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Monday, August 31, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter- August 31, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Shotgun shells designed to take out 'drone threats'
An Idaho ammunition company is marketing "Drone Munition" shotgun cartridges designed to blast unwanted drones out of the sky. Ammunition company Snake River started shipping specially-made 12-gauge shotgun ammunition this month under the name Drone Munition. "Prepare for the drone apocalypse," the website for the "personal defense loads" reads. "With the ability to carry on board cameras, drones have been and are being used for spying on unsuspecting neighbors and others without their permission," the company said. "With little regulation surrounding drone use, there is much confusion about what a person may do to defend against drone threats." The company has faced some criticism from those who point out the illegality of shooting drones out of the sky under federal regulations. Snake River president Casey Betzold said the rounds are meant for self defense. "The self-defense portion of firearm use is what covers a real threatening drone situation," Betzold told Make magazine, "and we expect regulations to come down focused specifically on drones in the near future."

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Australia offers tourists app-controlled 'GIGA Selfies' - 08/31/15
Tourism Australia is seeking to attract selfie-loving Japanese visitors with "GIGA Selfies," cameras that take far-off photos of tourists via a smartphone app. The "GIGA Selfie" events, announced via a video posted to YouTube, call on visitors to stand in designated spots to control far-off cameras that take short video clips that begin as close-up shots and quickly zoom out to show the surrounding scenery.

Sheriff Tyrone Lewis gets restraining order against group involved in smear campaign - 08/31/15
A judge ruled in favor of Sheriff Tyrone Lewis’ request for a restraining order against a group of people for cyberstalking, bullying, defamation, and several other allegations. Lewis’ attorney Dennis Sweet pointed out that smear campaigns such as the one he says was leveled against his client are much easier in the digital age, and cost Lewis irreparable harm to his campaign.

How this young woman's Tinder profile led to her being threatened with rape and 'slut-shamed' by strangers on social media - all because she quoted a song by rapper Drake - 08/30/15
A Sydney woman has been harassed online and been threatened with rape after a man shared her Tinder profile on Facebook, resulting in a campaign to end sexual violence. Olivia Melville, 23, quoted hip-hop artist Drake in her bio on Tinder, the popular casual dating app, when a stranger named Chris Hall took a screen-shot and shared it on his personal Facebook page.

Cyber Thugs: Don’t Be a Victim of Online Stalking and Harassment - 08/28/15
Cyber bullying, or “online bullying” has been making headlines for more than a decade. Typically, the term has been used to describe youths bullying other youths. A much overlooked, underreported issue is adult cyber bullying, which is an unfortunate reality because some adults are never able to grow up. Often, cyber bullying intrinsically involves cyber stalking -- the disturbing practice of monitoring every move and update on a person or organization’s online channels. These attacks can come from an individual, may originate from members of an online group, or can come from a real world group engaged in an online harassment campaign.

Rattlesnake selfie attempt lands man in hospital - 08/28/15
A California man has been released from the hospital after an impromptu photo shoot with a rattlesnake ended with a predictable disaster. Alex Gomez of Lake Elsinore was hospitalized Monday after he picked up a rattlesnake discovered in his back yard and took photos with the snake hanging around his neck.

Man accused of stalking to appear in court - 08/28/15
A bond hearing is scheduled in 3rd Judicial District Court in Farmerville on Friday for a Monroe man accused of attempted home invasion, cyberstalking and stalking. Donovan White, 36, was arrested Wednesday on warrants following an investigation into his attempted home invasion into his ex-girlfriend’s house near Farmerville.

Woman quits dating website OkCupid after 'creepy' 500-word message from stranger - 08/28/15
A woman who received a creepy 500-word message has quit the online[] dating website he used to contact her. Maggie Serota, from New York, deactivated her OkCupid account after receiving the unwanted attention from a stranger in Sweden. The freelance writer said the man had seen her Twitter profile – which has more than 8,000 followers – and then Googled her extensively and found her dating profile from tweets she had written about OkCupid.

Gonzales man sought in cyberstalking, assault - 08/27/15
The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking Keith Carlin, a Gonzales man wanted on allegations of cyber stalking and accused of assaulting the victim. According to a news release from Sheriff Jeff Wiley, deputies began the investigation Wednesday after receiving information that Carlin, 30, was sending harassing and threatening messages via text messaging.

Lessons From a Tragic Kidnapping in Germany - 08/27/15
At 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 13, a girl named Anneli-Marie left her home in Meissen, a picturesque town that straddles the Elbe River just outside of Dresden, Germany. The 17-year-old, who reports refer to only as Anneli-Marie R. because of German privacy laws, was the daughter of a wealthy German industrialist. As she left her home, she took her bike to give her beloved dog some evening exercise, as she often did.

How civil is social media? - 08/27/15
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube or Whatsapp is where we virtually live today. Yes, we can now reach out to our personal and professional circle at the click of a button, but it has also intruded our homes. Two sisters, Ananchal Singhi and Dr Sumedha, one studying to be a chartered accountant and the other, a practicing dentist, share their views

‘You are like a celebrity to me’: When women cyberstalk women - 08/25/15
WHEN Melissa Anelli emailed a woman who was causing troubled on her Harry Potter fansite, she couldn’t imagine the hell she was about to set loose. “I will hunt you down like the dirty, fat cow you are and slit you from ear-to-ear,” came the furious reply. It was the start of a five-year campaign of harassment by New Zealand woman Jessica Parker, who sent Melissa a barrage of death threats, fawning apologies and admissions of love and sexual attraction.

Plus-sized models target of online harassment through altered images - 08/25/15
A new form of online[] harassment is targeting women, stealing their images online and digitally altering their pictures to make them look thinner. The group behind the so-called hate project[], “Project Harpoon,” is taking aim at completely unsuspecting women by editing their photos and reposting them on social media with captions on Facebook like, “Wow, from a depressed chub to an elegant fox."

Auckland man banned from internet for 'sinister' online harassment - 08/25/15
An Auckland man undertook a six-year harassment campaign against a woman he met online, culminating in him posting doctored pornographic images of her online. Robert Harris, 31, was sentenced to six months' home detention, 100 hours' community work, and a ban on internet usage for six months in the North Shore District Court on Tuesday afternoon. Harris, who is unemployed, tried to emphasise through his lawyer Jan Leaming that he did not want to be known as a "stalker", but he understood that he needed help.

Monday, August 24, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - August 24, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Bear burglar tries to enter Idaho condo through cat door
An Idaho man snapped pictures of a bear attempting to get into his home through a cat door but only managing to fit its head through the opening. Doug Harder of Sandpoint said bears have become a frequent nuisance at his condo this year and he first snapped photos of the animals when a mother and two cubs climbed onto his second floor deck to eat birdseed in late May. He said bear sightings continued in the area and a yearling broke into his condo while he was on vacation last week by opening the sliding glass door, which he had left cracked open with a piece of wood blocking the doorjamb. Harder said the intruder did very little damage to his property, but the animal defecated on the carpet and raided the domicile for food including flour, brownie mix, Toblerone and Pepsi. The homeowner said he went to investigate a racket at his door Thursday and was shocked to see a bear attempting to squeeze through his cat door. He said the animal was far too large to fit more than its head through the door. "It came to the cat door Thursday night, trying again and again to get through, which is when I took the photo," Harder told CNN. "My cat is in the photo on Friday, showing the width of the sliding glass door the bear squeezed through. It came back yesterday trying to get through the cat door again."

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Gamergate Is A Headless Troll And It's Bigger Than Ever - 08/24/15
If you ask the man behind the online handle “Drybones5 about the current state of the controversial #Gamergate movement he helped create, he’ll tell you, “it’s over. It was over in December.” But that might just be the sour grapes talking­the reality is Gamergate, an online movement best known for its crude, degrading take-down of women in the video game industry, is bigger than ever and it’s been spreading rapidly since its birth in August of 2014.

Facebook policies allow trolls to target women, says group fighting sexist online abuse - 08/24/15
What exactly does Facebook mean by “community standards” when it chooses to take down – or not take down – a page reported by a user? An informal collective of women from Kerala, accusing Facebook of “mysteriously” allowing misogynistic abuse, has now launched an online campaign to find out. The group, called “Against Cyber Attacks on Women”, banded together after several women with leftist and feminist views became targets of online sexual harassment and had their Facebook profiles unfairly suspended in the past few months. Supported by a host of other women’s rights and digital rights organisations, the collective now wants Facebook to rethink its policies on tackling abuse and maintaining user privacy.

Pa. man jailed for allegedly threatening to post nude photo of girlfriend - 08/24/15
A potential case of alleged revenge porn was nipped in the bud in Northampton County, Pa., where a 47-year-old man was jailed for allegedly threatening to post a nude photo of his girlfriend on the Internet, among other threats. Our sister website,, identifies the suspect as Douglas Walter Miller of Palmer Township, who now faces charges after an extramarital relationship begun in July turned stormy.

Jilted Hartlepool man claimed on facebook that his ex was an escort girl - 08/24/15
A jilted lover posted lewd images of women on the internet and claimed his former partner was a prostitute. Ian Davidson used two pixelated images from an escort girl website and superimposed his former partner’s face on them, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.

US Embassy official in London charged with 'sextortion' - 08/24/15
Michael C Ford of the US Embassy in London has been accused of 'sextortion' attempts that include hacking, phishing and cyber-stalking involving about 250 women. Ford was an employee at the US Embassy in the UK during the whole scheme. According to the US Justice Department, the ex-state department employee apparently stole sexually explicit videos, pictures, passwords and other personal information of the victims as part of a sextortion scheme for over two years. Most of the attacks were initiated via a US Embassy computer.

The Online Mob Masquerades as a Social Justice Movement - 08/21/15
In late July, an unofficial public service announcement about a serially abusive man in Brooklyn began circulating on social media. The man’s ex-girlfriend had posted to Facebook a shockingly personal, 2,000-word account of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse she claimed she endured during their nine-month relationship. She shared apparent photo documentation of the abuse­graphic bruises and scratch marks­and outed her abusive ex as a DJ and music producer, exposing not just his full name but also the name of his record label, production company, and band.

So You Found Your Name (Or Your Executive's) In The Ashley Madison Data Dump. Now What Do You Do? - 08/20/15
The other shoe has dropped. Impact Team TISI +% the hackers who threatened to release data on cheating site Ashley Madison’s users last month, made good those threats, dumping a 9.7 gigabyte file including sensitive customer data to the deep web, accessible only via Tor. Since then, a handful of sites have sprung up to make it even easier to see whether or not an email address had an account associated with the cheating site. Media outlets are having a field day reporting on the names found, including a conservative family values advocate and various government officials.

Athletes take on Internet trolls - 08/20/15
Norwegian skiing star Therese Johaug isn’t sure if it’s envy or a lust for some sort of revenge that prompts some people to constantly make negative, insulting and usually anonymous comments about others online. She’s now joining a national campaign to take on the so-called “trolls” and bullies of the Internet.

Man gets jail in Facebook harassment case - 08/20/15
A man who authorities said tormented a Naperville woman with lurid online messages in a case of unrequited love has been sentenced to jail for that crime. Fouzan A. Quaiser pleaded guilty in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet to an amended, misdemeanor charge of electronic harassment/obscene proposal, according to court records. He had originally been charged with a total of four felony counts of cyberstalking and harassment, records showed.

Ohio State Trooper Uses Craigslist And His Position To Create A ‘Sex Stop,’ More Details Emerge - 08/20/15
Ohio state troopers, like other state troopers in America, are sometimes looked upon in a different manner than local law enforcement. Sometimes worse, sometimes better, but they often have bigger jobs to take on and certainly more of them. However, no state trooper or public official is above the law. In a day and age where citizens have growing concerns, or what some may call paranoia or conspiracy theories, about police, a story about Craigslist, a state trooper, and a sex stop certainly won’t quell those concerns. WLWT5 in Cincinnati reported that Ohio state trooper Bryan Lee used a combination of his position, Craigslist, and Facebook to stalk and sexually harass female motorists.

Wake Forest man charged with sending illicit texts, cyberstalking - 08/20/15
A 44-year-old Wake Forest man faces multiple charges after authorities say he sent inappropriate pictures and made harassing phone calls to several people. Jason Nero, of 1124 Willow Grass Lane, is charged with two counts each of felony disseminate obscenities, misdemeanor cyberstalking and making harassing phone calls.

Why outlawing anonymity will not halt online abuse - 08/19/15
Over the past few years a growing number of social networks and online communities -- the likes of Facebook and YouTube among them -- have introduced, or in some cases have tried to introduce, a real name policy. The notion behind outlawing anonymity is that online harassment will cease. This, it turns out, is a myth, sociologist Katherine Cross tells The Conference in Malmo.

Castle trustee quits over 'online harassment' - 08/19/15
A KEY figure in the £12m restoration of Cardigan Castle has quit as a trustee, saying he has suffered “months of online harassment” from a local opposition group. Glen Johnson (pictured), who has been instrumental in the redevelopment of the castle after he became interested in the iconic building as a schoolboy volunteer over 30 years ago, said he had resigned as a trustee of the Cadwgan Trust due to the “virtual persecution currently being dealt out by a small number of individuals who have taken exception to the castle and its trustees because the project is not precisely as they would like it”.

Man jailed for allegedly stalking his ex-wife - 08/18/15
Internet dating, a hidden camera and a poem led to an arrest in Green Country. Stalking accusations are causing concern in Rogers County, and a man is now behind bars for the second time this month. Jeffrey Harris is sitting in jail after he was accused for stalking his ex-wife. Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton says Harris simply will not leave the woman alone. Tuesday, he was arrested for stalking her.

Woman accused of sending threatening texts, emails after affair - 08/17/15
A West Richland woman faces a Sept. 28 trial on allegations she sent at least 200 vulgar and harassing text messages to the man with whom she was having an affair and to his wife. Sheila M. Crouch, 39, allegedly used free websites and applications to get 31 different phone numbers and email accounts, in addition to creating a blog using the wife’s name and telling her to “wake up” with details and photographs about the affair.

Sex or online embarrassment was N.J. woman's choice, indictment says - 08/17/15
A Paulsboro man has been indicted by a Salem County grand jury on charges he posted compromising photos of a woman on social media, following through on a threat he had made if she didn't have sex with him, according to court documents. Ashtin Rone, 29, was indicted on a third-degree charge of reproduction or disclosure of images of sexual contact, fourth-degree criminal coercion and fourth-degree cyber harassment.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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Monday, August 17, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - August 17, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Illinois man's Twitter bot wins 1,000 contests in nine months
An Illinois engineer said he won nearly 1,000 Twitter contests in nine months with a bot programmed to retweet giveaway offers. Hunter Scott, an electrical engineer, said in a blog post he used the Python programming language to create a Twitter bot that identifies and retweets posts that call on users to retweet for a chance to win. Scott said the robot would also follow the person or company advertising the contest if the tweet called for it. The engineer said he won nearly 1,000 contests, with most of the prizes being generally worthless items such as customized images for gaming and YouTube profiles. "I won a lot of cool stuff too though, and getting mysterious things in my mailbox each day was pretty fun," Scott wrote in a blog post. He said the prizes he obtained included gift cards, movie and concert tickets, a free year of Spotify, a Kentucky Derby mousepad and a Godzilla prize package containing a hat and a shirt. Scott said the most valuable prize he won was a $4,000 limousine ride and shopping spree during New York Fashion Week, but he declined the prize because he lives in Illinois. "My favorite thing that I won was a cowboy hat autographed by the stars of a Mexican soap opera that I had never heard of," Scott said. "I love it because it really embodies the totally random outcome of these contests." Scott said he entered about 165,000 contests and won 984, meaning he had a "pretty miserable" winning percentage of 0.6 percent. "And before you report me to the IRS, yes, I reported and paid taxes on all of the winnings I actually accepted/received," Scott said. Scott said he has now reprogrammed the bot to retweet posts that purport to raise money for charity.

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Del Rio man faces cyberstalking, child porn charges - 08/16/15
In Del Rio, federal authorities arrested 26-year-old Michael Martinez on multiple charges involving online sextortion, cyberstalking and child exploitation of three female victims, including one minor. A seven-count federal grand jury indictment, returned Wednesday and unsealed late Thursday, charges Martinez with three counts of Internet stalking; one count of production of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography; one count of possession of child pornography; and, one count of coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.

Legal Services Commission says 80 per cent of domestic violence cases involve tech abuse - 08/14/15
VIOLENT partners are bugging the computers of their victim’s parents or siblings to retain control over the relationship, lawyers warn. The Legal Services Commission says at least 80 per cent of domestic violence matters it deals with involve the use of technology by an abuser to stalk or harass a victim or their relatives. Commission director Gabrielle Canny said extended family members were reporting that their computers were bugged by the abuser.

13-year-old possibly exposed to HIV after meeting adult online - 08/14/15
The Conway Police Department said a 27-year-old has been arrested after the alleged statutory rape of a 13-year-old. According to Sgt. Latresha Woodruff, a woman called officers to report that her son had sexual contact with Sonny Byrum, of Mayflower,­a man he met through an app called “Scruff”­ while she was at work.

Stalking suspect threatened Orange County waitress with sexual assault - 08/13/15
An Orange County man is out on bond, accused of stalking a waitress at a restaurant on International Drive. She told investigators the threats were so disturbing, she feared for her life as well as her daughter’s. The victim told investigators the harassment went on for at least two months. Investigators said after the content of previous letters she received, she was too scared to open the last one that arrived, so she gave it to them in a sandwich bag. Scott Goltry, 47, bonded out of jail Thursday morning after facing a judge on a felony charge of stalking with a credible threat.

Social media posting guide for teens - 08/13/15
Chances are children and teens have more social media accounts than their parents are even aware of, and with school starting back up in Central Florida, that can mean big problems. A 14-year-old Lake County student was arrested Wednesday after deputies said he threatened to shoot up two schools on Instagram. Earlier this year, an Osceola County teen was arrested after deputies said she posted bomb threats on Twitter.

Insightful teen avoids being victimized by online sexual predator - 08/12/15
With the ever increasing awareness of internet safety and protocols being presented to children through various agencies, one local 14 year old was able to avoid possibly being taken advantage of by an online sexual predator on July 29 when he notified his mother of a man soliciting him for sex. Donald Kilgore, Jr., 36, of Ash Flat, was arrested in the case on July 31. According to the affidavit for warrant of arrest, the Sharp County Sheriff's Department was made aware of a man trying to get a 14 year old to meet him for sex after the child's parent contacted the Cherokee Village Police Department about the incident.

‘Obsessed’ Fla. man stalks teen, threatens to rape her after she sends nude photos in exchange for shopping money - 08/12/15
A 32-year-old Florida man has been arrested for stalking a 17-year-old girl and threatening to hurt her and her family after she tried to break off an Instagram relationship in which she traded nude photos of herself for money to go shopping, police said. Andrew Boubelik began calling the girl 50 to 100 times a day after she told him he was too controlling and tried to break off their Internet communications, Orlando police said.

Repeat felon in trouble on charges of stalking FBI agent - 08/12/15
A convicted con artist from the South Side who has tangled repeatedly with the FBI and irked the federal court system with hundreds of frivolous lawsuits is in trouble again, this time on charges of stalking an FBI agent who helped put him in prison for fraud a decade ago. Frederick H. Banks, 47, was indicted under seal earlier this month on one count of interstate stalking after the FBI said he placed an ad on Craigslist seeking a sexual encounter and then listed the name and phone number of the agent in Florida.

CBC reporter kissed live on air still receiving online harassment even after she accepted teen’s apology - 08/12/15
A CBC journalist who was kissed by a stranger on live TV has received an apology, but she’s still being attacked by others online for making a complaint to police. Megan Batchelor was reporting from a music festival in Squamish, B.C., north of Vancouver, Friday when a stranger came up from behind, kissed her on the cheek at the same time as he took a picture of the event.

Internet Trolls Blast Megyn Kelly With Sexist Remarks On Twitter & It's Just One Of Many Attempts To Silence Women Who Speak Out - 08/11/15
Donald Trump wasn't the only one dealing questionable language out towards Megyn Kelly after last Thursday's debate; it also unleashed the Internet trolls, who attacked Megyn Kelly with unrelenting vitriol. In fact, it got so bad that developer Izzy Galvez even created a chart to illustrate it visually ­ and the worst part is that what the chart shows isn't unexpected. This is just one instance in a long line of women being harassed online purely for speaking out against sexism.

Ellensburg man accused of assault and burglary - 08/11/15
A 19-year-old Ellensburg man is accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend, breaking into a home, and taking and posting naked pictures of the couple on Facebook. Michael Anderson was arrested on suspicion of cyberstalking, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and third-degree malicious mischief. He obtained a lawyer and turned himself in when he learned police wanted to talk with him.

Monday, August 03, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - August 3, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man accused of decapitating wife, dogs and self-mutilation leaves hospital for jail cell
A man accused of decapitating his wife and their pet dogs before mutilating himself has gone from a hospital bed to a jail cell. Phoenix police identified the man as Kenneth Dale Wakefield. Police say he was in a county lockup Sunday on $2 million bail after being booked on one count of first-degree murder and two counts of animal cruelty. Investigators say Wakefield killed Trina Heisch and their two dogs and stashed the bodies in a closet. They say he then gouged out one of his own eyes and cut off his left hand at the forearm. The grisly scene was discovered July 25 by a neighbor who went to check on Heisch and said Wakefield came to the door naked, covered in blood. It wasn't immediately clear if Wakefield had an attorney who could comment on the case.

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Physical Security Industry Adopts Social Media Monitoring - 07/30/15
Private security professionals and law enforcement personnel are leveraging social media as a physical security tool to identify security threats and prevent crime. “Knowledge is power, and we’re all learning to cyber-sleuth to keep up with the bad guys,” says Wendy Patrick, JD, PhD, Deputy District Attorney, special operations division, San Diego District Attorney’s office and president of the Association of Threat Assessment

Phony Poster Who Made Inflammatory Comments About Lacey Prom King And Queen Still Unknown - 07/30/15
Just who posted nasty online comments about the selection of two special needs students as the Lacey Township High School 2015 prom king and queen back in June remains a mystery. Although an investigation was launched shortly a furor erupted on social media about the comments made on a Lacey Patch article, there is “nothing new” about just who the actual poster was, Police Chief David A. Paprota said recently.

‘All feminists should be gang-raped’: Inside the disturbing world of online misogyny - 07/30/15
“YOU look like a tart desperate for c**k ... All feminists should be gang-raped to set them right. Plus work in a hore (sic) house for year or so.” That was an email typical of the type Emma Jane received on a weekly, daily and sometimes hourly basis in response to articles she wrote about feminist and social justice issues.

Galveston County judge to decide whether to reduce former judge's 600K bond - 07/30/15
A Galveston County judge will decide if she will reduce a former judge's $600,000 bond. The mother of former Galveston County Judge Christopher Dupuy said she could not afford to get her son out of jail. She said two bonds of $20,000 would be affordable. But she said the two current bonds of $300,000 each were too much.

Reign of terror - 07/29/15
How an online troll destroyed a family’s offline life Sharon and Richard Moreno were awakened by a phone call from a police negotiator around 2.30am one night last May. He told them to get out of their home immediately and leave their adult son behind. Officers with rifles greeted the couple on their front lawn in Sterling, Virginia, and tackled their son William on the porch. They had been drawn by a chilling post attributed to William on a popular local Web forum: “I JUST SHOT MY PARENTS NOW I WILL KILL MY SISTER.”

Facebook banned from enforcing its real name policy in Germany - 07/29/15
A German privacy watchdog ordered Facebook Inc. Wednesday to allow users to have accounts under false names on the social network. The Hamburg Data Protection Authority's Commissioner Johannes Caspar said that Facebook could not change accounts under false names to their real names or block them, according to Reuters.

What newsrooms and journalists can do about doxxing - 07/30/15
Doxxing – the sharing of an individual's personal information by which to harass them – is a growing and particularly malicious trend in some darker corners of the internet. And journalists are often the target. Occasional online harassment is part and parcel of discussing contentious issues on social media, but having the same behaviour follow you home can leave victims feeling powerless and terrified. People who take issue with a story may find out the reporter's home address or contact information and send them anything from fast food deliveries and empty boxes to pictures of dead bodies and rape threats.

Army set to crack down on cyber bullying - 07/29/15
Cyber bullying among service members is getting out of hand, and Army leaders are calling on soldiers to straighten up ­ or face some career-ending consequences. In an All-Army Activities message issued Monday, the service reminded soldiers about maintaining a professional presence on and off line.

NC private investigators could be banned from using GPS tracking - 07/28/15
Private investigators in North Carolina fear they are about to lose a vital tool in their industry – GPS tracking. A bill moving through its final stages in the state House would include secretive GPS tracking of another person under the umbrella definition of cyberstalking, a class 2 misdemeanor. House Bill 238 allows some exemptions, such as for various law enforcement officers, the owner of a vehicle fleet or a parent tracking their child’s location. The bill is expected to go before the full House on Wednesday.

ON GUARD ONLINE: Local man a ‘sextortion’ target - 07/28/15
A few months ago, Mineral Wells police received a report in which a man claimed someone online threatened to release sexually explicit photos of him to friends on social media if he didn’t pay out $500. This ordeal began when the man made contact online with someone he thought was a woman and began an explicit conversation and exchange of photos on apps like Facetime and other chat media, said police spokesman Lt. Randy Wright.