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Monday, March 30, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - March 30, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Girl, 12, tried to poison mom twice for taking away iPhone
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/03/23/Police-Girl-12-tried-to-poison-mom-twice-for-taking-away-iPhone/9981427125704/?spt=sec&or=on
Authorities in Colorado said a 12-year-old girl was taken into custody on allegations she tried to poison her mother twice as revenge for taking away her iPhone. The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said the girl's mother noticed the smell of bleach coming from her smoothie shortly after she took away her 12-year-old daughter's iPhone. "It's pretty scary." Cmdr. Heidi Prentup told KDVR-TV. "She thought that her daughter had maybe just cleaned the glass and that there was still bleach left in it. Then she started feeling sick." Prentup said the woman's sickness passed, but a couple weeks later she discovered another bleach odor coming from a carafe of water in her bedroom. "When she smelled the bleach in the carafe she confronted her daughter and her daughter told her that she was trying to kill her for taking her iPhone," Prentup said. Prentup said the girl was booked into the Boulder County juvenile center on two charges of attempted first degree murder.

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How to keep your emails from being tracked - 03/30/15
http://www.fox19.com/story/28613776/how-to-keep-your-emails-from-being-tracked
Most people receive dozens of emails each day without realizing they could be giving away personal information simply by clicking ‘open.' Email tracking software allows big companies, and even just the little guy, to send emails and not only find out when the recipient opened it, but their location as well.

Digital Culture: CreepyPMs and the Women Who Receive Them - 03/30/15
http://www.psmag.com/nature-and-technology/digital-culture-creepypms-and-the-women-who-receive-them
It’s no secret that women suffer for their gender on the Internet. As Amanda Hess detailed here last year, women are more likely to report online harassment and bullying even as the Internet becomes increasingly central in everyone’s social and professional lives.

Firms need social media policy for staff - 03/30/15
http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/2015/03/30/firms-need-social-media-policy-for-staff
AN INCREASING number of people are engaging on social media platforms and they are also used by companies to promote their businesses. People are connected and are engaging with others around the world in a way that has never been possible before. However, the inappropriate use or abuse of social media has also led to several legal battles, in SA and around the world. There have been many arrests for cybercrimes and an increase in the number of employees dismissed for social media misconduct.

GA Supreme Court rules online criticisms were 'free speech,' not cyberstalking - 03/29/15
http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/marietta/2015/03/28/high-court-rules-against-woman-claiming-to-be-stalked-online/70584054/
Anyone who has been the victim of a stalker can describe what it's like to live in constant fear. A Marietta woman, whose name is known to millions, says she was the victim of a cyberstalker. But the state's supreme court disagreed, ruling on Friday that the man she accused of stalking her had every right to post what he did about her on the internet.

Technology aids 'peeping Toms,' makes trauma worse for victims - 03/29/15
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-peeping-toms-20150329-story.html#page=1
Emma Shulevitz said she wonders whether she's being watched whenever she uses a public restroom. The 28-year-old Rockville resident was among the women who used a changing room at the National Capital Mikvah, a Jewish ritual bath in Washington, D.C., where Rabbi Barry Freundel admitted last month to secretly recording women with a hidden camera.

Man charged with cyberstalking couple - 03/29/15
http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/crime/2015/03/29/man-charged-cyberstalking-couple/70632934/
An Asheville man has been charged with cyberstalking after allegedly threatening to kill a couple in emails and repeated cell phone calls, warrants show. Robert Stephen Wright, 56, of Abby Circle has been charged with three counts of sending threatening emails, three counts of communicating threats from November through March, according to warrants filed with the Buncombe County Magistrate’s Court.

I Wasn't Prepared for the Horror Story That Is Online Dating While Black - 03/28/15
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/xojane-/i-wasnt-prepared-for-the-horror-story-that-is-online-dating-while-black_b_6490546.html
I try to remind myself that no one ever said online dating would be a wholly pleasant experience. There is an inherent awkwardness that comes with entering the world of swipes and algorithms, and it's simply unavoidable. I grew up and into an era during which the Internet has basically informed much of my identity and sparked many of my most important relationships -- I've met some of my closest friends via sites like LiveJournal and Tumblr.

13-year-old Minecraft player confesses to swatting, police say - 03/27/15
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/13-year-old-minecraft-player-confesses-to-swatting-police-say/
A 13-year-old Southern California boy has confessed to three different swattings, one in which he threatened to blow up a house with hostages in a suburban neighborhood, police said Friday."The Camarillo incident there were 20-plus officers there. I was at that call. We basically surrounded the house. The caller reported there were 10 hostages in the house and demanded $30,000 in cash or he would blow up the house," Det. Gene Martinez of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said in a telephone interview with Ars. "Whenever there is a hostage situation, we activate specialized units to respond."

How to defeat Internet bullies - 03/27/15
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Passcode/Passcode-Voices/2015/0327/How-to-defeat-Internet-bullies
Effective solutions for ending – or even lessening – the abuse and online harassment that happens on the Web have been elusive to say least. But the cause did receive a strong endorsement recently when Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook all took harder stances against deplorable behavior on their platforms. What's more, over the past 18 months, 14 states have criminalized so-called "revenge porn," the act of posting online nude images without someone's consent.

Queens Man Charged With Cyber Harassment After Masturbating On Unsolicited Video Chats - 03/25/15
http://www.bergendispatch.com/articles/35880985/Queens-Man-Charged-With-Cyber-Harassment-After-Masturbating-On-Unsolicited-Video-Chats-.aspx
The Bergen County Prosecutor announced the arrest of Marty Napoleon, 33, of Queens, New York, on charges of Stalking and Cyber Harassment. Napoleon was arrested in Queens, New York on Wednesday March 25, 2015 without incident. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit after an investigation revealed that Napoleon was using a social media application to make video telephone calls over Wi-Fi to randomly contact numerous victims in Bergen County.

How to Try to Get Your Nude Photos Removed From the Internet - 03/24/15
http://www.boston.com/news/2015/03/24/how-try-get-your-nude-photos-removed-from-the-internet/xCCZsc2Y1WCGW8KWBNAlYP/story.html
One of the most frustrating parts of being a victim of revenge porn is how hard it is to get justice. Although sixteen states have laws protecting victims from revenge porn ­loosely defined as private photos posted online by an angry ex­Massachusetts is not among them. Victims need to navigate a murky collection of laws as they try to get their most private moments removed from the Internet.

Police sgt. accused of harassment demoted - 03/24/15
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/mar/24/el-cajon-police-sergeant-sexual-harassment/
Citizens demanded Tuesday that the El Cajon City Council take stronger action against a police sergeant who was demoted after a female officer accused him of sexual harassment, but the city manager stood by his decision. Speakers claimed the recent allegations are a symptom of “institutionalized sexism” at the El Cajon Police Department and called for the officer to be fired or placed on administrative leave for the claims against him.

Monday, March 16, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - March 16, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Smuggling suspect had 146 iPhones strapped to body in China
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/03/16/Smuggling-suspect-had-146-iPhones-strapped-to-body-in-China/9581426515762/#ixzz3UYqUmwRs
Authorities in China said a man caught with 146 iPhones strapped to his body set a new record for largest number of devices in a foiled smuggling attempt. Customs officials said the man was spotted walking "at a really snow pace with a strangely stiffened back" while carrying only a small shoulder bag March 6 at the border crossing in Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province. Officers had the man walk through a metal detector, and he was taken for a search when the device indicated the presence of metallic objects on his body. The man was found to have 126 iPhones strapped around his waist in a belt-like formation and another 20 devices were found strapped to his legs. Customs officers said the man had purchased the phones in Hong Kong. They said smugglers often attempt to bring devices over from Hong Kong due to the lower tax rates on the island. Investigators said the same man was busted in attempted smuggling attempts at least four times previously. They said a total 511 cellphones have been seized from the man at border crossings.

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Six tips for handling trolls without losing your temper - 03/16/15
http://www.bdlive.co.za/life/gadgets/2015/03/16/six-tips-for-handling-trolls-without-losing-your-temper
TROLLING is a constant source of social media angst. "Don’t feed the trolls" is the mantra of anyone who’s spent much time on Twitter. But it’s more complicated than that, and when you’re being targeted, it’s very easy to lose your temper ­ and, quite possibly, your reputation along with it.

Attractive woman seen on Tinder at SXSW turns out not to be human - 03/15/15
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/03/15/Attractive-woman-seen-on-Tinder-at-SXSW-turns-out-not-to-be-human/6871426446765/#ixzz3UYpMDYEw
Many people using Tinder at SXSW came across a picture of Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, but it wasn't what it seemed. People communicating with the profile were soon asked a series of questions about being human. According to Adweek, on the other side of the line was a bot being used to promote the movie Ex Machina, which premiered at SXSW.

Vancouver woman will spend 22 years in jail after shooting supervisor - 03/14/15
http://www.kptv.com/story/28508011/vancouver-woman-will-spend-22-years-in-jail-after-shooting-supervisor#ixzz3UYkd8R1W
Deborah Lennon, who shot her former supervisor last year, will spend 22 years in prison. Lennon opened fire in a Vancouver Veterans Affairs office. She shot Allen Bricker several times in the chest. She apologized to her victim Friday at her sentencing hearing. "I wish I could explain what was going on in my mind at the time, but I can't," said Lennon. "There is no explanation for my behavior."

American flag baby photos sparks online controversy - 03/14/15
http://sportact.net/american-flag-baby-photos-sparks-online-controversy-picture-8070-2015/
American flag baby picture by Vanessa Hicks stirs up desecration debate. Professional photographer Vanessa Hicks posted the picture on her Facebook page on Monday. Hicks said internet users have lashed out on social media and accused her of being disrespectful to the United States flag.

How To Turn The Tables On People Who Post Nude Photos For Revenge - 03/13/15
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/03/13/3633181/victims-may-able-sue-revenge-porn-sites-proposed-texas-legislation/
Texas legislators introduced a new revenge porn bill that would let victims sue anyone responsible for leaking or sharing intimate images online without consent. State Democrats, Sen. Sylvia Garcia and Rep. Mary Gonzalez announced the joint legislative effort Wednesday with bills from both state houses, HB 496 and its sister SB 1135. If passed, the legislation would open revenge porn websites to civil penalties while those who share the unauthorized images could face a Class A misdemeanor charge.

Can Digital Vigilantism Make the Internet Safer for Women? - 03/13/15
http://www.psmag.com/nature-and-technology/how-one-jock-helped-bring-internet-vigilantism-to-the-public-eye
On February 25, former Red Sox pitching star Curt Schilling did what any proud, tech-savvy father might do to celebrate his 17-year-old daughter Gabby’s acceptance to college on a softball scholarship: He sang her praises on his Twitter page. He expected, and got, the usual Internet snark in return­"smart ass college kids," as he put it, tweeting "I’ll take care of her" and "can’t wait to date her!" But even to a longtime social media user like Schilling, many of the responses were appalling, even infuriating. "Teach me your knuckleball technique so I can shove my fist in your daughter," one Twitter user wrote. "How far is Salve Regina from Jersey? I wanna come and play, but Gabby wants me to cum and stay," wrote another.

'Obsessed' woman stalked anti-paedophile campaigner, court hears - 03/13/15
http://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-news/2015/03/13/obsessed-woman-stalked-anti-paedophile-campaigner-court-hears/
Penny Mellor is accused of carrying out cyber attacks in tweets, emails and a blog. The 53-year-old from Wolverhampton has gone on trial at Chelmsford Crown Court. The opening day of the trial heard of the alleged 'bile' she aimed at Shy Keenan, from near Colchester. Mellor claimed that Ms Keenan had fabricated an account of her childhood sexual abuse in her 2008 book Broken, and that she was a fraudster and attention seeker.

Edmonton woman is facing charges for allegedly stalking local TV news anchor - 03/13/15
http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/03/13/edmonton-woman-is-facing-charges-for-allegedly-stalking-local-tv-news-anchor
An Edmonton woman accused of stalking a local TV news anchor and threatening him and his family has been extradited from Germany by city police to face charges. Hana Sakkat, 38, appeared before a justice of the peace Friday on 18 criminal charges - including criminal harassment and uttering death threats - after being flown back to Edmonton in police custody the day before.

Stopping Online Harassment Before It Starts - 03/12/15
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/13/opinion/yik-yak-stopping-online-harassment-before-it-starts.html?_r=0
Yik Yak, created in 2013, is a relatively young social network. But it already has a problem with harassment. As Jonathan Mahler of The Times has written, students at a variety of colleges and high schools have used the app to post anonymous racist, sexist or threatening messages. One professor at Eastern Michigan University found that students had been posting insulting comments about her and other faculty members during their lecture.

Facebook ‘likes’ on wife’s page fueled suspected Colorado arson’s ‘cheater’ rage: cops - 03/12/15
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/facebook-likes-fueled-arson-suspects-cheater-rage-cops-article-1.2147638
A Colorado man accused of torching his house after spray painting “My wife is a cheater” on the wall told cops he knew she was stepping out on him because another man kept liking her Facebook posts, authorities said. William Lindauer, 31, admitted to cyber-stalking his wife’s page in the lead up to Tuesday’s explosive blaze in a Denver suburb, according to court documents. The unhinged husband reportedly told investigators he went out and bought a gun and a bottle of vodka on Monday after peppering his wife with accusatory text messages.

The new rules of social media - 03/11/15
http://www.elle.com.au/news/zeitgeist/2015/3/the-new-rules-of-social-media/
The rules of social media have evolved in the last decade (yes, it has been that long) – and keeping up with potential faux pas can be an arduous and confusing task. Where once social media was used to reflect our “real lives”, it’s now taken on a life of its own, creating a filtered reality where you can trick people into thinking you love granola bowls and ride a beige bicycle. We’ve compiled a list of the latest in online etiquette, so you’ll never have to worry about whether Facebook stalking is acceptable or not again (hint: it is).

The Shooting at Lil Wayne's House Was Nothing More Then a Case of "Swatting" - 03/11/15
http://mic.com/articles/112498/the-shooting-at-lil-wayne-s-house-was-nothing-more-then-a-case-of-swatting
Police, including SWAT teams and a hostage negotiator, rushed to rapper Lil Wayne's Miami Beach mansion Wednesday after a man contacted the Miami Beach Police Department claiming that he had shot four people inside. After hours of high alert, officers determined the call was a hoax.

Monday, March 09, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - March 9, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man's 365-day proposal video goes viral
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/03/09/Mans-365-day-proposal-video-goes-viral/8901425875835/?spt=sec&or=on
Video of a man's elaborate, 365-day proposal to his girlfriend has gone viral. Dean Smith spent more than a year preparing to pop the question to his girlfriend, Jennifer Kessel, on her 26th birthday in Aruba. Smith videotaped himself each day for a year -- starting Jan. 8, 2014 -- holding up a sign declaring his love for Kessel. "For the next year, I'll show you how much I love you and that you're in my thoughts every day," he says at the beginning of the video. "I want to marry you." Smith then spliced the footage together in a video package for Kessel, who watches for the first time on the beach in Aruba. "The thoughtfulness that went into making this video is truly beyond any words that I have," Kessel told The Huffington Post. "When I turned around and saw Dean standing in front of me, we both broke down in tears." Smith said he decided to make his own proposal video because he saw how much Kessel loved watching them.

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Waiter seeks tab-skipping drinkers on Craigslist
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/03/09/Waiter-seeks-tab-skipping-drinkers-on-Craigslist/2201425907373/?spt=sec&or=on
A Missouri waiter's "Missed Connections" Craigslist post seeking two women who skipped out on their tabs is going viral. Stephen O'Laughlin, who said he does not want to identify the Kansas City bar and grill where he works, created a "Missed Connections" posting on the website featuring a picture of the empty glasses and unpaid tabs left behind by the two women.

Watch Emma Watson Perfectly Shut Down the Trolls Who Tried to Silence Her - 03/09/15
http://mic.com/articles/112184/emma-watson-has-the-perfect-message-for-trolls-who-think-they-can-silence-her
Emma Watson's portrayal of the brilliant Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise won the hearts of millions. Now it seems Watson is taking notes from her character's playbook, and channeling Hermione's fierce intelligence to fight online trolls and sexism. In honor of International Women's Day on Sunday, Watson participated in an hour-long Q&A at Facebook's London Headquarters. When asked about "the Fappening" ­ the infamous 2014 leaking of female celebrities' private nude photos, of which Watson was a threatened target ­ Watson noted that efforts to embarrass and silence her failed miserably.

It's Now Illegal to Share Non-Consensual 'Intimate Images' - 03/09/15
http://www.kelownanow.com/news/news/National_News/15/03/09/It_s_Now_Illegal_to_Share_Non_Consensual_Intimate_Images
Bill C-13, an act to amend the Criminal Code, is now law. Under the new law, the non-consensual distribution of intimate images is illegal. In addition, the new law provides authorities the authorization to remove images from the internet, as well as acquire personal evidence, such as cell-phone usage and telecommunications data, that might be related to the unlawful distribution of intimate images.

DDoS attack targets Femsplain on International Women's Day - 03/08/15
http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/8/8171269/ddos-attack-targets-femsplain-on-international-womens-day
Feminist blog Femsplain was taken offline earlier today by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, according to the site's founder, Amber Gordon. She tells The Verge that the site was offline for roughly three hours before service returned intermittently late Sunday afternoon on the East Coast. The timing seems far from random: today is International Women's Day.

Schilling: Women should fight back against online harassment - 03/08/15
http://nypost.com/2015/03/08/curt-schillings-war-against-daughters-twitter-trolls/
On the afternoon of Feb. 25, a Wednesday, Gabby Schilling received a long-awaited piece of mail: her acceptance letter to Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. She was also informed that she’d be pitching for the school’s softball team. Her dad, retired baseball great Curt Schilling, was elated. He wasn’t at the family home in Medfield, Mass., when Gabby got the news, but at 2:53 p.m., he took to Twitter and posted this:

Parents Face Ongoing Challenge To Keep Children Safe From Cyberbullying - 03/06/15
http://www.misco.co.uk/blog/news/02773/parents-face-ongoing-challenge-to-keep-children-safe-from-cyberbullying
Keeping their children safe online is proving too much of a challenge for some parents, IT-Online reports. A new study by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International has found that nearly a quarter (22%) of parents feel helpless to control their child's activities online - yet nearly half of them (48%) worry that their children may face cyberbullying.

York woman leads international cyber-bully investigation team - 03/06/15
http://bangordailynews.com/2015/03/06/news/state/york-woman-leads-international-cyber-bully-investigation-team/
Jayne Hitchcock remembers that time in 1997 when she was stalked online by someone who turned out to be an unscrupulous huckster ­ in the early days of the Internet after she joined an early form of message board called a “newsgroup.” “I went to the police, but law enforcement had no clue about the Internet. When I called them, they said, ‘What is a newsgroup?’ So I had to learn myself who was stalking me online,” she said.

Girl in Calvary threats mad she wasn’t part of Instagram account - 03/06/15
http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20150306/NEWS/150309623/1040?Title=Police-Girl-in-Calvary-threats-mad-she-wasn-x2019-t-part-of-Instagram-account
Parents of Calvary Christian Academy students took their children home after a 13-year-old girl threatened to kill everyone at the school because she was not included in a social media account, Ormond Beach police said. The girl made an Instagram account called “CCA UGLIEST” when she discovered she was not featured on the “CCA FINEST” account, according to a police report.

Stanley man arrested for 2014 sexual assault - 03/06/15
http://www.lincolntimesnews.com/2015/03/06/stanley-man-arrested-for-2014-sexual-assault/
Lincoln County deputies have arrested a Stanley man for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in 2014. Robert Anthony Douglas Waldrup, 23, of 1992 Cardinal Loop, was arrested on Wednesday by Detective Dan Renn on one felony count of statutory rape/sex offense of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old victim by a defendant more than six years older and one misdemeanor count of cyberstalking for an incident that deputies said occurred on Labor Day weekend in September 2014.

13-Year-Old Girl Arrested For Threatening To “Kill Everyone” At Calvary Christian Academy - 03/06/15
http://flaglerlive.com/75614/calvary-christian-academy/
A 13-year-old girl at Calvary Christian Academy in Ormond Beach was arrested Wednesday after posting threats to “kill everyone at CCA” on Instagram, her arrest report states. The girl, a Holly Hill resident, was charged with cyber-stalking, making written threats to kill or injure others, making a false report to law enforcement, and disrupting an educational institution. Calvary Christian is a private sectarian school with a K-12 enrollment of about 300, with some 60 to 70 students from Flagler County. Many parents on Wednesday pulled their children out of school when reports of the case began to spread, out of fear.

'Games were supposed to be a fun career choice: Now I'm afraid I'll get murdered' - 03/05/15
http://www.businessinsider.com/why-these-women-stayed-in-the-games-industry-after-the-worst-year-ever-2015-3#ixzz3TtxWyauw
At this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, a panel of distinguished game developers and critics gathered for a very popular panel, the third annual #1ReasonToBe ­ as in, "the No. 1 reason to be" a woman who works in games and technology.

Man arrested after replying to sheriff's Facebook picture - 03/04/15
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/03/04/Man-arrested-after-replying-to-sheriffs-Facebook-picture/3161425487027/#ixzz3Tu1KhhQJ
Authorities in Ohio said a man is in custody after he commented on a sheriff's department Facebook post asking for information about his location. The Butler County Sheriff's Office said Andrew Dale Marcum, 21, was being sought on multiple warrants when his picture was posted to the sheriff's department Facebook page Monday with a message asking for members of the public to help locate the suspect.

Monday, March 02, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - March 2, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Zookeepers recreate animal poses in viral photos
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/02/27/Zookeepers-recreate-animal-poses-in-viral-photos/3371425054341/?spt=sec&or=on
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
http://www.taosnews.com/lifestyle/article_90c156b6-bdde-11e4-b01e-ffd9788d8849.html
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
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/top-cop-web-trolls-swamping-5255324
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
http://mashable.com/2015/02/27/google-algorithm-revenge-porn/
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
http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/games/man-who-terrorised-video-game-creator-brianna-wu-now-says-it-was-a-joke-20150226-13q93j.html
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
http://www.macon.com/2015/02/27/3609688/former-macon-student-guilty-in.html
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
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ross-ellis/public-shaming-weve-gone-too-far_b_6765380.html
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
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/crime/sfl-revenge-porn-miami-beach-20150227-story.html
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
http://www.nj.com/somerset/index.ssf/2015/02/bound_brook_man_indicted.html
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
http://www.thedrum.com/news/2015/02/26/reddit-implements-stricter-rules-involuntary-pornography
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
http://www.wigantoday.net/news/local/women-targeted-by-revenge-porn-louts-1-7127390
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
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/02/26/Texas-man-investigated-after-posting-photo-of-dead-dogs/6041424973419/#ixzz3TEq3eB3F
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
http://www.salon.com/2015/02/26/men_make_shocking_discovery_that_online_harassment_is_bad_after_experiencing_online_harassment/
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.
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/02/24/video-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
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2015/02/24/suck-it-up-says-teen-who-deleted-11-year-old-s-destiny-characters.aspx
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
http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Internet-perverts-borrowed-time-crackdown-online/story-26077113-detail/story.html#ixzz3TEpJHVkB
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.