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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hammond man accused of threatening to kill WDSU reporter deemed incompetent for trial - 10/20/15
A Hammond man accused of threatening the life of a WDSU-TV reporter this year will spend at least the next three months at a state mental hospital after an Orleans Parish judge found him incompetent to stand trial on a cyberstalking charge.
I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Florida woman arrested, jailed after web streaming her DUI, police say
A Florida woman was arrested and thrown in jail over the weekend, allegedly for driving home from a party drunk -- which she opted to broadcast live over the Internet. Whitney Beall, 23, left the party Friday night and got into her vehicle. According to police, she was intoxicated and should not have been driving. Apparently, she then used her phone to live stream her drive home via the broadcasting service Periscope. "I'm (expletive) drunk," she said on the broadcast, audibly slurring some of her words. "I think uh, a flat tire. This is horrible," she added. In a Facebook post, Authorities said Beall stated multiple times during the broadcast that she had a flat tire, that she didn't know where she was and that she was drunk. Police said Beall failed a sobriety test and was arrested and booked on a drunk driving charge. Witnesses who saw the live broadcast called police and clued them in to the Periscope stream, WFLA reported. "Within minutes we found her driving, flat front tire, she hit the curb again and it was just obvious from that she was intoxicated," Lakeland Police Sgt. Gary Gross said. "She went through the tests, she failed and went to jail." No one was hurt in this particular incident. Beall reportedly told WFLA Monday that driving drunk was a mistake and that she had learned a lesson.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Internet is like this toilet: How Reddit and other Web 2.0 communities broke the Internet - 10/13/15
Last week I wrote a TechCrunch article about Section 230 of the Communications Disclosure Act, the U.S. law that many argue is responsible for the existence of “Web 2.0” in its current form. Simply put: I don’t like it. It’s the law that states that no one who runs a website or online service of any kind counts as a “publisher” in the old-school sense of the term–no one who hosts content online is responsible for content other people create, even if the content is libelous, even if it’s harassment, even if it contains threats.
I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Taco Bell fires worker from viral hand-in-pants photo
Taco Bell officials said an employee at an Ohio franchise was fired after a viral photo on social media showed him with his hand down the back of his pants. The picture, which was posted to Taco Bell's official Facebook page by concerned customers, shows an employee at a Sandusky, Ohio, location with his left hand down the back of his pants -- apparently inside his underwear. The Erie County Health Department said officials visited the store after a complaint about the photo was lodged with the department Monday. Taco Bell released a statement in response to the controversial photo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A social media nightmare - 09/22/15
Three years ago, when Brittany Thorogood was in her early 20s, she received a message from a friend urging her to check out the link they had attached. When she clicked on it, she was taken to a “cam girls” website. She scrolled down the page and was mortified when she saw photos of herself and her friends, along with personal information, posted on the site. “They took a couple pictures from my Facebook albums,” said Thorogood. “I have no idea how they got there.”
I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Burglars hit Verizon store, only steal fake phones
Police in Ohio's capital said thieves broke into a Verizon store, but the only items they managed to steal were fake phones used as display pieces. Columbus police said the early Wednesday burglary at the store caused significant damage to the store, but the only items stolen were fake phones installed for display after the store was previously targeted by thieves. Police said the culprits used large rocks to break the glass back door of the shop and they cut or ripped the phony cellphones from display areas. Investigators said the store's real phones are locked in a vault by employees every night.

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

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

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

AKP troll army causing Turkish celebrities to flee social media - 09/20/15
http://national.bgnnews.com/akp-troll-army-causing-turkish-celebrities-to-flee-social-media-haberi/9563Turkish actress Beren Saat becomes the latest victim of frequent harassment by the Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) paid army of internet trolls known colloquially as the ‘AK Trolls.’ The star, fed-up with insults, decides to temporarily leave social media.

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

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

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

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

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

Welsh woman arrested on stalking charges - 09/16/15
A Welsh woman has been arrested for stalking, authorities said. Felicia Ann Fontenot, 40, was arrested Wednesday on charges of stalking and cyberstalking. She was booked into the parish jail with no bond, said Cmdr. Chris Ivey, Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman.
I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .
Siri unexpectedly fields Iran question at White House briefing
Siri, Apple's virtual assistant, interrupted a reporter's Iran question at a White House press briefing to tell him she wasn't "sure what you want me to change." Press Secretary Josh Earnest was fielding a question from a reporter Thursday about whether President Barack Obama was "upset" about the lack of Republican support for the Iran nuclear deal when the tell-tale sound of Siri's question acknowledgment tone interrupted the man. "Sorry, I'm not sure what you want me to change," the digital voice said. The interruption prompted laughter from Earnest and reporters, with one person in attendance noting: "That was on time."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A man who poached a deer from a field in south London, took it home and slit its throat has been given a seven month suspended sentence. Mian Zeeshan Shahid, 32, from Kenley, south London, was convicted of taking a deer and causing it unnecessary suffering. He had boasted of the killing on a Facebook group called 'Deer Stalkers International'. Members of the group forwarded the post to the Metropolitan Police. In December, he took the roe deer from a field in Mitchley Avenue, South Croydon, and drove it to his home.
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I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Kansas farmer goes drone fishing in viral video
A Kansas farmer shared video showing how he put his aerial drone to use as a long-range fishing pole -- and successfully caught a fish. Derek Klingenberg, who previously made viral waves with videos showing him playing trombone for his cows and using his truck to herd the cattle into "cow art," posted a video to YouTube showing how he attached a baited piece of fishing line to his drone and sent it out over the water. The video shows Klingenberg steer the drone sharply upward when his bobber indicates there's a fish on the line. The drone pulls the line out of the water, revealing a fish on the hook. The video then cuts to show the drone camera's perspective of the fish being pulled from the water. "My first drone fish!" Klingenberg says in the video.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job offer rescinded after applicant sends nude selfie - 09/01/15
An Illinois job applicant texted his way out of an offered position when he accidentally sent the human resources manager a nude selfie, police said. Elmhurst police said the human resources manager at a St. Charles company contacted authorities Aug. 14 to report receiving two nude pictures via text message Aug. 11 and 13 from a man who had been offered a position with the company.
I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Shotgun shells designed to take out 'drone threats'
An Idaho ammunition company is marketing "Drone Munition" shotgun cartridges designed to blast unwanted drones out of the sky. Ammunition company Snake River started shipping specially-made 12-gauge shotgun ammunition this month under the name Drone Munition. "Prepare for the drone apocalypse," the website for the "personal defense loads" reads. "With the ability to carry on board cameras, drones have been and are being used for spying on unsuspecting neighbors and others without their permission," the company said. "With little regulation surrounding drone use, there is much confusion about what a person may do to defend against drone threats." The company has faced some criticism from those who point out the illegality of shooting drones out of the sky under federal regulations. Snake River president Casey Betzold said the rounds are meant for self defense. "The self-defense portion of firearm use is what covers a real threatening drone situation," Betzold told Make magazine, "and we expect regulations to come down focused specifically on drones in the near future."

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Australia offers tourists app-controlled 'GIGA Selfies' - 08/31/15
Tourism Australia is seeking to attract selfie-loving Japanese visitors with "GIGA Selfies," cameras that take far-off photos of tourists via a smartphone app. The "GIGA Selfie" events, announced via a video posted to YouTube, call on visitors to stand in designated spots to control far-off cameras that take short video clips that begin as close-up shots and quickly zoom out to show the surrounding scenery.

Sheriff Tyrone Lewis gets restraining order against group involved in smear campaign - 08/31/15
A judge ruled in favor of Sheriff Tyrone Lewis’ request for a restraining order against a group of people for cyberstalking, bullying, defamation, and several other allegations. Lewis’ attorney Dennis Sweet pointed out that smear campaigns such as the one he says was leveled against his client are much easier in the digital age, and cost Lewis irreparable harm to his campaign.

How this young woman's Tinder profile led to her being threatened with rape and 'slut-shamed' by strangers on social media - all because she quoted a song by rapper Drake - 08/30/15
A Sydney woman has been harassed online and been threatened with rape after a man shared her Tinder profile on Facebook, resulting in a campaign to end sexual violence. Olivia Melville, 23, quoted hip-hop artist Drake in her bio on Tinder, the popular casual dating app, when a stranger named Chris Hall took a screen-shot and shared it on his personal Facebook page.

Cyber Thugs: Don’t Be a Victim of Online Stalking and Harassment - 08/28/15
Cyber bullying, or “online bullying” has been making headlines for more than a decade. Typically, the term has been used to describe youths bullying other youths. A much overlooked, underreported issue is adult cyber bullying, which is an unfortunate reality because some adults are never able to grow up. Often, cyber bullying intrinsically involves cyber stalking -- the disturbing practice of monitoring every move and update on a person or organization’s online channels. These attacks can come from an individual, may originate from members of an online group, or can come from a real world group engaged in an online harassment campaign.

Rattlesnake selfie attempt lands man in hospital - 08/28/15
A California man has been released from the hospital after an impromptu photo shoot with a rattlesnake ended with a predictable disaster. Alex Gomez of Lake Elsinore was hospitalized Monday after he picked up a rattlesnake discovered in his back yard and took photos with the snake hanging around his neck.

Man accused of stalking to appear in court - 08/28/15
A bond hearing is scheduled in 3rd Judicial District Court in Farmerville on Friday for a Monroe man accused of attempted home invasion, cyberstalking and stalking. Donovan White, 36, was arrested Wednesday on warrants following an investigation into his attempted home invasion into his ex-girlfriend’s house near Farmerville.

Woman quits dating website OkCupid after 'creepy' 500-word message from stranger - 08/28/15
A woman who received a creepy 500-word message has quit the online[] dating website he used to contact her. Maggie Serota, from New York, deactivated her OkCupid account after receiving the unwanted attention from a stranger in Sweden. The freelance writer said the man had seen her Twitter profile – which has more than 8,000 followers – and then Googled her extensively and found her dating profile from tweets she had written about OkCupid.

Gonzales man sought in cyberstalking, assault - 08/27/15
The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking Keith Carlin, a Gonzales man wanted on allegations of cyber stalking and accused of assaulting the victim. According to a news release from Sheriff Jeff Wiley, deputies began the investigation Wednesday after receiving information that Carlin, 30, was sending harassing and threatening messages via text messaging.

Lessons From a Tragic Kidnapping in Germany - 08/27/15
At 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 13, a girl named Anneli-Marie left her home in Meissen, a picturesque town that straddles the Elbe River just outside of Dresden, Germany. The 17-year-old, who reports refer to only as Anneli-Marie R. because of German privacy laws, was the daughter of a wealthy German industrialist. As she left her home, she took her bike to give her beloved dog some evening exercise, as she often did.

How civil is social media? - 08/27/15
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube or Whatsapp is where we virtually live today. Yes, we can now reach out to our personal and professional circle at the click of a button, but it has also intruded our homes. Two sisters, Ananchal Singhi and Dr Sumedha, one studying to be a chartered accountant and the other, a practicing dentist, share their views

‘You are like a celebrity to me’: When women cyberstalk women - 08/25/15
WHEN Melissa Anelli emailed a woman who was causing troubled on her Harry Potter fansite, she couldn’t imagine the hell she was about to set loose. “I will hunt you down like the dirty, fat cow you are and slit you from ear-to-ear,” came the furious reply. It was the start of a five-year campaign of harassment by New Zealand woman Jessica Parker, who sent Melissa a barrage of death threats, fawning apologies and admissions of love and sexual attraction.

Plus-sized models target of online harassment through altered images - 08/25/15
A new form of online[] harassment is targeting women, stealing their images online and digitally altering their pictures to make them look thinner. The group behind the so-called hate project[], “Project Harpoon,” is taking aim at completely unsuspecting women by editing their photos and reposting them on social media with captions on Facebook like, “Wow, from a depressed chub to an elegant fox."

Auckland man banned from internet for 'sinister' online harassment - 08/25/15
An Auckland man undertook a six-year harassment campaign against a woman he met online, culminating in him posting doctored pornographic images of her online. Robert Harris, 31, was sentenced to six months' home detention, 100 hours' community work, and a ban on internet usage for six months in the North Shore District Court on Tuesday afternoon. Harris, who is unemployed, tried to emphasise through his lawyer Jan Leaming that he did not want to be known as a "stalker", but he understood that he needed help.
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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