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I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Google Street View catches lawn mower thieves in the act
Police in Denmark said a Google Street View image offered new evidence in an unsolved crime by catching two men in the act of stealing a lawn mower. South Jutland police posted an image to Twitter on Tuesday showing two men taking the small tractor from a business in Rinkenaes in 2012. "Fantastic! A Google photo shows two thieves in action in Rinkenaes near Grasten. Who are they?" police wrote in the Twitter post. Police said they only recently discovered the Google Street View image, and they are hoping it will lead to tips from the public.

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What is the best way to tackle cyber-stalkers? - 01/26/15
Advances in technology have led to an increase in cyber-stalking, but what is the best way of tackling the problem? BBC Inside Out's Mary Rhodes spoke to Dr Emma Short who runs the National Centre for Cyber-stalking Research at the University of Bedfordshire about the best ways of deterring stalkers.

Cyberstalking Worse Than Stalking? - 01/25/15
In a new study, researchers explored and compared the experiences of people who had been victims of stalking or cyberstalking (harassing or threatening via the Internet). They found that victims of cyberstalking had to engage in more ‘self-protective’ behaviors, pay higher out-of-pocket costs to combat the problem, and experienced greater fear over time than traditional stalking victims.

'Online abuse is one thing, to be threatened with rape is another': Chloe Madeley on the terrifying moment when cyber-stalking went too far - 01/24/15
One imagines someone who’s had as charmed a life as Chloe Madeley would know one end of a pair of skis from the other. Her parents are Richard and Judy, TV legends, for goodness sake. Wasn’t an annual trip to Val d’Isère as much a part of her childhood as the big house, the private school and the pony club?

Man With 35 Previous Arrests Charged in Stalking Incident - 01/24/15
Authorities have arrested 37-year-old Corey McKenzie Ray of White Castle, LA, and charged him with Stalking and Cyber Stalking. According to warrant, investigators were contacted in September of 2014 by the victim who stated that Ray had been stalking her. The victim added that she used to date Ray but the couple broke up 5 months prior.

Online harassment targets strike back against abusers - 01/24/15§ion=expressions
Crash Override, billed as an “online harassment task force,” is a private network of experts in such fields as law, information security, public relations, law enforcement, threat monitoring, and counseling ­ all of whom are on-call to assist and support victims of online harassment.

This reality show confronts online trolls in real life - 01/23/15
Trolljägarna (Troll Hunter) is a Swedish reality TV show that hunts down and confronts online harassers in real life. It's hosted by investigative journalist Robert Aschberg, who actively confronts online abusers as they leave work, or finds them outside their homes. CBC radio's Q has just posted an interview with Aschberg, discussing the show. "How extreme does the hatred have to get?" Q guest host Candy Palmater asked Aschberg. "We don't go after people who just joke with other guys... we're talking really hate here," Aschberg responded.

Father of alleged Snapchat bullies loses his job - 01/23/15
The father of two teen boys who allegedly bullied a Minnesota girl with racist comments on Snapchat has reportedly been fired from his job. The alleged case of cyberbullying became a national news story when the father of the girl made an emotional plea on YouTube, seeking to force his daughter’s bullies to “own” their comments.

CPS Won't Demand Students' Social Media Passwords Despite New Law - 01/23/15
A new state law on cyberbullying is giving some school districts the leeway to demand that students surrender passwords to social-media sites like Facebook and Twitter. The new law, which went into effect Jan. 1, targets online harassment between students and gives district broad leeway to come up with policies to combat it.

What to do when a cyberstalker bothers you - 01/23/15
It may start as something merely annoying, but if luck isn't on your side, cyberstalking can escalate into something else entirely. Stalkers have found a new way of keeping tabs on their victims, resorting to social networks and good ol’ Google to find out what their “favorite people” have been up to. Have you ever had a cyberstalker? Has anyone ever creeped you out by following you on all your social networks? Have you ever received persistent emails from someone you don’t even know?

Not Guilty Verdict For Salon Owner in Murder-For-Hire Plot - 01/22/15
The former owner of a Southern California skin care business that catered to celebrities was found not guilty Thursday of charges stemming from an alleged attempt to hire a former NFL player to kill one of her competitors. Dawn DaLuise, 55, who owned the now-defunct Skin Refinery on Santa Monica Boulevard before the tangled alleged plot was uncovered, was charged last spring with a felony count of murder-solicitation.

Bill could make ‘revenge porn’ a felony - 01/21/15
A Florida lawmaker wants to discourage spurned lovers from sharing those nude photos or sex tapes to spite their exes. Republican state Rep. Tom Goodson is sponsoring HB 151, which seeks to make disseminating pornographic images as a form of harassment a third-degree felony. If the legislation is adopted, Florida would be the 15th state with laws criminalizing the posting of sexually explicit material as a means of embarrassment.

Newport Woman Charged with Cyberstalking - 01/21/15
A 40-year-old Newport Woman has been charged with cyberstalking after she allegedly sent another woman a series of threatening emails. Police said Nciole D. Scardigno, 40, of 40 Corne St., Newport, was arrested Tuesday after an investigation into the emails, which began earlier this month.

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Video shows police officer singing along to 'Shake It Off' by Taylor Swift in patrol car
A video posted online by the Dover, Del. Police Department shows Officer Jeff Davis singing along to "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift. The officer is seen reciting almost every single word of the song, bouncing in his seat and making hand gestures as he sings. He calms down and appears professional when he sees a pedestrian and then continues singing and moving to the song. The video starts with an introduction explaining that the department sometimes sees "interesting" things when reviewing dashcam footage, and they've decided to share some of their videos in a series they're calling "Dash Cam Confessionals." The video has over 2 million views.

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Zoe Quinn establishes support service for GamerGate victims - 01/19/15
People who have suffered at the hands of online hate group GamerGate are being offered support by a new service established by Zoe Quinn.Crash Override describes itself as a new "online anti-harassment task force" and has, as seems to be the way, already been itself the target of abuse from those who continue to peddle the #Gamergate hashtag.

Taiwanese man dies after three-day computer gaming binge - 01/19/15
A Taiwanese man who was on a three-day computer gaming binge died in an Internet cafe and went unnoticed for hours, the second such death in the area in less than a month. The man, identified as Hsieh, went into the Internet cafe on Jan. 6 and was found motionless on a table on Jan. 8. Investigators said the man had a heart attack. His death went unnoticed for several hours as gamers continued around him.

Philip Finch fined in Perth Magistrates Court for threatening ex-girlfriend with sex tape - 01/18/15
WA must introduce laws that ensure the cyber harassment of women is recognised as domestic violence, experts say. The call comes after two recent cases of “revenge porn” in WA. A Perth man was fined $2000 for threatening an ex-girlfriend he would make her an “online celebrity” by uploading a sex tape of her to a pornography website. Philip Finch appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court, where he pleaded guilty to one count of making written threats, via a smartphone application.

Cyber threat concerns arise amid push for wider broadband coverage - 01/18/15
The possibilities and risks inherent in the dissemination of the internet across Nigeria continue to necessitate implementation of cyber security initiatives, particularly in economies with underdeveloped technology infrastructure. With the federal government pushing for a deeper and wider national broadband penetration and coverage amid the presidency’s delay in signing off the Cybercrime Bill, major sectors of the economy, including oil and gas, telecommunications, banking, are being exposed to the exploits of cybercriminals prowling the digital landscape, with no form of restriction, industry observers have said.

Police falsely called to Burnaby women’s home by online harassers - 01/15/15
A Burnaby woman became the target of an online harassment campaign this weekend for nothing more than who she follows on Twitter. Ashley Lynch became the latest victim of an online intimidation knowing as “swatting”, when Burnaby RCMP officers showed up at her house in the middle of the night on January 11, on a tip that she had weapons inside.

'Coke in the trunk' pranksters fail to amuse LAPD - 01/15/15
Los Angeles police said a YouTube prank involving officers being tipped off to a trunk full of "coke" that turned out to be Coca-Cola wasted police resources. The video, created by the Nelk Filmz prank group and titled "Coke Prank on Cops," went viral this week after the group filmed themselves sitting in a vehicle and being approached by police.

Man arrested for pointing iPhone at police - 01/15/15
The New York Police Department said a man was arrested for pointing his iPhone at on-duty police to show friends "how easy it would be" to shoot an officer. Investigators said Unique Johnson, 32, was driving a Chevy TrailBlazer with six friends, co-workers from an energy sales company, about 9 p.m. Tuesday when he pulled up alongside a squad car and pointed his phone at the head of one of the two officers in the car.

'The Internet has your back bro': Car dealership cruelly shames pizza delivery man by calling him back and taking away his tip and then posts the video - which backfires spectacularly - 01/15/15
The staff at a car dealership who decided to post a video in which they shame a pizza delivery man are now getting a taste of their own medicine. Workers who have been identified as employees at F & R Auto Sales in Westport, Massachusetts, made a worker from Palace Pizza return and give them back their tip after they claimed that he just ran off with the money.

Act to protect Singaporeans from harassment takes effect - 01/15/15
Victims of harassment can now apply straight to the Singapore Court for a Protection Order, which will direct the harasser to stop the behaviour and put a stop to the spread of harassing communication by others who re-publish the communication, announced the Ministry of Law today (Jan 15).

Deville woman facing 105 cyberstalking charges - 01/15/15
A Deville woman is facing 105 counts of cyberstalking after allegedly contacting a victim after the person had asked her to stop, according to a release. Lydia McDaniel Hutson, 34, of 43 Bass Road, was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on Wednesday, charged with one count of stalking and 105 counts of cyberstalking.

Sex-trafficking suspects arrested at Sea-Tac Airport, Chicago; two victims from Redmond - 01/15/15
This week, police arrested 48-year-old David DeLay and 20-year-old Marysa Comer on felony warrants with the Redmond Police Department (RPD). DeLay's warrant was for second-degree promoting prostitution and tampering with a witness. He was arrested Monday evening at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport after arriving on a flight from Chicago. DeLay was booked into King County Jail, said Janessa Rosick, public information coordinator for the RPD.

St. Gabriel Female Charged with Cyberstalking, Defamation of EBR Judge - 01/15/15
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office has arrested Zaine Kasem, 25, St. Gabriel, in connection with a cyberstalking incident. According to a report investigators were contacted by an EBR Family Court Judge on January 8th regarding allegations of cyberstalking and defamation.

On-Campus Stalking Is The Issue You’re Not Hearing About - 01/15/15
Rachel Pendray, a 20-year-old nursing major at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, was fatally shot in 2006 by Jake Taylor, a former student who claimed to love her. The blond cheerleader had become an obsession for Taylor since the two briefly dated the summer after her freshman year, so when Pendray broke things off, the 24-year-old did not take it lightly. He attempted suicide twice over the course of the following year, continued bringing her gifts, and called and texted her constantly. Some of Pendray’s friends were unnerved by Taylor’s behavior, but Pendray herself never filed any complaints; she even let him enter her bedroom the evening he killed her.

I Wasn’t Prepared for the Horror Story That Is Online Dating While Black - 01/14/15
I try to remind myself that no one ever said online dating would be a wholly pleasant experience. There is an inherent awkwardness that comes with entering the world of swipes and algorithms, and it’s simply unavoidable. I grew up and into an era during which the Internet has basically informed much of my identity and sparked many of my most important relationships ­ I’ve met some of my closest friends via sites like LiveJournal and Tumblr. And today, there’s no twentysomething I know who hasn’t met a bae or a jump off via some app or online service. So there’s no real sense of the taboo when it comes to dating online.

New police unit to fight cybercrime in Mumbai - 01/14/15
The Mumbai police will soon have a full-fledged cell to fight cybercrime, with 100 officers working on such cases under the supervision of a deputy commissioner. The cell will also train 1,000 officers from across different police stations in investigating such cases. Currently, only one police station, in Bandra-Kurla Complex, looks into online fraud, identity theft, offensive posts, cyber-stalking and other Internet-related crimes.

San Diego Woman Sentenced for Tormenting Couple Who Moved Into Her Dream Home - 01/13/15
Soon after Jerry Rice and Janice Ruhter bought their dream home in San Diego's upscale Carmel Valley in the fall of 2011, bizarre things started happening. Their home was mysteriously listed for sale on the Internet, their mail suddenly stopped over Christmas, and they were inundated with over $1,000 worth of magazines and books they had not ordered. On Valentine's Day, an angry neighbor confronted Rice, asking him why he was sending a Valentine's Day card to his wife. At least eight of his neighbors' wives received similar cards.

Men - it's time to grow up - 01/13/15
WHILE the rise of internet bullying, online stalking and cyber fraud are well documented, there’s another dark side of the internet which only seems to have arisen in recent times. The Men’s Rights Activists movement – a group of entirely white, young middle class men who are under the impression feminists have somehow taken over western society – has spread like a particularly annoying rash over usergenerated sites such as Facebook and Reddit.

Sheriff: Man sends photo of gun in text message, writes 'I'm coming' - 01/12/15
A Baton Rouge man was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of cyberstalking after being accused of sending threatening text messages to a woman after a dispute. According to the probable cause affidavit, 26-year-old Christopher Joseph Hamilton began texting a woman and her boyfriend after the couple got into an argument with him while visiting a relative.

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Three Fourth-Grade Students Suspended after Plotting to Kill Teacher with Hand Sanitizer
Three grade four girl students have been suspended from their school as they planned to kill their teacher. These girls from Elba Elementary School knew that the teacher was allergic to anti-bacterial hand sanitizer and did not allow the item in the class. The girls made a plan to spread the sanitizer on many things with an intention that their teacher would touch them and die. They shared this plan with other classmates as well. A mother of one of the three girls came to know about the plan and shared with the school authorities. Parents of other girls said that they were aware of the plan, but preferred to stay quiet. After knowing about the plan, the school principal organized a meeting with the girls, their parents and the police. One of the students was of the view that they did not like the teacher due to yelling. She also affirmed that the entire class had problem with that particular teacher. Police has not filed any charges as the teacher remains unharmed. As per the juvenile laws of New York State, the girls must have committed a felony or misdemeanor and then they are charged. The police wanted to discuss the case with the youth court, but the school decided to handle the case internally, informed Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster of the Genesee County Sheriff's Department. Elba Superintendent Jerome Piwko said that the case has shocked them. "The District cannot comment on the specifics of this event, including discipline, as the information is protected from disclosure under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The reports in the media and on social media do not accurately reflect the entire event", affirmed Piwko.

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NYPD, FBI issue alerts after ISIS puts out video calling for attacks on law enforcement - 01/12/15
The nation’s largest police force is on high alert after ISIS re-released a propaganda video urging the murder of “intelligence officers, police officers, soldiers and civilians” in the U.S., a development federal law enforcement agencies as well as the NYPD took seriously, given recent events -- including last week’s Islamist rampage in Paris.

Cyber attacks becoming more sophisticated, brazen - 01/12/15
The recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures by North Korean hackers has again put the spotlight on the dangers stalking a world digitally connected like never before. Till now mainly restricted to personal computers and laptops, the threat will only get bigger with smartphones and tablets becoming devices of daily use.

Couple arrested after videos surface of 1-year-old playing with handgun - 01/11/15
An Indiana couple has been arrested after police discovered two disturbing cell phone videos of a 1-year-old boy playing with a handgun. The videos were found after Evansville Police arrested Michael Barnes on Thursday during a sting operation in which Barnes – who had an active warrant for armed robbery – agreed to sell a handgun to an undercover officer.

Charity's 'I saw your willy' video teaches kids texting safety - 01/09/15
A British children's charity has unveiled I saw your willy, an animated video aimed at educating kids about the dangers of sending salacious pictures. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children's video, posted to the organization's YouTube account and Facebook page Friday, features the cautionary tale of a young boy named Alex who sends a picture of his "willy" to a friend only to have it go viral.

Trial begins for skin-care guru accused of hiring hit man to kill rival - 01/09/15
A skin-care specialist known for her celebrity clientele and avant garde treatments became so obsessed with a rival aesthetician that she took the law into her own hands and solicited his killing, a Los Angeles County prosecutor told jurors Friday. Dawn DaLuise, a former model known as the skin-care guru to the stars, wasn't just sharing her frustrations with friends when she said she hated Gabriel Suarez, a competitor who opened up near her West Hollywood business last year, Deputy Dist. Atty. Christine Von Helmolt said.

Stolen cameras email pictures of suspects to owner - 01/08/15
Two North Carolina men accused of stealing trail cameras were quickly identified and arrested when one of the cameras continued emailing photos to the owner.

Orange County woman relieved after accused stalker arrested - 01/08/15
The man accused of stalking an Orange County woman has been arrested, WFTV reporter Angela Jacobs found out Thursday. Agen Manuel ValleDiaz, 19, is accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend. Kaylee, who didn’t want to release her last name, was there when ValleDiaz went before a judge Thursday, in what she said was a show of strength toward him.

New York Man Indicted for Allegedly Threatening, Stalking FBI Agent - 01/08/15
A federal grand jury in Ohio Tuesday indicted a New York man on charges of stalking and threatening a Pittsburgh FBI agent who led the investigation into his cousin, a notorious New Jersey lawyer sent to prison for the rest of his life. Ron Bergrin was arrested by the FBI last month in Cleveland and remains in custody there. He faces a detention hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court and will almost certainly be detained pending trial because of the potential danger to Pittsburgh FBI Agent Shawn Brokos.

3 Investigates: Death of Alicia West raises concerns over protection for victims of domestic violence - 01/08/15
Alicia West's life was cut short in a shocking act of violence, one that many describe as deeply personal. It's a crime that will haunt her family forever. "I thought she was the most beautiful baby I'd ever seen." 33-year-old West was murdered on her father's birthday, December 6th. In a tearful interview, Charles Warren remembers his daughter as a bright, happy child - a memory that's tough to reconcile with the last months of her life.

South Amboy man allegedly threatened police on Facebook - 01/08/15
A city resident has been charged with cyber harassment toward the police after allegedly posting a threat on Facebook. According to South Amboy Police Detective Matthew Barcheski, outside law enforcement units notified the city’s police force on Dec. 21 that a South Amboy resident had posted a threat of violence toward police via social media. The suspect was identified as South Amboy resident Brian Butler, 25.

Stalking Awareness Month 2015: Schools Must Record Incidents for Clery Act - 01/06/15
January is National Stalking Awareness Month and certain schools are raising awareness on campus for the act that has been known to sometimes escalate to violence. According to USA Today, stalking only became recognized by the Clery Act in 2013 because of the Obama Administration's reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. About one in five women in college experience sexual assault and stalking is considered a form of harassment, albeit one that is shrouded in gray.

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Woman cited for mailing cow poop to neighbors
(Just remember, kids - you are NEVER anonymous on the Internet)
An Iowa woman is facing a harassment charge for having a box of cow poop mailed to her neighbors after they repeatedly complained about her dog's barking. Burlington police said Kimberly Capdevila, 51, sent the smelly package to neighbors Steve Rowland and Mary Eipert through website after the neighbors repeatedly complained to police about Capdevila's dog barking during the past three years. "On Dec. 13, Rowland received a package in the mail from," Des Moines County District Associate Court documents state. "Inside the package was a substance that was identified as animal feces. On Dec. 29, (officers) spoke with Kimberly Capdevila, who stated she had the package sent to the Rowlands because of the ongoing problems between the two families." Police said, which offers deliveries of cow, elephant and gorilla poop through the United States Postal Service, did not break the law by filling Capdevila's order. The website says customers "may not use our service to threaten, constitute harassment, violate a legal restraint, or any other unlawful purpose. The customer agrees this is a gag gift, novelty service for entertainment only, and that is their only intention." Capdevila was cited for third-degree harassment and is due in court Jan. 6. The suspect told Burlington newspaper The Hawk Eye she did not intend for her neighbors to be offended by the package. "In no way, shape or form did I intend this to be anything more than a practical joke," she said. "I was given a website that I thought was anonymous. I thought it would be a funny thing to do to send it to my neighbors. "After all the problems we've had, I thought it would be a funny thing to do. I am sorry if they took offense to it. If they took offense, I apologize. I never intended to harass them. I look forward to having my day in court." Game company Cards Against Humanity mailed out 30,000 boxes of "literal poop from an actual bull" as part of a Black Friday promotion, but those boxes were sent directly to customers who were informed of what they were receiving.

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Staff nurse's Facebook account was hacked: Tan Tock Seng Hospital - 01/05/15
Tan Tock Seng Hospital says police are investigating a hack into one of their staff's Facebook accounts, which was used to post anti-Singapore sentiments. “Dear all, the staff concerned is one of our nurses. He has reported to the police that his Facebook account has been hacked. We are cooperating with the police on the investigation. Thank you for the alerts and concern,” said a statement on the hospital’s Facebook page on Sunday.

Misogynist Trolls - 01/04/15
I came across an anomaly and in the quest to research the behavior of sexist trolls, I found extensive writing on this topic by my new Twitter friend, journalist Cathy Young. "Because journalism and political discourse were traditionally men’s territory, a slur that targets a woman’s gender or sexuality is taken to attack her as an interloper. A below-the-belt insult directed at a male writer is just an insult."

Woman’s ex headed for trial under new revenge porn law - 01/04/15
In what has become an increasingly common phenomenon, a Milwaukee woman had to face having nude and seminude photos of her posted on the Internet in April as collateral damage of a messy breakup. Her ex, Keslin Jean Jacques, told her there was nothing she could do to stop him, according to a criminal complaint, because Gov. Scott Walker had not yet signed into law a bill aimed at outlawing the practice.

Declaring world war on phone scammers - 01/04/15
The attackers struck without warning during the hectic holiday season, pinpointing a target in our homeland from half a world away. It was your home telephone. And even though you quickly realized what the evildoers were doing ­ telemarketing or even worse, scamming ­ you felt powerless to make them stop.

‘Let ISIS rape you’: Conservatives deluge ‘American Sniper’ critics with harassment and threats - 01/03/15
Two journalists, Rania Khalek and Max Blumenthal, have become the target of death threats and online harassment from conservatives and Tea Party supporters for their criticism of the pro-Iraq War film American Sniper. Khalek wrote on Friday that she and Blumenthal had aired their grievances with the film, which they see as glorifying the U.S. invasion of Iraq and lionizing a bloodthirsty killer who boasted of his pleasure in gunning down some 160 to 250 Iraqi “savages” during the height of the war.

First sergeant earns ARCOM for calling out online antics - 01/02/15
First Sgt. Katrina Moerk said she never sought recognition for correcting soldiers' unethical behavior online, but received it anyway, and from high places. Lt. Gen. James McConville presented Moerk an Army Medal of Commendation at a Dec. 15 ceremony at the Pentagon and the senior noncommissioned officer received in-person praise from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Stalking: Ignoring it won't make it go away - 01/01/15
January is National Stalking Awareness Month. It’s a time to focus on a crime that affects between 6.6 and 7.5 million victims a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This year’s theme, “Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It,” challenges communities everywhere to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it.

Leelah Alcorn’s death was tragic, but harassing her parents is not the answer - 12/31/14
In a heart-wrenching letter posted to Tumblr on Dec. 28, Leelah Alcorn ­ the 17-year-old transgender girl who apparently committed suicide after a long battle with her parents over her gender identity ­ wrote that she hoped readers would hear what happened to her and try to “fix society.” But as the note began circulating more widely this week, the Internet’s self-appointed vigilantes have turned themselves to a less ambitious quest: “fixing” Alcorn’s mother, Carla, and her father, Doug.

Austin man charged in Michigan for stalking teen - 12/30/14
An Austin man is facing several charges after authorities in Michigan said he drove there to meet a 14-year-old girl he had been texting and talking with on the Internet since she was 12. Over the past year, the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department said the conversations between 27-year-old Glen Stephen Timberlake and the girl became sexual. Police said he sent four sexually explicit videos to the girl, and that one of the videos included a dog.

Unhealthy Relationships Leading to Stalking - 12/30/14
It's easy to confuse a coincidence for stalking. Whether it's someone familiar or a complete stranger, seeing the same person over and over again might leave an unsettling feeling.

Criminal convictions upheld in Massachusetts internet harassment case - 12/29/14
On Dec. 23, 2014, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) of Massachusetts affirmed a lower court’s ruling against a pair of defendants that harassed their neighbors through, among other means, internet postings. The Massachusetts couple had been convicted under the state’s criminal harassment statute, G.L. c. 265 § 43A (a). “Where the sole purpose of the defendants’ speech was to further their endeavor to intentionally harass the [victims], such speech is not protected by the First Amendment,” the court wrote.

Feds deport University of Washington student who made social media threats - 12/29/14
The former University of Washington (UW) student from India who was arrested in June for threating a campus shooting on social media was deported Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Keshav Mukund Bhide, 24, departed on an international flight Wednesday afternoon from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Special agents from HSI and the FBI escorted Bhide to the airport and confirmed his departure. He cannot return to the U.S. for 10 years.

Edmonton police to focus more on online crime: chief - 12/29/14
As crime moves online, so will policing, said Edmonton police chief Rod Knecht in a year-end interview. Knecht calls the Internet and social media a “very rich environment for crime.” He said serious and organized crime is being facilitated online, including fraud, break and enters and sexual assaults.

Student gets death threats for publicizing liberal tweets - 12/29/14
Apparently, reporting on public comments by a student leader can be “cyber stalking” and “libel” at Brandeis University. Truth Revolt reporter and Brandeis University student Daniel Mael publicized tweets by Khadijah Lynch, a student leader, who said that she had “no sympathy” for NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were brutally murdered earlier this month.

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I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man accidentally sells box spring containing cat
An Oregon man said he is searching for his girlfriend's cat after he mistakenly sold a box spring that the feline was using as a hiding place. Roy Dufek of Rockcreek said in a Reddit post he was selling two bed sets for his girlfriend while she was at work last week and he did not realize until later that his girlfriend's cat, Camo, had apparently been hiding inside a box spring he strapped to the top of a buyer's car. Dufek, who was in the process of moving when he sold the items, said the man who purchased the bed set allowed him to search his house, but there was no sign of Camo. The man said he had heard unusual noises while affixing the box spring to the top of his car. Dufek said his posts on Reddit and Craigslist have resulted in an outpouring of support and offers of assistance, but so far there have been no confirmed Camo sightings. "People have told us stories of their cat that was gone a few months, or a month, and found the way home. So that gives us hope," Dufek told The Oregonian. "The only issue is we don't live at that apartment anymore."

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Revenge porn to be treated as domestic abuse under new rules for prosecutors from today - 12/29/14
Ex-partners who post 'revenge porn' online could be treated as domestic abusers under new rules for prosecutors which come into force from today. Campaigners warn thousands of people have fallen victim to having explicit photographs published on the internet by former partners and spouses.

Man returns stolen tablet when he couldn't make it work - 12/29/14
A man who admitted stealing a tablet computer from a charity store and returning it eight days later because he couldn't get it to work was fined. Christopher Hooson, 33, was recorded by CCTV cameras taking the Android tablet from the window display at the Jonny Kennedy store in Whitley Bay, England.

Outcry over snooping 'Paddington Bear' that could be used to spy on ex-partners - 12/28/14
In the wake of the hit film starring Hugh Bonneville and Nicole Kidman, Paddington toys are hugely popular but a charity fears violent fathers could give children these bears, which are being sold online, to pry into the lives of their former partners. Harry Fletcher of Digital-Trust, an organisation fighting online stalking and abuse, said: “An abusive partner will often use any opportunity including children to harass and stalk their ex-partner in or out of the relationship.

A former University of Washington student from India has been sent back to his own country after being convicted of cyberstalking in this area. Keshav Mukund Bhide, 24, was deported after he was convicted of cyberstalking for making threats on social media to carry out a campus shooting, according to a report by the Seattle Times.

Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions' - 12/26/14
The use of surveillance software by abusive spouses to monitor the phones and computers of their partners secretly has reached “epidemic proportions” and police are ill-equipped to tackle it, domestic violence campaigners have warned. Helplines and women’s refuge charities have reported a dramatic rise in the use of spyware apps to eavesdrop on the victims of domestic violence via their mobiles and other electronic devices, enabling abusers clandestinely to read texts, record calls and view or listen in on victims in real time without their knowledge.

Should Social Media Police Online Abuse? - 12/26/14
Social media services came under fire recently for not being more proactive in addressing online harassment and violent threats and for removing offensive comments only after being reported. Now some believe the role of social media in overseeing online behavior should change. “Whoever is in charge of these spaces ­ that includes the people who are hosting the site, that includes the users on the site, that includes the social media platforms ­ they have a responsibility to actually try to make their environment such that they are not aggressively targeting and attacking and driving away certain groups of people,” said Mary Anne Franks of Miami University’s School of Law.

Anonymous To Release Names Of Dalhousie University Students In Controversial Case - 12/26/14
Anonymous has promised to go after a new target: Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. The hacker group told the university in an open letter posted online that they have been tracking the institution’s formal response to complaints of a campus group of dentistry students engaged in “systemic misogyny.” They said that the official reaction has been so insufficient in terms of addressing alleged harassment by the group of 13 dental students against women on campus that their only choice is to further expose the university.

Time To Rein In Online Harassment - 12/24/14
Remember the bad old days, when smokers could torture you if you didn’t like breathing or smelling their smoke because they were allowed to do their thing wherever and whenever they chose? Those days are long gone, thankfully. Enough people rebelled against that obnoxious behavior to bring the full weight of majority opinion down on it, leading to laws and customs that confined smokers to areas where they could no longer make everyone else suffer.

BBQ Owner Regrets 'Suck-Start Pistol' Comment to Police - 12/23/14
A public relations company is giving one of the owners of a Detroit barbecue stalwart a lesson in Social Media 101: The Internet is forever. Once you post, you can never completely take it back. The way it gathers hashtags, search terms and third-party referrals, it’s like the herpes of the Internet. It never goes away.

The surfer, her stalker and his £2million plot to blackmail estranged wife: Man married to daughter of owner of major U.S. supermarket company admits trying to extort her and harassing two other women - 12/23/14
A husband has admitted stalking and trying to blackmail £2million from his estranged wife – the daughter of an American billionaire. James Casbolt appeared in court yesterday to face claims that he targeted heiress Haley Meijer, whose father is US hypermarket tycoon Hank Meijer. The 37-year-old was accused of sending threatening texts and emails containing pictures of his ex to her family and friends as well as posting images of her on the internet.

How Your Android Phone is Stalking Your Every Move - 12/23/14
A new study looking at how mobile Android apps track smartphone users has revealed some interesting facts about Android applications, InfoWorld reports, finding that many apps collect plenty of personal data in an attempt to track users online and serve them targeted ads in the process.

Why doesn’t Twitter think these rape and death threats are harassment? - 12/23/14
Remember the huge dust-up a few weeks back when certain corners of the Internet lost their damn minds because feminists were working with Twitter to address harassment? Remember how that was supposed to signal the beginning of some new feminist nightmare hellscape where, I don’t know, people actually listen and care when women receive rape and death threats? Remember how it was supposed to be the dawn of an era of feminist tyranny where feminists get to control everything and men can only feel sadness and eat dirt for the rest of their lives?

SJC rejects online harassment as free speech argument - 12/23/14
Harassing neighbors is not a form of constitutionally protected free speech, the highest court in Massachusetts ruled Tuesday in upholding the jail sentences of a former Andover couple who pestered their neighbors through fake Craigslist ads and a false child abuse report. William Johnson was sentenced to serve 18 months in jail in December 2011 after he was convicted of criminal harassment and falsely reporting child abuse against Jim and Bernadette Lyons. His wife, Gail Johnson, served six months after she was convicted of criminal harassment.

Domestic abuse victims warned to beware of gifts containing spyware this Christmas - 12/22/14
VICTIMS of domestic abuse are being warned to be aware of Christmas gifts that could contain hidden spyware. As was reported nationally over the weekend, a new company supporting victims of digital abuse warned that abusers will hide cameras or listening devices inside presents such as mobile phones, laptops and toys to spy on their victims.

Army thanks Soldier for confronting unethical behavior online - 12/19/14
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and senior Army officials met with a senior non-commissioned officer Monday, to thank her for leading by example and defending Army values, despite facing harassment after confronting Service members who were behaving unethically online. First Sgt. Katrina Moerk, now the first sergeant of Charlie Company, 741st Military Intelligence Battalion, was browsing a social media network's community page earlier this year, when she came upon a video that she found offensive and sexist. When she commented as much, several respondents attacked her with insults. Some of these respondents were wearing uniforms in their profile photos, the first sergeant said, so she wrote to them directly.

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Runner uses GPS app to propose marriage
A British runner popped the question on Facebook by spelling out "will you marry me" with a GPS tracking app's map function. Ben Chudley, 28, of Portsmouth, England, said he enjoys using his GPS running app to create "Urban Pictionary" drawings and messages while out running and he decided to use the app to ask girlfriend Olivia Abdul for her hand in marriage. Chudley said his run was about 15 miles, but he only used 5.7 miles with the GPS app so the ensuing map showing his route would spell out "will you marry me." Chudley said he posted the map on Facebook so Abdul would see it before he arrived with flowers and a ring. He told the BBC his post-first plan "could have been very embarrassing if she had said no." However, Abdul happily accepted the proposal. "I think I made out a muffled yes underneath the crying!" Chudley wrote in the comments section of his Facebook post. Chudley's previous "Urban Pictionary" projects, which he said were inspired by accidentally creating a rude image while using the app to track his runs, include a dinosaur, a stick figure, SpongeBob Squarepants and the word "mum."

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‘Revenge porn’ culprit to serve 1 year in jail - 12/13/14
In the first case of “revenge porn” to be prosecuted in King County, a 31-year-old Seattle computer technician was sentenced Friday to a year in jail after he pleaded guilty to charges involving naked photos of four women that he posted online.

The fight back against rape and death threats online - 12/12/14
Twitter, police and law courts are waking up to the ugly abuse that women endure online, with systems, algorithms and trials closing in on perpetrators "CAN'T wait to rape you." That's one of the anonymous messages sent earlier this year to Janelle Asselin, a comic-book editor and writer based in Los Angeles. Asselin had written an article criticising the cover of the comic book Teen Titans #1. The response: a slew of tweets and comments from people questioning her credentials, calling her unprintable names and sending rape threats.

Inventor of the internet says that online violence against women is "one of the tragedies of humanity" - 12/12/14
According to the World Wide Web Foundation's 2014-15 Web Index - a massive report on the internet's role in global issues and progress - 74% of countries are not doing enough to stop online violence against women. And that, says Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the web, is "one of the tragedies of humanity."

Internet troll sent to prison - 12/12/14
An internet troll from Eastwood who emailed death threats to a former friend and harassed a police officer has been sent to prison for six months. Simon Tomlin, 46, of Lawrence Avenue, was found guilty in November of five charges including criminal harassment of former friend Melony McElroy and PC Richard Reynolds, but he evaded arrest until November 28.

Online Harassment Is a Game of Control - 12/12/14
The ugly episode that has come to be known as GamerGate may have receded, but it left in its wake some unanswered questions. Why did a seemingly legitimate discussion of gaming journalism devolve into harassment and threats of violence against women journalists and critics? What triggered this behavior and was it a reflection of offline gender harassment?

'I seriously hate you': North Vancouver man gets more jail time after years of cyberstalking young women - 12/11/14
A North Vancouver man who cyber-stalked several young women he had previously stalked when they were teenagers will spend five more months in jail after pleading guilty to a charge of criminal harassment. Judge Joanne Challenger handed the sentence to Stephen Christopher Hoy, 54, in North Vancouver provincial court Dec. 4. The five-month sentence is on top of nine months Hoy has already spent in jail.

School District Police: IT employee steals three MacBook Pro laptops - 12/11/14
A Palm Beach County School District employee stole three MacBook Pro laptops from the IT department this year and gave them to his kids, according to a police report. Steven Brucella, 51, faces charges of grand theft. Judge Joseph Marx ordered he be let go on alternative supervised release from the Palm Beach County jail.

Yeovil man accused of harassing two women online to stand trial at Taunton Crown Court - 12/10/14
A YEOVIL man accused of harassment against two women he met via internet dating websites has been ordered to stand trial at Taunton Crown Court. Kyle Michael Keay allegedly bombarded one complainant with thousands of text messages and hundreds of phone calls and was said to have made threats to her and members of her family.

Stalking might have been warning in Alicia West's case - 12/10/14
The stalking might have been a warning sign. But for Caddo Judge Eugene Bryson, who denied Alicia West's third request for a protective order Nov. 6, there were "no threats of 'immediate and present danger of abuse'" posed by an ex-boyfriend who'd reportedly posted photos of West on an escort website, sent her repeated and unwanted text messages and showed up to her home to bang on the doors and windows.

Twitter Under Pressure To Ban Blogger Who Posted UVA Rape Victim’s Name - 12/09/14
Twitter users are calling on the social media company to jumpstart its new anti-harassment policies after a conservative blogger claims to have published the full name of the University of Virginia (UVA) student whose alleged gang rape has come under scrutiny in recent weeks.

Cliff Ford, Toronto dad, posed as preteen daughter to bust online predator - 12/09/14
Like so many parents, Toronto dad Cliff Ford just wanted to keep his children safe online. He had no idea that his efforts would eventually help U.S. authorities bust an online child exploitation ring based in Ohio. It all started in January, when Ford’s daughter received an email from a stranger with the subject line, “Hey sexy.”

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .British police car goes viral for 'polce' typo
A British police department's new cruiser went viral online when a picture revealed the letter "i" was missing from the word "police." The South Yorkshire Police became the target of online jokes when a picture emerged revealing one of its new Astra patrol cars bears the word "polce" in large letters across its doors instead of the intended "police." A department spokesman said the car's error, which was first brought to the public's attention by the U.K. Cop Humor page on Twitter, was spotted before it went into service. "The spelling error was identified immediately by staff who took delivery of the new vehicles," he said. "The error was rectified the following day." The department poked fun at the error on Twitter. "Have you seen our 'I'?" The department said in a bulletin posted to its Twitter account. "Last seen at the printers. He is described as being tall, lean and blue. He is much missed by the force who require his immediate return to complete their investigations."

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Online harassment: 'Dedicated' trolls will find way around anti-abuse rules - 12/08/14
Twitter's recent move to bolster its anti-abuse policy is a positive step in fostering more respect on the web, say observers, but it also demonstrates the ongoing difficulty of quashing online harassment. Earlier this week, Twitter announced that in an attempt to identify and mitigate online harassment, it was improving its abuse-reporting system.

Stalker put spy software on woman's computer, Carlisle court told - 12/08/14
A jealous lover set up secret software so he could spy on everything his partner looked at on her computer. Carlisle taxi driver Brian Dorrance, 45, carried out a “campaign” of surveillance, watching over Susan Walkingshaw's emails, internet access and social media activity.

'Revenge Porn' Conviction Is a Legal First - 12/06/14
Three years ago, Noe Iniguez and his girlfriend broke up. That's when he decided to get even, prosecutors said. He posted a topless photograph of his ex-girlfriend on her employer's Facebook page along with messages calling her a "drunk" and a "slut" and encouraging her firing, they said. Until recently, his actions would have been outside the reach of the law, because victims were not offered protection from people who intentionally posted their nude photographs without their consent.

Jamestown man accused of stalking woman arrested - 12/05/14
Rockingham County sheriff's deputies have arrested a Jamestown man accused of stalking an Eden woman. Thomas Alvis Reece IV, 25, of 101 Newberry St., is charged with cyberstalking and misdemeanor stalking.

LA Man Becomes First to Be Convicted Under California’s Revenge Porn Statute - 12/05/14
After a four year relationship, Noe Iniguez and his girlfriend broke up. Almost immediately she began to suffer constant harassment from him. In November 2011, she obtained a restraining order after a barrage of harassing text messages. He was not deterred. Using an alias, he began posting derogatory messages on her employer’s Facebook page in December 2013. In a campaign that would last several months, he continued to disparage her online. In March 2014, his attacks escalated with him posting a topless photo of her, captioning it with comments that called her a drunk and a slut.

Former Zillow worker sues over penis pic, culture of misogyny - 12/04/14
Zillow’s maps have no doubt featured a frat house or two, but an explosive lawsuit filed by a former employee claims the online real estate outfit actually operates out of one ­ “an ‘adult frat house’ where sexual harassment and misconduct are normalized, condoned, and promoted by male managers.”

Alexandria man faces charge of felony stalking - 12/04/14
An Alexandria man faces a charge of felony stalking after allegedly sending threatening texts to a former girlfriend, according to the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office. The suspect is Jeremy Cole Cleary, 34, of 4124 Queen Elizabeth Court in Alexandria.

Privacy advocates unmask Twitter troll - 12/03/14
What happens when you troll Tor developers hard? You get unmasked. Towards the end of last week, a troll who had sent various aggressive tweets to a host of security experts and privacy advocates associated with the Tor project and browser, which enables online anonymity, had his identity exposed. To some, that may seem hypocritical. To others, it seems like justice.

Local man arrested on cyberstalking charge - 12/03/14
A Gainesville man was arrested Tuesday on a cyberstalking charge after he promised a woman he would ride a bicycle 35 miles to rest on the porch of her mother’s home. Benjamin Nelson Wilson, 37, had exchanged several emails in June with a Union County woman where he made sexually themed comments that prompted the woman to ask him to stop.

Gatineau cops release video after seeing rise in 'sextortion' cases - 12/03/14
Gatineau cops have launched a new website and video after receiving 30 complaints about "sextortion" this year alone. "Sextortion is one of the most common computer scams, and the number of complaints continues to grow in Gatineau and elsewhere," said Det. Mathieu Guilbault.

Paris Hilton Takes Legal Action Against Anti-Semitic Cyber-Stalker Sending Death Threats - 12/03/14
Paris Hilton and her father Rick Hilton took legal action recently to stop an an anti-Semitic man from cyber-stalking the family with death threats. Hilton told Entertainment Tonight that she and her father, who are not Jewish, filed a police report because “the threats were getting out of control, getting more frequent and more intensive each time.”

Off-duty cops protect Darren Wilson, as death threats come in - 12/03/14
Darren Wilson has lived in the shadows for nearly four months, changing residence from house to house, spending spare time in dark movie theaters, in hopes he won't be spotted. But he has not sneaked around alone. He has had protectors. Fellow officers have been by his side day and night, as deadly threats have driven the former Ferguson police officer into hiding, after he shot unarmed teen Michael Brown in August.

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .South Korea cracking down on bootleg selfie sticks
South Korean officials announced a "crackdown" on sales of unapproved selfie sticks could lead to jail time for sellers. The country's science ministry said the Bluetooth-enabled devices, which allow users to take photos of themselves with extra reach, are classified as communications equipment and must be certified by the government to ensure they comply with regulations, including the level of electromagnetic radiation. Officials said Bluetooth devices that don't conform to regulations could cause nearby devices to malfunction. The ministry said a "heavy crackdown" is being carried out on sellers of unapproved selfie sticks and retailers found to be offering the products could face fines of up to $27,000 or up to three years in jail.

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Pew: Internet harassment, stalking, even threats of rape, surge - 12/01/14
The Internet and especially social media is turning dark, with reports of harassment, stalking and even threats of rape surging, according to a new Pew Research report out Monday morning. As the Supreme Court hears a case of internet harassment Monday, Pew said that many social media users have either been victims or have witnessed threatening behavior. In an example highlighted by the pollster, one of those they surveyed said, “I was threatened and told if I stopped communicating with this man he would find me and he would rape me.”

A Female Writer’s New Milestone: Her First Death Threat - 12/01/14
So much of life can be measured in sentimental milestones. Your first kiss. Your first heartbreak. Your first telephoned rape and death threat from a strange caller. You know, the precious threads in life’s shimmering tapestry. You’ll never forget your first: I was at the offices of an Oakland creative agency, in the middle of a conversation about website copy. I normally ignore blocked numbers, but was expecting a number of calls that day so I excused myself and answered anyway.

When a Woman Started Getting Rape Threats From Teen Boys, She Went to the Last Person They’d Want to Know - 12/01/14
It is not unusual to hear about people being harassed and bullied online. What is unusual in this case is how one woman decided to combat it. Australian game journalist Alanah Pearce, who has previously written 30 Days of Sexism addressing the issue of women facing sexist social media commentary, was getting rape threats from teen boys.

If Tech Companies Wanted To End Online Harassment, They Could Do It Tomorrow - 12/01/14
If someone posted a death threat to your Facebook page, you’d likely be afraid. If the person posting was your husband – a man you had a restraining order against, a man who wrote that he was “not going to rest until [your] body [was] a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts” – then you’d be terrified. It’s hard to imagine any other reasonable reaction.

Virtual violence: When abuse goes digital - 11/29/14
In the spirit of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign, the spotlight has been cast on virtual violence which can be described as abuse perpetrated through technology. Renowned sex therapist Dr Eve says anyone who owns a cellphone, computer or video game has been exposed to virtual violence, be it through threatening messages received from a former partner or nude photos posted online without consent.

“Pregnant Man” Tracks Ex-Wife With GPS Devise, Charged With Felony Stalking - 11/28/14
Thomas Beatie made the news back in 2007 when he became the “world’s first pregnant man”. Beatie is now on the news yet again but for another reason. Beatie has been charged with stalking his ex-wife. Beatie allegedly tracked his former partner, Nancy, by installing a GPS device on her car.

Snapchat predator jailed for online sexual harassment of young girls - 11/18/14
A Snapchat predator has been jailed for luring underage girls into sending him naked pictures after pestering them with messages on the hugely popular teen website. Aaron Finnie ensnared 11 different girls aged 13 to 15 into sending or receiving indecent images after spending hours trawling Facebook and other social networks for potential victims.

Cyberbullying, Cyberstalking And Hunting The Offenders - 11/28/14
There are few things that I am troubled by more than when a coward will hide behind the veil of anonymity to torment children and adults alike. When I was kid growing up maps still had “Here be dragons” written on them. But, bullying was front and center. I had one instance when three bigger kids, teenagers, had come down the road to our school and started picking on a friend of mine.

‘Fricking garbage’: Feds threaten alleged Anonymous hacker with 440 years in prison - 11/28/14
Prosecutors settled for a hefty fine instead of nearly half a millennium in prison for an alleged member of the Anonymous hacker collective who admitted to breaking into a Texas government website. Fidel Salinas reached a plea agreement last week with federal prosecutors – who had threatened the 28-year-old hacker with up to 440 years in prison under ill-defined and poorly understood laws on computer-based crimes. Salinas had been charged with 44 felony counts of computer fraud and cyberstalking – which carry 10-year maximum prison terms and could have resulted in a centuries-long sentence.

Hackettstown man charged with cyber-harassment after allegedly sending woman 170 porn links, sexually explicit pictures - 11/26/14
A 40-year-old Hackettstown man has been charged with cyber-harassment after a town woman accused him of sending more than 170 pornography links and sexually explicit pictures, court records say. Michael Galbierczyk, of the 300 block of Grand Avenue, made his first appearance Wednesday in New Jersey Superior Court in Belvidere to answer to the charge.

Sentencing of Yeovil internet troll Bonehill-Paine delayed as "more serious charges" to be considered - 11/25/14
A YEOVIL man who falsely labelled other social media users as paedophiles, homosexuals and holding religious views has had his sentencing adjourned as he could be facing more serious charges before the courts. Joshua Mark John Bonehill-Paine posted online articles, “wanted” posters and made derogatory comments about his victims on his politically-motivated website The Daily Bale and was labelled in court as an “internet troll”.

San Diego woman who targeted couple in 'dream home' gets plea deal - 11/25/14
A San Diego woman charged with soliciting rape in a campaign to drive a couple out of a house she wanted has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of stalking, lawyers said Tuesday. Kathy Rowe, 53, told authorities she was suffering from extreme stress and exhaustion when she played a series of what she called "pranks" on a couple who outbid her for a house in Carmel Valley. Rowe's campaign included placing advertisements for sex on the Internet under the name of the woman who purchased the home with her husband, according to court records. A man who responded to one of the sex ads went to the Carmel Valley house but left after the victim's husband answered the door, the records said.

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Flyer charged $1,200 for airplane access to email
A Toronto man got the shock of his life when he received the bill for reading his emails this week during a trip on Singapore Airlines: $1,200. "I had an otherwise enjoyable flight," ruined by the "sticker shock of being gouged $1200," blogged Jeremy Gutsche, founder of online trend site Trendhunter. The bill, which came up on Gutsche's cell phone at the end of the flight, covered 155 page views, mostly of emails, he noted. He signed up for a $30 WiFi package. But that was llittle more than the access fee. The rest was an "overage charge" for downloading 30 megabytes of material. At one point Gutsche uploaded a 4 megabyte Power Point doc, which he estimated cost him $100. The email warning his staffers that the upload was taking some time probably cost him $10, he thinks. "I can think of a lot of other things I'd rather spend $1200 on, like a flight... to Singapore!" he quipped. "Alas, I've already done that and the flight ended up costing way more than expected." The airline hasn't yet responded to his complaints.

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Is social media bad for your mental health? - 11/17/14
The internet and social media have mushroomed since the first email was delivered more than 40 years ago. Nowadays, in our technology-driven world, using the internet for instant communication is an integral part of modern life.

Don't leave compromising holiday snaps on Facebook, teachers warned in cyberbullying crackdown - 11/15/14
Teachers will be warned not to leave compromising photographs of themselves enjoying beach holidays or attending parties on Facebook, under guidance designed to curb a rising tide of online abuse by pupils and their parents. Teachers will be told they must not befriend pupils online, and ensure that their mobile phones are password -protected to prevent private pictures being intercepted, under advice drawn up by Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary.

The real reason Facebook causes one-third of divorces - 11/14/14
33% of divorced couples cite Facebook as a reason for their split. Ah, Facebook. The social networking site that’s fast becoming not just a thorn in our backsides, but the bane of our existences. If Facebook isn’t selling your private information to companies these days, then it’s breaking up happy marriages.

Montreal university investigates cyber harassment complaint filed by professor - 11/13/14
A wave of vandalism targeting three professors and the Université de Québec à Montreal’s sexual harassment policy has sparked a formal investigation that will focus on a student group. The university told a student association Thursday that it will be looking into a complaint of cyber harassment after it republished pictures on its Facebook page showing an apparent campaign to denounce the professors. The doors to the offices of two sociology professors and a geography professor were covered in black-and-white stickers that referred to Policy 16, the university’s internal rules concerning sexual harassment.

Sexual Harassment and Social Media: a double-edged sword - 11/13/14
In the space of less than a week, the combined voice of the Internet’s masses – status updated, tweeted or hash tagged – has twice struck a blow against public perpetrators of sexual assault and harassment. First, self-professed, American ‘pick-up artist’ Julien Blanc had his visa revoked by Australia’s immigration ministry, after a social media storm. Mere days later, comedian Daniel O’Reilly, known better as his character ‘Dapper Laughs’, had the second series of his ITV show cancelled, and told Newsnight that the character was “gone” after online public outcry about his ‘sexist’ rape jokes

Twitter threats to Marc Trestman's family are appalling - 11/13/14
Tracked down by the media after tweeting a series of death threats toward New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez two years ago, a 25-year-old Jets fan was surprised his posts were taken seriously. "People get threatened every day on Twitter," he told New Jersey's Star-Ledger in December 2012. "Because it's Mark Sanchez, it doesn't make it [any different]. If I'm in trouble, everyone should be in trouble ... I apologize, it was wrong my remarks, but they're just tweets."

Suspected cyberstalker arrested in woods near home - 11/13/14
A man already on probation for an aggravated stalking conviction was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of cyberstalking after police officers found him in the woods.

Cyber stalker posts morphed pics of girl and mother on FB
When Hiral (name changed), 22, opened her Facebook profile earlier this month, she was shocked. A youth had tagged her name in a photograph that showed her skimpily clad. When she ignored the post and refused to bow down to the youth's incessant request for her phone number, three days later she was tagged again and this time the victim was her mother.

What the Law Can (and Can't) Do About Online Harassment - 11/12/14
It was late summer when we met, on a patio jutting out onto the Pacific. The night was still warm as I sipped my Gewürztraminer and asked him about his exciting career. His articulate responses drew me in, and I breathed back nerves and adrenaline with the ocean air as we continued this perfect first date.

Man under arrest for cyber stalking ex-girlfriend - 11/12/14
A woman is living in fear after her ex-boyfriend allegedly hired a hit man to kill her. The victim says 50-year-old John Reilly also stalked her online. Reilly's arrest report shows the alleged terrorizing has been going on for more than a year.

Cyberstalking: What to know, how to avoid it - 11/11/14
Computers, tablets, smart phones. They have programs and apps that help us live better, richer lives, but some people use them to inflict pain. "If people want to perpetuate violence they will do that, and they will use whatever tools necessary to do that," said Mary Foley, Executive Director of Paducah's Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center. She says stalking is a tool used within the realms of domestic violence. "To intimidate, to change behavior, to control, to isolate," said Foley. High-tech tools at a person's disposal can lead to dangerous behavior.

Jilted girlfriend threatened 2nd SPU attack - 11/11/14
A Burlington woman threatened a second mass shooting at Seattle Pacific University after a student there refused to rekindle a relationship with her, King County prosecutors say. Now charged with cyberstalking, Samantha Otis is alleged to have threatened “a repeat” of the June 5 shooting at SPU in an Oct. 31 message to her ex-boyfriend.

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Nursing student dies taking selfie on bridge
It was a bridge too far for Polish nursing student Sylwia Rajchel, 23, who suffered fatal injuries when she fell from Spain's Puente de Triana span in Seville as she attempted to take a selfie while vacationing there. Rajchel tumbled 15 feet to the bridge's concrete footing. Medics managed to revive her at the scene after she went into cardiac arrest, but she died soon after arriving at a local hospital. A town official called the fall "tragic" and said investigators are considering ways to improve the safety of the 19th century bridge, one of the most photographed sites in Europe. Rajchel had taught herself Spanish and hoped to live in the country once she had earned her degree, said her mom. "Going to Spain was a dream come true for my daughter," she added. Officials in Spain last grappled with unsafe selfies when participants in the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona stopped to pose for photos with the charging beasts. The region passed a law before the event cracking down on reckless selfies, calling for fines up to $2,050 for anyone who endangers people's lives by filming or taking photos. Selfie-obsessed Tour de France fans were also criticized last summer for turning their backs on racers to pose for photos, creating a serious hazard for the athletes. One cyclist called it a "dangerous mix of vanity and stupidity."

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Netballer's accused stalker faces another charge - 11/10/14
A TOOWOOMBA man accused of stalking a Queensland Firebirds netball player has had another charge laid against him. Stephen John Grott, 46, was not in Toowoomba Magistrates Court this morning when his matters were mentioned. His solicitor Rebecca O'Toole (Shine Lawyers) told the court a further charge was to be laid against her client and she had instructed him to go to the police station for that to be done. Grott is accused of using the identity of a Melbourne man to entice Queensland Firebirds goal shooter Romelda Aiken to send him nude photographs.

Cybercrime Gang Targets Execs Using Hotel Internet - 11/10/14
Executives traveling across Asia have been targeted by cybercriminals through hotel Internet networks in an ongoing and sophisticated attack, a Russian cybersecurity company said Monday. Thousands of people have been affected by the attacks, which likely start out being targeted at a specific individual and occur when the traveler connects to the hotel wireless or cable Internet, according to Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab. About two-thirds of the attacks occurred in Japan, followed by some in Taiwan, China and other countries, the report said.

No free pizza, just free malware with email scam - 11/09/14
The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers about a scam email that promises free pizza, but really infects your computer with malware. The FTC says that the email looks like it’s from Pizza Hut offering a coupon for free pizza, but clicking on the coupon will just install malware on your computer

Twitter offering new method for women to report harassment - 11/09/14
Twitter announced a partnership with nonprofit advocacy group Women, Action, and the Media (WAM!) last week, which changed Twitter’s policy on online harassment towards women. Jaclyn Friedman, Executive Director of WAM!, spoke on behalf of the organization, saying it was “thrilled to be working with Twitter” to make the platform a safer place for women.

Tackling kids and cybercrime - 11/09/14
There is a need for parental mediation as more young people resort to the Internet for gaming and social networking. WITH children using digital media at an even younger age, media-education becomes a pressing issue for parents. Parents seem to be always worried as they see their children glued to the digital world. These youngsters are typical digital citizens! They seem to get upset and worked up if they aren’t connected to the Internet!

“Pirate@40 Arrested for Bitcoin Ponzi Scam - 11/07/14
Trendon Shavers, aka “Pirate@40,” was arrested this morning on securities fraud and wire fraud charges stemming from his involvement in a Bitcoin-related Ponzi scheme. A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation where the operator pays returns to its investors from new capital paid by new investors, rather than from profit earned.

Muskoka residents charged in money laundering fraud scam - 11/07/14
Three Muskoka residents have been charged in a worldwide Internet scam that has defrauded people of approximately $150,000 over the last two years.

Bad boyfriends called out on Instagram - 11/07/14
"I haven’t gotten any yet, and I think I’m just going to deal with it as it comes, but I kind of let them just dig their own grave,” says 27 year-old Alexandra Tweten of possible retaliation from the men she shames on her Instagram account @ByeFelipe. Tweten started her account a month ago and already has more than 200,000 followers and has appeared on Good Morning America.

4chan user posts photos of murder and surrenders to police as alleged killer - 11/06/14
What happens on the Internet stays on the Internet may have once been the rule of thumb, but lately, virtual crime is becoming actual crime, at least in the case of one 4chan user who posted photos of a murdered woman on the site and then later surrendered himself to police as the alleged killer.

KSU student uses stalking ordeal to inspire others - 11/05/14
Allyssa Griffiths was once a victim of cyber bullying and catfishing and is now filling up auditoriums at Kent State University, helping others make sure this doesn't happen to them and letting them know that she's taking control of her online identity. "Because it wasn't my name, and she wasn't threatening my life I couldn't take any legal action," said Griffiths.

Haterz Gonna Hate? - 11/05/14
Like a surprisingly large proportion of Americans, I have a cyberstalker, whom I shall call S. “You know I hate you more than Aphrodite hates Helen,” S announced in his most recent e-mail. “If anyone hates you, it’s me.” A gifted, disturbed and drug-abusing former student, S slipped into paranoia almost three years ago, one fall night in 2011­I remember the shock of receiving about twenty obscene messages in a single hour.

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