WHO@ Newsletter - October 5, 2009
I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .The Nintendo Wii had better watch out
Nobody move or the iPhone gets it
Proof, were it needed, that some people really shouldn’t be allowed out on their own, reaches us from Cincinnati, where a whackjob threatened to pop a cap in his recalcitrant iPhone’s sorry ass in front of horrified Apple staff.
38 year old Ohio man Donald Goodrich was arrested Friday for brandishing a stylish black 9mm pistol at his local Apple Store in Kenwood Towne Centre and threatening to shoot his iPhone because it wasn’t showing him enough respect.
Goodrich walked up to the Genius Bar, and screamed: "I'm so mad, I could pop a 9mm at it. I’ll do it right now! Look!" He then opened his shirt, revealing a concealed weapon.
Apple worker Chelsea Levine attempted to calm Goodrich by taking him over to a technician saying they’d fix the phone, while her manager called the cops. When they arrived they arrested Goodrich for aggravated menacing, as employees and customers quite reasonably said they had felt threatened by his actions.
Although Goodrich has – or at least, had – a permit to carry concealed weapons, he failed to mention to the cops that he was packing heat when he was arrested, so he was charged with carrying a concealed weapon as well.
Goodrich was held in jail overnight and released on condition that he stays away from the mall and promises to return for the court hearing.
The iPhone is receiving counselling. There’s an app for that. Probably.
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MySpace Threats Reach Across State Lines - 10/05/09
Pennsylvania law enforcement authorities have jurisdiction to prosecute domestic violence charges for comments posted on a defendant's MySpace page from a computer in another state, a Lawrence County common pleas judge has ruled.
Cyberstalking imperils - 10/05/09
While bringing immense benefits to society, rapidly advancing communications technology is giving abused women a frightening new reality.
A Washington, D.C.-based technology safety expert will tell a Winnipeg audience this week about the emerging "cyberstalking" threat and how to steer clear of men who use electronic location-tracking, computer spyware and relay services to put their former partners through living hell.
FTC: Bloggers must disclose payments for reviews - 10/05/09
The Federal Trade Commission will require bloggers to clearly disclose any freebies or payments they get from companies for reviewing their products.
Cybersecurity starts at home and in the office - 10/04/09
When swine flu broke out, the government revved up a massive information campaign centered on three words: Wash your hands. The Obama administration now wants to convey similarly clear and concise guidance about one of the biggest national security threats in your home and office the computer.
Names should be required with online commentary - 10/04/09
If you read, watch or listen to local, state and national media, there is an excellent chance that you will be angered in some way at some point.
Or maybe you’ll just find yourself disgusted, disillusioned or even incredulous as a result of what you read and see in newspapers and on the Internet, what you see and hear on TV and what is presented on radio.
Facing up to the evil that woman do. - 10/03/09
It is society’s last taboo – the very antithesis of our perception of women. Women are meant to be the nurturers, mothers, carers and protectors of children, not predators. None of the parents at Little Ted’s Day Nursery in Plymouth suspected Vanessa George was abusing their young children.
Hospital CEO cited for cyberstalking in Klickitat County - 10/02/09
Dave Bernier, fired as Lake Chelan Community Hospital’s CEO, was apparently cited in Klickitat County with cyberstalking a few days before the hospital board met to terminate him.
Man Arrested for Allegedly Cyberstalking Teen - 10/02/09
Deputies in Alamance County arrested a man they say was allegedly stalking a teenager.
Nursery worker Vanessa George: sinister forces can take over in the virtual online world - 10/02/09
People's behaviour tends to change online, whether it is through the use of social networking websites such as MySpace and Twitter, or Googling things that we probably shouldn’t, writes Professor Mark Griffiths after details emerge of the Vanessa George child abuse case.
MySpace Is For 'Stalking,' Says Owner of MySpace - 10/02/09
Media mogul and grumpy old man Rupert Murdoch has developed a "personal antipathy to the Internet," biographer Michael Wolff writes. Murdoch even thinks MySpace, which he himself paid $580 million for, is kind of a criminal piece of garbage
Police searching for dangerous cyberstalker - 10/01/09
The search is on for a dangerous cyberstalker who has terrorized a King County woman. Investigators say text messages have turned into murder threats.
Facebook bullies ruined my life: As the first internet bully is sent to jail, the story that will terrify every parent - 10/01/09
A new fan club has popped up on the social networking site Facebook. With 367 members unified in their vociferous support of the fan club's figurehead, it bears the pointed title: 'Keeley Is Not A Bully.'
High Court serves injunction via Twitter - 10/01/09
The High Court has used microblogging service Twitter to serve an injunction against an anonymous web user who has used the platform to impersonate someone else.
Wikipedia: 20 articles earmarked for deletion - 10/01/09
Wikipedia owes its astonishing depth - 13 million articles and counting - to its policy of open-door collaboration. But that openness can be a mixed blessing.
In depth: police baffled by abuse Facebook connection - 10/01/09
The “Facebook Connection” is the one aspect of the investigation that detectives have failed to resolve to their satisfaction.
They are convinced Colin Blanchard, Vanessa George and Angela Allen met on the social networking site some time around September 2008. But they don’t know how.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month - 10/01/09
It’s October! Football season, Halloween and National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Whether you’re the IT admin or the person that answers the ‘info@’ emails you should always stay abreast of cyber security threats.
Police: e-mail threat to Murrysville school came from Czech Republic - 09/30/09
An e-mail that threatened gun violence at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville yesterday morning is believed to have come from someone who hacked into a students' account using a server in the Czech Republic, Murrysville police said.
New Viruses Target Banks, Social Networks - 09/30/09
Cyber criminals are increasingly focusing their attacks on the hundreds of millions of users of social networks and on loopholes in bank security systems, security software vendors said on Wednesday.
Suitcase girl 'killed on date' - 09/30/09
A WOMAN whose body was found in a suitcase was murdered after going on an internet date, it was revealed yesterday.
Leah Questin, 37, was last seen alive on September 12.
Computer hacks jump in '09: study - 09/29/09
Canadian companies faced more computer attacks in the past 12 months, which cost companies almost twice as much to fight, according to a study released Tuesday.
A survey of 600 information technology professionals compiled by Telus Corp. and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto showed that the number of attacks jumped to 11.3 per organization in the past year, up from three in 2008.