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Monday, May 19, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter: May 19, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .'Godzilla Attack' sign warns San Francisco drivers to 'Turn Back'
A San Francisco prankster decided to warn city residents (and possibly issue a spoiler) by hacking into a traffic sign and making it read "Godzilla Attack" and "Turn Back." Some believed that the sign was simply a public relations stunt for the new film, but it ended up just being a joke.

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Naperville man charged with stalking ex-girlfriend - 05/19/14
A west suburban man from is free on bond and awaiting trial on charges of stalking his former girlfriend, the Naperville Sun is reporting. Michael J. Lamb, 25, faces misdemeanor charges of attempted cyberstalking and electronic harassment, according to court records. He was arrested May 8 at his home in the 2500 block of Durango Lane in Naperville, after police began investigating him two months earlier, Naperville Police Sgt. Bill Davis said.

Hidden Covert Cameras found in Woman's Home - 05/19/14
Nicole Muscara’s alarm clock acquired an alarming feature: a hidden camera placed by a stalker. She discovered something odd when she one day set the alarm; it wasn’t her clock. Stories like this are happening more commonly. Recently a Kansas City, Missouri woman discovered 11 hidden cameras in her apartment­placed there by her landlord.

Kevin Spacey wants cyber-stalker jailed - 05/17/14
Linda Louise Culkin, 55, has said she would shoot, torture and disembowel the Oscar winner during a stalking campaign that has reportedly lasted more than two years. Spacey has asked that the woman, who has been convicted over the Twitter messages, be jailed.

10 People Who Want To Be Forgotten By Google, From An Attempted Murderer To A Cyberstalker - 05/16/14
Who wants things removed from Google under the newly declared “right to be forgotten” in the European Union? A convicted cyberstalker, an attempted murderer, a politician, a business with bad reviews and a pedophile are among those making such requests to Google. Yesterday, the BBC noted the first three of the cases listed below. Marketing Land has also learned of them directly from a source, along with seven other requests that Google has received.

Student held in school bomb threat faces more charges - 05/16/14
A student arrested Wednesday for threatening to blow up a bomb at Central Lafourche High faces other charges as well, authorities said Thursday. Kameron Matherne, 17, 211 Lake Long Drive, Bayou Blue, is charged with communicating false information of a planned bombing at a school, three counts of defamation, two counts of cyberstalking and two counts of online impersonation, the Lafourche Sheriff's Office said.

Curbing Online Abuse Isn’t Impossible. Here’s Where We Start - 05/15/14
“Fucking dumb bitch,” the message began, then went on to detail the manner in which Jenny Haniver should be sexually assaulted and murdered. Haniver (her gaming name, not her real one) found it in the voicemail of her Xbox account, left by a male competitor in the online combat game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Online death threat to prosecutor sends South Florida man to prison - 05/15/14
Mark Hillstrom admits that he has spent many hours during the last 13 years leaving long, harassing and threatening voicemails for prosecutors and judges, their secretaries and relatives, and anyone who irks him. But a threat to kill Broward State Attorney Mike Satz, which the South Florida man posted in a comment on a courthouse blog in November, had better be Hillstrom's last criminal act, a federal judge warned him Thursday.

Alleged V.A. shooter pleads not guilty by reason of insanity - 05/15/14
Deborah Lennon pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Thursday to shooting her former supervisor at a U.S. Veterans Affairs office in Vancouver. Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis on Thursday declared that Lennon is mentally fit to stand trial on attempted murder and other charges, after Lennon’s defense attorney announced that his mental health expert found that she is able to assist in her own defense.

The Future of Crime: 8 Cyber-Crimes to Expect in Next 20 Years - 05/14/14
Forget everything you think you know about crime. In the next 20 years, “traditional” crime as we know it today will be largely replaced by cyber-crime. In fact, this is already happening. Take bank robberies: According to the American Bankers Association, bank robberies are being steadily replaced[] by ATM-skimming and other ‘cyber-heists.’ FBI statistics show bank robberies are down 60% since their peak in 1991, and they plummeted another 23% just between 2011 and 2012.

Your Right to Be Annoying Upheld by New York Court - 05/14/14
If you make a living on the internet, you’ve no doubt been exposed to harassing, annoying, correspondents and commenters who anonymously (or otherwise) seem to take enormous enjoyment from attacking you. But most of us have not been subjected to the kind of pathological attacks that some academics experienced at the hands of the the son of a scholar whose theories about the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls were dismissed by the academy. The son began a campaign of internet harassment that included voluminous emails, blog postings, and even forgery and impersonating his father’s critics. This led to his arrest and conviction under a controversial statute ­ “aggravated harassment in the second degree” ­ which is defined as communicating with someone “in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm” and “with intent to harass, annoy, threaten or alarm.”

Parents divided over underage children using social media - 05/14/14
Anagha Durve, mother of a 14-year-old from the city, had helped her son create an account on Facebook a couple of years ago. "At that time, it seemed like a harmless thing to do. But of late, I'm not sure," she says, worried about both content and people her son could be exposed to.

Monday, May 05, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - May 5, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Ohio grandfather calls 911 about 'lazy' grandson
An Ohio grandfather became so frustrated when he couldn’t get his “lazy” grandson to do his chores that he called 911 to report him to authorities.

Edward Friel called emergency dispatchers in South Amherst after his 17-year-old grandson Justin allegedly punched a hole in the wall because the Internet got shut off.

Friel, 72, apparently cut the house’s Internet cord because he couldn’t get the teen to stop playing games on his computer and help out around the house.

When police arrived, Friel told them that his grandson called him names and stormed out after he disabled the Internet. According to Friel, his grandson is “lazy and does nothing around the house.”

“Mr. Friel stated he had asked Justin to do some work around the house but [he] continued to play on the computer,” according to a police report. Friel “cut the Internet cable cord since he was not listening to him.”

No charges were filed in the case and Friel said he “would handle the discipline” himself.

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Cyber 'sextortion' ring on the prowl - 05/03/14
Malaysians are advised to be wary of a “sextortion” scam where perpetrators pose as beautiful women online and coerce Netizens into performing cybersex. The suspects then secretly record their lewd activities to blackmail their victims later, said CyberSecurity Malaysia. The cyber security agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) said the victims were usually teenagers or middle-aged men, who would be approached on social media by “beautiful, sexy women purportedly from the Philippines, Japan and Korea”.

Philippines police arrest webcam extortion suspects - 05/02/14
Philippines police, backed by Interpol, have arrested dozens of suspected members of an online extortion syndicate who duped hundreds of victims into exposing themselves in front of webcams, including a Scottish teenager who killed himself after being blackmailed, officials have said. At least 58 Filipino suspects in the capital, Manila, and other cities were arrested after investigators from Interpol, the US homeland security department and other police agencies traced online chats from some of the victims' computers, said the Philippines national police chief, Alan Purisima.

Teen charged with online threats - 05/02/14
Parents need to be kept up to date with what their teens are doing online. That was part of the message Lethbridge Regional Police Service Sgt. Dan Walton had after the LRPS charged a 14-year-old boy in connection with a three-month investigation into online harassment and threats.

Anonymous Member Facing 440 Years in Jail for Cyber-Stalking and Hacking - 05/02/14
A hacker affiliated with Anonymous and its offshoot AntiSec is facing 44 charges related to cyber-stalking and hacking. With each charge carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail, 27-year-old Fidel Salinas could be facing a total sentence of 440 years. Salinas, from Texas, was arrested by the FBI in September and indicted on one charge of attempting to gain unauthorised access to the Hidalgo County web server, causing damage and loss of more than $5,000 (£3,000). He pleaded not guilty.

Man charged for second time with stalking Naperville woman - 05/02/14
A man who was arrested three years ago and put on trial for stalking a woman from Naperville ­ only to later be declared not guilty by reason of insanity in that case ­ has been charged with stalking her again. Fouzan A. Quaiser is a recent student of Benedictine University in Lisle. The 28-year-old Roselle man has a criminal record that includes convictions for domestic violence, battery and drug possession, according to court documents. Written Naperville police reports indicated Quaiser was arrested about 6:29 p.m. Wednesday, at or near the woman’s home in the Preserves of Naperville area of the city’s far southwest side. Bail was set Thursday at $50,000 for Quaiser, who faces trial in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet on two felony counts of cyberstalking, court records showed.

Joliet man accused of cyber stalking his ex-girlfriend - 05/02/14
After a six-month investigation, police arrested a southwest suburban Joliet man Friday for cyber stalking and threatening his ex-girlfriend. Paul Hantel, 37, faces two Class 4 felony counts of cyber stalking, one Class 3 felony count of intimidation and a misdemeanor charge of computer tampering, according to a statement from Naperville police.

Savader gets 30 month jail sentence - 05/01/14
Adam Savader, a Great Neck native and former Mitt Romney intern, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison last Wednesday for extorting several females for nude pictures, according to the Associated Press. Savader pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Detroit in November to threatening to release nude photographs of women in Michigan, Washington, D.C., and Long Island unless they sent him additional nude photographs of themselves.

Arizona governor signs law banning ‘revenge porn’ - 05/01/14
Residents in Arizona can now be hit with felony charges if they post sexually explicit images or videos online without consent from the person depicted in the content. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, signed the bill into law Wednesday, which penalizes people in the state for knowingly posting such intimate images – often referred to as “revenge porn” – without written permission, according to Reuters.

Cyberstalking, just how dangerous is it? - 04/29/14
Almost everyone these days has a social media profile, but are your posts putting you in danger? Law enforcement believe trends show that stalkers are targeting their prey online. Sheriff Steve Kessler told 59News cyberstalking is a serious crime that involves serious dangers. "You see it everyday, the stuff that people do to other people. And especially with females, putting on there where they're at and where they're going to go makes them vulnerable to being attacked and abducted," Sheriff Kessler said.

Woman Suing Soros Fund Manager In Relationship Gone Bad - 04/29/14
In a lawsuit Marta Billenci said she dated Soros employee Taye Famm for four months and then after they broke up tried to get rid of him for three years while Famm stacked her, including online harassment using the handle “Orgyman.” Famm would send Billenci “internal emails from his employer marked ‘confidential,” the suit says. Confidential e-mails from the Soros fund, informing her of positions being established by large funds, as well as sending numerous unsolicited text messages.

Filmmaker behind fat-shaming documentary hit with rape and death threats - 04/29/14
'Fattitude' filmmaker Lindsey Averill didn't think twice when internet trolls sent her a mean email about her weight, or mocked her movie, but she never expected to get death threats. She was told by fellow 'body-positive' filmmakers and writers that once she launched a Kickstarter for a doc on body image, she should expect her share of criticism. 'Fattitude's' film description calls it a 'feature-length documentary that exposes how popular culture fosters fat prejudice and then offers an alternative way of thinking.'