation award - 03/28/14
Lehigh Valley blogger Bernie O'Hare has won a $67,140 award against defendant Tricia Mezzacappa in Northampton County Court. The verdict, announced Friday by Judge Michael J. Koury, Jr., following consideration of evidence presented at a non-jury trial on March 11.

18-year-old charged with putting nude photos of girls on social media sites - 03/28/14
An 18-year-old has been arrested in connection to an investigation into nude photos of young girls showing up on social media sites. The Landis Police Department and the Granite Quarry-Faith Joint Police Authority worked with other law enforcement agencies, including the SBI, and issued 14 warrants for Peter Thomas Kiever on Thursday night.

Rumson police charged a Wall Township man with online stalking of more than one borough resident Thursday. Kevin Brennan, 44, was arrested on a warrant without incident at his home following a “lengthy” investigation to determine his identity and location, police said.

Man pretends to be mayor and fools town - 03/28/14
A man fooled a town in England into think he was their mayor by setting up a fake Twitter account. A man going by James Billington created the Twitter handle @mayorofStafford with a bio saying he's, "delighted to be representing the town of Stafford & surrounding areas."

Court case continued for Robert Jenkins on Craigslist sex-ad charges - 03/28/14
The felony settlement conference for former San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins was pushed back again on Friday. “We still don’t have all the discovery, so it got continued,” said Roberta A. Prosise of Virginia Blumenthal Law Offices, which is representing Jenkins.

Minnesota girl wins $70K in Facebook lawsuit settlement with Minnewaska Area Schools - 03/2714
A Minnesota girl will receive $70,000 as part of a settlement reached after a lawsuit claiming school officials forced her to surrender her Facebook password was filed in federal court. The Minnesota branch of the American Civil Liberties Union helped Riley Stratton with her case and ended up settling with the Minnewaska Area Schools for $70,000 and an agreement that district would rewrite its social media policies.

Alleged Cyber-Stalker Terrorizes Oklahoma City Woman - 03/27/14
An Oklahoma City woman has turned to News 9 after being the repeated victim of cyber-stalking. Bonnie Montgomery, 32, says during the past two years, she's received a handful of hate emails. Half of them she says claim to be from her daughter. Her daughter actually died in 1999 from "sudden infant death" syndrome.

The Case for Making Revenge Porn a Federal Crime - 03/27/14
With Rep. Jackie Speier's announcement yesterday that she intends to introduce a federal bill criminalizing "revenge porn" into the house in the month, people were asking the same question they often ask about revenge porn: Why isn't this already illegal? The short answer is that law enforcement often doesn't take it seriously. There are existing laws against harassment, but even victims of ordinary harassment have always had a hard time getting the authorities to pay attention.

Southfield pet store files lawsuit against animal activist group - 03/26/14
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan has asked an Oakland County judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by a local pet store against a group of animal welfare activists who protest and advocate against the commercial breeding of puppies and the sale of such puppies by for-profit pet stores. The ACLU alleges that the lawsuit is designed specifically to suppress the speech of the law abiding activists, calling it a SLAPP suit, or strategic lawsuit against public participation.

Court Weighs Severity of Impersonation on the Internet - 03/26/14
The behavior of a man who assumed a false identity to discredit scholars who were in a professional dispute with the man's father over the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls is "absolutely ubiquitous" in the Internet age and is not criminal, the man's lawyer told the state Court of Appeals Tuesday.

Charlotte Laws' fight with Hunter Moore, the internet's revenge porn king - 03/26/14
I don't realise quite how brave Charlotte Laws is until I see her in action at the United States Court House in Los Angeles. I'd met her at her home two days previously, but for most of the interview she'd been sitting down, and it's only amid the imposing gloom of the 1940s building that I realise how tiny she is – less than 5ft tall, despite a pair of platform heels – and what exactly it is that she has taken on. We're waiting for a bail hearing in the case of the United States versus Charlie Evens, and Laws is clutching a stash of printouts from the internet which she shows the prosecutor before the judge arrives.

Stalking, Threats And A Celebrity: Memphis Man Charged - 03/26/14
(Memphis) Police slapped handcuffs on a man accused of harassing an ex-girlfriend for weeks, causing her to fear for her life. It’s a tangled web that involves stalking, threats, and a celebrity. Threatening text messages saying things like “I see you,” “Only God can save you now,” and “Get right with God before it’s your time to go,” fill Alaaeddin Diab’s ex-girlfriend’s phone. Police say she dumped Diab weeks ago when she found out he was married, but the split didn’t stop Diab from hounding his former flame.

‘Text spree’ threats sends Longview man to prison - 03/25/14
A Longview man who threatened to kill his child’s mother and their child during a “text spree” will spend the next year in prison. Joshua Peter McCoy, 38, was sentenced Monday on charges of second-degree extortion and four counts of cyberstalking (threats to kill). He pleaded guilty earlier this month. He also must pay $1,875 in restitution and court fees.

Cyberbullying victim puts past behind her - 03/25/14
The lewd images and messages scrawled across her daughter’s Facebook page in 2011 still burn bright in Issaquah resident Tara Cote’s memory. In a case that made national headlines, then 12-year-old Leslie Cote was the victim of cyberbullying, as two classmates hacked into her social media page and posted altered photos, including one with “I’m a slut” superimposed on it. Two Issaquah girls, who also used the site’s instant messaging service to act as Leslie to proposition boys for sexual acts, were charged with cyberstalking and first-degree computer trespassing.

Internet troll, 42, who trawled Facebook to find women and young girls then flashed them using FaceTime is jailed for seven years - 03/25/14
An internet troll who prowled Facebook for women and young girls so he could subject them to bouts of online ‘flashing’ has been jailed for seven years. Michael Atherton, 42, contacted his victims on the social media network via video call app FaceTime, and by email using false profiles before exposing himself to them over the web.

Government backs tougher sentences on cyber-bullies and text perverts - 03/25/14
The Government today backed tougher laws that could see cyber stalkers and text perverts locked up for two years. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the new rules will target offenders who make victims’ lives a misery by abusing or sexually harassing them online or on mobiles.

DJ says she lost social media gigs after being cyber stalked by fiancé's ex-girlfriend - 03/24/14
Scarlett Hauck, 26, who goes by the stage name Scarlett Etienne, says stalking by parochial schools fundraiser Angela Kovalesky, 34, made her stay away from Facebook and other social media platforms ­ costing Hauck hundreds of thousands of dollars because she was unable to book or promote her DJ appearances.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

U.S. Cyber Crime Conference

Register for the 2014 U.S. Cyber Crime Conference in D.C. next month! I will be one of the trainers and would love to see you there!

Monday, March 24, 2014

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True Crime Online Newsletter - March 24, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . . Candy Crush interruption prompted Canadian man to kill his neighbor's puppy
A Canadian judge found a man guilty of shooting his neighbor’s dog without a lawful excuse because he believes one of the reasons the puppy was killed was because it interrupted a game of Candy Crush Saga. Saskatoon Judge Marty Irwin didn’t buy Eugene Krawchuk's testimony that he shot Michael Price’s St. Bernard puppy, Bentley, just because it was attacking his livestock.In addition to the Candy Crush interruption, Irwin also reasoned that Krawchuk shot Bentley because the dog was trespassing and there were tensions between the Krawchuks and Prices. "I believe he had the sole intent of shooting the dog," Irwin said of Krawchuk. "I do not believe that he carefully went into the pasture and assessed the situation and then decided he had no other alternative." In 2013, Candy Crush Saga was the most downloaded free app on Apple’s Canadian iTunes store. “I don’t think they know how much they’ve destroyed our family,” Price told CTV News. “There’s been a lot of tears.” Krawchuk was also found guilty of possessing a firearm without a license and was sentenced to 12 months probation. “I’m just fed up with bullies,” Price said. “That’s all they are, they’re bullies.”

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Singapore Criminalizes Cyber Bullying and Stalking - 03/24/14
Singapore’s netizens have a new legal weapon to defeat the “trolls” of the Internet after Parliament recently approved an anti-harassment law. Under the new law, anti-social acts such as cyber harassment, bullying of children, sexual harassment in the workplace, and stalking are now deemed illegal. A person found guilty of unlawful stalking will get a fine of up to S$5,000 ($3922.00) or a jail term not exceeding 12 months. Repeat offenders may face a fine of up to S$10,000 and/or a jail term of not more than two years.

What the Yak is going on here? New social media app troubles Melrose - 03/24/14
Officials are working to tackle the latest form of cyber-bullying that’s cropped up in the district through a new social media application.The smartphone app, called Yik Yak, allows people to post anonymous comments to a Twitter-like feed that is visible to users in a close geographic range.Developers originally created the app as a way for students on college campuses to interact and share news, recommendations and thoughts freely. It is rated 17 and older.In the few months since its launch.

British teen tried to kill himself after failing to take the perfect selfie - 03/24/14
A British teen who was spending 10 hours a day taking selfies on his smartphone tried to commit suicide when he couldn’t take a perfect picture of himself. Danny Bowman, 19, was spending so much time taking selfies with his iPhone that he dropped out of school and eventually tried to overdose on pills.

Scrutiny suspends websites' dealings - 03/22/14
A shadowy network of Arizona-based Internet companies that used public records to demand money from sex offenders and harass those who complained has imploded amid lawsuits, court hearings and new standards enacted by banks, social media and technology companies. The websites, including, SORArchives and, in November stopped seeking payments from people in exchange for removing profiles, blaming the change on "many conflicts, threats, unreasonable requests and false accusations about this website."

Blackmail, child rape and death threats among 169 suspected crimes reported to police in Cambridge by Facebook 'friends' - 03/22/14
Facebook users have been reported by ‘friends’ to Cambridgeshire police for blackmail, child rape and grooming, as well as death threats. Users of the social networking site have flagged up 169 possible crimes to officers since 2011.

EEOC Reviews Top Social Media Conflicts in the Workplace - 03/22/14
Is it legal for a hiring manager to check someone’s Facebook page and Tweets before making a job offer? If an employee calls in sick and then posts a photo from the beach, can he be disciplined? What about someone who posts a racist comment about a coworker on her personal Facebook page? These are some of the scenarios the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) examined in a meeting with employment law experts March 12. Their testimony illustrates the increasing difficulty of separating the social space from the work space in a culture saturated with personal media.

In Union County, law enforcement takes student sexting seriously - 03/21/14
It’s hard for a parent to imagine that their child would be put on a sex-offender registry for the rest of his or her life, but that could happen, if the child decides to sext. “Sexting is sending sexually explicit photos or messages via cell phone,” said Susan Gleason, an assistant prosecutor and supervisor of the Juvenile Unit at the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

Vietnam promises new bridge after plastic bag video goes viral - 03/21/14
Vietnamese officials have pledged to build a bridge to a village following the release of an online video showing residents crossing a stream in plastic bags. Transport Minister Dinh La Thang announced Tuesday the Transport Ministry will construct a suspension bridge over the Nam Po stream in the village of Sam Lang, located in the northern highlands, after a viral video published by the Tuoi Tre newspaper depicted students and teachers in plastic bags being pulled across the stream by strong swimmers amid floodwaters, Thanh Nien reported Friday.

950 Lancs crimes committed on Facebook and Twitter - 03/21/14
In three years, police in the county have seen a huge surge in crimes committed online, with a total of 957 linked to social media websites. Offences ranged from harassment, sexual grooming and threats to murder – all connected to Facebook or Twitter.Police chiefs today said the figures demonstrated a new and increasing challenge – but warned the county’s online criminals “we will get you”.

Facebook Is About to Take Cyber Stalking to a Whole New Level of Creepy - 03/21/14
There's a special feeling of dread you get when you get the email or push notification on your cellphone that someone has tagged you in a picture on Facebook. Why is it that it's more often than not a terrible photo of you, and all you want to do is respond and say, "That's not me! It's my ugly twin!"?

Bridgeport police, FBI investigate case of Internet harassment against Leslie Wilborn - 03/20/14
Bridgeport police and the FBI are investigating a case of Internet harassment against a Bridgeport woman. Leslie Wilborn says an ex-boyfriend has been creating Facebook pages under her name, and then using them to damage her reputation.

Twitter harassment trial halted by surprise letter alleging ‘fraudulent’ conspiracy against accused - 03/20/14
The so-called Twitter case ­ likely the first time in Canada someone has been charged with criminal harassment based entirely on tweets ­ has taken an odd and unexpected turn.

Man who posted 'vile filth' about ex-girlfriend on the internet avoids jail term - 03/20/14
A MAN who destroyed an ex-girlfriend's life by posting "vile, repulsive filth" about her on a website seven years after she ended their brief relationship has avoided a jail term. But Paul Monaghan, from Cartron, Kilrooskey, Co Roscommon, was warned that he will do jail time if he steps out of line again.

Crossing the line: YouTube community in crisis as sexual assault allegations are made public - 03/20/14
The YouTube community has been rocked by allegations of sexual assault, emotional manipulation and inappropriate behaviour made by fans against some of the more popular members of the community. It all began last week when a former girlfriend of Tom Milsom, Olga, wrote in a Tumblr blog post that during her six-month relationship with the blue-haired musician, Milsom was abusive and coerced her into having sex with him. She wrote: i’d say it was really painful and i ended up really sore and bruised for like days like literally everything hurt so bad and i told him that and it didn’t really matter i didnt [sic] stop anything

Temecula Art Dealer Will Plead Guilty to Federal Stalking, Extortion Charges - 03/20/14
The owner of a Temecula art gallery has agreed to plead guilty to federal stalking charges for attempting to extort an art publisher and its employees by creating disparaging websites and sending threatening messages demanding money to take them down, according to court papers obtained Thursday.

'Selfie'-taking burglar sentenced to more than 2 years in jail - 03/20/14
A British burglar whose mid-crime 'selfie' was mistakenly sent to his victim's work colleagues was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail. Ashley Keast, 25, of Rotherham, England, pleaded guilty to burglary and being in breach of a suspended sentence in Suffolk Crown Court and was sentenced Tuesday to 32 months in jail, the BBC reported Thursday.

'Antisocial network' Cloak helps users avoid their friends - 03/20/14
A pair of U.S. developers have created Cloak, an iPhone "antisocial network" to help users avoid running into their friends. Cloak, created by programmer Brian Moore and former Buzzfeed creative director Chris Baker, is billed as the "antisocial network" and uses check-in data from Foursquare and Instagram to allow users to see the locations of their friends on a map, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

Breaking up is hard drive to do in the digital age... - 03/20/14
Break-ups hurt like hell. But breaking up in cyberspace is even harder to do. We're a generation so tech-obsessed that we are happy to vomit every cough, spit and relationship break-up to the internet. So many relationships begin online now. But they are also ending messily, publicly on the net. And what's so interesting about the whole ex and social networking thing is the fact we're still trying to work out the dynamic.

British company 'stole before-and-after weight-loss photos of a Kansas mom from gym to falsely advertise weight loss pill' - 03/20/14
A British-based company have been accused of falsely using an American bikini model to advertise their weight-loss supplement. Photographs of the stunning transformation of Brandi Wisdom from obese to a model figure have been used to promote a weight loss supplement. But the man who trained the 34-year-old mother-of-one has said that she had never used the weight loss supplement.

Boyfriend turns detective to track down swinger who used stolen photos of his partner to create a fake profile online... and discovers the culprit is his NEIGHBOUR - 03/20/14
A boyfriend turned detective discovered his neighbour had uploaded stolen photographs of his partner to create a profile on a swingers website, after creating a bogus account of his own. James Ward duped Steven Britchfield, who lives four doors from him in Felixstowe, Suffolk, into revealing he was the man behind the female profile Stow Slut, uploaded to

Google Relies On ‘Trusted Flaggers’ To Report YouTube Video Abuse - 03/18/14
The amount of video content uploaded to YouTube is overwhelming, and Google is looking to a community of about 200 people and organizations to aid its staffers by flagging videos with inappropriate content. Once videos are flagged by volunteers, YouTube’s team then makes a final ruling on what videos can remain on the site. YouTube has a team of staffers that regularly monitors the content in order to flag and take down offending videos. It also asks users to flag videos that are inappropriate, and posts community guidelines on the video sharing site.

Sleuthing in the cyber age - 03/18/14
The Madonna Inn, a historic spot right off of U.S. Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo, is well known for its amazing cakes. What isn’t as well known is that the inn’s restaurant and bakery leaves its doors unlocked even after closing time, so workers and local law enforcement agents can come and go, explained co-owner and general manager Connie Pearce. “For the majority of the people, they appreciate that late at night, if they have to run in and use the restroom, there is a safe and comfortable place to pop in and pop out,” she said. “And that’s what we’re all about.”

Courthouse shooter's family fights cyberstalking charges - 03/18/14
Attorneys for the family of New Castle County Courthouse shooter Thomas Matusiewicz are seeking to have the indictments against them tossed out as unconstitutional. Delaware federal public defender Edson Bostic, the attorney for David Matusiewicz, son of Thomas Matusiewicz, charges in court documents that the federal cyberstalking law that family members are charged with violating is constitutionally flawed.

Man Uses Social Media to Thank Oswego Couple ­ 20 Years Later - 03/18/14
It was an act of kindness more than two decades ago from a country more than 4,500 miles away ­ but Carlos Herrera never forgot it. The 29-year-old El Salvador man used social media to reach out to an Oswego couple who changed his life. At first, though, Scott Poling wasn't sure what to make of the messages he was getting from Herrera on his Instagram account.

Monday, March 17, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - March 17, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Xbox gamer becomes first to hit 1 million GamerScore

A Tennessee video gamer has become the first person to hit the 1 million GamerScore mark for obtaining Xbox achievements.

Ray Cox IV of Knoxville said he played Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows games for eight years to accumulate achievements that gave GamerScore points, and he hit the 1 million mark during a game if "Titanfall," GameSpot reported Thursday.

Cox said he has no plans to aim for 2 million points, but he hasn't ruled out driving up his score higher.

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Adults are not practicing safe sexting: study - 03/16/14
A new study by security software maker, McAfee notes that almost 50% of adults are exchanging intimate digital content with their partners – but few are taking the necessary precautions while doing so. The study, called 2014 Love, Relationships and Technology, examined over 1,500 consumers and how they share and store intimate data on mobile devices, with current or former ‘significant others’.

'Moronic' Joshua Bonehill-Paine admits Leicester pub hoax - 03/15/14
A man describing himself as "a rising star of the right-wing community" has admitted being behind an internet hoax about a pub banning military personnel. On his website the Daily Bale, Joshua Bonehill-Paine wrote an article claiming The Globe, in Leicester, had banned British armed forces to avoid offending the immigrant population.

NC Man Accused Of Tweeting Threats Against Lawmen - 03/15/14
Authorities have arrested a Lincolnton man after investigators say he posted threats against law enforcement officers on Twitter. The sheriff’s office said Friday 19-year-old Marcus Daniel Sintoni is charged with three counts of cyberstalking. He’s in the Lincoln County jail under a $7,500 secured bond pending a court appearance.

Kittery man sentenced for 'sextortion' - 03/14/14
John Bryan Villegas, 23, of Kittery, Maine, was sentenced in federal court to serve 33 months in prison for engaging in a type of cyber stalking known as “sextortion” of a Dover woman. The sentencing was announced Thursday afternoon by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department's Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney John P. Kacavas of the District of New Hampshire.

Sexually explicit notes prompt stalking arrest - 03/14/14
In December, a woman began receiving unwanted notes in the mail from an unknown person. The woman told police she first received a “romantic Christmas card with a handwritten note” with a crude afterthought, according to an affidavit filed by Macon County sheriff's detective Kristopher Thompson.

Man stalked ex-wife to extremes, police say - 03/13/14
A Pompano Beach man charged Wednesday with breaking into his ex-wife's home had harassed her for nearly a year, even threatening to kill her boyfriend and creating a Facebook page purportedly showing her naked, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Happy Birthday: The Web turns 25 -03/13/14
On March 12, 1989 Tim Berners-Lee, while working as a contractor at the CERN laboratories in Switzerland, submitted Information Management: A Proposal, which sparked the greatest advance in information technology since Gutenberg invented the printing press. At the time, it was just a way for CERN scientists to share data, but a quarter of a century later, it’s grown from a curiosity into a necessity without which our world can no longer function.

Reverse Network Effects: Why Today’s Social Networks Can Fail As They Grow Larger - 03/13/14
Network effects are the holy grail for Internet startups looking for venture-scale returns. On a platform with network effects, the value to a user increases as more users use it. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Skype, WhatsApp and many others benefit from this dynamic. In an age when more than a billion people connect over a network and new networks reach multi-billion dollar valuations with a handful of employees, one is tempted to believe that online networks are almost fail-proof. But as online networks grow to a size never seen before, many question their sustainability and believe that they are becoming too large to be useful.

Tumblr Penalizes Woman for Doxxing Creep Who Issued Rape Threat - 03/13/14
On Wednesday, Tumblr user Misandry Mermaid put up a post doxxing a man who sent her a rape threat. Tumblr removed that post, telling her, "We do not allow harassment on Tumblr." Yesterday evening, Misandry Mermaid wrote: Isn't that interesting. Tumblr emailed me to tell me they deleted my post calling out the dude who sent me a rape threat. But hasn't banned the dude who sent me a rape threat, even though I reported him. I guess Tumblr just wants to make their site safer for people who send rape threats than those who receive them. I guess it's not considered harassment to send rape threats, but if you name the person who sends you rape threats, you are harassing them. INTERESTING

BMX bikers use homeless people as props in Los Angeles, controversy ensues - 03/13/14
Not everyone thinks that a video showing Los Angeles BMX bikers hopping over homeless people sleeping on Skid Row is a great source of entertainment. The clip, which was posted to the Facebook page of the nearby OSS Bike Shop, was called “disgusting” by one Los Angeles Police Department officer. In the video, professional BMX rider Brandon Begin and two friends use homeless people as props to execute jumps and other moves.

Man used Internet, text messages to harass 10-year-old girl - 03/13/14
A 43-year-old Blackman Township man was arraigned on a charge of possessing child pornography after police say he used the Internet and text messages to harass a 10-year-old girl.

Students need to be aware of sexual harassament policy - 03/12/14
Doane’s attention to and awareness of online sexual harassment should be commended. It’s an issue we all need to know about. It is especially important considering we live in a technological age. The introduction of the Internet has created lots of opportunities. Students can do everything from learn online to connect with friends. It also presents the opportunity for sexual harassment, and it has become a growing trend.

Victims of harassment can get Protection Orders within a day - 03/12/14
Victims can get Protection Orders against their harassers within a day in urgent cases, says Law Minister K Shanmugam in reply to queries over how fast the new Protection from Harassment Bill can act to prevent an offending post from going viral online.

Statesman Journal: Are Tweets Free Speech? - 03/12/14
In the wake of the announcement that at least 20 students had been suspended from McKay High School over a tweet, questions have come flooding in about the implications of the school’s punishment on students’ rights of free speech. Principal Sara LeRoy confirmed Tuesday that the students were suspended last week after they apparently retweeted a tweet about a staff member.

Cybercrime: What It Is and How to Protect Yourself - 03/12/14,news-18455.html
Cybercrime is any action that uses a computer system or computer network as a weapon or an accessory in crime, or when a computer serves as the target of the act being committed. Some of the most common forms of cybercrime include attempts to steal information by penetrating networks via malicious hacking, hijacking of online accounts and remote takeovers of computers to repurpose them for cybercrime.

Trolling takes a toll - 03/12/14
They stalk social media sites, hidden behind the anonymity of a computer screen. Their fingers glide over keyboards stringing together comments designed to inflict emotional distress.

'Cut deeper': teenager was taunted online before her death - 03/12/14
When a 15-year-old Kiama girl posted images of her self-torture on the internet for the world to see, some of the responses she received can only be described as pure evil. "Show us more" the nameless trolls prompted, "we love this, cut deeper". The words "go ahead and die then" flashed up on her feed. And then there was this: "Just do it and stop talking about it."

Cyberbullying in university on the rise, study says - 03/11/14
Cyberbullies have grown up. Research out of Simon Fraser University suggests that the online abuse that has been so prevalent on the teenage battlefield is carrying through to the arena of adults at Canadian universities.

Oakland Circuit judge seeks personal protection order against man who allegedly made threats - 03/11/14
A veteran Oakland Circuit judge has filed a petition for a personal protection order against a man who allegedly made verbal threats to others outside court and also over the Internet because of decisions she made in his girlfriend’s divorce case. Judge Cheryl A. Matthews, a former assistant prosecuting attorney who was elected to the bench in 2004, filed the petition on March 10 against Richart Heit.

Monday, March 10, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - March 10, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Fishermen find century-old postcard in a bottle in Baltic
A postcard dated May 17, 1913, and found in a bottle by German fishermen appears to be the oldest such message ever found.

Konrad Fischer, captain of a fishing boat from Schleswig-Holstein, told Kieler Nachrichten, a local newspaper, that he was about to throw the bottle back in the sea when someone told him it was not empty, the reported.

"When I saw the date I got really excited," he said.

The postcard, from Denmark, had German stamps on it. It was signed by Richard Platz and addressed to his own home in Berlin with a message asking the finder to put it in the mail.

The Guinness Book of World Records lists the oldest previous message in a bottle as 97 years, found in 2012.

Fischer said his previous finds during his 50 years as a fisherman have been more alarming, including mines, bombs, torpedoes and a body.

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‘Upskirts,’ creepshots & degradation - 03/10/14
The top court in Massachusetts last week recognized Michael Richardson’s “constitutional right” to shoot “upskirts” ­ photos up women’s skirts, taken without consent. Gross. Thankfully, Bay State lawmakers quickly resolved things with a new ban on “upskirts” two days later.

All is not well in technology land - 03/10/14
All is not well in technology land. The normally ebullient mood at the annual SxSW Interactive conference is darker this year, weighed down by concerns about the prying eyes of governments. A keynote address by WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange over the weekend captured this growing unease.

Actor Aamir Khan lodges police complaint over cyber harassment - 03/09/14
Actor Aamir Khan on Saturday met Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria and complained about some defamatory messages against him on a social networking website. The cybercrime investigation cell (CCIC) of the city police has begun an investigation to trace the IP (internet protocol) address of those who are uploading/writing such remarks.

Internet heavyweights oppose plan to force social media sites to pull harassment posts - 03/08/14
Digital giants Facebook, Twitter and Google have united to reject an Abbott government proposal that would force social media companies to remove content deemed harmful to young people. The government has proposed appointing a children's e-safety commissioner with the power to force sites to take down posts containing bullying or harassment -an idea backed by child psychologists and family groups. The government is also considering creating a new Commonwealth cyber-bullying offence.

Duke freshman who outed student who used porn career to pay $47,000-a-year tuition faces online backlash - 03/08/14
The Duke university student who outed the freshman who pays her tuition by starring in porn films as 'Belle Knox' is facing an online backlash. Thomas Bagley, a Phi Delta Theta pledge who is majoring in computer science and mathematics, recognized Knox after watching her performance on an X-rated website.

1 in 30 have been hit by CryptoLocker and 40% pay the ransom, says study - 03/07/14
An annual survey on computer security issues run by a UK university was published last week. Its stats on the prevalence of ransomware, and how many people give in to the crooks and pay the ransom, raised some eyebrows. The University of Kent's 2014 Survey on Cyber Security found that 1 in 30 has had their system hit by CryptoLocker, and 40% of those paid up.

Fervent Oscar Pistorius Fans Take Defense Online - 03/07/13
This week, Charl Johnson, a former neighbor of South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, learned what it’s like to get on the wrong side of the former Olympian’s fan club. Johnson was in the witness room waiting to testify at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, where Pistorius is on trial for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Johnson’s wife Michelle Burger was first up on the stand, vividly recalling the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year, when the couple awoke to hear terrifying screams and gunfire. At one point during Burger’s lengthy and intense cross-examination, defense lawyer Barry Roux read aloud her husband's phone number. Soon Johnson and Burger were being deluged with text messages and calls from around the world, some of them angry and intimidating. “Why are you lying in court?” one caller asked. Johnson finally stopped picking up the phone.

West Hollywood salon owner charged in alleged murder-for-hire plot - 03/07/14
A West Hollywood salon owner has been charged in an alleged murder-for-hire plot on a competitor, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Friday. Dawn DaLuise, 56, was arrested Wednesday after the sheriff's department said they received information about a cyberstalking case out of West Hollywood.

Do you think should ban anonymous commenting/reviewing? - 03/07/14
Author Anne Rice is one of nearly 3,000 people who have signed an online petition calling on Amazon to do more to prevent bullying in comments. The petition urges to protect users and authors from "bullying and harassment." It asks the company to remove anonymity and require identity verification before commenters can participate in forums.

Man accused of cyberstalking; charge a first for police - 03/07/14;-charge-a-first-for-police
A Jacksonville man has been arrested on a charge of cyberstalking after threatening a woman he met online. It is the first known case of alleged cyberstalking in Jacksonville, authorities said. Dicky W. Holsman, 302 W. Douglas Ave. was booked into the Morgan County Jail about 8:10 p.m. Thursday on a charge of cyberstalking and a warrant for a parole violation.

Men plead guilty to charges related to video of man doing cannonball onto manatees - 03/07/14
Two men have pleaded guilty to charges related to an online video that shows a man jumping on two manatees. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Orlando reports that 22-year-old Taylor Blake Martin and 22-year-old Seth Andrew Stephenson pleaded guilty Thursday to taking or harassing an endangered species. Each man faces up to a year in prison and a $50,000 fine. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.

3 teens charged with posting nude photos of Prince William Co. students on Instagram - 03/07/14
Computer harassment charges are rocking parts of Prince William County after police announced they have charged three teens with sharing nude photos of other students online. Police say the suspects in this case are a 13-year-old boy who attends Stonewall Middle School, a 14-year-old boy in a county computer-based school program and a 15-year-old girl who attends Hylton High School.

Stalker given suspended sentence for sending woman sexy books from Amazon - 03/07/14
AN internet stalker used Amazon's anonymous gift service to send a terrified woman sexually explicit books. Mark Willis, 28, used the online retailer's delivery service to secretly send a string of illicit books to his victim. A court heard his victim had no idea who sent the books when they turned up in the post.

Doxing: An Etymology - 03/06/14
Today, as it made its return as a print publication, Newsweek published a blockbuster story: It unveiled the identity of the founder of Bitcoin. This was a big deal. That founder, after all, had long been an enigma. It's been­in nerdier circles­something of a parlor game to speculate about who he or she might be. The writers of the show The Good Wife even adopted the mystery for several episodes' plot lines. In her Newsweek story, the writer Leah McGrath Goodman­via sleuthing largely conducted through searches of public records­revealed the Bitcoin founder's name. And his home address.

Cell phone messages from stalker terrify Forney woman - 03/05/14
A young North Texas woman says she is being stalked by someone through her cell phone. She says no matter what she does, she can't shake the person sending the threatening messages. Because she's been threatened, FOX 4 is not identifying her.

More hidden camera charges for alleged cyberstalking stepdad - 03/05/14
A Keizer man accused of logging into his stepdaughter's social media accounts and using hidden cameras to record women is now facing three more charges after another victim came forward saying she discovered a hidden camera in her bedroom. Keizer police charged Bryan Tilley with first-degree burglary, attempted invasion of personal privacy and criminal mischief on Tuesday. He was already in jail.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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Monday, March 03, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - March 3, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Lost class ring returned 25 years later, a continent away

A Tennessee man whose class ring was lost 25 years ago in Italy said it turned up in the possession of a Virginia family and returned to him thanks to Facebook.

John Sims, a 1981 graduate of Miami Beach High School in Florida, said he believes he left the ring inside a U.S. Navy-owned baseball glove he used in Naples, Italy, before it was shipped for use in Virginia, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Friday.

The ring, which bore his name and his football number, 56, was found by a Virginia family and ended up in a drawer, where it was forgotten for about 20 years. The family rediscovered the ring earlier this week and took to Facebook, where they were able to contact Margie Schulman Alter of Boca Raton, Fla., a 1966 graduate of Miami Beach High School who is active in the alumni community.

Alter was able to spread word of the ring among alumni online until Sims saw a picture of his lost ring on Facebook.

Sims said Alter gave him the contact information for the family and his ring arrived in the mail Thursday.

Sims said he doesn't plan to let the ring leave his finger anytime soon.

"It just became my other wedding ring," he said.

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Daughter's 'Suck It' Facebook post costs Florida man $80K - 03/03/14
If you don’t have anything nice to say, it might be wise not to say anything at all -- even on Facebook. After her father reached an agreement where he would receive an $80,000 settlement and $10,000 in back pay from Guillver Preparatory School, a Miami girl wrote on Facebook that the school could “SUCK IT.”

More residents come forward in Microsoft technical support scam - 03/01/14
Callers claiming to be from Microsoft technical support have not done a very good job recently of convincing their so-called customers that there is a problem with their computers. That’s because several Maryville residents who have received these calls have caught on and have avoided being victims of an apparent scam.

Hi-tech Peeping Tom 'planted spy software on women's laptops to film them in their bedrooms through webcams while they got changed' - 03/01/14
A modern-day 'Peeping Tom' installed software on women's laptops in order to film them getting changed in their bedrooms, a court has heard. Andrew Meldrum pretended to be helping the women to set up their computers, but in fact he was planning to spy on them, according to prosecutors.

Mugshot meme mother-of-four sues over incessant use of her attractive booking photo across the internet - 02/28/14
A woman who found fame as the 'Attractive Convict' after her DUI mugshot circulated around the world is suing a firm for using her image. Meagan Simmons, 28, became the subject of hundreds of internet memes after a police mugshot showing her in an orange jumpsuit with tousled hair earned her the flattering nickname. Countless websites posted memes featuring the police shot, taken in Florida in July 2010, with captions such as 'GUILTY - of taking my breath away', 'Arrested for breaking and entering - YOUR HEART' and 'Tell me what she did so I can end up in the same jail'.

Catfish, Nigerian princes and astroturf? Top 10 list of 2014's worst scams - 02/28/14
The digital age may have brought in newfangled scams like "astroturfing" and "catfishing," but fraudsters using classic schemes such as the phony sweepstakes prize are still preying on British Columbians. The Better Business Bureau of B.C. released its list of the top 10 scams for 2014 on Friday, warning that scammers are more active than ever on social media and mobile phones.

Internet scammers duped hundreds of fans into buying £28,000 of fake Beyoncé tickets - 02/28/14
Hundreds of Beyoncé fans were left disappointed after discovered they had been sold fake tickets to the star's concerts as part of a scam worth at least £28,000. The online fraud saw music lovers turned away from Beyoncé's shows in Manchester this week after they were told that the tickets they had bought online were in fact forgeries.

Pennsylvania couple defend mall wedding - 02/28/14
A Pennsylvania woman who recently got married at a mall said she is happy with her wedding venue, which some people have made fun of online. Thomas and Lasheba Cunningham of Harrisburg got married at the Harrisburg East Mall on Saturday after their original venue fell through two weeks prior, WHTM-TV, Harrisburg, Pa., reported.

Scams Await Users of Online Auction Sites - 02/28/14
Thinking about selling something on an online auction site? You need to beware of scam artists who have only one goal in mind. Computers, sports memorabilia, designer clothing and cars – these are just a few of the items offered for sale everyday on online auction sites. As the popularity of these sites has grown… even rare antiquities such as coins and bank notes are available. The common thread? All of these items -- at one time or another --are being used to lure unsuspecting victims into a scam.

Online dating service brings new scam - 02/27/14
He was clearly too good to be true ­ a sure sign of a scam. In December, a Byron woman received four dozen roses from a man she met on an online dating service, who then asked her to transfer $12,000 into an off-shore bank account for him. The 56-year-old woman immediately stopped communicating with him, and reported the incident to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.

FTC files lawsuit against Utah companies, alleging online business scam - 02/27/14
A federal lawsuit filed against several Utahns and Utah-based companies alleges that they took part in a scam that advertised the tools to successful online businesses but failed to deliver, leaving their customers as victims in debt.

Predator used online dating to scam women - 02/27/14
Police are appealing to the public for help in the hunt for a scammer who allegedly used online dating to prey on and rob at least three women. Shane William Grogan, 46, is being sought over a string of dishonesty offences committed all over the country last year. The Christchurch man, who police have described as a "predator", is also known as Shane Calder. Grogan allegedly befriended his victims through online dating sites before travelling to their homes and making off with their belongings.

Toronto woman live-tweets experience of being trapped in downtown department store - 02/27/14
A Toronto woman who found herself trapped in The Bay on Wednesday night turned to social media in an attempt to free herself. Emily Keeler live-tweeted as she tried to find her way out of the department store -- which she eventually did.

How to tell a troll from a stalker - 02/27/14
The death of Charlotte Dawson and the possible role that online abuse played in her struggles with depression shows how damaging this behaviour can be. The former model had told of her battles with depression and the abuse and harassment she suffered from users of social media website Twitter.

When Facebook Stalking Becomes a Crime - 02/27/14
It's the whole point of Twitter, being followed. But, what happens when social media sites like Twitter or Facebook give people the opportunity to really do just that. "It's another venue in which you can stalk a person. You can do that kind of cyber stalking where it's unwelcomed, it's uninvited," said Rebecca Allerton, Executive Director of Rise.

Fed Up With Harassment, Author Reveals Her Cyberstalker - 02/25/14
Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines. Melissa Anelli is the author of Harry, A History, a best-selling book about Harry Potter from J.K. Rowling's famous series. And for more than five years, she has also been the victim of a cyberstalker.