True Crime Online Newsletter - July 20, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Adorable video show kittens getting the slip by a digital mouse
An app is putting a spin on the age old battle between feline and rodent. Two cats are put to the test in an Internet clip showing the two pets being outwitted by a digital mouse on a tablet. Efforts to catch the rodent go in vain as the mouse scurries off the screen while squeaking in a genuine mouse-like fashion. The game along with various other digital game apps for cats can be downloaded free and/or purchase on both iTunes and Google Play stores.

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Reddit Wrangles Reins From Users at a Risk - 07/20/15
Reddit became one of the most visited websites in the world on the backs of users devoted to the online bulletin board where people could post just about anything. Reddit benefits from a free workforce of volunteers who moderate discussion forums known as "subreddits," on topics running a gamut from science and religion to white supremacy and woman-bashing.

Taking a look at stalking - 07/20/15
People have been stalked for a long time, but stalking is only now starting to be recognized as a psychologically damaging form of assault – and still being handled very badly by the police and legal system. Unwelcome and intrusive contact Stalking is related to obsessive perversions of love. It is often seen between people who knew each other very well, as lovers or friends. One of them may handle the break-up really badly and maintain unwelcome and intrusive contact with their former lover or friend.

Technology poses risk to victims fleeing abuse 07/19/15
The tragic murder-suicide in Exeter earlier this month brought back painful memories for one survivor of domestic violence who made headlines years ago in her quest to leave a toxic, abusive relationship.Jennie Barnes was abused mentally and physically. When she finally left and sought safety in a shelter, her now ex-husband was able to track her by her phone. While her story ended safely, it’s a reminder to those in abusive relationships to be mindful of the darker uses of every day technology.

This Ruling Could Change Online “Free Speech” Forever - 07/19/15
Negotiating the contours of free speech and harmful speech has been a constant discussion since we began thinking about freedom as a concept. But today, where 140 characters or a Facebook post can instantly travel across the world and get you fired, that negotiating matters more than ever. Should we conclude that ethics doesn’t matter because “it’s the Internet”?

Here's how AI could fix the toxic nature of the internet - 07/18/15
Venture outside the Safe For Work confines of the internet and you’ll find off-the-scale offensive images that will rattle your brain. Or you could provoke the ire of strangers on the internet, like Anita Sarkeesian, who runs a blog exposing the way sexist video games depict and exclude women. On a daily basis, she receives sexual harassment and death threats from anonymous Twitter users. Last October, she had to cancel a Utah State University event because of an anonymous terror threat.

Burglar takes video selfie with home owner's phone - 07/17/15
Los Angeles police are looking for a suspect in a home burglary who took a selfie with the victim's phone. According to the Los Angeles Police Department the suspect entered the home around 7 a.m. on July 11 and dug through the home while two 15-year-old girls and a woman were sleeping in a bedroom. KTLA, a local LA news station, reported that while rummaging, the burglar picked up an iPhone and "accidentally activated a video application, which recorded him standing in the victims' living room."

N.H. Man Charged in 'Sextortion' Scheme That Targeted Young Girls - 07/17/15
A New Hampshire man is facing computer hacking and cyberstalking charges in an alleged "sextortion" scheme that targeted young girls. Ryan J. Vallee, 21, of Franklin, was indicted on 10 counts of making interstate threats, two counts of computer hacking to steal information, seven counts of computer hacking to extort and seven counts of identity theft, according to authorities. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance at 4:30 p.m. Friday in U.S. District Court in New Hampshire.

De-jargoned: What is SIM swap fraud? - 07/17/15
Financial transactions are gradually moving from cash to electronic, especially with both the government and the central bank emphasising on cashless and paperless transactions. While technology makes banking more convenient, it also exposes customers to various risks such as phishing, identity theft, card skimming, vishing and cyber stalking. SIM swap fraud is one such fraud.

In a first, Healey files criminal cyber-harassment charges - 07/17/15
The online headlines were splashy, but none of them were true, according to the Massachusetts attorney general’s office. In their first criminal cyber-harassment case, state prosecutors allege that the developer of a failed condominium project in Revere fabricated press releases and news articles designed to harm the reputation of a creditor to whom he owes more than $30 million.

Winchester Man Arraigned in Connection With Online Intimidation, Harassment - 07/17/16
A Winchester man has been arraigned on charges in connection with online intimidation and harrasment against another man and his company, according to the Massachusetts Attorney General. Steven C. Fustolo, 57, was arraigned in Woburn District Court today on charges of Criminal Harassment and Intimidation of a Witness, Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office announced.

Former Reddit CEO: 'The Trolls Are Winning' - 07/16/15
Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao has spoken out for the first time since stepping down as CEO last week, offering a rather disheartening message - that the online trolls are winning. Pao herself was targeted on the site for attempting to shut down some of the more vile sections of Reddit, which is labeled as the "front page of the Internet." "Balancing free expression with privacy and the protection of participants has always been a challenge for open-content platforms on the Internet," said Pao in an op-ed published in The Washington Post. "But that balancing act is getting harder. The trolls are winning."

Cyberbullying Is a Bigger Problem Than Screen Time Addiction - 07/16/15
The harms that can come to children who use technology excessively ­ including depression, behavioral problems and poor academic performance ­ are not just caused by too much screen time. It is the nature of the interactions that take place through the screen that count. Simply limiting screen time ignores the many benefits of technology for teenagers.

DA: Gangs use social media for witness intimidation - 07/15/15
With the number of homicides in the City of Portland already surpassing numbers from this time last year, some have begun to wonder how the use of social media is changing the way violent criminals interact with potential witnesses. Anthony Jackson, 19, died Tuesday after he was shot in SE Portland over the weekend. His death marks the 20th homicide in Portland so far this year, and for those who prosecute violent criminals, social media threats aren’t making the pursuit of justice any easier.

Ending fat shame: How the Internet is creating acceptance for all body sizes - 07/15/15
When Los Altos-reared writer Galit Breen penned a Huffington Post blog about the secrets to a happy marriage, she knew better than to expect commenters to say nice things about everything she wrote. After all, this was the Internet. But she wasn't prepared for readers to attack her viciously for how she looked in her wedding photos. One reader derided the site for loving fat women, and another called her a "heifer."


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