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Monday, October 26, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - October 26, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Indiana judge overturns ban on 'ballot selfies'
An Indiana judge overturned the state's so-called "ballot selfies law," allowing the state's residents to once again take selfies with their completed ballots. U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker ruled the law, which took effect July 1, was unconstitutional because it barred constitutionally protected speech -- specifically, taking photos of one's own completed ballot while casting a vote and distributing it "using social media or by any other means." The law, which carried penalties of up to 30 months in prison and a $10,000 fine, was challenged in a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union. Barker sided with the ACLU, saying the state failed to demonstrate a need for the ban. "The State has entirely failed to identify any such problem in Indiana relating to or evidencing vote buying, voter fraud, voter coercion, involuntary ballot disclosures, or an existing threat to the integrity of the electoral process," Barker said in her ruling.

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Teens, young adults targeted by cyberstalkers - 10/25/15
Three federal cyberstalking cases that surfaced within a few days of each other in the Cincinnati area have underscored widening challenges in protecting susceptible youths from wily predators. The three men are all charged with pressuring multiple girls or young women into providing sexually explicit images and threatening them with vengeful acts if they didn’t comply.

What Motivates Cyber Stalking After A Romantic Breakup - 10/25/15
Social networking makes it easy to monitor the status and activities of a former romantic partner, an often unhealthy use of social media known as interpersonal electronic surveillance (IES) by about five scholars on the planet who hope the term will catch on.

A former Seattle police officer is being sued in federal court by a woman who claims he detained her and slammed her head on the ground without cause while he was working an off-duty security guard job.

Women reveal the worst things men have said to them online - 10/23/15
A revealing Reddit feed has exposed the worst comments, pictures and behaviour women have received from men online. The feed, which asks “Girls of reddit! What is the creepiest thing a guy has sent you on social media?”, has received 758 comments in under 24 hours describing a variety of online abuse including hate speech, online stalking and identity theft, across an array of online platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and online gaming.

Anonymity On Social Media Is Under Threat - 10/23/15
After people-rating app Peeple was called “the decline of internet anonymity”, anonymous app Secret shut down after just 18 months because “anonymity online turns people into total assholes”, and a threat from bulletin board 4chan to the University of New South Wales, it seems anonymous social media is in trouble – again.

Meet The Female Cosplayer Fighting Sexist Harassment - 10/22/15
We love cosplay! It takes a lot of talent to create the perfect costume, and a lot of courage to wear them out! Unfortunately, not everyone treats cosplayers the way these awesomely creative people should be treated. In an interview with Vice, Vivid Vivka of Cosplay Deviants (NSFW) talks about the “Cosplay Is Not Consent” panel at this month’s Anime Expo and how she’s treated when she cosplays.

Lecompte man facing sex charges after burglary arrest - 10/22/15
A Lecompte man is accused of sex-related crimes against underage girls at a group home, charges brought after an investigation into recent vehicle burglaries for which he also was arrested, according to a release. And Rapides Parish Sheriff's detectives say their investigation is continuing, and that more arrests could be possible.

Brisbane woman's jilted ex allegedly posed as her on sex sites - 10/22/15
The alleged actions of a jilted ex-lover left a Brisbane woman living in fear for years as dozens of men turned up to her house expecting sex. She was described variously as a "gangbang slut" and "no limit slave" who deserved "extreme punishment" as the man allegedly impersonated her on multiple adult websites, all without her knowledge.

Suspect sought in Rockingham County for alleged cyberstalking, threats - 10/21/15
The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Jonathan Roy Garbade. Garbade, 28, has outstanding warrants for cyberstalking and communicating threats, the sheriff’s office said. Additional charges on Garbade may be forthcoming.

Women’s Groups Urge Colleges and Government to Rein In Yik Yak - 10/21/15
Seventy-two women’s and civil-rights groups on Wednesday announced a campaign to enlist the federal government in pressuring colleges to protect students from harassment via anonymous social-media applications like Yik Yak.

Hammond man accused of threatening to kill WDSU reporter deemed incompetent for trial - 10/20/15
A Hammond man accused of threatening the life of a WDSU-TV reporter this year will spend at least the next three months at a state mental hospital after an Orleans Parish judge found him incompetent to stand trial on a cyberstalking charge.

Monday, October 19, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - October 19, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Florida woman arrested, jailed after web streaming her DUI, police say
A Florida woman was arrested and thrown in jail over the weekend, allegedly for driving home from a party drunk -- which she opted to broadcast live over the Internet. Whitney Beall, 23, left the party Friday night and got into her vehicle. According to police, she was intoxicated and should not have been driving. Apparently, she then used her phone to live stream her drive home via the broadcasting service Periscope. "I'm (expletive) drunk," she said on the broadcast, audibly slurring some of her words. "I think uh, a flat tire. This is horrible," she added. In a Facebook post, Authorities said Beall stated multiple times during the broadcast that she had a flat tire, that she didn't know where she was and that she was drunk. Police said Beall failed a sobriety test and was arrested and booked on a drunk driving charge. Witnesses who saw the live broadcast called police and clued them in to the Periscope stream, WFLA reported. "Within minutes we found her driving, flat front tire, she hit the curb again and it was just obvious from that she was intoxicated," Lakeland Police Sgt. Gary Gross said. "She went through the tests, she failed and went to jail." No one was hurt in this particular incident. Beall reportedly told WFLA Monday that driving drunk was a mistake and that she had learned a lesson.

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US motion alleges Sidley lawyer intended to 'embarrass and harass' with deposition questions - 10/19/15
The U.S. Justice Department is alleging that Sidley Austin lawyers questioned an FBI agent during a deposition “in a manner designed to annoy, embarrass and harass” the agent and the FBI. The motion for a protective order claims the lawyers are abusing the discovery system in their representation of a Florida couple, Jill and Scott Kelley. The Kelleys are suing the government for allegedly leaking their personal emails in a cyberstalking investigation that led to exposure of former Gen. David Petraeus’ affair with his biographer. The National Law Journal (sub. req.) and the Drudge Report have stories on the motion (PDF).

Don’t let the Dridex fraudsters catch you out online - 10/19/15
News last week that criminals have drained at least £20m from UK bank accounts is sure to have raised concern among those people who manage their money online. In one of the worst cyber attacks ever seen, hackers used a piece of malware known as Dridex to gain access to passwords and usernames and siphon off money from accounts.

Move against revenge porn - 10/18/15
Courts may also be forced to order mandatory counselling for perpetrators as a term of the family violence restraining orders and have restrictions put on the discretion not to grant the orders. The changes are being investigated as part of the Government’s plan to set up a third, separate category of restraining orders specifically to protect victims of domestic violence.

Creator of Peeple, App That Lets You Rate Other People, Sets Record Straight About Product - 10/16/15
Do you want to know what strangers, neighbors and friends really think of you? Or what if you could rate people you like or dislike for the rest of the world to see? A new app called Peeple, slated to launch later this year, will let you do just that. Originally designed to let others rate you in the areas of personal, professional and romance ­ similar to the way other apps rate businesses ­ Peeple is making headlines and causing controversy for what some say is its potential to lead to online harassment and bullying ­ or even ruin lives.

PornHub Just Took a Stand Against Revenge Porn - 10/15/15
Earlier this week, online porn giant Pornhub announced that they would take a stand against revenge porn by streamlining the process of reporting nonconsensual content, which typically constitutes explicit videos uploaded on the internet without the consent of the someone on camera. It's just the latest, but perhaps one of the more significant companies to take a stand against the genre recently.

‘It needs to change’: Writer calls out sexist haters in online sports coverage - 10/15/15
Jackie Dawson is a life-long Oilers fan. She’s also a writer and managing partner of The Oilers Rig, a website about the NHL team. In the three years she’s been writing about the game, she’s received a lot of feedback from other fans. A lot of it is positive, but she’s also seen more than her share of hate.

State Makes Online Tools Available to Fight 'Revenge Porn' - 10/15/15
Victims of cyberharassment and exploitation, the law enforcement agencies prosecuting their offenders, and the technology companies where so many of these incidents take place now have a new place to turn to thanks to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who announced Wednesday the launch of an online resource hub that promises to be the first of its kind.

Man faces multiple felonies - 10/15/15
Police say a woman's ex-boyfriend is responsible for sending nude photos of her to multiple people. Omar Rodriguez is charged with non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images. The felony went into effect in June.

Cops Say Man Stalked Wife by Putting GPS Tracker on Her Car - 10/15/15
A man violated a court order of protection by putting a GPS tracking device on his wife’s car, prosecutors said in court on Thursday. According to the charges, the wife filed a complaint with Summit Police after she found the tracking device on her car around Sept. 23.

GamerGaters Are Targeting People Who Were Victims of the Patreon Hack - 10/14/15
Crowdfunding site Patreon was hacked early this month, exposing users’ names, emails, and addresses. Now, one woman with a campaign on the site says GamerGate trolls have doxxed her Patreon backers, republishing their leaked personal information and targeting them online.

Feds spend $925,104 to ‘detect harassing messages’ on Twitter - 10/14/15
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is spending nearly $1 million for a study that will “detect harassing messages” on Twitter in order to provide “safe social interactions” online. The study, led by researchers at Wright University, began this August. It intends to curb cyberbullying, whether at school or in the workplace.

Columbus man accused of Internet stalking - 10/14/15
A Columbus man accused of threatening an adult film star over the Internet appeared in court today. Brian Blankenship, 25, was arrested by FBI agents on Friday. He’s facing charges of Internet stalking and making death threats toward an adult actress in California.

The Internet is like this toilet: How Reddit and other Web 2.0 communities broke the Internet - 10/13/15
Last week I wrote a TechCrunch article about Section 230 of the Communications Disclosure Act, the U.S. law that many argue is responsible for the existence of “Web 2.0” in its current form. Simply put: I don’t like it. It’s the law that states that no one who runs a website or online service of any kind counts as a “publisher” in the old-school sense of the term–no one who hosts content online is responsible for content other people create, even if the content is libelous, even if it’s harassment, even if it contains threats.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog's Eye Appointment was a Thumbs UP!!!

Took Phoebe in for her four month eye appointment this morning. This was deemed excellent - no signs of discomfort were noted, although the left eye had some scarring. She will have to have eye drops in the left eye until her next exam in June 2016. Thank fully the eye drops are only $10 for each tube. The doctor was very pleased! The dilated her eyes for the tests, so she is snoozing under the pool table for a few hours until her eyes return to normal. She was a good girl and got some snacks from the vet office and when I took her to Petco, I got her another one. Please share her fundraising page - I am hoping to reach at least 3/4 of our goal soon. That would make it easier for us to pay off the loan. Thank you and Phoebe says ROO ROO!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Phoebe the Crime Dog Update

Read her update at her GoFundMe page today.