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Monday, September 28, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - September 28, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Taco Bell fires worker from viral hand-in-pants photo
Taco Bell officials said an employee at an Ohio franchise was fired after a viral photo on social media showed him with his hand down the back of his pants. The picture, which was posted to Taco Bell's official Facebook page by concerned customers, shows an employee at a Sandusky, Ohio, location with his left hand down the back of his pants -- apparently inside his underwear. The Erie County Health Department said officials visited the store after a complaint about the photo was lodged with the department Monday. Taco Bell released a statement in response to the controversial photo.

"This is completely unacceptable. Our franchisee took immediate action and has terminated the employee and retrained the entire staff. We want customers to know that the person in the photo was never in contact with the food, and that the Health Department inspected the restaurant and approved its operations."

The company fired two Taco Bell workers in June of 2013 after a viral photo emerged showing one of the employees licking a stack of taco shells. The company said the shells were for training purposes and were not served to customers.

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Man who sent threatening messages to his family gets 3-year sentence - 09/28/15
A 44-year-old former Arlington Heights man was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for sending numerous text and phone messages in which he threatened to kill family members. Steven Karavidas, who was living in Colorado, pleaded guilty in the Rolling Meadows branch of Cook County Circuit Court to one count of cyberstalking, a felony.

As Florida’s sexual cyberharassment law becomes effective, thinking about corporate social responsibility - 09/27/15
On Oct. 1, “sexual cyberharassment” will become illegal in the Sunshine State. In May, Florida became the 16th state to enact a law aimed at criminalizing the nonconsensual posting of intimate media. Critics of Florida’s law point to the statute’s limitations. The statute does not cover the dissemination of sexually explicit images and videos by email, text message, or peer-to-peer networks. Criminal activity under the statute requires the posting of personal identifying information along with a sexually explicit image. And the statute contains a requirement that the perpetrator intended to cause emotional distress.

Menacing by stalking in online anonymity - 09/27/15
A solemn look took over Paul Quinn’s face peering down at his iPhone. He opened an email inbox with the more than 700 unread messages he’s received since the start of the year. That doesn’t account for the Facebook posts and phone calls. All of them are from the same person ­ someone Quinn is trying to escape. Quinn alleges the woman is stalking him.

UN: 'urgent action' needed on cyber violence against women - 09/25/15
Nearly three quarters of women and girls have experienced some form of cyber violence according to a report from the United Nations Broadband Commission. Women are 27 times more likely to be abused online than men, the report said. It added that 73 percent of women had reported experiencing online abuse, with 18 percent -- around 9 million women -- experiencing serious internet violence.

Internet stalker threatened Southport couple after online romance - 09/25/15
An internet romance turned sour after a man embarked on a stalking campaign against a former lover and her partner in Southport. Motasim Nasrullah, 27, travelled from his home in London to the victims’ home town after finding the woman was in a relationship with another man while she had been seeing him. Nasrullah, of Violet Road in Walthamstow threatened to kill the boyfriend even though he was in “the same situation” regarding the woman’s infidelity.

How Women In eSports Deal With Twitch Toxicity Every Day - 09/25/15
While the keynote at the first-ever TwitchCon repeatedly made sure to celebrate and thank its community for its passion, it made no mention of how toxic some of its chatrooms can be, especially to women. That topic did not escape discussion at the convention’s first panel, Women in eSports. The panelists spoke about their views on a variety of different subjects, from what could be done to increase the number of women competing in eSports to whether or not women-only eSports tournaments are a good idea. One consistent thread throughout the panel, however, was how much online harassment female gamers and streamers had to put up with in the course of their career.

Man accused of posting nude photos of woman with intent to harass her - 09/25/15
A Mesa County man is facing charges of domestic violence related to a new state law that makes it a crime to post private images of a person in order to harass them. John Jacob Germany, 32, received a $10,000 cash bond from a judge Friday in Mesa County District Court on charges of stalking, violation of a protection order, posting a private image for harassment and domestic violence.

Stalking your ex on Facebook is not good for mental health - 09/24/15
If you have gone through a romantic break-up recently, avoid stalking your ex on Facebook as it may make emotional recovery more difficult than ever. According to researchers, individuals who were most distressed by a break-up were most likely to monitor their ex-partners online which could make it more difficult for them to recover.

What To Do When You're Catfished On Tinder - 09/24/15
Since joining Tinder I’ve discovered that among the plenty of fish online, quite a few are of the catfish variety. But what is the best way to handle being cat-fished? Drawing on my own and a few other experiences I discovered the various coping tactics out there, along with the advice of two dating experts to find out the best way to handle being cat-fished on Tinder.

Gainesville man burns 15 pairs of his wife’s shoes - 09/23/15
Gainesville Police arrested a local man early Tuesday morning after he reportedly posted revealing photos of his wife on Facebook and burned her shoes. About 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, Glover Smith, 43, reportedly uploaded three photos of his partially nude wife after an argument caused her to leave their home, according to a police report.

A social media nightmare - 09/22/15
Three years ago, when Brittany Thorogood was in her early 20s, she received a message from a friend urging her to check out the link they had attached. When she clicked on it, she was taken to a “cam girls” website. She scrolled down the page and was mortified when she saw photos of herself and her friends, along with personal information, posted on the site. “They took a couple pictures from my Facebook albums,” said Thorogood. “I have no idea how they got there.”

Monday, September 21, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - September 21, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Burglars hit Verizon store, only steal fake phones
Police in Ohio's capital said thieves broke into a Verizon store, but the only items they managed to steal were fake phones used as display pieces. Columbus police said the early Wednesday burglary at the store caused significant damage to the store, but the only items stolen were fake phones installed for display after the store was previously targeted by thieves. Police said the culprits used large rocks to break the glass back door of the shop and they cut or ripped the phony cellphones from display areas. Investigators said the store's real phones are locked in a vault by employees every night.

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This single mom is fighting to protect Pakistani women from cyberbullying - 09/21/15
For Nighat Daad, founder of non-profit organization Digital Rights Foundation, it was her personal struggle to gain legal custody of her son that alerted her to the abysmal state of women’s rights in Pakistan. Following a tumultuous marriage which lasted only 18 months, Nighat became embroiled in a legal wrangle with her influential ex-husband over sole custody of their child.

1 victim in David Gibson case is from Upson County - 09/21/15
Upson County has a connection to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s (GBI) case against former Spalding County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Captain David Gibson, who has been charged with aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, influencing witnesses, sexual battery, stalking, two counts of simple battery, public indecency and violation of his oath of office. The alleged victim of the stalking charge lives in Upson County.

Victim shot at, pet poisoned, nude photos put online - 09/21/15
A “CRUEL and vindictive” man who repeatedly shot at, stalked, threatened and terrified his ex-partner has been jailed for 8½ years. The County Court last week heard the Geelong man had even arranged for others to continue to stalk and harass his former partner while he was in jail, asking a former prisoner to petrol bomb and “shoot up” her house, set fire to the car of her male friend and frame him with the drug ice. He also had his new partner follow the woman, physically and via social media, and send her letters to put pressure on her to withdraw the charges.

AKP troll army causing Turkish celebrities to flee social media - 09/20/15 actress Beren Saat becomes the latest victim of frequent harassment by the Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) paid army of internet trolls known colloquially as the ‘AK Trolls.’ The star, fed-up with insults, decides to temporarily leave social media.

Butcher shop owner says he’s getting harassed by vegans online - 09/19/15
The owner of a local butcher shop says he’s being attacked online, but not by angry customers. He says it’s a group of outspoken vegans trying to promote their lifestyle by going after his business. John Dick spent much of his childhood in his family’s butcher shop, Golden Steer Choice Meats. So he never had a problem seeing, or handling, large slabs of meat.

Afghan women say hackers and threats have made them afraid of Facebook - 09/19/15
By the time the distraught young woman arrived at the Sunshine Internet Cafe in western Kabul, she was in a state of panic, with tears streaming down her face. Someone, she claimed, had hacked into her Facebook page and stolen her personal photos. The thief used those images to create a fake profile, one littered with offensive posts boasting of drug use and illicit behavior.

Can online shaming shut down creepy, sexist comments? - 09/18/15
After more than 10 years in the bubbling cesspool of Internet dating, Maggie Serota is no stranger to creeps. She's gotten messages from fetishists, from sweetheart scammers, from men decades older and boys barely out of school. But in early August, she got a message so skin-crawlingly bizarre that she posted it to Twitter and deleted her OkCupid account. The sender had Googled her, studied her pictures, trawled her online profiles and compiled all his findings in a sort of rambling, backhanded dossier.

Man accused in cyber-stalking case in North Hollywood arrested - 09/18/15
One of two men accused in a cyber-stalking case in West Hollywood and North Hollywood involving three adult female victims has been arrested and the other remains outstanding, the sheriff’s department announced Friday. One of the suspects, 31-year-old Edward Feinstein, turned himself into the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys Station Tuesday and was later released on bond.

This Facebook extortion scam is too horrifying for words - 09/18/15
A Michigan man will spend the next 21 years in jail and 10 more years on probation after being convicted of one of the worst, most disgusting Internet crimes I've ever heard of. His terrible crime spree may be over, but someone else could use this scheme against your children or grandchildren. James S. Allen, a 38-year-old from New Baltimore, was convicted of production of child pornography and cyberstalking after his elaborate online scheme.

Welsh woman arrested on stalking charges - 09/16/15
A Welsh woman has been arrested for stalking, authorities said. Felicia Ann Fontenot, 40, was arrested Wednesday on charges of stalking and cyberstalking. She was booked into the parish jail with no bond, said Cmdr. Chris Ivey, Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Phoebe and I went to the Salvation Army yesterday for their Tools For Life program. This helps homeless, immigrants and those getting out of jail or dealing with substance issues a second chance at life, whether it's getting a job or going back to school. We teach them how to be safer online. There was one young woman who had a little girl of about 3 or 4 (a real cutie, too). She said she had an anxiety problem and had to sit in the very back of the room. I told her it was no problem. As I went through the presentation, she moved up a row. When we took a break and I brought Phoebe in, she had moved to the front row. We do a game based on Jeopardy where the questions are about what I spoke about and I give out prizes to the winners. She was raising her hand, answering correctly and having a grand time. Afterwards, the woman who has me come do this every two months told me she had never seen the young lady so interactive before in other classes. She said it was like she came right out of her shell. She and her daughter gave Phoebe hugs and kisses before leaving and she one first place - a copy of my book, True Crime Online, signed by me. This is what Phoebe and I do - can you please donate or share her surgery fundraising page for us?

Monday, September 14, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - September 15, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .
Siri unexpectedly fields Iran question at White House briefing
Siri, Apple's virtual assistant, interrupted a reporter's Iran question at a White House press briefing to tell him she wasn't "sure what you want me to change." Press Secretary Josh Earnest was fielding a question from a reporter Thursday about whether President Barack Obama was "upset" about the lack of Republican support for the Iran nuclear deal when the tell-tale sound of Siri's question acknowledgment tone interrupted the man. "Sorry, I'm not sure what you want me to change," the digital voice said. The interruption prompted laughter from Earnest and reporters, with one person in attendance noting: "That was on time."

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Cyber-stalking student held for exploiting over 200 girls -09/14/15
Majid opened six fake Facebook accounts using girl's names, and got friendly with over 200 girls, most of them studying in high school from reputed and up-market institutions. Just how the youth can exploit girls using social media platforms has come to the fore with the arrest of Abdul Majid, a 21-year-old computer science student by the Cyberabad police, who played with the lives of over 200 girls through Cyber-stalking.

STD-riddled Craigslister warns ‘many’ Hong Kong sex partners to get checked - 09/14/15
If you partake in the ill-advised pastime of having unprotected sex with random people from Craigslist, chances are, you’re a risk taker. That said, one risk taker who did exactly that has proven himself to be really quite responsible (in hindsight) by posting his less than ideal sexual health status to the Hong Kong arm of the website.

Women taking to social media to report sexual harassment is good news - 09/14/15
Men are screwed. This is the rhetoric widely heard (since men have felt under siege) on social media in India ever since Jasleen Kaur’s viral Facebook post, where she claimed to have been threatened with obscene remarks, were contradicted by eyewitnesses of the incident.
John Schindler, the NSA ‘Spook’ Who Speaks His Mind - 09/14/15
It takes a quick eye to keep up with John Schindler’s Twitter feed. Schindler, a former analyst at the National Security Agency, a former professor at the Naval War College, and a self-proclaimed “sometime provocateur,” fires off an average of more than 100 tweets a day.
Indian man quits his job to train for selfie record - 09/12/15
Bhanu Prakash, 24, recently quit his full time job as a research assistant at a hospital to become a record-breaking selfie taker. Prakash said he was inspired by the achievements of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who took 105 selfies in three minutes in May. The current world record holder is American football player Patrick Peterson, who managed to take 1,449 selfies in one hour. Prakash also negates claims that selfies are "just a girl thing."

Hacker uses woman's old email ID to share past photos with husband - 09/12/15
The personal email account of a 30-year-old married woman was hacked and used to send past photographs to her husband's mail account to spark suspicion. The victim, an investment strategist residing in Vikhroli, had not being using her Yahoo account for some time and learnt about the hacking only when her husband started questioning her, said the cyber police. She then approached the cyber police at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) on September 9 and lodged a complaint.

Not Even LinkedIn Can Shelter Women from Creeps - 09/12/15
If there’s one social media network where you’d expect people to be on their best behavior, it’s LinkedIn. Every message you send on the service and every comment you write carries with it the virtual equivalent of a business card: a link to your name, your title, and your company. If online anonymity breeds bad behavior, then LinkedIn must be an oasis of decency, right?

Staffordshire 'sexism row' lawyer divides the internet - 09/11/15
Charlotte Proudman from Leek in Staffordshire, hit the headlines this week after her response to a LinkedIn message complimenting her photo. Charlotte, who studied her law and sociology degree at Keele University, told the London Evening Standard: "It's very disappointing, there are serious professional misconduct issues, as a legal professional he is required to uphold the law, and that includes the Sex Discrimination Act and the Eqaulity Act."

A Woman Has Been Sentenced After Stalking a 'Walking Dead' Actor and His Wife For Almost 10 Years - 09/11/15,manual
He may have played a character in a horror-drama show, but life very quickly imitated art for an actor from The Walking Dead. 25-year-old Kathryn Boykin has been sentenced to 10-years probation for stalking Walking Dead actor Daniel May, and his wife Rachel May.

WhatsApp Has Security Issues; 200 Million Users May Be At Risk – Check Point Report - 09/11/15
Sounds strange, but it is true. WhatsApp, our very own and highly trusted internet messaging app is not as secure as we thought it to be. A recent revelation about the security structure of the application has claimed that 200 million users could be affected by this major, undeniable flaw in the web based service of the messenger.

Dumpster fire selfie goes hilariously wrong - 09/11/15
Two people taking a selfie video with a dumpster fire learned a valuable lesson when they were knocked over by water from the fire hose. Tom Lavery, who titled his YouTube video, "Another day in New Haven," appears in the footage standing in front of the flaming dumpster with a woman. Lavery, who is pointing the camera at himself selfie-style, says he "just wants to see them get it out," gesturing with his head toward firefighters.

What gets posted can come down: where Florida’s revenge porn ban falls short, other tools exist - 09/11/15
On Oct. 1, 2015, nonconsensual posting of nude photos of another – so called “revenge porn” – will become illegal in Florida. This summer, Florida became the 16th state to criminalize the practice when Governor Rick Scott conducted a ceremonial bill signing for the new law, which makes the posting of revenge porn a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and $1,000 for a first offense. A subsequent offense is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Biloxi woman feared for her life in foiled kidnapping - 09/10/15
A Biloxi woman has testified she feared for her life when a man threatened her in phone calls and tried to kidnap her about 36 hours later. The woman also testified she fears Elvin Timothy Holley will come after her again if he is released from jail on a $1 million bond, said Herman Cox, Harrison County prosecuting attorney. The woman had obtained a restraining order against Holley after police arrested him on a stalking charge June 4, records show. He also was ordered to wear an electronic monitor on his ankle.

Burbank man charged with sending threatening texts, gun photo - 09/08/15
A 37-year-old man is accused of sending more than 150 threatening text messages, including a picture of a pistol, to his former girlfriend. #James R. Bateman allegedly threatened to post online a video of the woman “in a compromising position” if she did not break up with her current boyfriend, according to court documents. #The woman reportedly did not respond to any of the messages.

Stalker who uploaded naked photos of his ex to Facebook after they split up is jailed - 09/08/15
A Stalker who uploaded naked pictures of his ex-girlfriend to Facebook after she dumped him has been jailed. Spurned Ross Bulloch taunted his 19-year-old victim as he posted the explicit snaps to a fake profile after she ended their 10 month relation. The revenge porn was seen by hundreds of the embarrassed victim's friends and family after the rejected 22-year-old shared it online.

Facebook-boast Croydon deer-killer sentenced - 09/08/15

A man who poached a deer from a field in south London, took it home and slit its throat has been given a seven month suspended sentence. Mian Zeeshan Shahid, 32, from Kenley, south London, was convicted of taking a deer and causing it unnecessary suffering. He had boasted of the killing on a Facebook group called 'Deer Stalkers International'. Members of the group forwarded the post to the Metropolitan Police. In December, he took the roe deer from a field in Mitchley Avenue, South Croydon, and drove it to his home.

Monday, September 07, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - September 7, 2015

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I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Kansas farmer goes drone fishing in viral video
A Kansas farmer shared video showing how he put his aerial drone to use as a long-range fishing pole -- and successfully caught a fish. Derek Klingenberg, who previously made viral waves with videos showing him playing trombone for his cows and using his truck to herd the cattle into "cow art," posted a video to YouTube showing how he attached a baited piece of fishing line to his drone and sent it out over the water. The video shows Klingenberg steer the drone sharply upward when his bobber indicates there's a fish on the line. The drone pulls the line out of the water, revealing a fish on the hook. The video then cuts to show the drone camera's perspective of the fish being pulled from the water. "My first drone fish!" Klingenberg says in the video.

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Burbank man charged with cyberstalking ex-girlfriend - 09/07/15
A 37-year-old man is accused of sending more than 150 threatening text messages, including a picture of a pistol, to his former girlfriend. James R. Bateman allegedly threatened to post online a video of the woman “in a compromising position” if she did not break up with her current boyfriend, according to court documents.

‘Sexual Violence Won’t Be Silenced’ group fight back against online harassers - 09/07/15
Sexual Violence Won’t Be Silenced (SVWBS) is a group of Sydney women campaigning for greater awareness and stronger policing of online abuse. Here, they explain how one screenshot of a Tinder profile lost a man his job. Last month, a man named Chris Hall publicly shared a screenshot of our friend Olivia’s Tinder profile on Facebook.Olivia’s Tinder bio references a lyric from Canadian singer Drake’s hit song Only. “Type of girl that will suck you dry and then eat some lunch with you,” her bio reads.

This Former YouTube Exec Is Taking On Internet Trolls - 09/07/15
Anyone who has spent time online, especially on social media or reading news reports or blogs, has likely encountered Internet trolls. The typically anonymous commenters range from those who stir the pot with provocative statements to engaging in name-calling and physical threats. They range from benign insults to serious threats of harm.

Cyberbullied in the 'most hated space' on the internet - 09/07/15
Standing in my bedroom, holding my iPhone at arm's length, with a handmade sign that read "Roast Me" in front of my chest, I snapped the strangest selfie I've ever taken. Because for the next 48 hours it would be at the mercy of over 72,593 people. No, not my number of social media followers (nowhere near). This is how many users subscribe to the "Roast Me" thread on the online forum Reddit - dubbed the internet's "most hateful space". It banned five of its own discussions boards in June, because they were dedicated to fat-shaming, transphobia, racism and harassment.

Jay incident hints at something more sinister - 09/07/15
The assault of a football referee by two Jay defensive backs Friday night goes beyond out-of-control kids and bad sportsmanship, hinting at something more troubling. Nationally, attacks on referees are becoming more common. In late April, a Georgia prep soccer player sucker-punched a referee after making a call the player didn’t like. A Massachusetts high school hockey coach shoved and bit a referee after a January loss.

Law to punish cyber- crimes on the cards - 09/07/15
Pakistan is inching closer to promulgating a strong cybercrime law, as a parliamentary committee has received the final draft of the law after a thorough review by legal experts, security agencies, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and a sub-committee of the National Assembly.

Suspended L’Auberge casino worker accused of threatening to gun down and bomb his co-workers, trying to run supervisor off road - 09/06/15
A Baton Rouge man accused of threatening to gun down and bomb his co-workers at a local casino after he was suspended from his job was arrested on Friday. Branden Marquise Albert, 27, sent threatening text messages to his supervisor at the L’Auberge Casino and attempted to run him off the road, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reported.

B.C. plus-size model fights back against bullies who Photoshopped her image - 09/03/15
A Vancouver plus-size model is speaking out about body shaming after she recently discovered that a photo of her had been retouched to make her appear thinner. It was posted to an online harassment Facebook page targeting plus-size women, and it turns out she was not alone.

Woman Pleads Guilty To Stalking 'Walking Dead' Star, Wife - 09/02/15
A Georgia woman has been given a long-term probation sentence for stalking a Hollywood actor and his wife. Roswell resident Kathryn Boykin, 25, on Monday pleaded guilty to aggravated stalking for harassing “The Walking Dead” actor Daniel May and his wife, Rachel May, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said.

Teen used 'Fake a Baby' website for triplets pregnancy hoax - 09/02/15
Police in Michigan said a 16-year-old girl is under investigation after she allegedly faked a pregnancy with triplets using a website called "Fake a Baby." Wyandotte police said they are investigating after the girl spent 10 months claiming to be pregnant with triplets and backed up her story with fake pregnancy bellies and fake ultrasound pictures that were found to have come from prank website

Gonzales man booked on cyberstalking counts - 09/02/15
A Gonzales man wanted on counts of cyberstalking turned himself in Wednesday after he was accused of sending threatening messages and making threats to inflict bodily harm, Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said.

Twitter tyrants and social justice warriors beware! The libertarians are coming for you - 09/01/15
The British writer Brendan O’Neill, an editor of online journal Spiked, has become quite congenial to News Corp’s stable of grumpy old men. Despite self-identifying as a Marxist, he’s recently become a kind of honorary member of the Australian right. O’Neill protests that he’s really a lefty but, as George Monbiot pointed out long ago, he “and his fellow travellers have sided with the toffs” in the class war. The Spiked editor begs to differ, yet he’s been showing up more regularly in the Australian and has earned repeat invitations to appear at conservative thinktanks and as the “contrarian” on the ABC’s Q&A program.

Job offer rescinded after applicant sends nude selfie - 09/01/15
An Illinois job applicant texted his way out of an offered position when he accidentally sent the human resources manager a nude selfie, police said. Elmhurst police said the human resources manager at a St. Charles company contacted authorities Aug. 14 to report receiving two nude pictures via text message Aug. 11 and 13 from a man who had been offered a position with the company.