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Monday, February 23, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - February 23, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .College dean gets box of fake IDs meant for student named Dean
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/02/21/College-dean-gets-box-of-fake-IDs-meant-for-student-named-Dean/6411424537326/#ixzz3SbXHhRMP
Four Radnor Township college students who ordered fake IDs from China made a cringe-worthy blunder. Police said an 18-year-old college student named Dean ordered a box of fake IDs and had them shipped to his campus address. What the student probably didn't think about was he shared the same name with a dean at his school. The package was delivered to the administrator, who open the box and found eight realistic-looking IDs, one complete with the student's real name. "You can't make this up," Radnor Police Superintendent William Colarulo told the Philadelphia Inquirer. Police linked the fake IDs to four 18-year-old men, but would not identify the men or the college. Local schools include Villanova University, Cabrini College, Eastern University and Valley Forge Military Academy and College. Police tracked the package to Guangzhou, China, and said it is part of a larger problem with fraudulent identification. The cards are easy to get and can be used for far more than sneaking into bars. There are many people who use these to commit forgery or credit card fraud," police Lt. Chris Flanagan said. The students are not facing criminal charges but have been referred to their parents and may face school sanctions.

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Florida Camp Counselor Accused of Sending Threatening Messages to Kids - 02/23/15
http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/28160743/florida-camp-counselor
A South Florida man faced a judge on Friday after being accused of cyber-stalking a 13-year-old boy and surrendering to police. 18-year-old Robert Yagid of Davie, Florida had previously counseled the boy at Camp Adventure at Tree Tops Park in Davie. Yagid is the son of a police officer. In court, Yagid was placed under an order for home detention with an ankle monitor, is not permitted further contact with the victim, and strictly limited internet and computer use. "You can only use a computer and internet access for school work," said Judge Carlos Rebollo in court.

Lamar County woman indicted for cyberstalking - 02/23/15
http://www.myfoxal.com/story/28177662/lamar-county-woman-indicted-for-cyberstalking
A Lamar County woman has been indicted for cyberstalking of a Purvis teen. Keri Jo Ford, 38, of Purvis was arrested Friday and charged with one count of cyber-stalking. Ford was later released on a $1,000 bond. According to the indictment, between Sept. 1st 2014 and Sept. 4th 2014 did willfully, unlawfully, intentionally and feloniously electronically communicate to another repeatedly for the purpose of harassing any person: to wit did repeatedly electronically communicate with Joseph Barrett, 19, for the purpose of harassing him.

Paedophile awarded £20k Facebook damages - 02/20/15
http://www.u.tv/News/2015/02/20/Paedophile-awarded-20k-Facebook-damages-32104
In a landmark verdict, Mr Justice Stephens held that both the social media giant and page operator Joe McCloskey were liable for misusing private information. He also ordered that the 'Keeping Our Kids Safe From Predators 2' profile at the centre of the lawsuit is to be terminated. Ruling for the sex offender who brought the privacy action, the judge said information published indiscriminately could have threatened public order and incited violence and hatred.

Death Threats Force Dev Out of PAX East - 02/20/15
http://www.gamespot.com/articles/death-threats-force-dev-out-of-pax-east/1100-6425414/
Indie studio Giant Spacekat has announced that it will no longer attend next month's gaming convention PAX East in Boston due to threats of violence. Giant Spacekat studio head Brianna Wu, who has faced death threats before and appeared on national television to discuss online harassment, announced the news this week on the developer's website.

Iggy Azalea quits Twitter after ‘cellulite’ bikini pic spawns ‘hatred’ and ‘pettiness’ - 02/20/15
http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/music/iggy-azalea-quits-twitter-after-cellulite-bikini-pic-spawns-hatred-and-pettiness/story-e6frfn09-1227228992865
IGGY Azalea is “taking time away” from social media after a string of feuds and online harassment over her body. The Fancy rapper said she is done with “pettiness” and “hatred” on the internet in an epic rant on Twitter, announcing her departure from the site. “I need to be happy and this is too negative and draining,” Azalea tweeted.

‘Serial’ Truthers Are Now Doxxing Women - 02/19/15
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/20/serial-truthers-are-now-doxxing-women.html
Those who speak their minds about the podcast are often harassed online and sometimes targeted in real life. And for women with an opinion on the show, it’s much worse. Susan Simpson has been blogging about legal matters since she graduated from law school. For five years, she’s run her site without any disruption to her professional or personal life. Then, she tackled the murder trial against Adnan Syed, which had been launched into national fame thanks to the popularity of the podcast Serial.

Threatening texts lead to cyberstalking arrest - 02/19/15
http://www.katc.com/story/28149201/threatening-texts-lead-to-cyberstalking-arrest
Lafayette Police on Thursday arrested a New Orleans man accused of sending threatening text messages to a woman in Lafayette. The victim called police and showed them the messages allegedly sent by David Curley, according to the affidavit of probable cause. The messages read that unless she allowed him to get his belongings from her house, he had friends ready to attack her as soon as she left the house.

Terrence Howard Death Threats: ‘Empire’ Star Claims Ex-Wife Threatened Him - 02/19/15
http://www.inquisitr.com/1854393/terrence-howard-death-threats/
Terrence Howard is receiving death threats. The Empire star filed a police report with the Los Angeles Police Department, and he has an idea who is behind the threats he started receiving via social media a year ago. According to TMZ, Howard claims his ex-wife, Michelle Ghent, is behind the posts on an Instagram account. He took his claim to the police, and it is now being investigated. The posts on Instagram started last year, and several have targeted Howard and his new wife. One post threatened the new couple saying that “won’t live to see [their] children.” Another targeted his wife with a post that claimed Howard was cheating on her. The post showed Howard out with another woman. Yet another post showed an empty pill bottle of Howard’s.

Feminist writers are so besieged by online abuse that some have begun to retire - 02/19/15
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/online-feminists-increasingly-ask-are-the-psychic-costs-too-much-to-bear/2015/02/19/3dc4ca6c-b7dd-11e4-a200-c008a01a6692_story.html
Jessica Valenti is one of the most successful and visible feminists of her generation. As a columnist for the Guardian, her face regularly appears on the site’s front page. She has written five books, one of which was adapted into a documentary, since founding the blog Feministing.com. She gives speeches all over the country. And she tells me that, because of the nonstop harassment that feminist writers face online, if she could start over, she might prefer to be completely anonymous. “I don’t know that I would do it under my real name,” she says she tells young women who are interested in writing about feminism. It’s “not just the physical safety concerns but the emotional ramifications” of constant, round-the-clock abuse.

A Social-Media Mistake Is No Reason to Be Fired - 02/18/15
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/02/being-shamed-on-social-media-should-not-get-people-fired/385597/
Jon Ronson's forthcoming book, So You've Been Publicly Shamed, can't reach front porches soon enough, assuming it resembles the adaptation published in The New York Times. The journalist and humorist revisits the stories of mostly obscure people who showed bad judgment (as every Internet user has done at one time or another) but were unlucky enough to become the focus of an angry digital mob. The nature of their transgressions varies. But in each case, the punishments arbitrarily urged or meted out by callous strangers on social media affected their lives for years, costing them jobs, causing them to flee from their homes, stressing their loved ones, and sending them into states of existential despair.

Tips for Protecting Yourself from Cyberstalking from 2015 M3AAWG Litynski Award Recipient Jayne A. Hitchcock - 02/18/15
http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2015/02/18/tips-protecting-yourself-cyberstalking-2015-m3aawg-litynski-award-recipient-jayne-hitchco#mWRVkmvRFChhZVDC.99
One of the earliest advocates protecting cyberstalking and cyberbullying victims, Jayne A. Hitchcock received the 2015 M3AAWG Mary Litynski Award today for her efforts in assisting targeted individuals, training law enforcement, supporting anti-harassment legislation and teaching teenagers how to protect themselves from potential threats. The lifetime achievement award for her work as co-founder of Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHO@) and in aiding thousands of online victims was presented today by the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group at the M3AAWG 33rd General Meeting in San Francisco.

‘Whistleblower’ pleads guilty to harassing couple - 02/18/15
http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/whistleblower-pleads-guilty-to-harassing-couple-313127.html
A defendant in a district court case yesterday was “effectively a whistleblower” against himself and others in proceedings of harassment relating to Killarney’s famed jarvey business. Kevin Counihan, aged 34, from Apt 1, 30 High Street, Killarney, Co Kerry, pleaded guilty to harassing Michael and Julie Sweetman “by persistingly communicating with them, including by means of telephone and internet,” on dates between May 9 and May 25, 2010.

15 Truths About Online Trolls - 02/17/15
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/242924
As long as there have been online communities, beginning with bulletin board systems, there have been trolls. According to Whitney Phillips, a New York University lecturer, Usenet users first used “the word ‘troll’ to describe someone who deliberately disrupted online discussions in order to stir up controversy.” Whenever 4chan rose to prominence in the mid-2000s, users began to proudly describe themselves as trolls.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I won an award!

Jayne here - I've been dying to let you all know about this, but couldn't announce it until today. Here it is - the award I received this morning!
One of the earliest advocates protecting cyberstalking and cyberbullying victims, Jayne A. Hitchcock received the 2015 M3AAWG Mary Litynski Award today for her efforts in assisting targeted individuals, training law enforcement, supporting antiharassment legislation and teaching teenagers how to protect themselves from potential threats. The lifetime achievement award for her work as co-founder of Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHO@) and in aiding thousands of online victims was presented today by the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group at the M3AAWG 33rd General Meeting in San Francisco. Hitchcock became an anti-abuse advocate in 1996 when a scammer targeted her with threatening emails and posted defaming messages in her name after she exposed a fraudulent publishing scheme on a Usenet message board. When the local police did not have the tools or knowledge to help her, Hitchcock fought back by learning all she could about the technology. As a result, she became one of the earliest experts on how to identify online stalkers. She testified in support of the first U.S. email cyberstalking bill passed in 1998 and either has helped draft or supported legislative efforts establishing online harassment as a crime in 20 states. In her middle and high school educational programs for students, she shows how the students’ supposedly innocuous social media posts and profiles can make them vulnerable to threats and harassment. “Cyberstalking and harassment are hideous online crimes because victims often suffer in fearful silence without knowing where to turn for help or even that help is available. Jayne has brought this problem out in the open and her commitment has saved lives and kept the industry focused on working together to find solutions,” said Chris Roosenraad, M3AAWG chairman of the Board. About half the cases submitted to WHO@, a volunteer nonprofit organization fighting online harassment, are perpetuated by someone the victim knows such as a friend, ex-spouse or previous work colleague. The other half usually results from “road rage” when an online disagreement escalates to dangerous proportions, Hitchcock said in her acceptance speech at the M3AAWG meeting. “When a communication becomes threatening or harassing, you should respond just once by succinctly telling the perpetuator to stop contacting you. Don’t get pulled into their emotional manipulation or accusations. After that, don’t reply to their emails or other communications but keep a copy of everything. Also be sure to contact the abuse department where the agitation started, such as Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat,” Hitchcock said. To help protect yourself from being harassed, Hitchcock suggested: • Use a gender-neutral email address. • Use an email address from a free provider, such as Gmail or Yahoo!, rather then one supplied by your online service provider. This will make it harder for a stalker to discover where you live. • Avoid heated online arguments – just step away before the discussion becomes toxic. • Do not help friends who are being stalked or harassed by engaging with the perpetrators on their behalf. Instead, support their efforts to stop the crime by directing them to contact the appropriate authorities and abuse desks. In her educational outreach programs, Hitchcock shows students exactly what type of information a stranger can find about them online. Although teenagers are sophisticated in their use of technology, many are shocked at the personal details they thought were private but can be easily accessed. Teenagers also need to understand that cyberbullying can be a crime and there are nonjudgmental people and organizations to protect them. Hitchcock encourages students to report abuse by talking with a trusted adult such as teacher or coach, direct messaging the WHO@ mascot she introduces in the program that is set up on social media, or completing the WHO@ harassment reporting form at www.haltabuse.org, among other resources. “Bullied students often have no clue where to go for help and many are desperate. Students can be very reluctant to tell their parents, even those with good family relationships, because they’re afraid the first line of defense will be to take away their Internet privileges.” Hitchcock said. Since it’s founding in 1999, WHO@ has helped over 4,000 victims and now has a staff of 28 advocates. Hitchcock also has written a book on how to stay safe online, Net Crimes & Misdemeanors, in its second edition, and one exploring criminal exploits linked to the Internet, True Crime Online. A book on cyberbullying is planned for 2016. The M3AAWG Mary Litynski Award is presented annually to someone who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes for many years to help protect online users. Information and the submission form for the 2016 award are at https://www.m3aawg.org/events/maawg-mary-litynski-award. About the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) is where the industry comes together to work against bots, malware, spam, viruses, denial-of-service attacks and other online exploitation. M3AAWG (www.M3AAWG.org) represents more than one billion mailboxes from some of the largest network operators worldwide. It leverages the depth and experience of its global membership to tackle abuse on existing networks and new emerging services through technology, collaboration and public policy. It also works to educate global policy makers on the technical and operational issues related to online abuse and messaging. Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., M3AAWG is driven by market needs and supported by major network operators and messaging providers.

Monday, February 09, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - February 9, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Tinder-style dating app pairs marijuana users
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/02/05/Tinder-style-dating-app-pairs-marijuana-users/1041423187017/?spt=sec&or=on
A new mobile app allowing marijuana users to meet potential mates and network about the best places to score the drug is coming to Apple devices. Named "High There," the Tinder-style app was created by CEO Todd Mitchem after one of his dinner dates quickly ended when he revealed his marijuana use. "We wanted to build a cool piece of technology that solved the problem of where do million and millions of cannabis consumers go to meet people, connect with people and build relationships," Mitchem told Mashable. The app is based in Denver, Colo., where recreational marijuana use was made legal in 2012. High There is only available in the 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana, Mitchem said. Aside from pairing weed-smokers, the app allows users to discern preferences, such as whether a person smokes wax hash with a vaporizer or regular marijuana in cigarette form, as well as whether a person is energetic or sluggish when high. Users may also network and exchange advice about dispensary prices and other details. "A lot of people say we're the Tinder of weed, but that's only one facet of the whole thing," Mitchem said. "It's so much bigger." High There is available for free on Android and is set to be released in Apple's App Store this week.

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Legislation aims to crack down on 'revenge porn' - 02/09/15
http://www.gctelegram.com/news/state/legislation-aims-to-crack-down-on-revenge-porn/article_729800a2-9936-5509-8f0b-21d3a35c2acd.html
Alecia Clemmons knows personally how photographs can be weaponized online to humiliate, blackmail and intimidate. The perpetrator in her case was a vengeful former husband who acted after she was granted court approval of a new protection order in February 2014. An email tipped Clemmons to posting of nude photographs of her at a site called www.myex.com.

The UK government wants to ban racist trolls from using Facebook and Twitter - 02/09/15
http://www.businessinsider.in/The-UK-government-wants-to-ban-racist-trolls-from-using-Facebook-and-Twitter/articleshow/46175640.cms
British politicians are calling for racist trolls to be banned from social networking sites, the Guardian reports The suggestion comes in a new report by MPs looking at rising anti-Semitism in the UK and what can be done to tackle it. The report singles out social media as a fertile breeding ground for hate speech - citing "Hitler Was Right" trending worldwide on Twitter, and anti-Semitic messages frequently sent to politicians and others on the social networking site.

More working women complaining about online harassment, stalking - 02/09/15
http://www.merinews.com/article/more-working-women-complaining-on-online-harassing-stalking/15904140.shtml#sthash.kQ3X7eum.dpuf
More and more working women are coming forward to complain to the Cyberabad SHE team about online harassment and stalking. The team has been flooded with hundreds of complaints concerning cuber-stalking and cyber-bullying from working women and college students. The team particularly receiving huge response from social media users, many of whom are volunteering to enhance awareness and help identify hotspots where women often face harassments. The team has been following all such complaints to the cyber crime police for necessary action.

Tenafly activist faces stalking, cyber-harassment charges - 02/07/15
http://www.northjersey.com/news/tenafly-activist-faces-stalking-cyber-harassment-charges-1.1266490
A Tenafly man known for his activism on behalf of special-needs children has been extradited to Bergen County on stalking, cyber-harassment and restraining-order violations charges.

Woman fined, banned from social media after posting nude photos as revenge - 02/06/15
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Woman-fined-banned-from-social-media-after-posting-nude-photos-as-revenge-291050941.html
A Brandon woman who posted nude photographs of a 17-year-old girl on Facebook for revenge has been fined, put on probation and banned from social media. Judge Malcolm McDonald fined the woman a total of $1,500 and put her on probation for two years. "The facts of this case involve an incident of harassment and intimidation conducted through the relatively new instruments of social media and texting," McDonald said. "But, motivated by the age-old emotions of jealousy, anger and revenge."

Bogus Craigslist ad leads to cyber harassment charge in Tewksbury - 02/06/15
http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2015/02/bogus_craigslist_ad_leads_to_cyber_harrassment_cha.html
A woman has been indicted by a Hunterdon County Grand jury on a charge of cyber harassment, fourth degree. On Sept. 15 in Tewksbury Township, Brittany B. Johnson, allegedly posed as the victim who is identified only as D.D., and posted a personal ad on Craigslist. The ad allegedly had the victim's phone number in it although the content of the ad was not disclosed in the indictment returned on Feb. 5.

Twitter 'victim of trolling' - 02/06/15
http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=395431
Twitter's chief executive Dick Costolo has admitted that the company failed to deal with abuse and trolling on the service. In a memo to staff, leaked to tech news website The Verge, he said that bullying behaviour on the network was driving users away. He promised tougher action to deal with abusers. A series of high-profile users have quit Twitter in recent months, citing online abuse.

Social media’s new form of ‘cat-calling’ - 02/05/15
http://www.dailyeasternnews.com/2015/02/05/social-medias-new-form-of-cat-calling/
When Catherine Ferrill, a senior psychology major, saw that an anonymous person put a post online saying they wanted to make children with her, she was not sure what would warrant an appropriate reaction. The post described in detail the outfit Ferrill was wearing and her exact location in the student recreation center.

Alicia West's accused killer pleads not guilty at arraignment - 02/04/15
http://www.ktbs.com/story/28024045/alicia-wests-accused-killer-pleads-not-guilty-at-arraignment
Kelvin Brown has pleaded not guilty in the December murder of ex-girlfriend Alicia West. Brown was arraigned in Caddo District Court today on a charge of first-degree murder. Prosecutors haven't decided whether to seek the death penalty.

'Revenge Porn' Specifically Outlawed Under Proposed State Laws - 02/04/15
http://kuow.org/post/revenge-porn-specifically-outlawed-under-proposed-state-laws
Sometimes it's a vengeful ex-lover; sometimes a thief or a hacker is behind it. Either way, explicit, private photos of people keep getting out on the Internet. A woman from Seattle said she was mortified just over a year ago to discover naked pictures of herself posted to a "revenge porn" website. Kim asked that her last name not be used during testimony to a Washington state Senate committee Monday.

Man sought for death threats arrested with another man on drug charges - 02/03/15
http://www.bayoubuzz.com/louisiana-news/new-orleans-news/item/823385-man-sought-for-death-threats-arrested-with-another-man-on-drug-charges
A Covington-area man is in jail after police said he sent several text messages to his estranged pregnant girlfriend and his mother, threatening to kill them and other family members as well as himself.

Local man accused of Internet stalking - 02/03/15
http://www.therepublic.com/view/local_story/Local-man-accused-of-Internet-_1423010357
A Columbus man has been arrested after police said he used other people’s identities to engage in inappropriate communications with minors. Adam J. Helton, 21, of 2023 Franklin St., was arrested Monday on charges of stalking, a Class C felony; vicarious sexual gratification, a Level 5 felony; and identity deception, a Class D felony.

The Decision That Could Finally Kill the Revenge-Porn Business - 02/03/15
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/02/the-decision-that-could-finally-kill-the-revenge-porn-business/385113/
Revenge-pornography websites are a reminder that preying on the vulnerable has long been big business. And while various laws protect people against scam artists, extortionists, manipulators, and other unscrupulous enterprises, the law has not been able to keep up with all malicious businesses. Those who distribute revenge porn rake in considerable profits while largely escaping the long arm of the law. Until now.

Monday, February 02, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - February 2, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Farmer uses feed truck, camera drone to create 'Cow Art'
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/01/30/Farmer-uses-feed-truck-camera-drone-to-create-Cow-Art/2231422652393/#ixzz3QbB2UBSs
A Kansas cattle rancher posted a YouTube video showing how he used a camera drone, a feed truck and a herd of cattle to create a "cow art" smiley face. Derek Klingenberg, who previously made waves with a video of him using a trombone to serenade his cows with a rendition of Lorde's "Royals," used his feed truck to move the cows around a field until they formed the shape of a smiley face, a feat that took several minutes. Klingenberg had to double back at one point when the cows forming one of the eyes finished their snack and started to disperse.

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Evil eye: Stalkers use technology to track their targets' movements - 02/02/15
http://www.semissourian.com/story/2162186.html
Stalkers use technology to track their targets' movements A shadowy figure drives up and down the street in front of her ex-husband's house. A man sends his former girlfriend a series of threatening text messages. A college student receives multiple letters and gifts from an unwanted admirer. Stalking can take many forms, but its goal is always the same, said Molly Woeltje, education outreach coordinator for Safe House for Women.

‘I live in fear’ ­ stalking victim tells her story - 02/02/15
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/i-live-in-fear-stalking-victim-tells-her-story/story-fnq2o7dd-1227205165245
SARAH* is one of the estimated one in five Australian women who are stalked in their lifetime. She told News.com.au her story: JOHN* met me 10 years ago at my 16th birthday party. He turned up uninvited with mutual friends. We were briefly introduced, but didn’t speak. He was six foot tall and very quiet, but at the same time, creepy. I remember feeling uncomfortable about the exchange. But then without thinking too much about it, I quickly forgot about his existence.

Anti-stalking expert accused of STALKING by colleague who says he was 'obsessed' with her - 02/01/15
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/anti-stalking-expert-accused-stalking-colleague-5086202
An anti-stalking campaigner has reported her former colleague to police - for alleged stalking. Laura Richards, 39, has accused Harry Fletcher, 68, of being 'obsessed' with her, calling her '50 times a day' after she spurned his advances. He strongly denies the allegations. The pair worked together on the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, advising MPs and police. The act specifically outlawed stalking. They were also both directors of Paladin, a not-for-profit company, which advises victims and were both involved with the charity Protection Against Stalking.

Feminist blogger posts 157 abusive tweets ­ from just one week - 01/30/15
http://mashable.com/2015/01/28/online-harassment-sarkeesian/
Anita Sarkeesian, a blogger and critic, has faced a deluge of online hate on a daily basis ever since she began pointing out sexism in the video game industry two and a half years ago. But it can be hard to convey exactly what all that hate looks like. That's why Sarkeesian, who runs the blog Feminist Frequency, laid out the 157 abusive tweets that she received in the last week alone in one post on Tuesday.

US Law Firm Fights ‘Revenge Porn’ With Copyright Infringement Lawsuits - 01/30/15
http://www.ibtimes.com/us-law-firm-fights-revenge-porn-copyright-infringement-lawsuits-1800076
The advent of “revenge porn” has placed a number of victims in an enormously difficult situation -- how to get their photographs off pornographic websites. The Internet is renowned for its inability to forget, after all. But getting websites to take down pictures of revenge porn victims is not always as hard as it seems, depending on the circumstances around the image. Revenge porn is the non-consensual posting of sexually explicit material, often of a former girlfriend or wife.

Teacher accused of pawning school laptops - 01/30/15
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/01/30/Teacher-accused-of-pawning-school-laptops/3701422629214/?spt=sec&or=on
Authorities in Florida said they arrested a teacher accused of pawning laptop computers belonging to the school district. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said Adam Seider, 36, an art teacher at Pine View School in Osprey, was arrested Tuesday on allegations of pawning three Hewlett-Packard Elite laptop computers on six different occasions between June and November 2014.

Why People Hate Tess Munster (and Other Happy Fat People) - 01/30/15
http://www.styleite.com/features/why-people-hate-tess-munster-and-other-happy-fat-people/
Unless you’re someone who refuses to use social media, I’m sure you’re aware that plus-size model Tess Munster/Holliday has rocked people’s worlds by becoming the first model “of her size: signed to an agency. Her size being: 5’5 and a size 22, which is a far cry from the industry’s standard of having traditionally hourglass-y figures that are a size 10. Plus models never wear above a 16/18, and are usually 5’8 or taller. Guys . . . Tess is super short and super fat and breaking all the motherfucking rules like the superhero she is.

Disturbing details: Stranger accused of stalking Overland Park woman - 01/29/15
http://www.kctv5.com/story/27968474/disturbing-details-accuse-man-of-stalking-overland-park-woman#ixzz3Qb8IihNb
What started as an odd delivery to a local law office turned into a nightmarish stalking case that left a Johnson County woman tormented with fear and has now put a Cass County man in jail. It started on Jan. 22 with an envelope. The suspect, a total stranger, came to the woman's Overland Park law office, handed it to her and walked away. What followed were a series of sexual and obsessive emails and voicemails. The five days of alarming run-ins are chronicled in the woman's petition for a protection order.

The Cops Don't Care About Violent Online Threats. What Do We Do Now? - 01/29/15
http://jezebel.com/the-cops-dont-care-about-violent-online-threats-what-d-1682577343
"Hey Anna, do you like pizza?" I was just sitting down to dinner one evening this past November when I looked through some new Twitter notifications on my phone. My night, I realized regretfully, was about to get very, very stupid. The Twitter user was named "Davidkalac69," the photo a white egg on a purple background. Over the next few minutes, he tweeted at me a few more times: "Are you vegan/vegetarian?" "anna please respond these questions are very important" "for gods sake anna I'm not asking much" And finally: "lets trigger some bitches"

Man Sues Ford After Getting Fired For Publishing Homophobic Rant - 01/29/15
http://jalopnik.com/man-sues-ford-after-getting-fired-for-publishing-homoph-1682402040
Ford, like most American car companies, is known for being pretty progressive. It's so progressive, in fact, that it was rated one of the best places to work in 2015 by the Human Rights Campaign. And working in such a place got one guy so upset, he vomited out a disgusting, hate-filled rant for which he was allegedly fired. And now he's suing.

9 Investigates: NC stalking laws leave victims at risk - 01/29/15
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/special-reports/9-investigates-nc-stalking-laws-leaves-victims-ris/njzBF/
Melanie Johnson said she felt hopeless. For two years, she said she's been a virtual hostage, constantly harassed by a man she met online. “The calls were relentless. He would call my cellphone," she said. “If I wouldn't answer, he'd hang up and dial right back.” She said there were nearly 50 calls a day plus hundreds of texts, emails and hits on social media.

Johnson & Johnson worker hid bathroom camera - 01/28/15
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/01/28/Police-Johnson-Johnson-worker-hid-bathroom-camera/4221422477156/?spt=sec&or=on
New Jersey-based company Johnson & Johnson produces numerous products one might expect to find in a bathroom, but a pinhole spy camera is not among them. New York police said a Johnson & Johnson contractor was arrested on suspicion of placing a hidden camera in a company bathroom to record people using the toilet.

Haywood GOP insider charged with cyberstalking party volunteer - 01/28/15
http://www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/14998-haywood-gop-insider-charged-with-cyberstalking-party-volunteer
Monroe Miller, a watchdog and critic of county government and member of the so-called “patriot faction” of the Haywood County Republican Party, was charged with the misdemeanor of cyberstalking last week. The charges were taken out by Savannah Tedesco, a 24-year-old woman. She was a volunteer precinct chair in the Haywood GOP but was in the mainstream of the party and not part of Miller’s faction.

Taryn Manning’s Former Friend Turned Stalker Sentenced To Jail For 45 Days - 01/28/15
http://www.inquisitr.com/1795814/taryn-mannings-former-friend-turned-stalker-sentenced-to-jail-for-45-days/#RARHTU1EWvv7AtdG.99
Taryn Manning’s stalker has been sentenced to 45 days in jail, and is also ordered to take part in an inpatient psychiatric treatment program. These charges were made against Manning’s former friend-turned-stalker, Janine Heller, when Heller pleaded guilty to harassing the Orange is the New Black actress. According to E!, Heller’s inpatient psychiatric treatment will happen after she completes her 45 days in jail. Her treatment will last for 7-10 days and following her treatment, she will have to join an outpatient program for three weeks.

To snag a cyberstalker - 01/28/15
http://www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/14999-to-snag-a-cyberstalker
For most Americans, the Internet has moved from novelty to normal, but translating that shift in norms into law has required some innovation of its own. Since California became the first state to pass a law specifically addressing cyberstalking in 1999, a growing number of states have followed suit, including ­ just one year after California ­ North Carolina.

What's the Best Way to Deal With a Social Media Stalker? - 01/27/15
http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/how-to-deal-with-a-social-media-stalker
Online harassment comes in many forms. For each, there's developed a basic, comprehensible protocol for dealing with perpetrators. Abusive tweets can be muted. Gamer trolls can be reported. Your idiot cousin on Facebook who won't stop posting about politics can mercifully be blocked. The power to make these decisions evolved not too long ago and mostly out of necessity. Once we realized the awesomeness of the internet could be sullied by online jerks, it became necessary to shut them up.

Here's What Happens When a Woman Confronts Her Worst Online Troll - 01/27/15
http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/news/a35742/heres-what-happens-when-a-woman-confronts-her-worst-online-troll/
When you write about feminism on the Internet, you're inevitably going to get abuse. Women who write about their own rights can face hate mail, Twitter tirades, and even threats against their personal safety. But what happens when the trolls get called out?

Coke's Super Bowl Campaign Takes On Internet Hate And Urges Viewers To #MakeItHappy Instead - 01/27/15
http://www.fastcocreate.com/3041474/super-bowl-xlix/cokes-super-bowl-campaign-takes-on-internet-hate-and-urges-viewers-to-makeit
The Internet, as we all know, is terrible. Or, at least, people on the Internet are terrible­a mass of harassment and bullying, racism and sexism and homophobia, designed to drive people who critique video games into seclusion, and to ensure that the unpopular kids at school can’t even avoid their tormenters when they’re at home in their own bedrooms. But let’s not dwell on the negative here: In Coke’s forthcoming Super Bowl spot, the negativity that dominates discourse on the Internet gets called out, and replaced with something a little more upbeat.