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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Phoebe's Post-Op Eye Checkup Update

She went for her eye checkup today at Port City Veterinary Hospital in Portsmouth, NH. Dr. Cassotis (pictured here with Phoebe) gave her a thumbs up!

Eye drops have been cut down to one, three times a day for a week, then two times/day for a week, then one time/day until they are gone.

He doesn't need to see her for three months (unless there is a complication).

Next week, I do need to take her to see the tech for a pressure test, but other than that, she is good to go! Now for her fur to grow back in on her legs and she''ll be back to normal.

I highly recommend Port City to anyone for pet emergencies or specialty surgeries for their pets!

Please share Phoebe's page - we are still not close to our goal.

Monday, June 29, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - June 29, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Police helicopter loudspeaker broadcasts X-rated conversation
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/06/24/Police-helicopter-loudspeaker-broadcasts-X-rated-conversation/3431435161844/?spt=sec&or=on
A Canadian police department apologized after an X-rated conversation between officers in a helicopter was broadcast over the vehicle's loudspeaker. The Winnipeg Police Department issued an apology after residents around the city reported hearing snippets of a conversation between officers flying in the department's Air-1 helicopter Monday evening. Residents reported hearing the officers explicitly discussing oral sex. Resident Brandi Armstrong recounted hearing the conversation to CBC News. She was upset by it, as there were children in the area. Jacob Serebrin said he heard the officers talking about money and using profanity.Winnipeg residents used the hashtags "#whoops" and "#speakerphone" to share accounts of what they heard. The police department issued an apology on its website Tuesday.

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Wannabe police officer targeted in online sting targeted by hate campaign - 06/29/15
http://www.accringtonobserver.co.uk/news/wannabe-police-officer-targeted-online-9546770
A wannabe police officer caught trying to groom a man posing as a teenage boy has been targeted by a ‘hate campaign’, a court heard. Pictures of Kristian Kirk, formerly of Oswaldtwistle, have been placed on posters near his former home with a picture of a noose since he pleaded guilty last month to attempting to arrange or facilitate the commission of a child sex offence.

Cyberbullies: Anti-trolling website launched to help victims - 06/27/15
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/cyberbullies-antitrolling-website-launched-to-help-to-help-victims-10350169.html
A new anti-trolling website has been launched by the government offering advice for online abuse victims on how to report the offence and where to find help. The site is predominately aimed at women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people after research has found that these people have suffered the most extreme cases of online abuse. Stop Online Abuse, launched today, gives help to victims of online harassment, revenge porn, hate speech, sexual harassment and blackmail. It also provides legal advice and practical advice on how to respond to abusive online comments.

Hold it! Twitter 'Shaming' Serves a Purpose - 06/26/15
http://thetyee.ca/Mediacheck/2015/06/26/Twitter-Shaming-Serves-Purpose/
Were you raised by wolves? The oft-heard expression of my childhood crossed my mind when I read about the latest incident of so-called internet shaming in which a British scientist, 72, told the World Conference of Science Journalists about "his trouble with girls in science."

Legislators look at how best to crack down on 'revenge porn' - 06/25/15
http://www.startribune.com/legislators-begin-to-consider-revenge-porn-law/309909621/
Chrissy Chambers says she was secretly filmed while being sexually assaulted by an ex-boyfriend, and that it was just the beginning of the nightmare. The former lover posted the video online, which wound up on 37 different pornography sites, Chambers told Minnesota legislators and advocates Thursday at the first meeting of a bipartisan group hoping to pass legislation that will protect Minnesota victims of so-called “revenge porn.”

Middleton man sends Clementine Ford a nasty Facebook message - 06/25/15
http://www.nambuccaguardian.com.au/story/3170089/fleurieu-peninsula-man-caught-in-online-misconduct/?cs=4135
A man from the Fleurieu Peninsula region of South Australia has been shamed nationally across social media for writing threatening and derogatory comments to a media personality on Facebook. Ryan Hawkins, 20, of Middleton, sent comments to Clementine Ford, a freelance journalist and prominent feminist.

What to do When You're the Victim of Revenge Porn - 06/24/15
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/patrick-ambron/what-to-do-when-youre-the_b_7641154.html
For those of you who don't know, revenge porn is a form of online harassment whereby people distribute nude photos or videos of their ex-partners without their consent. These are quickly spread throughout the web via anonymous networks, forums, and revenge porn websites. Over 50 percent of revenge porn victims reported that their photo was accompanied by identifying information, such as their full name. This means that when a victim's name is Googled, say before a job interview, sales call, or even date, the search results can do irreparable harm to everything from their career to their love life.

Neighbour from hell harassed couple for 14 years - because she didn't like colour of their bungalow - 06/24/15
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/neighbour-hell-harassed-couple-14-5942464
A nightmare neighbour has been banned from contacting an elderly couple she harassed for 14 years because she didn't like the colour of their bungalow. Kirsty Robertson, 46, warned "I won't stop until you're dead" as she made the lives of retired Mavis and Alan Ward a constant misery. A court heard they were forced to turn their £150,000 bungalow into a "virtual fortress" and carry panic alarms in fear of what she might do next.

OITNB’s Taryn Manning Says Stalker Has Still Been Emailing Her - 06/24/15
http://www.wetpaint.com/2015-06-24-taryn-manning-orange-is-the-new-black-stalker-emails-text-messages/
All of us have people we’d prefer not email or text us, but it’s much more serious for Orange Is the New Black star Taryn Manning, who says that her stalker has continued to contact her, despite being legally mandated not to. Jeanine Heller was back in court on Monday, June 24, as Manhattan prosecutors claim that she has continued to email and text Taryn ­ even after the restraining order and plea agreement that resulted from previous stalking incidents.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

How can you resist this face?

And those beautiful big blue eyes? Phoebe the therapy dog (and cyber crime dog for my organization, WHO@-KTD) still needs help with the costs of her recent surgery. Please donate or share her fundraising page
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Monday, June 22, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - June 22, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Utah woman gets emotional at post-surgery Pac-Man dilemma
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/06/19/Utah-woman-gets-emotional-at-post-surgery-Pac-Man-dilemma/3721434720792/?spt=sec&or=on
A Utah woman shared video of herself in a post-surgery haze having an emotional moment spurred by acting out a Pac-Man scenario with her hands. Jenn Packham, an American Fork student who recently underwent leg surgery at University of Utah Health Care in Salt Lake City, shared a video of herself in a post-surgery daze pretending one hand is Pac-Man and the other is one of the video game character's ghost enemies. Packham, who posted the video to YouTube under the appropriate username Jenn Pacmman, decides in the video "the ghost is chasing Pac-Man." "Oh man, that's a bad idea, I don't know where to go," Packham says, giving a window into the imaginary Pac-Man's thought process. The dilemma leads to an emotional moment, and Packham breaks into tears until a woman -- believed by commenters to be a nurse -- takes the patient's Pac-Man hand and turns it away from the "ghost." "Oh, dear, he's going to turn this way, that's all," the woman says. The Pac-Man hand escapes the pursuing ghost via the z-axis and Packham, still somewhat distraught, mumbles the game hero's signature "whomp whomp whomp" sound effect as he gets away. Packham was later able to laugh at herself, writing on YouTube: "My hands were the Pacman characters. Nothing else to explain haha."

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Fireman sacked over Facebook sex scandal - 06/22/15
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/fireman-sacked-over-facebook-sex-scandal/story-fnn8dlfs-1227409956624
A LOGAN fireman at the centre of a Facebook sex scandal has been sacked. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services announced last night that a 33-year-old officer from the South Eastern region had been dismissed ‘due to behavioural misconduct and sexual harassment’.

How to Defeat 'Revenge Porn': First, Recognize It's About Privacy, Not Revenge - 06/22/15
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-anne-franks/how-to-defeat-revenge-porn_b_7624900.html
Americans value privacy. It is why we have laws to protect us against unauthorized disclosures of many kinds of personal information -- financial data, medical records, driver's licenses, home addresses -- and why trespass and voyeurism are considered not only violations of social norms but criminal offenses.

You're targeted online: What should you do? - 06/22/15
http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2015/06/22/if-youre-cyberbullied-heres-what-to-do/27542945/
You've been blitzed by hateful speech and treatment on social media, or you've seen another person or group vilified in that way. What should you do? The consensus: Don't respond. "You tend to respond in anger, and that escalates the situation," National Crime Prevention Council spokeswoman Michelle Boykins said.

Cyber stalking increasing, 'easy' way to abuse women: domestic violence report - 06/22/15
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-22/cyber-stalking-on-the-rise-domestic-violence-report-says/6563186
Cyber abuse is increasing among perpetrators of violence against women, with the anonymity of the internet providing protection from authorities and easy access to victims, a Victorian research group says. A new survey by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre of Victoria (DVRCV) found 98 per cent of domestic violence victims also experienced technology-facilitated abuse.

Comment: Reddit’s ex-CEO supports banning online harassment that harms people in real life - 06/22/15
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/06/22/comment-reddits-ex-ceo-supports-banning-online-harassment-harms-people-real-life
Last year, after reddit was used to spread hacked private photos of celebrities, then CEO Yishan Wong was heavily criticized by users for taking down the subreddits doing so, only to insist that the platform was committed to free speech, no matter how unsavory. Last week, after a negative reaction to a policy change by new CEO Ellen Paot that included banning five subreddits (including the very popular “/r/fatpeoplehate”) because they caused real-life harassment, Wong wrote a post on Quora about why he supports her move.

Keeping workplace bullying at bay - 06/22/15
http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/7gmggUK3wHF5Q2Z6Ty2RzI/Keeping-workplace-bullying-at-bay.html
The widespread contemporary discourse on respectful and dignified workplaces has obvious gains for employers and employees alike. Positive morale, heightened satisfaction and enhanced commitment, translating into feelings of empowerment at the employee level, and increased efficiency, higher productivity and greater effectiveness, adding to organizational reputation at the employer level, are the benefits.

Parents should not be afraid to check children’s Internet activities - 06/21/15
http://www.theindependent.com/news/local/parents-should-not-be-afraid-to-check-children-s-internet/article_c27fbb56-1884-11e5-9a69-87f9d5b96c72.html
On the Internet, crime can easily link a Nebraskan to someone far away. Generally speaking, the Internet knows no boundaries, said Sgt. Eric Jones of the Nebraska State Patrol. It’s not uncommon that a suspect is in Nebraska “but we’ve got 20 victims overseas,” Jones said. Those victims could be in England, Canada, Alaska or any of the 48 continental United States.

Google To Remove ‘Revenge Porn’ Images From Search Results Upon Victims’ Requests - 06/21/15
http://en.yibada.com/articles/39946/20150621/google-remove-revenge-porn-images-search-results-upon-victims-requests.htm
Google has joined Twitter in the war on "revenge porn" and online harassment, by launching a new policy to protect victims. The tech giant will remove nude photos and other private pics from Google Search results that were shared without people's personal consent, after receiving an official request.

Tips for keeping kids safe online - 06/19/15
http://foxct.com/2015/06/19/tips-for-keeping-kids-safe-online/
Special Agent Rod Khattabi from the Dept. Of Homeland Security Investigations New Haven Division, talked with the Fox CT Morning Extra about how to protect children from falling victim to online predators.

Survivor: Parents must be vigilant when kids use internet - 06/19/15
http://www.wral.com/survivor-parents-must-be-vigilant-when-kids-use-internet/14727041/#uZkrCLsWkwY5iAVt.99
A victim of Internet stalking and kidnapping shared her frightening story Friday as a caution for parents, children and health care providers. Alicia Kozakiewicz was making the rounds of schools and pediatricians offices in Fayetteville and Fort Bragg. At age 13, Kozakiewicz was an early adopter of the wonders of the Internet. It put the world at her fingertips, but brought unexpected dangers.

Arguments made over sealed testimony in cyberstalking case - 06/19/15
http://www.salon.com/2015/06/19/arguments_made_over_sealed_testimony_in_cyberstalking_case/
The judge in a federal cyberstalking trial stemming from a fatal shooting at a Delaware courthouse is set to hear arguments over media objections to sealing the courtroom during testimony by the gunman’s granddaughter.

Utah Valley University staircase gets a texting lane - 06/18/15
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/06/18/Utah-Valley-University-staircase-gets-a-texting-lane/6141434652115/?spt=sec&or=on
Officials at Utah Valley University said a staircase with a designated texting lane made famous in viral photos has received positive feedback from students. The staircase in the Oren school's Student Life & Wellness Center is marked with separate lanes labeled "walk," "run" and "text" to accommodate the different speeds of students, but officials said the benefits are more aesthetic than functional.

Family Gets Horrifying Threats After Their Batman-Themed Pics on Railroad Tracks Go Viral - 06/17/15
http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/news/a42169/family-receives-death-threats-after-their-batman-themed-pics-on-railroad-tracks-go-viral/
A family who took Batman-and-Robin-themed photos for Father's Day is getting threats from strangers on the Internet, People reports. This is the most absurd case of Internet faux-rage running out of control ever. Roxanne Daly got her husband Mike to dress up as Batman. Their son played Robin for the pictures, which featured the superheroes "rescuing" mom from being tied up on the tracks. Seems like an adorable, silly photo, right? Not according to a massive throng of keyboard warriors hellbent on ruining the Dalys lives.

Ex-boyfriend convicted of stalking his former partner through WhatsApp by using messages such as 'gold-digger' and 'mutton dressed as lamb' as his status - 06/17/15
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3128429/Ex-boyfriend-convicted-stalking-former-partner-WhatsApp-using-messages-gold-digger-mutton-dressed-lamb-status.html#ixzz3dnaiQrKe
A bitter ex-boyfriend has been convicted of stalking his former partner through WhatsApp by using messages such as 'gold-digger' and 'mutton dressed as lamb' as his status. Alan Wilson, 49, harassed his ex-girlfriend – who cannot be named - by simply changing his profile message and display photo on the mobile messaging system - which all contacts are able to see. Wilson, from Hillsea, Hampshire, also bombarded his former partner with 143 messages – pleading for her to take him back – and hung around outside her home, a court heard.

Northants Police Deal With Cyber Stalking - 06/16/15
http://www.heart.co.uk/fourcounties/news/local/northants-police-deal-with-cyber-stalking/#rQFQ7At73r852ARe.97
Northamptonshire Police have launched an innovative approach to tackling cyber stalking and online abuse which will mean better protection for domestic abuse victims. The purpose of the new approach is the prevention of online offences and to bring offenders to justice in a unique collaboration believed to be the first of its kind in the UK. Specialist detectives within the force’s Cyber Crime Unit will work with partner agencies and domestic abuse support services to help safeguard vulnerable victims.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Happy Birthday to the "Cute" Beatle!

Happy birthday to Paul McCartney!

Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog's glucose levels were over 200 yesterday when we went in for her checkup, higher than last week, but much lower than when she had them first taken. So she is doing well.

If anyone has any ideas on how to get the word out about this page, please let me know. I am a bit stressed about not raising enough to cover her surgery. Thank you.



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New Moon, New Beginnings

Phoebe The Cyber Crime Dog made her first appearance since her surgery this morning. She was a hit at the Salvation Army presentation! I show students how to stay safer online for the Tools For Life class. We had the biggest class ever - almost 20 people. Many were French speaking, so one of the students had to translate for me (I'm sending him a signed book as a thank you). It was interesting and fun.

Next up is York Hospital to visit the patients at 3 pm. We are taking a breather until then.

Don't forget to share Phoebe's page for us


Monday, June 15, 2015

It's National Ride to Work Day!

Today is ride to work day - did you ride a bike to work? I work out of the house, so no need for me! Phoebe is doing fantastic. She is better with the eye drops and has so much energy. It's so good to see her bounce when she walks. But, with the rain today, no walk, so I'll just give her extra hugs and snacks. Spread the word - it would be wonderful if we could reach at least half of our goal. Thank you!


True Crime Online Newsletter- June 15, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . . Indiana police chief toys with phone scammer
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/06/12/Indiana-police-chief-toys-with-phone-scammer/1181434120025/?spt=sec&or=on
An Indiana police department shared video of its chief having some fun with a phone scammer who took a few minutes to realize he was being played. Danville Police Chief Bill Wright said he was in the car with his wife when he got a call from an unknown number saying he had "been selected by the federal government to receive a grant of $7,000." Wright filmed his conversation with the scammer and it was shared on YouTube and the police department's Facebook page. "The government checked all your accounts and you have been a low taxpayer so this is like a tax refund which you never, ever have to pay back in your whole life," the caller says, while Wright's wife struggles not to laugh. Wright later said he recognized the call as a scam right away and decided to play along, often screaming in mock joy and shouting "I won!" The caller tells Wright to take down a number and visit the nearest Western Union, where a supervisor would supposedly help him claim his cash. The scammer realizes he's being played about three minutes into the conversation. "You can stick that $7,000 up your [expletive], okay?" the scammer says. Wright said he saw the situation as an opportunity to raise awareness of phone scams in his community. "It was done as much to let people know what's going on as much as we did it for fun. ... They absolutely picked the wrong person," Wright told WXIN-TV.

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Reddit's Subreddit Ban Highlights One Thing: Fighting Harassment Is Tricky - 06/13/15
http://readwrite.com/2015/06/13/reddit-bans-five-subreddits
This week, Reddit admins have decided to ban five subreddit forum communities that, it says, are in breach of the site's rules and regulations. Clicking through on the blacklisted subreddits now leads to a holding page announcing the ban. The five subreddits in question­four of which have under 5,000 members­cover controversial attitudes towards race, gender and weight. Reddit says that the forums broke the site's new harassment rules, which were introduced last month.

Agony of the parents trolled over their dead baby: Grieving couple were branded liars as they mourned death of newborn daughter - 06/12/15
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3121705/Troll-attacked-grieving-couple-given-lifetime-restraining-order.html#ixzz3d9EsgPDj
An internet troll has been given with a lifetime restraining order after he attacked a grieving couple online over the death of their baby daughter. Michael Murphy, of Ludlow, Shropshire, wrote a string of abusive blog posts about the parents of baby Kate Stanton-Davies, who died after medical blunders by doctors.

Signs of backlash to Internet trolls appearing - 06/12/15
https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2015/06/12/large/hOqlbvVXsgRjoPuN1qelvI/story.html
If you don’t spend much of your valuable earth-time gazing into Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, 4chan, or any of the Internet’s other habitats for social media trolls, lucky you. For the rest of us, trolling remains a stubborn reality of Internet life. Broadly speaking, a “troll” manifests as a more aggressive strain of the “hater,” a typically anonymous figure posting objectively offensive or abusive content, often repeatedly, and often targeting other users by goading them into defensive responses. Whether the troll actually believes in the purported premise of the trolling is almost beside the point. The act of trolling trumps any ideological end game it serves: The noun, at heart, is the verb.

Twitter's block list export to enable en masse blocking of trolls - 06/12/15
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/06/12/twitters-new-block-together-enables-en-masse-blocking-of-trolls/
Twitter's ever-growing toolkit for handling harassers might do the job for normal people, but those who get caught up in harassment campaigns like Gamergate can get stuck in an endless game of whack-a-mole, overwhelmed by hundreds of harassers as tormenters pull cohorts in on coordinated attacks and put up new accounts as fast as they can be closed down.

Give it back like Vishakha Singh: Here's how to deal with creepy guys online - 06/12/15
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/give-it-back-like-vishakha-singh-heres-how-to-deal-with-creepy-guys-online/1/444040.html
A couple of days ago, Fukrey actress Vishakha Singh received a sexually explicit message on her profile from one MD Mustakim Saifi, who wrote on her wall , "Nice looking & nice b**bs'. But instead of ignoring him she decided to give it back in her own way. Have a look at how she responded.

Jurors hear about scene of shooting in cyberstalking case - 06/12/15
http://www.stardem.com/ap/state/article_1db64a41-4f1c-5a1b-b7c6-e8dd7e171d95.html
Jurors in the federal cyberstalking trial of relatives of a gunman who killed his former daughter-in-law at a courthouse in 2013 heard witness testimony about the victim’s last moments Friday. Former optometrist David Matusiewicz; his mother, Lenore Matusiewicz; and his sister, Amy Gonzalez, are charged with conspiracy and cyberstalking of David Matusiewicz’s ex-wife, Christine Belford. They could face life in prison if convicted of stalking that resulted in her death.

Fighting online bullies leaves tech firms caught between a rock and a hard place - 06/11/15
http://venturebeat.com/2015/06/11/fighting-online-bullies-leaves-tech-firms-caught-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place/
One of the biggest challenges facing any social platform is abusive trolls, and Internet companies are increasingly having to tread a fine line between supporting freedom of speech and censoring abusive and threatening content. Yesterday, Reddit ­ the popular social news site that lets users submit, discuss, and “upvote” articles and anecdotes ­ announced it was removing five subreddits (topic-specific sub-sections) deemed to be conducive of harassment: r/fatpeoplehate, r/hamplanethatred, r/transfags, r/neofag, and r/shitniggerssay.

Victim reveals how her life was shattered by her ex-partner who became her cyber bully - 06/11/15
http://www.northampton-news-hp.co.uk/Victim-reveals-life-shattered-ex-partner-cyber/story-26681196-detail/story.html#ixzz3d9CAAhAs
A victim who suffered cyber bullying at the hands of her ex-partner broke down in tears today recalling her traumatic experience. The woman who does not want to be named or identified had her privacy and her life shattered by her ex-partner who in her words was 'very possessive'. She was speaking at the launch of a new initiative launched by Northamptonshire Police to tackle cyber stalking and online abuse which will mean better protection for domestic abuse victims.

Miranda Cosgrove Stalker goes Cyber: Continues to terrorize in cyber space; Imprisonment for 4 years waits - 06/11/15
http://www.vcpost.com/articles/73552/20150611/miranda-cosgrove-stalker-goes-cyber-terrorize-cyber-space-imprisonment-4-years.htm#ixzz3d9CWRMYL
Joshua Stockton, Miranda Cosgrove's stalker, is in trouble for his indecent act towards the actress through - cyber stalking. He is reportedly on his big break from the hospital where he was confined for some psychiatric issues thus given a reward because of his good act; yet right after he has been rewarded, went all the way to contact Miranda Cosgrove's friends to get a chance to know the actress's whereabouts and updates.

Verona man charged with cyber stalking sheriff's office - 06/10/15
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/crime/article/Verona-man-charged-with-cyber-stalking-sheriff-s-6317926.php
Bond has been set at $100,000 for a Verona man for allegedly making online threats against the Lee County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Jim Johnson tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1KYZXgN) that the office's Facebook page started getting private messages Sunday from 35-year-old Charles Lamar Carter.

‘Troll Hunter’ exposes Sweden’s anonymous Internet haters - 06/09/15
http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2015/6/9/troll-hunter-confronts-swedens-anonymous-internet-haters.html
Where there’s Internet, there are inevitably trolls spewing hateful or threatening language ­ even in Sweden, with its reputation for tolerance and liberalism. But Sweden has one of the highest proportions of Internet users in the world and, like many other countries, has seen online vitriol leave digital spaces with very real consequences. Faced with anonymous online trolls, most people are powerless to stop the abuse. Enter "Troll Hunter."

Controlling the cyber schoolyard - 06/09/15
http://it-online.co.za/2015/06/09/controlling-the-cyber-schoolyard/
Electronic technology has given traditional bullies an expansive platform from which to harass, threaten, embarrass or target another person, resulting in serious emotional consequences for children, tweens and teenagers. By definition, according to stopcyberbullying.org, cyberbullying “has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking.”

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

It's a full moon tonight - you know what that means!

It's a full moon tonight! That means we get some crazy people sending us emails for "help." Enjoy the video of Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog telling us a story.



Monday, June 08, 2015

Today is Best Friend's Day!

Who is your best friend? Want to know mine? She is gray, white and black with big blue eyes - Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog!

True Crime Online Newsletter - June 8, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog Needs Your Help!
http://www.gofundme.com/v5z4sg
You may know she is the mascot of WHO@-KTD (Kids/Teen Division). If you don't, now you do. She recently had to have cataract surgery to save her sight so that she can continue to fight cyberbullies, go to schools with me to teach students online safety and to visit patients at our local hospital every week. We had to borrow the money for the surgery because it had to be paid upfront. If you have helped, thank you! If you haven't, please consider making a donation or sharing her fundraising page.

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Missing Nokesville boy terrorized online prior to disappearance - 06/08/15
http://potomaclocal.com/2015/06/08/missing-nokesville-boy-terrorized-online-prior-to-disappearance/
It appears that Thomas James “T.J.” Sadler – a 14-year old Nokesville boy that went missing on June 3 – may have left home after being bullied online. Lynn Sadler, a family nurse practitioner and T.J.’s mother, stated that she was struggling with her son’s disappearance. “I’m not doing well. It’s just me mostly – there isn’t really any other family,” said Sadler.

Internet prank left young woman scared for life - 06/07/15
http://www.northjersey.com/news/internet-prank-left-young-woman-scared-for-life-1.1351035
Some thought she was a friend. Others believed they were dating her. Eventually, Kate Brianna Fulton had so many boys jockeying for her attention that dozens were daring to meet on the streets of Rutherford for a massive brawl. But Fulton wasn’t real. Rather, she was a digital mirage created by Andriy Mykhaylivskyy ­ one based on the photographs and social media information of Briana Fosdal, an unwitting, real-life young woman who didn’t know her identity had been compromised until authorities caught up with Mykhaylivskyy.

Defense Wants To Suppress Evidence in Ex-HPHS Substitute Teacher's Case 06/05/15
http://patch.com/illinois/highlandpark/defense-wants-suppress-evidence-ex-hphs-substitute-teachers-case
A defense motion to suppress evidence in the case of a former Highland Park High School substitute teacher accused of cyberstalking and possession of child pornography was heard this week. An attorney for Steven Habay filed the motion to remove his client’s statement to police and electronic evidence during an initial hearing that will be continued later this month, according to the Lake County News-Sun.

Clark gains support on cyber-stalking effort - 06/05/15
http://malden.wickedlocal.com/article/20150605/NEWS/150608622
Congresswoman Katherine Clark’s effort to get the Department of Justice to prosecute more cyber-stalking crimes won a key endorsement last week in Congress. As part of this year’s annual funding bill for the Department of Justice, the House Appropriations Committee strongly urged the department to “intensify its efforts to combat this destructive abuse” adding that it expects to see “increased investigations and prosecutions” of these crimes.

Footballer Phil Neville's wife slams internet trolls - 06/05/15
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11655936/Footballer-Phil-Nevilles-wife-slams-internet-trolls.html
The wife of former England footballer Phil Neville has hit out at Twitter trolls who have sent her family abuse and death threats. Julie Neville says her family have been bombarded with cruel comments about their disabled daughter. It comes as new figures reveal there has been a 10-fold increase in Twitter trolls. She claims her husband has received death threats and others had threatened to rape her and have been cruel to their 11-year-old daughter, who has cerebral palsy.

Social media crimes soaring say new figures - 06/05/15
http://www.chorley-guardian.co.uk/news/social-media-crimes-soaring-say-new-figures-1-7295856
Soaring numbers of alleged crimes on Facebook and Twitter are being investigated by police, new figures have revealed. Thousands of complaints involving social media were reported to forces across the UK last year, including allegations of sexual offences, threats to kill and harassment.

Facebook Won't Back Down on Real-Name Policy - 06/04/15
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/facebook-real-name-policy,news-21044.html
What's in a name? A lot, it seems. Facebook's newly reinforced real-name policy is under attack from people who want the ability to change their profile names on Facebook to the names they actually associate with. Yet June is the National Internet Safety Month in the U.S., and safety is a top concern for Facebook users along with individual rights.

Asheville City Council candidate arrested - 06/04/15
https://www.dailyadvance.com/ap/staten/asheville-city-council-candidate-arrested-2897199
Police say a man who has announced his candidacy for Asheville City Council has been charged with violating a domestic violence protective order. The Asheville Citizen-Times (https://avlne.ws/1KbcVXF ) reports 44-year-old Jonathan Christopher Wainscott was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with the protective order violation and cyberstalking. A warrant states Wainscott is accused of violating the order issued March 2 by repeatedly sending emails to a woman and her family with the intent to intimidate them.

Supes pulled into 911 drama between women - 06/03/15
http://onlinemadison.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=30306
A private legal dispute between two Madison County residents spilled into public at Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. During the concerned citizens portion of the meeting, Madison County resident Kimberly Barlow complained to the board that Emergency Management Director Butch Hammack was obstructing justice when he warned his niece, Claire Melvin, that she needed to leave Barlow's property to avoid being arrested for trespassing. Hammack contacted Melvin, Barlow said, after she called 9-1-1 in February 2014 and reported Melvin as trespassing on her property and threatening her with physical violence.

Judge sees evidence of cyber-stalking in Tahoe bear dispute - 06/03/15
http://www.mynews4.com/news/local/story/Judge-sees-evidence-of-cyber-stalking-in-Tahoe/woWX4p86bk6GBVDCO-Nwaw.cspx?rss=3298
A judge says there is evidence to support a Nevada couple's claim that bear advocates began cyber-stalking them after they reported a problem bear to authorities. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that a legal battle between Richard and Adrienne Evans and the nonprofit Bear League will continue after a district judge declined to dismissed two out of three of the Evans' complaints.

Winter Park High student arrested over Tweet about teacher - 06/03/15
http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/29218923/winter-park-high-student-arrested-over-tweet-about-teacher
A ninth grade student at a central Florida high school is accused of making threatening comments about a teacher on Twitter. Winter Park police say the 15-year-old girl was arrested May 28 on charges of "written threats to kill" and cyberstalking. Authorities say the girl posted six messages that included both threats and wishes that the teacher would kill herself.

No impunity for cyber harassment - 06/02/15
http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/A-Christian-Science-Perspective/2015/0602/No-impunity-for-cyber-harassment
My heart goes out to the recipients and perpetrators caught up in trolling – the defamatory, sarcastic, and misleading online comments made in an attempt to harm others through social media. Rightfully, the US justice system is beginning to make progress toward addressing cyberharassment. But it has made me consider a higher rule, a divine law, that can correct this particular malaise and bring healing. The Bible points to such a law, and it has been recognized as so important to the welfare of society that it has been called the golden rule. Christ Jesus expressed it this way: “As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise” (Luke 6:31). Wouldn’t practicing this impel honest and helpful communication, and also eliminate harmful or deceitful conversation, be it Internet-based or otherwise?

Self-righteous internet goons are calling one of America’s top female scientists sexist - 06/02/15
http://qz.com/417190/internet-goons-have-made-one-of-americas-top-female-scientists-a-pariah-her-crime-being-76/
The internet came down like a ton of bricks yesterday on Alice Huang. The 76-year-old microbiologist and virologist has been a Harvard Medical School professor, New York University dean of sciences, and president of both the American Society for Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is also, according to most of the things published about her in the past 24 hours, an idiot.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

2015 Mary Litynski Award Winner features Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog!

A video I did when I won the 2015 Mary Litynski Award in February is finally available to watch on Youtube. I talk about Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog, so you can see what we do to help students stay safer online. Please share!!

Monday, June 01, 2015

Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog is out of surgery!

Read all about it at her fundraising page at GoFundMe.

Phoebe is in Surgery!

The vet called and the surgery is a go - we will be getting a call this afternoon when she's out of surgery. Please continue to share the GoFundMe page we set up for her surgery - we still have to pay that money back.

Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog Update

Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog is at the vet hospital getting ready for her eye surgery. I posted the paid bill for the surgery itself. We borrowed the money and need to repay it, so please help if you can. If you can't, please share her fundraising page on GoFundMe. Thank you!