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I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Bear burglar tries to enter Idaho condo through cat door
An Idaho man snapped pictures of a bear attempting to get into his home through a cat door but only managing to fit its head through the opening. Doug Harder of Sandpoint said bears have become a frequent nuisance at his condo this year and he first snapped photos of the animals when a mother and two cubs climbed onto his second floor deck to eat birdseed in late May. He said bear sightings continued in the area and a yearling broke into his condo while he was on vacation last week by opening the sliding glass door, which he had left cracked open with a piece of wood blocking the doorjamb. Harder said the intruder did very little damage to his property, but the animal defecated on the carpet and raided the domicile for food including flour, brownie mix, Toblerone and Pepsi. The homeowner said he went to investigate a racket at his door Thursday and was shocked to see a bear attempting to squeeze through his cat door. He said the animal was far too large to fit more than its head through the door. "It came to the cat door Thursday night, trying again and again to get through, which is when I took the photo," Harder told CNN. "My cat is in the photo on Friday, showing the width of the sliding glass door the bear squeezed through. It came back yesterday trying to get through the cat door again."

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Gamergate Is A Headless Troll And It's Bigger Than Ever - 08/24/15
If you ask the man behind the online handle “Drybones5 about the current state of the controversial #Gamergate movement he helped create, he’ll tell you, “it’s over. It was over in December.” But that might just be the sour grapes talking­the reality is Gamergate, an online movement best known for its crude, degrading take-down of women in the video game industry, is bigger than ever and it’s been spreading rapidly since its birth in August of 2014.

Facebook policies allow trolls to target women, says group fighting sexist online abuse - 08/24/15
What exactly does Facebook mean by “community standards” when it chooses to take down – or not take down – a page reported by a user? An informal collective of women from Kerala, accusing Facebook of “mysteriously” allowing misogynistic abuse, has now launched an online campaign to find out. The group, called “Against Cyber Attacks on Women”, banded together after several women with leftist and feminist views became targets of online sexual harassment and had their Facebook profiles unfairly suspended in the past few months. Supported by a host of other women’s rights and digital rights organisations, the collective now wants Facebook to rethink its policies on tackling abuse and maintaining user privacy.

Pa. man jailed for allegedly threatening to post nude photo of girlfriend - 08/24/15
A potential case of alleged revenge porn was nipped in the bud in Northampton County, Pa., where a 47-year-old man was jailed for allegedly threatening to post a nude photo of his girlfriend on the Internet, among other threats. Our sister website, LehighValleyLive.com, identifies the suspect as Douglas Walter Miller of Palmer Township, who now faces charges after an extramarital relationship begun in July turned stormy.

Jilted Hartlepool man claimed on facebook that his ex was an escort girl - 08/24/15
A jilted lover posted lewd images of women on the internet and claimed his former partner was a prostitute. Ian Davidson used two pixelated images from an escort girl website and superimposed his former partner’s face on them, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.

US Embassy official in London charged with 'sextortion' - 08/24/15
Michael C Ford of the US Embassy in London has been accused of 'sextortion' attempts that include hacking, phishing and cyber-stalking involving about 250 women. Ford was an employee at the US Embassy in the UK during the whole scheme. According to the US Justice Department, the ex-state department employee apparently stole sexually explicit videos, pictures, passwords and other personal information of the victims as part of a sextortion scheme for over two years. Most of the attacks were initiated via a US Embassy computer.

The Online Mob Masquerades as a Social Justice Movement - 08/21/15
In late July, an unofficial public service announcement about a serially abusive man in Brooklyn began circulating on social media. The man’s ex-girlfriend had posted to Facebook a shockingly personal, 2,000-word account of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse she claimed she endured during their nine-month relationship. She shared apparent photo documentation of the abuse­graphic bruises and scratch marks­and outed her abusive ex as a DJ and music producer, exposing not just his full name but also the name of his record label, production company, and band.

So You Found Your Name (Or Your Executive's) In The Ashley Madison Data Dump. Now What Do You Do? - 08/20/15
The other shoe has dropped. Impact Team TISI +% the hackers who threatened to release data on cheating site Ashley Madison’s users last month, made good those threats, dumping a 9.7 gigabyte file including sensitive customer data to the deep web, accessible only via Tor. Since then, a handful of sites have sprung up to make it even easier to see whether or not an email address had an account associated with the cheating site. Media outlets are having a field day reporting on the names found, including a conservative family values advocate and various government officials.

Athletes take on Internet trolls - 08/20/15
Norwegian skiing star Therese Johaug isn’t sure if it’s envy or a lust for some sort of revenge that prompts some people to constantly make negative, insulting and usually anonymous comments about others online. She’s now joining a national campaign to take on the so-called “trolls” and bullies of the Internet.

Man gets jail in Facebook harassment case - 08/20/15
A man who authorities said tormented a Naperville woman with lurid online messages in a case of unrequited love has been sentenced to jail for that crime. Fouzan A. Quaiser pleaded guilty in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet to an amended, misdemeanor charge of electronic harassment/obscene proposal, according to court records. He had originally been charged with a total of four felony counts of cyberstalking and harassment, records showed.

Ohio State Trooper Uses Craigslist And His Position To Create A ‘Sex Stop,’ More Details Emerge - 08/20/15
Ohio state troopers, like other state troopers in America, are sometimes looked upon in a different manner than local law enforcement. Sometimes worse, sometimes better, but they often have bigger jobs to take on and certainly more of them. However, no state trooper or public official is above the law. In a day and age where citizens have growing concerns, or what some may call paranoia or conspiracy theories, about police, a story about Craigslist, a state trooper, and a sex stop certainly won’t quell those concerns. WLWT5 in Cincinnati reported that Ohio state trooper Bryan Lee used a combination of his position, Craigslist, and Facebook to stalk and sexually harass female motorists.

Wake Forest man charged with sending illicit texts, cyberstalking - 08/20/15
A 44-year-old Wake Forest man faces multiple charges after authorities say he sent inappropriate pictures and made harassing phone calls to several people. Jason Nero, of 1124 Willow Grass Lane, is charged with two counts each of felony disseminate obscenities, misdemeanor cyberstalking and making harassing phone calls.

Why outlawing anonymity will not halt online abuse - 08/19/15
Over the past few years a growing number of social networks and online communities -- the likes of Facebook and YouTube among them -- have introduced, or in some cases have tried to introduce, a real name policy. The notion behind outlawing anonymity is that online harassment will cease. This, it turns out, is a myth, sociologist Katherine Cross tells The Conference in Malmo.

Castle trustee quits over 'online harassment' - 08/19/15
A KEY figure in the £12m restoration of Cardigan Castle has quit as a trustee, saying he has suffered “months of online harassment” from a local opposition group. Glen Johnson (pictured), who has been instrumental in the redevelopment of the castle after he became interested in the iconic building as a schoolboy volunteer over 30 years ago, said he had resigned as a trustee of the Cadwgan Trust due to the “virtual persecution currently being dealt out by a small number of individuals who have taken exception to the castle and its trustees because the project is not precisely as they would like it”.

Man jailed for allegedly stalking his ex-wife - 08/18/15
Internet dating, a hidden camera and a poem led to an arrest in Green Country. Stalking accusations are causing concern in Rogers County, and a man is now behind bars for the second time this month. Jeffrey Harris is sitting in jail after he was accused for stalking his ex-wife. Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton says Harris simply will not leave the woman alone. Tuesday, he was arrested for stalking her.

Woman accused of sending threatening texts, emails after affair - 08/17/15
A West Richland woman faces a Sept. 28 trial on allegations she sent at least 200 vulgar and harassing text messages to the man with whom she was having an affair and to his wife. Sheila M. Crouch, 39, allegedly used free websites and applications to get 31 different phone numbers and email accounts, in addition to creating a blog using the wife’s name and telling her to “wake up” with details and photographs about the affair.

Sex or online embarrassment was N.J. woman's choice, indictment says - 08/17/15
A Paulsboro man has been indicted by a Salem County grand jury on charges he posted compromising photos of a woman on social media, following through on a threat he had made if she didn't have sex with him, according to court documents. Ashtin Rone, 29, was indicted on a third-degree charge of reproduction or disclosure of images of sexual contact, fourth-degree criminal coercion and fourth-degree cyber harassment.
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I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Illinois man's Twitter bot wins 1,000 contests in nine months
An Illinois engineer said he won nearly 1,000 Twitter contests in nine months with a bot programmed to retweet giveaway offers. Hunter Scott, an electrical engineer, said in a blog post he used the Python programming language to create a Twitter bot that identifies and retweets posts that call on users to retweet for a chance to win. Scott said the robot would also follow the person or company advertising the contest if the tweet called for it. The engineer said he won nearly 1,000 contests, with most of the prizes being generally worthless items such as customized images for gaming and YouTube profiles. "I won a lot of cool stuff too though, and getting mysterious things in my mailbox each day was pretty fun," Scott wrote in a blog post. He said the prizes he obtained included gift cards, movie and concert tickets, a free year of Spotify, a Kentucky Derby mousepad and a Godzilla prize package containing a hat and a shirt. Scott said the most valuable prize he won was a $4,000 limousine ride and shopping spree during New York Fashion Week, but he declined the prize because he lives in Illinois. "My favorite thing that I won was a cowboy hat autographed by the stars of a Mexican soap opera that I had never heard of," Scott said. "I love it because it really embodies the totally random outcome of these contests." Scott said he entered about 165,000 contests and won 984, meaning he had a "pretty miserable" winning percentage of 0.6 percent. "And before you report me to the IRS, yes, I reported and paid taxes on all of the winnings I actually accepted/received," Scott said. Scott said he has now reprogrammed the bot to retweet posts that purport to raise money for charity.

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Del Rio man faces cyberstalking, child porn charges - 08/16/15
In Del Rio, federal authorities arrested 26-year-old Michael Martinez on multiple charges involving online sextortion, cyberstalking and child exploitation of three female victims, including one minor. A seven-count federal grand jury indictment, returned Wednesday and unsealed late Thursday, charges Martinez with three counts of Internet stalking; one count of production of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography; one count of possession of child pornography; and, one count of coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.

Legal Services Commission says 80 per cent of domestic violence cases involve tech abuse - 08/14/15
VIOLENT partners are bugging the computers of their victim’s parents or siblings to retain control over the relationship, lawyers warn. The Legal Services Commission says at least 80 per cent of domestic violence matters it deals with involve the use of technology by an abuser to stalk or harass a victim or their relatives. Commission director Gabrielle Canny said extended family members were reporting that their computers were bugged by the abuser.

13-year-old possibly exposed to HIV after meeting adult online - 08/14/15
The Conway Police Department said a 27-year-old has been arrested after the alleged statutory rape of a 13-year-old. According to Sgt. Latresha Woodruff, a woman called officers to report that her son had sexual contact with Sonny Byrum, of Mayflower,­a man he met through an app called “Scruff”­ while she was at work.

Stalking suspect threatened Orange County waitress with sexual assault - 08/13/15
An Orange County man is out on bond, accused of stalking a waitress at a restaurant on International Drive. She told investigators the threats were so disturbing, she feared for her life as well as her daughter’s. The victim told investigators the harassment went on for at least two months. Investigators said after the content of previous letters she received, she was too scared to open the last one that arrived, so she gave it to them in a sandwich bag. Scott Goltry, 47, bonded out of jail Thursday morning after facing a judge on a felony charge of stalking with a credible threat.

Social media posting guide for teens - 08/13/15
Chances are children and teens have more social media accounts than their parents are even aware of, and with school starting back up in Central Florida, that can mean big problems. A 14-year-old Lake County student was arrested Wednesday after deputies said he threatened to shoot up two schools on Instagram. Earlier this year, an Osceola County teen was arrested after deputies said she posted bomb threats on Twitter.

Insightful teen avoids being victimized by online sexual predator - 08/12/15
With the ever increasing awareness of internet safety and protocols being presented to children through various agencies, one local 14 year old was able to avoid possibly being taken advantage of by an online sexual predator on July 29 when he notified his mother of a man soliciting him for sex. Donald Kilgore, Jr., 36, of Ash Flat, was arrested in the case on July 31. According to the affidavit for warrant of arrest, the Sharp County Sheriff's Department was made aware of a man trying to get a 14 year old to meet him for sex after the child's parent contacted the Cherokee Village Police Department about the incident.

‘Obsessed’ Fla. man stalks teen, threatens to rape her after she sends nude photos in exchange for shopping money - 08/12/15
A 32-year-old Florida man has been arrested for stalking a 17-year-old girl and threatening to hurt her and her family after she tried to break off an Instagram relationship in which she traded nude photos of herself for money to go shopping, police said. Andrew Boubelik began calling the girl 50 to 100 times a day after she told him he was too controlling and tried to break off their Internet communications, Orlando police said.

Repeat felon in trouble on charges of stalking FBI agent - 08/12/15
A convicted con artist from the South Side who has tangled repeatedly with the FBI and irked the federal court system with hundreds of frivolous lawsuits is in trouble again, this time on charges of stalking an FBI agent who helped put him in prison for fraud a decade ago. Frederick H. Banks, 47, was indicted under seal earlier this month on one count of interstate stalking after the FBI said he placed an ad on Craigslist seeking a sexual encounter and then listed the name and phone number of the agent in Florida.

CBC reporter kissed live on air still receiving online harassment even after she accepted teen’s apology - 08/12/15
A CBC journalist who was kissed by a stranger on live TV has received an apology, but she’s still being attacked by others online for making a complaint to police. Megan Batchelor was reporting from a music festival in Squamish, B.C., north of Vancouver, Friday when a stranger came up from behind, kissed her on the cheek at the same time as he took a picture of the event.

Internet Trolls Blast Megyn Kelly With Sexist Remarks On Twitter & It's Just One Of Many Attempts To Silence Women Who Speak Out - 08/11/15
Donald Trump wasn't the only one dealing questionable language out towards Megyn Kelly after last Thursday's debate; it also unleashed the Internet trolls, who attacked Megyn Kelly with unrelenting vitriol. In fact, it got so bad that developer Izzy Galvez even created a chart to illustrate it visually ­ and the worst part is that what the chart shows isn't unexpected. This is just one instance in a long line of women being harassed online purely for speaking out against sexism.

Ellensburg man accused of assault and burglary - 08/11/15
A 19-year-old Ellensburg man is accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend, breaking into a home, and taking and posting naked pictures of the couple on Facebook. Michael Anderson was arrested on suspicion of cyberstalking, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and third-degree malicious mischief. He obtained a lawyer and turned himself in when he learned police wanted to talk with him.
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I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man accused of decapitating wife, dogs and self-mutilation leaves hospital for jail cell
A man accused of decapitating his wife and their pet dogs before mutilating himself has gone from a hospital bed to a jail cell. Phoenix police identified the man as Kenneth Dale Wakefield. Police say he was in a county lockup Sunday on $2 million bail after being booked on one count of first-degree murder and two counts of animal cruelty. Investigators say Wakefield killed Trina Heisch and their two dogs and stashed the bodies in a closet. They say he then gouged out one of his own eyes and cut off his left hand at the forearm. The grisly scene was discovered July 25 by a neighbor who went to check on Heisch and said Wakefield came to the door naked, covered in blood. It wasn't immediately clear if Wakefield had an attorney who could comment on the case.

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Physical Security Industry Adopts Social Media Monitoring - 07/30/15
Private security professionals and law enforcement personnel are leveraging social media as a physical security tool to identify security threats and prevent crime. “Knowledge is power, and we’re all learning to cyber-sleuth to keep up with the bad guys,” says Wendy Patrick, JD, PhD, Deputy District Attorney, special operations division, San Diego District Attorney’s office and president of the Association of Threat Assessment

Phony Poster Who Made Inflammatory Comments About Lacey Prom King And Queen Still Unknown - 07/30/15
Just who posted nasty online comments about the selection of two special needs students as the Lacey Township High School 2015 prom king and queen back in June remains a mystery. Although an investigation was launched shortly a furor erupted on social media about the comments made on a Lacey Patch article, there is “nothing new” about just who the actual poster was, Police Chief David A. Paprota said recently.

‘All feminists should be gang-raped’: Inside the disturbing world of online misogyny - 07/30/15
“YOU look like a tart desperate for c**k ... All feminists should be gang-raped to set them right. Plus work in a hore (sic) house for year or so.” That was an email typical of the type Emma Jane received on a weekly, daily and sometimes hourly basis in response to articles she wrote about feminist and social justice issues.

Galveston County judge to decide whether to reduce former judge's 600K bond - 07/30/15
A Galveston County judge will decide if she will reduce a former judge's $600,000 bond. The mother of former Galveston County Judge Christopher Dupuy said she could not afford to get her son out of jail. She said two bonds of $20,000 would be affordable. But she said the two current bonds of $300,000 each were too much.

Reign of terror - 07/29/15
How an online troll destroyed a family’s offline life Sharon and Richard Moreno were awakened by a phone call from a police negotiator around 2.30am one night last May. He told them to get out of their home immediately and leave their adult son behind. Officers with rifles greeted the couple on their front lawn in Sterling, Virginia, and tackled their son William on the porch. They had been drawn by a chilling post attributed to William on a popular local Web forum: “I JUST SHOT MY PARENTS NOW I WILL KILL MY SISTER.”

Facebook banned from enforcing its real name policy in Germany - 07/29/15
A German privacy watchdog ordered Facebook Inc. Wednesday to allow users to have accounts under false names on the social network. The Hamburg Data Protection Authority's Commissioner Johannes Caspar said that Facebook could not change accounts under false names to their real names or block them, according to Reuters.

What newsrooms and journalists can do about doxxing - 07/30/15
Doxxing – the sharing of an individual's personal information by which to harass them – is a growing and particularly malicious trend in some darker corners of the internet. And journalists are often the target. Occasional online harassment is part and parcel of discussing contentious issues on social media, but having the same behaviour follow you home can leave victims feeling powerless and terrified. People who take issue with a story may find out the reporter's home address or contact information and send them anything from fast food deliveries and empty boxes to pictures of dead bodies and rape threats.

Army set to crack down on cyber bullying - 07/29/15
Cyber bullying among service members is getting out of hand, and Army leaders are calling on soldiers to straighten up ­ or face some career-ending consequences. In an All-Army Activities message issued Monday, the service reminded soldiers about maintaining a professional presence on and off line.

NC private investigators could be banned from using GPS tracking - 07/28/15
Private investigators in North Carolina fear they are about to lose a vital tool in their industry – GPS tracking. A bill moving through its final stages in the state House would include secretive GPS tracking of another person under the umbrella definition of cyberstalking, a class 2 misdemeanor. House Bill 238 allows some exemptions, such as for various law enforcement officers, the owner of a vehicle fleet or a parent tracking their child’s location. The bill is expected to go before the full House on Wednesday.

ON GUARD ONLINE: Local man a ‘sextortion’ target - 07/28/15
A few months ago, Mineral Wells police received a report in which a man claimed someone online threatened to release sexually explicit photos of him to friends on social media if he didn’t pay out $500. This ordeal began when the man made contact online with someone he thought was a woman and began an explicit conversation and exchange of photos on apps like Facetime and other chat media, said police spokesman Lt. Randy Wright.

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I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Adorable video show kittens getting the slip by a digital mouse
An app is putting a spin on the age old battle between feline and rodent. Two cats are put to the test in an Internet clip showing the two pets being outwitted by a digital mouse on a tablet. Efforts to catch the rodent go in vain as the mouse scurries off the screen while squeaking in a genuine mouse-like fashion. The game along with various other digital game apps for cats can be downloaded free and/or purchase on both iTunes and Google Play stores.

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Reddit Wrangles Reins From Users at a Risk - 07/20/15
Reddit became one of the most visited websites in the world on the backs of users devoted to the online bulletin board where people could post just about anything. Reddit benefits from a free workforce of volunteers who moderate discussion forums known as "subreddits," on topics running a gamut from science and religion to white supremacy and woman-bashing.

Taking a look at stalking - 07/20/15
People have been stalked for a long time, but stalking is only now starting to be recognized as a psychologically damaging form of assault – and still being handled very badly by the police and legal system. Unwelcome and intrusive contact Stalking is related to obsessive perversions of love. It is often seen between people who knew each other very well, as lovers or friends. One of them may handle the break-up really badly and maintain unwelcome and intrusive contact with their former lover or friend.

Technology poses risk to victims fleeing abuse 07/19/15
The tragic murder-suicide in Exeter earlier this month brought back painful memories for one survivor of domestic violence who made headlines years ago in her quest to leave a toxic, abusive relationship.Jennie Barnes was abused mentally and physically. When she finally left and sought safety in a shelter, her now ex-husband was able to track her by her phone. While her story ended safely, it’s a reminder to those in abusive relationships to be mindful of the darker uses of every day technology.

This Ruling Could Change Online “Free Speech” Forever - 07/19/15
Negotiating the contours of free speech and harmful speech has been a constant discussion since we began thinking about freedom as a concept. But today, where 140 characters or a Facebook post can instantly travel across the world and get you fired, that negotiating matters more than ever. Should we conclude that ethics doesn’t matter because “it’s the Internet”?

Here's how AI could fix the toxic nature of the internet - 07/18/15
Venture outside the Safe For Work confines of the internet and you’ll find off-the-scale offensive images that will rattle your brain. Or you could provoke the ire of strangers on the internet, like Anita Sarkeesian, who runs a blog exposing the way sexist video games depict and exclude women. On a daily basis, she receives sexual harassment and death threats from anonymous Twitter users. Last October, she had to cancel a Utah State University event because of an anonymous terror threat.

Burglar takes video selfie with home owner's phone - 07/17/15
Los Angeles police are looking for a suspect in a home burglary who took a selfie with the victim's phone. According to the Los Angeles Police Department the suspect entered the home around 7 a.m. on July 11 and dug through the home while two 15-year-old girls and a woman were sleeping in a bedroom. KTLA, a local LA news station, reported that while rummaging, the burglar picked up an iPhone and "accidentally activated a video application, which recorded him standing in the victims' living room."

N.H. Man Charged in 'Sextortion' Scheme That Targeted Young Girls - 07/17/15
A New Hampshire man is facing computer hacking and cyberstalking charges in an alleged "sextortion" scheme that targeted young girls. Ryan J. Vallee, 21, of Franklin, was indicted on 10 counts of making interstate threats, two counts of computer hacking to steal information, seven counts of computer hacking to extort and seven counts of identity theft, according to authorities. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance at 4:30 p.m. Friday in U.S. District Court in New Hampshire.

De-jargoned: What is SIM swap fraud? - 07/17/15
Financial transactions are gradually moving from cash to electronic, especially with both the government and the central bank emphasising on cashless and paperless transactions. While technology makes banking more convenient, it also exposes customers to various risks such as phishing, identity theft, card skimming, vishing and cyber stalking. SIM swap fraud is one such fraud.

In a first, Healey files criminal cyber-harassment charges - 07/17/15
The online headlines were splashy, but none of them were true, according to the Massachusetts attorney general’s office. In their first criminal cyber-harassment case, state prosecutors allege that the developer of a failed condominium project in Revere fabricated press releases and news articles designed to harm the reputation of a creditor to whom he owes more than $30 million.

Winchester Man Arraigned in Connection With Online Intimidation, Harassment - 07/17/16
A Winchester man has been arraigned on charges in connection with online intimidation and harrasment against another man and his company, according to the Massachusetts Attorney General. Steven C. Fustolo, 57, was arraigned in Woburn District Court today on charges of Criminal Harassment and Intimidation of a Witness, Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office announced.

Former Reddit CEO: 'The Trolls Are Winning' - 07/16/15
Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao has spoken out for the first time since stepping down as CEO last week, offering a rather disheartening message - that the online trolls are winning. Pao herself was targeted on the site for attempting to shut down some of the more vile sections of Reddit, which is labeled as the "front page of the Internet." "Balancing free expression with privacy and the protection of participants has always been a challenge for open-content platforms on the Internet," said Pao in an op-ed published in The Washington Post. "But that balancing act is getting harder. The trolls are winning."

Cyberbullying Is a Bigger Problem Than Screen Time Addiction - 07/16/15
The harms that can come to children who use technology excessively ­ including depression, behavioral problems and poor academic performance ­ are not just caused by too much screen time. It is the nature of the interactions that take place through the screen that count. Simply limiting screen time ignores the many benefits of technology for teenagers.

DA: Gangs use social media for witness intimidation - 07/15/15
With the number of homicides in the City of Portland already surpassing numbers from this time last year, some have begun to wonder how the use of social media is changing the way violent criminals interact with potential witnesses. Anthony Jackson, 19, died Tuesday after he was shot in SE Portland over the weekend. His death marks the 20th homicide in Portland so far this year, and for those who prosecute violent criminals, social media threats aren’t making the pursuit of justice any easier.

Ending fat shame: How the Internet is creating acceptance for all body sizes - 07/15/15
When Los Altos-reared writer Galit Breen penned a Huffington Post blog about the secrets to a happy marriage, she knew better than to expect commenters to say nice things about everything she wrote. After all, this was the Internet. But she wasn't prepared for readers to attack her viciously for how she looked in her wedding photos. One reader derided the site for loving fat women, and another called her a "heifer."

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I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Broadway audience member tries to charge phone on stage
An audience member apparently caught up in the illusion of live theater at a Broadway show stunned onlookers by trying to charge his phone on stage. Cast members and theatergoers at the July 2 showing of adult puppet play Hand to God said the man climbed on stage before the start of the show and attempted to charge his phone in an electrical outlet. Witnesses said the man's attempt failed, as the outlet was a non-functioning part of the show's set, and workers quickly arrived to unplug the phone and make an announcement about not using the set for charging. "Well, where can I charge it?" the man was quoted as saying by the blog Broadway Adjacent.

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I'm Being Stalked ...On Snapchat! - 07/12/15
Snapchat has made Evan Spiegel the world's youngest billionaire -- but it's also part of the reason he's calling in LAPD to nab a seriously creepy alleged cyberstalker. In a not-at-all-funny case of live by the sword, die by the sword ... police say Spiegel received harassing messages through Snapchat, Twitter and email from a man identifying himself as Ramon Martinez.

Should Twitter trolls be named and shamed ? - 07/12/15
Over the last 10 years it has become a major part of mine and my colleagues’ legal practices to deal with the effects of online harassment and abuse. The attitude Twitter is taking now shows an increase in its understanding of its responsibilities, and it will become more difficult for those who have been successful at online harassment.

Court gunman's 3 relatives guilty of cyberstalking - 07/11/15
A federal jury on Friday found that the death of a woman shot by her former father-in-law at a Delaware courthouse in 2013 was the result of cyberstalking by the gunman's widow and two children, convicting the three defendants on all counts in a nationally unprecedented verdict.

I was sexually harassed on LinkedIn and it made me question the site's credibility - 07/11/15
LinkedIn is a fantastic resource for job seekers and professionals looking to connect, but as I found recently, it can also be a haven for some pretty creepy behavior. Last year I wrote a popular post on LinkedIn about an upsetting experience I had on my morning commute and how I didn't let it ruin my day.

How to Fight Trolls Online - 07/10/15
It's a normal day on the internet. Twitter is tweeting and faving, Facebook is liking and sharing, and Reddit is humming with all things good and bad online. It was a day like this in 2010 that cartoonist Ben Garrison had the gall to create something political about the Fed and post it online.

9 things all dedicated social media creepers know to be true - 07/10/15
You constantly have to stop yourself from admitting too much. What you want to say: Oh heya, haven’t seen you in literal years. How’s the new baby? The new gaff? You split up from Adam didn’t you? Thought you were going to Portugal this week?
What you really say:Oh hey, long time no see. How’s life?

Queensland woman reveals online predator humiliated her to the point of attempting suicide - 07/10/15
A Queensland woman has revealed she attempted suicide after years of manipulation and abuse from an online predator that targeted her when she was just 15 years old. In 2009, Ms Johnston was in year 10 at Dalby State High in South East Queensland when a handsome university student named Jayke Williams requested her friendship on Facebook.

Army regulation defines proper online conduct - 07/09/15
“How do we ensure Army values-based conduct to prevent and respond to harm inflicted through the use of electronic communication?” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno asked for an answer to that question earlier this year in the wake of revelations at the February 2015 SHARP Summit in Washington, D.C. At the SHARP summit, soldiers spoke about online sexual harassment via social media. They had also discussed retribution delivered online against soldiers who had spoken up about both sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Pickpockets caught on selfie camera at Pope Francis' Ecuador mass - 07/09/15
A man using a selfie stick to film himself during Pope Francis' visit to Ecuador captured a team of pickpockets who targeted him on video. Diego Mino, who posted his video to YouTube, was shooting video with a camera attached to a selfie stick Tuesday while walking through the crowd gathered to hear the pontiff give mass in Quito's Bicentennial Park when a man wearing a leather jacket and two female accomplices started following him.

Smart-bullying: Taking hate to the World Wide Web - 07/09/15
We’ve all been bullied at least once in our lives, on some level by some person. Heck, I’d say getting hit by a wildcard draw-4 cards or a skip at UNO (the horrible feeling and frustration definitely counts) is bullying if I never managed to pay back the favour (sweet revenge). But it gets worse. Maybe someone physically pushed you, hurt you, or locked you inside a bathroom for a laugh? Go beyond physical boundaries and bullying still exists, when someone says something hurtful to you, or even offensive or vulgar or sexual. Bullying can happen on all levels, and it can get real ugly. Life isn’t just UNO, you know?

Revenge porn is just one part of a changing picture of harassment - 07/08/15
Google’s recent decision to remove content at the request of victims of revenge porn is a huge win for victims. Governments are also reacting to the growing problem of revenge porn – the NSW government this week announced a parliamentary inquiry into existing laws and whether there was any need for reform.

Internet privacy rule under debate - 07/08/15
A new rule under consideration of The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is causing a stir. Some believe it could increase internet harassment. The new rule would require some website owners to publicly disclose their address by limiting the use of proxy registration. Supporters believe it would cut back on piracy and other forms of fraud. Owners of domains use proxy registrations to conceal their information from being listed in a data base.

True Crime Online Newsletter - July 6, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Woman took proposal photos at the Eiffel Tower, now searching Internet for mystery couple
Jen Hurd Bohn was in Paris earlier this month and happened to capture a couple's proposal while visiting the Eiffel Tower. She snapped a few photos, but had no way of contacting them, so she put the images on her Facebook and called on the Internet to find the mystery couple. "Saw this guy propose to this girl on the Eiffel Tower Sunday," Bohn wrote on the post. "I wanted to send them the pics but was stuck in line. Help me find them!" As of Tuesday afternoon, the post had almost 200,000 shares and even actress Candace Cameron Bure tried helping find the couple by sharing the post on her Facebook page. The Full House actress wrote, "Share this so these two can get these pics of their engagement!" Local, national and international media outlets have also shared the post on social media in hopes of finding the newly engaged couple.

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Man kicked by camel while attempting selfie with nursing calf - 07/06/15
A viral video purportedly shot somewhere in the Persian Gulf region shows the dangers of attempting a nursing camel selfie in easy kicking range of a mother camel. The video shows the man attempt to pose under the mother camel's legs with the nursing youngster before being kicked out of the camera frame by the annoyed mother.

This Is What Happened When a Popular Blogger Took Off Her Makeup and Revealed Her Acne - 07/05/15
You look disgusting. That's the title of beauty blogger Em Ford's latest YouTube video, a three-minute feature that's about far more than lipstick and mascara. Ford, a 20-something from London who suffers from adult acne, has been posting photos of herself without makeup for the past three months. In the video, she washes off her makeup to highlight the disturbing online harassment she faces. She includes a smattering of the horrible comments she receives on social media daily, like "ugly," "revolting," and "I can't even look at her."

New Study Sheds Light On Bystander Intervention In Cyberbullying - 07/05/15
We have yet to scratch the surface in the emerging field of Cyberpsychology, but one headache that always seems to appear in the media is Cyberbullying. Online bullying is quickly soaring and a significant number of cases are now resulting in tragedy, PsyPost reports.

35-yr-old first convict in a cyber-stalking case in state - 07/04/15
A 35-year-old man will serve three months in jail for sending obscene pictures and videos via email to a woman he met on a social networking site ­ the state’s first conviction in a cyber-stalking case. On Friday, additional chief metropolitan magistrate MR Natu convicted Yogesh Prabhu under section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC and section 66 (E) (punishment for violation of privacy) of the Information Technology Act, 2008. “Prabhu has been sentenced to three months’ simple imprisonment and fined Rs10,000 for the offence under the IT Act and Rs5,000 for intending to insult the modesty of a woman,” said Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy commissioner of police, crime branch.

Elderly targeted by online scams - 07/04/15
Sandra’s Facebook friend told her that she had won $50,000 in a random drawing. “She wanted me to send money so I could get my $50,000 in cash,” Sandra, who asked that her real name be withheld, said. “She talked me into it.” Sandra initially sent $4,000 to facilitate the delivery of her money. She never received anything in return, even after making repeated efforts. Sandra, who lives in Putnam County, ended up losing about $30,000. “I am digging out of that hole right now,” she said, in an interview in Charleston last week set up by investigators working for U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

Ex-judge accused of making fake sex ads for ex-girlfriends - 07/03/15
A former Galveston County judge has been arrested and charged with two counts of online harassment after police say he created fake online ads saying two ex-girlfriends were available for sex-for-hire. Galveston County sheriff’s office spokesman Col. Ray Tuttoilmondo says former County Court-at-Law Judge Christopher Dupuy was arrested Thursday and is being held on $600,000 bail. The Houston Chronicle reports 43-year-old Dupuy has requested a court-appointed attorney.

Man charged with harassing woman over text, Internet - 07/03/15
A Fairbanks man who allegedly used text messaging and Craigslist to threaten and harass a woman has been charged with misdemeanor second-degree harassment. The victim texted back asking Drotzur to leave her alone. Drotzur sent a second text reading, in part, “I’m going to ruin your life like you did mine.” Jeremy Lee Drotzur, 29, of Fairbanks, sent the victim a text message on May 14 stating “I want to rape you,” according to charging documents.

'Obsessed' police officer who harassed his former lover with 42,000 messages is thrown out of the force - 07/03/15
A shamed police officer who harassed his former lover with 42,000 messages has been dismissed from the police force for bringing it into disrepute. Pc Allan Smith, 54, subjected his on-off partner to a torrent of abuse over several years through thousands of frightening text, Facebook and WhatsApp messages to control her.

The invaluable service of TrollBusters - 07/03/15
Michelle Ferrier loved being a columnist with the Daytona Beach News-Journal in Florida. She established a real connection with her audience, she says, built around a fly-on-the-wall view into her African-American family life. Then, two years into the gig in 2005, Ferrier started receiving a series of letters. “Have you played the race card, Michelle, this week,” the first, handwritten letter said, and “All you people do is cry, bitch, wine [sic], bitch.” Ferrier tried to shrug it off, but the hate mail grew increasingly threatening.

Expert says "hit list" was written by Delaware court gunman - 07/03/15
A supposed "hit list" and two homemade death certificates found after a shooting at a Delaware courthouse in 2013 were written by the gunman whose widow and children are being tried on federal conspiracy and cyberstalking charges, a defense handwriting expert testified Thursday. Andrew Sulner told jurors that the documents were written by Thomas Matusiewicz, who killed his ex-daughter-in-law, Christine Belford, and a friend who accompanied her to the courthouse for a child support hearing. Matusiewicz then exchanged gunfire with police before killing himself.

Hate speech: how should bosses tackle staff who make harmful online comments? - 07/02/15
A high-powered Wall Street boss was ordered this week to pay out $18 million (£11.5m) to a former intern for “slut shaming” her on a website he owned. The headine-grabbing lawsuit has highlighted the cost – both human and financial – of online bullying, hate speech and abuse in the workplace.In the case, 43-year-old Benjamin Wey – CEO of finance firm New York Global Group – stood accused of writing on his website The Blot Magazine that ex-employee Hanna Bouveng was “a prostitute”, who “hangs out with cocaine dealers” and is “a terrible person”.

2nd arrest for Horry County teacher in connection with harassment charge - 07/02/15
A Horry County teacher has been arrested for the second time in connection with a harassment charge. The Sun News reports jail records show 36-year-old Adam Varnadore, of Conway, was charged with second-degree harassment Monday. Varnadore works at Whittemore Park Middle School.

Walking the Social Media Tightrope - 07/01/15
In today’s digital workplace, few issues cause more confusion than social media. Numerous laws are relevant to social media, ranging from Title VII to the Fair Credit Reporting Act to state-specific laws barring requests for applicants’ personal passwords. However, employers can navigate the social media minefield by identifying and addressing the risks. When used properly, social media searches can provide a way for employers to learn helpful information they may not otherwise get during a typical hiring process. For example, resume inconsistencies, hobbies and civic involvement may be apparent from online searches.

Tourist's Brooklyn Bridge climb selfie sparks security questions - 07/01/15
A tourist's GoPro selfie from atop New York's Brooklyn Bridge is raising concerns about security on the landmark ahead of the July 4 holiday. The picture posted to Instagram by Tennessee man David Karnauch shows him using a selfie stick to snap a photo with his GoPro camera after climbing the Brooklyn Bridge.

Cyber bullying bill passes - 07/01/15
Telling someone to ‘Go jump in the lake' is illegal after today – because as an incitement to suicide it is outlawed under The Harmful Digital Communications Bill. Last night the bill passed its third and final reading 116 votes to five, with ACT's David Seymour and four Green MPs, Gareth Hughes, Russel Norman, Julie Anne Genter and Steffan Browning, the only ones to vote against it.

CEO Accused Of Sexually Harassing Employee, Forcing Her To Sleep With Him, Writing On The Internet That She’s A Prostitute Ordered To Cough Up $18 Million - 06/30/15
Remember Benjamin Wey? CEO of New York Global Group, who was accused by employee Hanna Bouveng of:
• Pressuring Bouveng to dress provocatively on the job
• Waging “a relentless campaign to have sex with her”
• Ultimately having sex with her for approximately 120 seconds (“He has sex with her and it’s over in two minutes. She was horrified and debased”)
• Firing her in 2014 after she complained and saying the termination was because her “love of nightclubs were becoming an issue”
• Writing on a website he owns called The Blot Magazine “that she’s a prostitute, that she hangs out with cocaine dealers…[that] she’s a terrible person”
• Emailing Bouveng’s father to say he’d found another man in her bed (that man being her boyfriend)
Wey’s lawyer conceded that his client made some “mistakes” in his treatment of Bouveng, and now he’s going to pay for $18 million of them.

Teen who 'swatted' Disneyland had too much time on hands - 06/30/15
A Coquitlam, B.C., teenager who admitted to a North America-wide "swatting" spree says he terrorized targets ­ including Disneyland ­ because he was bored. The Crown is asking for a 16-month custodial sentence for the teenager, who can't be identified because he is a young offender. The youth stood up to speak in court Monday. "I had a lot of time on my hands," he said. "I don't do anything productive, and that leaves me time to do criminal activity." Swatting typically refers to an internet hoax where hackers fake an emergency call and emergency personnel, like a police SWAT team, are deployed.

True Crime Online Newsletter - June 29, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Police helicopter loudspeaker broadcasts X-rated conversation
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Utah woman gets emotional at post-surgery Pac-Man dilemma
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

True Crime Online Newsletter - June 15, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . . Indiana police chief toys with phone scammer
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”

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