True Crime Online Newsletter - March 2, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Zookeepers recreate animal poses in viral photos
Zookeepers at an Australian wildlife sanctuary are recreating the poses from animal pictures taken at the park for a series of viral photos. The Symbio Wildlife Park in Helensburgh posted a Facebook photo Feb. 18 of four zookeepers recreating a photo of four marmosets and the caption said similar photos would be posted during the following week as part of the #zookeepersasanimals series. "Our keepers have had some fun re-enacting some of our favorite animal 'perfectly timed photos' at the park!" the zoo said on Facebook. "The idea came about when we were having a giggle at lunchtime one day at some of the animal photos we had," zookeeper and photographer Kylie Elliott told the Illawara Mercury. "Four of us [zookeepers] started having a laugh at how funny it would be to re-enact some of those photos. We knew the idea had mileage and..last week we decided to put it into action. The feedback from our Facebook followers has been amazing, everyone is really enjoying it and we have had requests to make calendars and one follower has suggested we start a #visitorsasanimals so we will to look into some of these ideas." The viral photos have been so popular on Facebook that a California zoo, the Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary, tagged the facility in a tribute photo of keepers posing as bobcats. "Their #zookeepersasanimals re-enactments with Northern Bobcats which was great to see," Elliott said.

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Revenge porn threats on the rise - 03/02/15
I have previously written about the many tactics abusers use to control and terrorize their intimate and former intimate partners. One of those tactics, “revenge porn,” has been in the news lately. Revenge porn is when a vengeful ex posts explicit photos, taken during a relationship ­ consensual or not ­ to punish a partner or spouse for breaking up with him.

Top cop: Web trolls are swamping police and should be given lifetime social media bans - 03/01/15
A chief constable is calling on Facebook and Twitter to ban trolls for life as social media places a huge strain on police resources. Mike Barton, head of Durham Police, says there was a 40 per cent rise in charges relating to improper use of electronic messages in England from 2010-13. And he warns those figures ‘do not tell the full story’, with officers around the country ‘inundated’ with complaints about harassment and abuse.

One woman is trying to pressure Google to bury revenge porn - 02/28/15
A federal bill that would force third-party websites such as Google to remove revenge porn may also pressure the search giant to alter its algorithm so such photos and videos are nearly impossible to find. At least, that's what Mary Anne Franks, who helped draft the federal law, is hoping. Franks began drafting laws against revenge porn in 2012, around the time she met Holly Jacobs, a victim of revenge porn who is also on a mission to make it illegal. Franks and Jacobs are now executives at the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, which aims to build laws to prevent cyber harassment.

Man who terrorised video game creator Brianna Wu now says it was a 'joke' - 02/27/15
A man who serially harassed prominent independent games creator Brianna Wu over several months has been identified, and now claims it was all just a joke. Under the name "Jace Connors", he posted bizarre rambling videos on YouTube, in which he claimed Wu had made attempts on his life, even while he brandished guns and knives and made explicit threats to kill her.

Former Macon student guilty in Facebook-hacking case - 02/27/15
A 23-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to computer trespass in connection with a 2010 case in which he threatened to distribute suggestive photos of two young women if they didn’t give him more photos of themselves. James Miles Woodall, a former Howard High School student who has since been enrolled at the University of Georgia, had been charged with numerous computer crimes.

Public Shaming: We've Gone Too Far - 02/27/15
Every day we hear more stories about bullying, cyberbullying, racism and hatred. This public shaming and hurt has gone way too far. Last week Iggy Azalea was shamed by Internet Trolls about her body. A few days ago E! network's "Fashion Police" cohost Giuliana Rancic made racial stereotype comments about actress Zendaya's hairstyle at the Oscars on Monday's show.

S. Florida man accused in revenge porn case - 02/27/15
A Miami Beach man has been charged in a revenge porn case that authorities say may not have been possible if the victim had not been underage when many images were taken. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said Thursday that 38-year-old Antonio Giansante is facing six charges, including child pornography and cyber stalking. Giansante was jailed without bail and court records did not show he had a lawyer to speak on his behalf.

Indictment: Bound Brook man extorted 15-year-old girl, got her to send sexually explicit video - 02/26/15
A Bound Brook man who authorities say extorted a 15-year-old Illinois girl to create and send him a sexual video of herself over the Internet has been indicted on a first-degree charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Miguel A. Moran, 27, of 11 Hamilton Street in Bound Brook was also indicted on second-degree sexual assault, third-degree criminal coercion, third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree cyber harassment.

Reddit implements stricter rules on 'involuntary pornography' - 02/26/15
Reddit, popular link, image, and discourse-sharing site, has changed its privacy policy, a move that comes in the wake of last year’s celebrity iCloud hack. The hack brought great scrutiny upon the site after a number of nude photographs of celebrities including Academy Award winner, Jennifer Lawrence were released online.

Women targeted by revenge porn louts - 02/26/15
YOUNG women who attend a Wigan pub are being targeted by revenge porn perverts. A website forum dedicated to leaking explicit and intimate photographs has left many vulnerable by naming and sharing them online.

Texas man investigated after posting photo of dead dogs - 02/26/15
A North Texas volunteer firefighter is being investigated after allegedly shooting two dogs who wandered onto his property and then posting a photo on Facebook. Tim Conatser, the firefighter, posted a photo of two dogs apparently shot to death with the caption, "Somebody didn't put any truth my warning. Keep your damn dogs on your property."

Horrible dudes get taste of own medicine: GamerGate, revenge porn & a shocking discovery about harassment - 02/26/15
Women are harassed and threatened on the Internet on a daily, hourly and minute-by-minute basis. This kind of abuse is usually endured in isolation or quiet commiseration with others who are going through the same thing, but the rest of the population catches occasional glimpses of it when the abuse gets particularly loud, particularly violent or targets white celebrities. And while it’s been an uneven and slow education, more people seem to be catching on to the basic fact that online harassment is bad.

Former UFC Fighter Challenged Relentless Internet ‘Bully’ to a Fight. Unfortunately for Bully, He Accepted.
After a month of online harassment, former UFC fighter Josh Neer was sick and tired of dealing with an Internet “bully.” He reportedly received several more taunting messages from the bully on Facebook Saturday, so Neer told the man if he really wanted to fight him, he could come to his gym at 5:30 on Monday. “I don’t know what his problem is but he’s a big guy, like 6-6 and 270 pounds and just acts like a bully. That what he seems like to me, just a bully,” Neer told Bloody Elbow. “He showed up at 6:10, 40 mins into my practice. And then I asked him if he wanted to fight Rakim or me and Rakim is bigger [than] me, so of course he chose me.”

‘Suck It Up,’ Says Teen Who Deleted 11-Year-Old’s Destiny Characters - 02/24/15
In the middle of the day on Thursday, February 19, Game Informer editor-in-chief Andy McNamara shared with me a video of a young boy who fell victim to an online predator. Henry, a fifth grade Destiny fan, handed his controller to a stranger via the PlayStation 4’s Share Play feature and watched in horror as “KirmitTHEfrog” deleted his characters and exotic weapons. On the following Sunday, I received an email from the mother of the man that owns the KirmitTHEfrog account. For his protection after receiving hundreds of harassing messages via PSN, we’re calling him “Adam.”

Internet perverts on 'borrowed time' in crackdown on online crime
POLICE have set up a crack cyber-crime unit to catch perverts, fraudsters and other criminals using the internet to target their victims. Almost 250 officers have been trained in how to investigate online crimes in Staffordshire.


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