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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Why Does Facebook Suck So Much?

Interesting blog at Things That Stick In My Craw

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cyber Crime Show looking for Georgia victims

True Crime Online Newsletter - July 28, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Girl's Samsung Galaxy S4 cellphone catches fire under her pillow
A Texas teen was woken up by her cellphone in the middle of the night and it wasn't because she had set the alarm to go off by mistake. Ariel Tolfree had a rude awakening after she placed her Samsung Galaxy S4 under her pillow before going to sleep. The 13-year-old's "high-tech" phone caught fire and it was burnt to the point where it is barely recognizable. Things could have been worse if she hadn't smelled the phone burning. "I didn't think much of it, so I went back to sleep, and then I woke up again and it was more prominent," Tolfree told KDFW. The fire, which may have been caused by a replacement battery, singed Tolfree's bedding and mattress, as well as her pillow. "The whole phone melted," said Tolfree's dad. "The plastic, the glass. You can't even really tell that it was a phone." He thinks the Galaxy S4 should come with a "big warning on it, like a cigarette label." The phone does come with the following warning: "Covering the device with bedding, your body, thick clothing or any other materials that significantly affect air flow may affect the performance of the phone and poses a possible risk of fire or explosion, which could lead to serious bodily injuries or damage to property." In addition to the phone, all of the other damaged items will be replaced by Samsung.

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Youth held for allegedly threatening ex-girlfriend with her semi-nude photograph - 07/28/14
The LT Marg police on Saturday arrested a 24-year old garment trader for allegedly possessing semi-nude photograph of his former girlfriend and threatening to put her photograph on the Internet. The suspect was forcing the victim to marry him, police said. The arrested person has been identified as Nischay Bansal, 24, a resident of Sikka Nagar in VP Road.

Eight more potential victims in case of Orléans stalker - 07/27/14
Ottawa police believe there could be other victims in the case of a 29-year-old man who stands accused of harassing more than 20 women online under the name Scotty Toppers. Since they put out a press release Friday, police said eight more women have contacted them reporting they were harassed by the same person.

Neuroscientist who claims he's fathered 58 children while running a 'one-stop shop' insemination service faces jail for molesting woman who used his 'breeding programme' 07/26/14
A ‘narcissistic’ academic who claims to have fathered 58 children as a private sperm donor is facing jail for molesting a woman who used his services. Professor Gennadij Raivich, 51, set up a ‘one-stop shop’ on the internet to artificially inseminate women who were desperate to start a family.

Ban on cyberstalking, phone threats reborn 2 months after being tossed by state's highest court - 07/25/14
State officials acted quickly this summer to fix problems with an old law adapted to fight a modern problem: cyberstalking and other threatening electronic communication. The state's highest court ruled in May that the old law was too broad and could infringe on the right to free speech. That made it unconstitutional. But domestic violence advocates, including the Onondaga County shelter Vera House and the district attorney's office, sounded the alarm that victims were no longer protected from threats made by abusers.

What Happens Online Stays Online - 07/25/14
Internet has brought a shift in the way we do things today, whether you are in San Francisco or Kampala this is the first time in civilization where you can get information instantly. We represent the Information age era and we have the responsibility to use all these technologies around us to do good and be the better versions of ourselves.

Former chief Rabbi blames social media for inflaming wars - 07/25/14
The former Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, has warned of of the potential of social media to inflame wars to global proportions and said: "God himself weeps at the evils being committed in His name." Speaking in a debate on the freedom of religious belief in the House of Lords, he said that 70 years after the Holocaust, he never imagined the phrase, "Death to the Jews", would be heard again on the streets of France and Germany.

Bullying not just child's play - 07/25/14
I still recall, with clarity, rushing to get ahead of the groups of kids walking home at the end of the school day. We were “in-town” kids, most of us latch key and without the protection of a school bus. Another tactic was to stall ­ to stay late and help the teacher or to serve detention. Time enough for the kids to get ahead of me. Time enough to keep from getting shoved around and my face slapped ­ efforts aimed at engaging me in a fistfight.

Florida man investigated for animal cruelty after posting photo pointing gun at cat's head - 07/25/14
After a man posted a photo on Facebook of him appearing to threaten one of a cat's nine lives, Florida police started to investigate him for animal cruelty. Thomas Mcguinness of Port Charlotte allegedly posted a photo of himself appearing to be holding a gun and pointing it at a cat.

Toronto Twitter harassment trial: Second woman says Gregory Alan Elliott wouldn’t leave her alone - 07/24/14
The second of three women alleging Gregory Alan Elliott criminally harassed them via Twitter took the stand Thursday, testifying that she became concerned that Elliott would confront her in real life rather than just online. The trial is possibly the first in Canada to address harassment solely by tweet, and raises issues about the expectation of online privacy, freedom of speech and the treatment of women on the Internet.

Star Call of Duty player "Aches" banned for four league games and a tournament - 07/24/14
Major League Gaming has handed pro Call of Duty player Patrick “Aches” Price a four match Pro League ban. He's also banned from taking part in the upcoming NA 2K Tournament this July. MLG say the ban was issued for "repeated harassment of MLG employees and conduct detrimental to the league".

Sextortion: cyberstalking's new frontier - 07/23/14
The email terrified the young mother. “What if I told you I had pics of you?” the unknown writer asked. “Like a lot. Would you send me more?” “They were pretty x-rated,” he added. To prove he wasn’t bluffing, the mysterious emailer sent four naked or suggestive photographs of the woman, which had been stored in a laptop computer stolen in a recent burglary of her New Hampshire apartment. He threatened to publish them if she didn’t send him more explicit ones.

Suspect seized for teen cyber harassment - 07/23/14
Luxembourg police have issued a warning to social media users, as they are currently investigating a suspect who harassed girls through social networking sites such as Facebook and Snapchat. The man in question was brought to the police's attention by the FBI who identified the suspect after finding him flirting with girls through dummy accounts, striking up an acquaintance and slowly inviting them to share photos of a sexual nature on such sites as Snapchat.

’530 Fatties’–Cyber Bullying Overweight Teens On Facebook - 07/23/14
530 is the area code and you know what Fatties means. A Facebook page called 530 Fatties was created to humiliate overweight people–especially teens–by posting unflattering pictures of them to the page and sharing. The page was removed after CBS13 in Sacramento started reporting on the story. (You can see the CBS13 report here.) Young women who were targeted by the cyber bullying campaign contacted police, according to Business Insider. 530 is the area code for Yuba-Sutter in northern California.

Sexual Assault Witnesses At Occidental College Subjected To Vile Harassment Emails - 07/22/14
On June 6, a stranger from Powersite, Missouri, emailed a female witness to a sexual assault case at Occidental College in Los Angeles to complain she represented "what's worst about America." Two days earlier, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a civil liberties nonprofit known as FIRE that mostly focuses on free speech issues, had announced it was working with a John Doe who was suing Occidental. Doe, a pseudonym for an anonymous freshman, was expelled in December after Occidental found him responsible for sexual assault. FIRE contended in an email blast to followers that the expulsion lacked due process for the accused.

The trouble with trolls - 07/22/14
Though social networks were not designed with the intention of letting someone anonymously abuse another online, the reality is that people utilize the ability to hide behind online identities to threaten other users. These could be veiled attacks, direct abuse, or even threats to “cause bodily harm”. What can you do if you’re trolled and threatened on any social network? Follow our five-step guide.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

How to handle email harassment article

This is an excellent article that mentions my organization, Working to Halt Online Abuse and a victim we helped:

Monday, July 21, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - July 21, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Eat your face: Selfie-toasters from the Vermont Novelty Toaster Corporation are real
"If you were a hot dog, would you eat yourself? I know I would! I'd cover myself in brown mustard and relish. I'd be delicious," – Will Ferrell as Cubs announcer Harry Caray. Ferrell/Caray's dream is now a reality thanks to Vermont Novelty Toaster Corporation, except people will have to settle for toast instead of hot dogs. The company has a new line of toasters that allow customers to take a selfie and then have that image burned onto a piece of toast, providing it's not too complicated. "You don't have to be famous or Jesus to have your face on toast!" the company says on its site. "Give us a hi rez photo of a face or pet and let our toast engineers create fun breakfast memories! We are good but remember fine detail is darn near impossible to achieve with heat and toast." The toasters retail for $75 and they ship free of charge. "I've been doing novelty toasters for four years now," company founder Galen Dively told ABC News. He came up with the selfie-toaster after cooking up a photo of his son. "It came out great," said Dively. "He loved it! And then he ate it."

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Women arrested for shoplifting after posting Facebook selfie while wearing stolen dress - 07/21/14
An Illinois woman who allegedly stole a dress from a West Frankfort store was arrested after she posted a selfie of herself wearing the pilfered garment on Facebook. Danielle Saxton allegedly swiped a leopard-print dress from Mortie's Boutique and then posted four photos of herself wearing the ill-gotten garb just hours later. Saxton even made one of the snaps her profile picture.

Man accused of stalking and threatening to post 'revenge porn' online - 07/21/14
A man is to stand trial accused of stalking a woman and threatening to post "revenge porn" pictures of her on the internet. Stewart Black is alleged to have bombarded the woman with phone calls, text messages and emails at addresses across Dundee.

Funny Facebook video scam leaves unamusing Trojan - 07/21/14
A new funny video spreading on Facebook leaves a not-so-hilarious Trojan in its wake on users’ computers, according to research by Bitdefender. The malware, believed to originate from Albania, can access a large amount of data from the user’s internet browser.

Jilted lovers upload explicit pictures but police can't do anything - 07/20/14
The House of Lords will debate a change to the law that could make it an offence to publish a sexually explicit or pornographic image without consent With trembling hands, 21-year-old Hannah Thompson typed in the web address and hit enter.

Chromecast Leaves Local Wi-Fi Networks Open to Cracks - 07/20/14
This week, security researcher and all-around prankster Dan Petro debuted his new Chromecast-pwning device ­ labeled the “Rickmote” ­ after the famous Rick Astley prank which plagued the Internet for years before everyone finally got themselves in on the joke and learned to be a little more careful the next time they opened an unrecognized link.

Indentifying cyber-criminals is No. 1 challenge, high-profile lawyer says - 07/19/14
A hacker known as “Track2” helped steal more than 200,000 credit card numbers from small retailers across the United States and sold them online to other criminals for more than $2 million, according to a federal indictment. “This is a very, very famous hacker,” said Arkady Bukh , a Brooklyn-based defense attorney. “... That person deserves to be sentenced to a very, very long jail time. It's not a question.”

Ex-Fairfield official illegally posted 'scandal' videos - 07/19/14
Another former top official at the Fairfield Housing Authority is facing criminal charges within less than two years. Michael L. Gurge, the FHA's former deputy director, was charged with second-degree harassment and fifth-degree computer crime for posting agency documents on YouTube under video headings of "Fairfield Housing Authority Scandal Part 1" and "Fairfield Housing Authority Scandal Part 2."

Palmdale kidnapping, assault actually a hoax - 07/19/14
A call reporting a kidnapping in Palmdale early Saturday morning that resulted in a massive response by the sheriff's department turned out to be a hoax. An alleged woman called a sheriff's dispatcher at about midnight and said she had been kidnapped by two men, assaulted and then left at a Palmdale home.

17-year-old boy held in Gujarat for harassing woman via FB - 07/18/14§ion=international
A 17-year-old boy made a desperate bid to extort Rs2,000 from a woman by portraying her as a prostitute on social media but fell flat on his face. The teenager residing in Gadhda village near Bhavanagar, 170 km from Ahmedabad, was arrested after the Surat-based woman’s husband, a doctor, complained to the police who collared the mischief-monger by tracing his cellphone number.

This Guy Is Cyberstalking the World's Cats in the Name of Privacy - 07/17/14
If you have posted a picture of your cat online, data analyst and artist Owen Mundy, and now, the rest of the world, knows where it lives. And, by that logic, he knows where you live, too. That should probably creep you out a little bit, and that's really the point. Developed by Mundy, I Know Where Your Cat Lives is meant as part art project, part wake up call to people to scrub their photos of the EXIF metadata stored on every photo you take.

Former St. Louis police officer pleads guilty to harassing a transgender man - 07/17/14
A former St. Louis police officer has pleaded guilty of harassing a transgender man by yelling slurs and posting a picture of his home and a gay pride flag on the Internet.

Police chief charged after signing tea party leader up on gay dating sites - 07/17/14
A western Wisconsin police chief is facing misdemeanor charges for allegedly signing a tea party leader up on gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites. Town of Campbell Police Chief Tim Kelemen and La Crosse Tea Party leader Greg Luce have been at odds with each other since last fall.

The 16-Year-Old Girl Whose Rape Went Viral Is Reclaiming Her Power - 07/17/14
Last week, images of 16-year-old Jada’s rape went viral on social media, as her peers mocked her unconscious body with the hashtag #Jadapose ­ an act of cyberbullying that horrified Americans across the country. Since then, there’s been an outpouring of public support for Jada, who has taken control of the story and refused to let the online harassment silence her.

Lawyer accused of threatening foe in battle over French Quarter music - 07/17/14
A lawyer at the center of efforts to draft stricter noise regulations for the French Quarter faces a misdemeanor charge after allegedly sending a threatening text message to the owner of a Bourbon Street strip club at the height of the battle over sound levels in the Quarter.

Stalking complaints up 60% in five years - 07/17/14
Complaints of stalking in Devon and Cornwall have risen by more than 60% over the past five years, according to figures obtained by the BBC. There were more than 1,220 reports to police in 2013 - more than 100 a month. That was up from 753 in 2009, according to a response under the Freedom of Information Act. The figures also showed prosecutions related to stalking had gone up by about 50% in the last five years, from 236 in 2009 to 354 last year.

Bus company owner charged with online harassment - 07/16/14
The owner of a local bus company has been charged in northern Illinois after allegedly harassing a customer online. Highland Park Deputy Police Chief George Pfutzenreuter said Suburban Express owner Dennis Toeppen is due in Lake County court on Aug. 1 on two charges of electronic harassment.

Google Drops Its ‘Real Name’ Policy, but Has Plans to Stomp Out ‘Wretched Hive of Scum’ Internet Trolls - 07/16/14
“Over the years … we steadily opened up this policy … Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use,” Yonatan Zunger, chief architect at Google+, said in a blog post. Privacy advocates had petitioned the company for years, insisting the restrictions on false names especially harmed “marginalized” society members, such as rape survivors or victims of stalking, who want to remain anonymous but still yearn to get a message out to hungry audiences who could share in their life lessons.

Male nurse, 57, 'bought an axe from Homebase and went to Eurostar terminal to meet 14-year-old girl he planned to have sex with, kill and eat' - 07/16/14
A nurse told a 14-year-old girl he planned to kill and eat her as he groomed her for sex online, a court heard. Dale Bolinger, 57, even went to a local DIY shop and bought an axe the day before he was due to meet his victim. But she did not turn up and he was arrested after his sick boasts were discovered by investigators on a sinister internet chat room.

I Quit Social Media For a Week: Here’s What Happened - 07/15/14
One week ago, I decided to make a pretty epic decision by today’s standards: I was going to quit social media for seven days. There were a number of factors influencing my decision, but mainly I was feeling overwhelmed with my social media habits and thought it would be useful and interesting to take a step back. Some of the results were expected (reaching for my phone every few minutes in the beginning), but there were a few pleasantly surprising realizations as well.

Ex-rated: The total scandal of revenge porn - 07/15/14
Break-ups are tough. There's the pain of accepting the relationship isn't working, the awkward return of keys, clothes, albums and box-sets, and, for some, the worrying question of what happens to items of a more personal nature. In today's digital world it shouldn't be surprising that more couples are bringing technology into the bedroom, using mobile phones for sexy selfies and iPads to record intimate moments.

Monday, July 07, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - July 7, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .New Jersey woman lives life with a Bradley Cooper cardboard cutout as her companion
A New Jersey woman who met actor Bradley Cooper while they were in a play together at Villanova University has started living her life with a cardboard cutout of the popular Hollywood star. Danielle Davies launched a website called "My Life With Bradley Cooper" and also has an accompanying Instagram account. Why? "Because, friends, this is America. So why not?" the 39-year-old wrote on her site. "The fact is, while most of us don't actually live our lives with movie stars, many of us wish we did. If I want a life with Bradley Cooper, well, then...I'll just make one up." Davies is married to "possibly the most patient husband in the world" and also has a son and daughter. She reflected about the different directions that her and Cooper's lives have taken since college. "Since then, he's become startlingly famous and I ... not so much," Davies told TODAY. "(The pictures are) a way for me to poke fun at how I ended up, where I am and how/why my one-time stage equal has gone on to become an Academy Award nominee." Davies plans to turn her project into a book. "Sometimes, people just stare and then totally avert their eyes," Davies said. "That's definitely the weirdest ... maybe they don't get that it's a joke? I don't know, but they are clearly uncomfortable!"

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'Stalker' collapses in court - 07/08/14
A man who was "essentially stalking" his former partner collapsed in Blenheim District Court yesterday and was taken to hospital. Michael Federico Daum, 44, pleaded guilty to and was convicted of five charges of breaching a protection order and one of wilful trespass. After Judge John Walker's decision to remand Daum in custody until sentencing, Daum threw himself to the ground, and complained of chest pains. St John ambulance staff attended and treated him, before he got up and walked to the ambulance.

'Orange Is the New Black' actress Taryn Manning is being stalked by ex-friend - 07/05/14
“Orange Is the New Black” actress Taryn Manning has a little problem on her hands. Manning has gained a lot of popularity since the Netflix original series began airing last year. Since the show was such a phenomenon, the entire cast gained a huge following. According to a July 3 report from E! Online, Taryn Manning has received an order of protection against a former friend.

Texas Teenager Cyber Attacked After Posting Hunting Photos - 07/04/14
A 19-year-old Texas Tech cheerleader is the latest female hunter to be attacked by animal rights groups after she posted photos of her successful African safari on Facebook. Kendra Jones, from Cleburne, Texas has been hunting with her father since she was a child, including being on a safari when just six years old. Her latest hunt however has brought her a wave of Facebook attacks, including death threats.

Athletes, Coaches Deal With Online Harassment - 07/04/14
A light rain is falling outside Charleston’s football fieldhouse. Inside, players are lifting weights, wiping sweat from their eyes and doing the summer grunt work that has made the Tigers one of the state’s premier 3A programs. Clad in shorts and a T-shirt, quarterback Ty Storey is grimacing while doing a series of leg lifts. He is athletically gifted and soft-spoken. He already mastered coach-speak, something he learned from sitting at his parents’ kitchen table from his dad, Shane.

Seattle ‘a*shole’ threatened to rape woman after smearing her on ‘revenge porn’ site - 07/03/14
Seattle police accused a 31-year-old self-described “a*shole” and tech worker of stealing a female client’s photos, posting them on a “revenge porn” website, and threatening to rape her if she did not “play along” with his scheme, KCPQ-TV reported. Jeremy Scott “Silo” Walters was charged with computer trespass and cyberstalking for harassing the woman, who paid him $60 in June 2011 to transfer files from an old computer ­ including several nude photographs ­ to a new one.

Man Charged with Cyberstalking - 07/02/14
The Moore County Sheriff's has charged a Robbins man with cyberstalking a Moore County teen according to a release from the department. Timothy Joel Vest, 21, of 207 Reynolds Mills Road, was arrested on June 27 and charged with one count of felony disseminating obscenity, and one count of misdemeanor cyberstalking.

Revenge Porn: Why We Need to Criminalise Non-Consensual Pornography - 07/02/14
With the click of a button, an intimate photograph taken by an ex can be uploaded without your consent onto websites and forums and viewed countless times over. The picture can be shared on social media, and appear on Google search. It can be seen by family, friends, colleagues and co-workers. This is revenge porn, and so far, there is no law against it in the UK. In the US, nine states have laws against revenge porn. In Britain, ministers have stated the need to address the problem of non-consensual pornography - but nothing has been done as yet.

Beware of Scams on Facebook - 07/01/14
Social media is becoming more and more like spam in your email box. Facebook was developed as an outlet to let people see what is going on in their community. However, scams and fake posts tend to show up in newsfeeds as opposed to reliable information about what is going on.

Ex-boyfriend who changed his former lover’s Facebook status to 'whore' who would take 'any offers' is found guilty of causing criminal damage - 07/01/14
An Irish man who posted an offensive status update using his former partner’s Facebook account has been fined £1,600. The 30-year-old from Donegal used his ex-girlfriend’s account to post that she was a ‘whore' who would 'take any offers’, a court heard. The man admitted to taking the woman’s phone and accessing her Facebook account after he had gone to her home to confront her over an alleged infidelity in June 2011.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy 4th of July!