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Monday, February 08, 2010

WHO@ Newsletter - February 8, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .He also arrested, fingerprinted and took mug shots of himself
Wyoming suspect flees into police station

Police say a man suspected of stealing a bottle of Schnapps from a Wyoming grocery store didn't have the best escape route planned.

Riverton police say the 26-year-old ran out of the store after grabbing the bottle of booze and a package of cough drops Wednesday and hid in a nearby building, which happened to be the police station.

Police say the man then ran out of the police station, but not before a dispatcher had spied him on the station's surveillance camera and alerted officers.

The man, who police say was drunk, was caught soon after. He was taken into custody on preliminary charges of resisting arrest and shoplifting.

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Broadmoor Sacks 5 Nurses For Net Jibes - 02/08/10
BROADMOOR has sacked five nurses after they were caught poking fun at patients on Facebook. Another seven staff at the top-security psychiatric hospital are under investigation.

Fraudster nicknamed 'eBay boy' ordered to pay back just £1 after stealing more than £100,000 - 02/08/10
A notorious internet fraudster who duped eBay customers out of more than £100,000 was yesterday ordered to pay back just £1.

Digital devices open door to stalking - 02/08/10
About once a year, Annie changes her cell phone number. Even though it’s a hassle to alert friends and family to the change, she knows it’s what’s best for her safety.

Sexting: is it a crime? Proposed PA legislation would make it one - 02/07/10
Remember adolescence? Raging hormones, awkward moments, embarrassing situations? Everyone remembers those years of sexual development with a bit of angst. It was difficult to navigate then, and it is just as difficult now.

New Orleans lawyer indicted: alleged e-mail threat - 02/06/10
A federal grand jury has indicted a suspended attorney on one count of e-mailing a threat to the federal bankruptcy court in New Orleans.

Dumped Lover Put Ex in Vice Ad - 02/05/10
FUMING Kath Thompson was plagued by strangers wanting sex after her ex-lover advertised her on a website for hookers.

Vodafone suspends employee over obscene Twitter update - 02/05/10
Vodafone has suspended a member of staff after an obscene message was posted on the mobile firm's official Twitter account.

Wealthy couple face hefty repair bill after son's Facebook party - 02/05/10
More than 100 youths descended on Raj and Nishi Shukla’s gated property in Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, when they left their son, Aneesh, 16, a sixth form pupil at a £21,000-a-year school, on his own at home last weekend. The gatecrashers reportedly smashed chandeliers, vandalised cars, urinated out of a window and tore up decking as Aneesh tried to contain the chaos.

Employers face new risks with online networking sites - 02/05/10
As workers spend more time socializing and communicating online, the risks to their employers have begun to multiply. Potential pitfalls include PR disasters, online harassment, leaks of proprietary information, exposure to libel suits and significant fines under new federal regulations.

Hawaiian Store Battles Cyber Harassment - 02/05/10
The Internet has become profitable tool for many businesses in Hawaii, but one store found out that it can also become a major problem. Julie Nguyen of the consignment store Things and Blings spends a lot of time at work on the computer. After taking pictures of watches, jewelry and purses, she posts them on Craigslist.

Bossier City firefighter arrested for terrorizing - 02/05/10
Bossier Sheriff Larry Deen says a Bossier City firefighter was arrested Thursday evening for terrorizing, cyber stalking and improper telephone communication. He also has a warrant out of Webster Parish for domestic abuse battery.

Words can be deadly: Bullies can go digital, beyond the classroom - 02/04/10
“Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can never hurt you.” I have always hated that fable. Words do hurt. Words can kill. Fifteen-year-old Phoebe Prince chose to take her own life rather than deal with what has been characterized as “relentless physical and cyber bullying.”

Noevir exec admits e-mail harassment - 02/04/10
The vice president of cosmetics maker Noevir Co. has been arrested for allegedly sending harassing e-mails to the husband of a woman he used to date.

Email threats to candidates in White Bear Lake prompt proposed change in election law - 02/04/10
After filing for office last summer, three candidates for city office in White Bear Lake received threatening emails suggesting that they withdraw from the race ­ or else.

Retired Texan millionaire held after the British wife he met online is knifed to death - 02/04/10
Police were today questioning a millionaire Texan businessman over the killing of his wife, who was stabbed to death at their £800,000 British home. Lucy Landry, 38, stumbled outside to call for help after she was knifed repeatedly, neighbours said.

Hackers Steal Millions in Carbon Credits - 02/03/10
Credit card numbers are so passe. Today’s hackers know the real powerhouse data to steal is emission certificates. That’s exactly what hackers went after last week when they obtained unauthorized access to online accounts where companies maintain their carbon credits, according to the German newspaper Der Spiegel.

Banker red-faced over racy photo - 02/03/10
A red-faced banker has been caught looking at racy near-nude photographs on his computer, with his actions broadcast live on Australian television.

Gothic kittens: Woman charged with animal cruelty for selling pierced cats online - 02/03/10
Metal protrudes from their little bodies, pierced through their ears and necks with a 14-gauge needle - usually reserved for the thick skin of cattle.
And at least one of these 'maimed and disfigured' kittens also had an elastic band tied around its tail - an attempt to stem the blood flow so that the tail eventually falls off.

Child porn and rape victim, 19, seeks restitution from downloaders - 02/03/10
Downloading a copy of "The Misty Series" is a felony. The girl whose sexual abuse began at age 4, and was documented in horrific detail in that child porn video series, is now 19. The pedophile uncle who raped her at age 8 and filmed the abuse is in jail. Now, the victim and her lawyer are now seeking monetary damages from every person who downloaded and sought pleasure from the internet videos that for her represent an inextinguishable, constantly circulating echo of the abuse.

Mother uses Facebook to 'con tens of thousands of pounds out of school friends by pretending to be dying from cancer' - 02/03/10
A woman has been accused of conning tens of thousands of pounds out of school friends by pretending to be dying from cancer.
Dina Leone used the social networking site Facebook to get back in contact with her former friends and cheat them out of money.

Lonely divorcee kills himself after falling for £82,000 internet dating con - 02/02/10
When lonely divorcee Philip Hunt fell for a beautiful woman on an internet dating site he thought all his prayers had been answered.
She convinced him she was young, fabulously rich and if he could help transfer $2.9million from Nigeria to the UK then they could start a new life together, an inquest heard today.

Pictured: The French woman accused of stealing British war medals...and the doctored photo that proves she is a phony - 02/02/10
A French woman has been accused of insulting the memory of British soldiers who liberated her country by ‘stealing’ their medals.
Françoise Gondree-Anquetil, 65, is apparently posing as the founder of the world famous Pegasus Bridge museum in Normandy on a website.

Gangs using Facebook, Twitter more often - 02/02/10,gangs-twitter-facebook-recruit-020210.article
When a gang member was released from jail soon after his arrest for selling methamphetamine, friends and associates assumed he had cut a deal with authorities and become a police informant. They sent a warning on Twitter that went like this: We have a snitch in our midst.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

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Monday, February 01, 2010

WHO@ Newsletter - February 1, 2010

Happy February to everyone!

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .This chicken keeps crossing the street

Chicken plays chicken with drivers on busy street
A chicken playing chicken? That's what's happening on a busy Glendale street where a black hen has been dodging cars, captors and coyotes for two months. Officials say the bird has been darting into traffic outside Glendale Community College since it was first reported Nov. 20. The chicken has drawn a growing crowd of photographers and journalists as animal control officers struggle to catch it.

A spokeswoman for the Pasadena Humane Society, which handles animal control in Glendale, said the bird either runs onto the street or flies into a tree when officers approach. Hillary Gatlin said a humane trap has not worked because the chicken doesn't weigh enough to trigger it or she isn't interested in the feed used as bait.

Gatlin said the standoff could continue awhile.

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Who was there for Phoebe? - 02/01/10
It’s not known here if Phoebe Prince left any explanation when she took her life two weeks ago, but her passing certainly left a message, not only for those who drove her to despondency, but also for those who saw what was happening and did nothing about it.

British Godfather 'threatened enemies from on Facebook from maximum security jail - 02/01/10
A criminal used the Facebook website to threaten his enemies while he was in a maximum security prison for conspiracy to murder.

Police body urges e-crime victims to report attacks - 01/31/10
More than half the victims of e-crime do not report the incident to police, a survey has found.
The North Wales Police Authority survey found 57% of e-crime victims reported the incident only to their bank or credit card provider.

Consumers warned as fraudulent 'tax refund' emails flood the internet - 01/31/10
Consumers were today warned to be on their guard against fraudulent emails telling them they were due to receive a tax refund.

New Orleans lawyer arrested: alleged e-mail threat - 01/31/10
The FBI says a suspended attorney has been arrested for allegedly e-mailing a threat to the federal bankruptcy court in New Orleans.

The £100k job sting: How designer launched 'extraordinary con to prevent rival taking up a new job' - 01/30/10
When graduate Darren Bartholomew was offered a £100,000-a-year design job at the height of the recession he couldn’t believe his luck.

Powell Facebook page temporarily disappears, reappears - 01/30/10
A Facebook page devoted to the case of missing West Valley City mother Susan Powell temporarily disappeared Friday, frustrating family members and friends who rely on the social networking Web site to spread public awareness about the search for the 28-year-old woman.

Internet racism pair lose appeal - 01/29/10
Two men have lost their appeals against the UK's first conviction for inciting racial hatred via a foreign website.

Idaho wolf advocate posts hunters’ names on Web - 01/29/10
A Boise wolf advocate has used a public records request to get the names of hunters who reported killing a wolf in Idaho and posted all 122 names on a Web site.
Rick Hobson also bought an ad in the Idaho Statesman that directed people to the Web site.

Facing up to the perils of Facebook - 01/29/10
Facebook is taking on a life of its own and Winnipeg school boards are taking notice. School officials for River East Transcona School Division discovered this the hard way.

China to block 'vulgar' text messages - 01/29/10
Censorship in China is being extended to mobile phone text messages, as state-owned mobile telcos say they will block any SMS messages that do not meet the strict requirements of the country's net nannies.

Scammers exploit Apple iPad fever - 01/29/10
Cyber conmen are cashing in on hype surrounding Apple's iPad.
Security firms have come across attempts to subvert search engines to catch out those seeking more information about the tablet.

Enact stronger law on threatening Web posts - 01/28/10
This is undoubtedly one case where there ought to be a law. Society must catch up to the malevolence all too prevalent on the Internet. Some should be deemed criminal.

For your eyes only: employee privacy on employer systems - 01/28/10
Where is the line between an employee's right to privacy and an employer's right to monitor its employees while on company time or using company equipment or networks? How is an employer charged with preventing harassment supposed to effectively monitor the large volume of communications between its employees? While the law has yet to establish bright-line answers to these questions, recent legal developments provide some guidance.

Internet enhances stalking capabilities - 01/28/10
Advancements in technology have allowed the human race to communicate with one another easier and more effectively than ever before.
According to Charlotte Gunsolley, Victim Advocate at the Children & Family Center of Northwest Missouri, they’ve also made the art of stalking easier and more effective, as well.

Social networking breeds new degree of stalking - 01/28/10
Searching out childhood friends, high school classmates, and even an old crush has never been easier. Social media sites, like Facebook, have become the modern high school reunion. Now, instead of only getting the chance to see an old pal every five or ten years to catch up on life, technology has made it a possibility in every second of every day.

Council Twitter users face rebuke - 01/28/10
Councillors in Cornwall could face being reported to the authority's standards committee for using social networking sites.

Cyclist supporter alleges road rage incident - 01/28/10
The Christchurch editor of a sport website embroiled in an online war of words between cyclists and motorists was himself allegedly assaulted in a road rage incident this morning.

Sick Facebook Imposter Targets Dead Troops Families - 01/27/10
THE families of dozens of soldiers killed in action have fallen victim to a sick Facebook hoaxer. The heartless imposter used the networking site to target heroes' widows and mothers.

Ex-deputy charged with office threat - 01/27/10
A former Blue Earth County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with a felony for an alleged e-mail threat he sent to other deputies in November.

Teen sexting: Technological trend can lead to tragic consequences - 01/27/10
Sexting ­ using cell phones to send explicitly sexual photos ­ is a growing teenage trend with potentially devastating results. In an effort to get teens to think before they hit that "send" button, the office of Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper has developed an informational program for local schools and parent groups.

Slimmers warned over fake weight-loss drugs - 01/26/10
Slimmers were warned of the dangers of buying medicines from unregulated websites last night, after fake versions of a leading weight-loss drug were discovered in the US.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

DoD CyberCrime Conference 2010 - St. Louis

This past week has been one of my busiest! Monday I had an online conference w/Fairpoint to go over their Internet security software; Tuesday I flew out of Portland, Maine to head to the DoD Cybercrime Conference 2010 in St. Louis. This is my fifth year providing training for them.

Flew United, flight was on time to Chicago O'Hare. Then I had a three-hour layover, so I made some calls and it looks like I'm getting some more work - YAY! Ate lunch, talked w/Chris a zillion times (I missed him), then got on the plane to St. Louis.

Again, the flight was on time (actually, a few minutes early). Alex, who I've known as long as I've been going to the conferences, picked me up at the airport. His mom, Diana, is my adopted "mom" and called to make sure I'd landed, then told him to bring me right up to the conference without checking into the hotel yet. So we did and as we were going up the escalator to the conference, she was on her way down. She had a glass in her hand, gave it to me, said "Apple Pie! I'll be back up in a minute." and down she went.

She was right, the drink did taste just like an apple pie. We waited for her to give me my conference badge, which had VIP, LE and Speaker on it. We hugged, I gave her a box of salt water taffy (I bring her one every year) and she just kept hugging me. She is the sweetest lady!

We went to the reception, which was held in the exhibitor's area, and she brought me to the bar to get a drink. The bartender mixed me up something that was like an apple sour. It was delish! She got me to a table w/some of the other people from Technology Forums, who helped put together the conference with the DoD and I had to hug a bunch of people. It was like old home week.

I got some food, chatted, hugged more people I hadn't seen in a year, then I snuck out to go check in. I was informed at the front desk that they upgraded me to a suite. I was psyched. Then they told me it was in the building across the street. I asked if there was a covered walkway, they said no, I'd have to actually go across the street. I asked if they had anything in the hotel where the conference was. They said they had a king "handicapable" room. I said okay. Heck, a bed is a bed. Got to my room, it was huge and the reason they call it "handicapable" is that it had no tub in the bathroom. The entire bathroom was like a big shower, with just a shower curtain separating the shower head - made for wheelchairs. It kind of reminded me of the bathrooms in Japan.

Freshened up, then headed back to the conference to go to the CYBER OLYMPICS 2010, which was divided up into a floppy disk throw and CD toss. Most of the attendees were at the floppy disk throw, which was winging 3.5 diskettes as far as they could go.

Sharla, Alex and I went over to the CD toss, which had a bunch of the CD plastic containers taped together with points printed on them. You got three CDs for $5 to try to toss into them. All proceeds went to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Sharla got some CDs for us and we began cheering each other on, really making a lot of noise. People started coming over and we would cheer them on (see the photos). Then we started getting bets going on as to who would beat who and that money went into the donation pot.

By the end, the floppy disk throw raised almost $300. Us? We raised almost $600!!!! Woohoo!

We went down to the hotel bar to unwind, then I headed up to my room to crash.

Wednesday was my day for giving my three-hour training. I spent the morning in the speaker ready room, checking my email, etc, going over my presentation (I always get nervous before I speak) and hanging out. There were several other sessions going on at the same time as mine, so although I didn't have a lot of people in the audience, I think they learned something. I also might be getting more work out of it from a woman who is putting together some training for military and LE. Woohoo!

Went to my room to change from my suit into jeans and conference sweatshirt, then back to the conference for a VIP party put on by Mandiant. In between the food and drinks, they gave a short speech about a report they'd done and I ended up getting a business card from them - I may use them in my next book!

Went down to the bar again to unwind and I ended up bailing out at 830 while the rest went bowling or stayed at the bar. "Mom" is such a hoot - she had us laughing our butts off.

Thursday morning I left my bags at the front desk, went to say goodbye to everyone, especially "Mom," took some photos and Alex took me back to the airport. He is such a sweetheart and good "brother."

The flight from St. Louis to Chicago O'Hare was again on time. And interesting. The head flight attendant was Billy Dee Williams' twin. When I first boarded the plane, I thought he was the captain - he had on a full suit w/wings on his left pocket, a white handkerchief peeking out of that pocket, a white ascot around his neck and that smooooooooth voice.

When he smooooothly announced he was Carl, our head flight attendant, I expected him to start singing or reciting Lando's lines from The Empire Strikes Back, LOL.

A short stop in Chicago, then home to Portland. Chris came to pick me up, he had Phoebe in the back seat. Someone told us that huskies don't get attached to one human. They lied! She didn't eat while I was gone and only went out when Chris made her. Joanne came over to walk her and that brightened her up, but she moped because I was gone.

The look on her face when I got in the car was precious. I thought she was going to pee in delight. We drove thru McDonald's and got her a cheeseburger and she wolfed that down when we got home, then ate her dog food. I was just hoping she wouldn't throw up from being so excited I was home.

I took a shower, we watched some TV, then all three of us went to bed. She slept most of the night with her head on my legs.

It's good to be home.

(thanks to Dawn Walker for letting me post her photos!!!)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

DFI News™ | Inside the DoD Cyber Crime Conference

DFI News™ | Inside the DoD Cyber Crime Conference

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Off to St. Louis, Louis

Off to St. Louis to provide 3-hour training for law enforcement at the DoD CyberCrime Conference -