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True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scamming, Stalking, Murder, and Mayhem

This new book by a top cybercrime expert and victim’s advocate explores horrific real-life crimes with roots in cyberspace. Author J. A. Hitchcock (Net Crimes & Misdemeanors: Outmaneuvering Web Spammers, Stalkers, and Con Artists) is celebrated for her work to pass tough cybercrime legislation, train law enforcement, and help victims fight back. In True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scamming, Stalking, Murder, and Mayhem, she journeys into the darkest recesses of the internet to document the most depraved criminals imaginable, from bullies and stalkers to scam artists, sexual predators, and serial killers.

Revealing many of the most extreme and horrifying examples of modern cyber crime, she seeks to educate the millions of YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook users about the various hazards posed by new media. Covering the identity theft and subsequent murder of Amy Boyer in 1999, avoiding sexual predators, defending bank accounts against fraudulent phishing scams, and the rise of online bullying, Hitchcock provides a compelling, broad-ranging collection of case studies from which consumers can learn to defend themselves and their families against online criminals.

This collection of real-life horror stories is a must-read for true crime aficionados and fans of such television fare as 48 Hours Mystery, Forensic Files, and the Investigation Discovery channel. Guaranteed to shock and surprise, this book will forever change the way users experience the internet.

Nearly all Brits may have been victims of cyber crime with some personal details for sale on the dark web, cops claim

NEARLY everyone in the country will have been a victim of cyber crime, police experts say.

And some of their personal details will be for sale on the dark web.

 Cops claim nearly all Brits may have been victims of cyber crime
Cops claim nearly all Brits may have been victims of cyber crime

The revelation comes as cyber attacks, including some backed by foreign governments, soar.

Police warned hackers also target businesses and infrastructure, such as the “WannaCry” attack on the NHS this year.

Oliver Gower, head of the National Cyber Crime Unit, said: “There is a tendency to think this threat is some far away abstract thing.

Hacking, data theft and randsomware are the modern burglary, theft, extortion or criminal damage.

For several years we have said Russian-speaking nations are our No1 cyber crime threat.

“With cyber criminal capability available to the highest bidder,

Read more at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4940757/every-brits-data-may-be-or-sale-on-dark-web/

Nearly every person in the UK has been hacked including the police officer in charge of the fight against cyber …

Nearly every person in the country has been hacked and had their details sold on the dark web, Britain’s police lead on cyber crime revealed yesterday.

Chief Constable Peter Goodman issued the stark warning on rampant computer hacking as he urged firms to come clean to customers when their security has been compromised.

The Derbyshire chief revealed he has been personally targeted three times by thieves who stole his name, date of birth, address and email.

Mr Goodman, who leads the National Police Chiefs’ Council on cyber crime, said Russia is the worst culprit, bombarding the UK with ‘state-sponsored’ or ‘state-permitted’ criminal attacks on a daily basis.

Just days after the Prime Minister accused the Kremlin of cyber espionage and meddling in European election, the UK’s top policing experts on cyber crime said Russian groups were targeting not only our major infrastructure and financial institutions, but also small businesses

Read more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5094817/Nearly-person-UK-hacked-police-say.html

Cyber Bullying program comes to Edmond

ATT brought a new program aimed at stopping cyber bullying to Edmond. On Wednesday, Nov. 15, students from Edmond’s Youth Leadership program learned tools and tips to combat cyber bullying at a special event being hosted by the Edmond Chamber of Commerce and ATT. 

The participants are high school juniors who have been selected to take part in the local leadership program. The hope is that they’ll take what they learn at the interactive event and share it with their peers. 

The event focused on the proliferation of cyber bullying online and in social media and educate participants on how to use good judgment for what they post and share online. A recent survey found that more than 55 percent of all teens in the U.S. have witnessed online bullying, but 95 percent ignore it when they see it. The survey also found that teens rarely

Read more at: http://www.edmondsun.com/news/education/cyber-bullying-program-comes-to-edmond/article_5b6332d8-cb27-11e7-b18a-2fc9aa628f5d.html

Northern Arizona University professor indicted for stalking student, firefighters

FLAGSTAFF, AZ – A Northern Arizona University professor is accused of stalking a student and two firefighters she met online.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that a federal grand jury indicted 36-year-old Melissa Ann Santana this week on five counts of felony stalking.

According to court documents, the married interior design professor started cyber-stalking an NAU student in February 2015 months after they met through Craigslist.

Over the next several months, she met two U.S. Forest Service firefighters through Tinder and sent both harassing messages. She allegedly keyed one of the men’s cars and slashed the tires.

She is also accused of harassing their colleague and one of the men’s fiance through social media.

NAU spokeswoman Kimberly Ott says Santana is no longer employed there and declined to comment further.

Read more at: http://www.abc15.com/news/region-northern-az/flagstaff/northern-arizona-university-professor-indicted-for-stalking-student-firefighters

Rochester Man Charged With Stalking, Threatening Female Student-Athletes

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Rochester man is charged with cyber stalking and threatening the lives of at least 50 female athletes across the country.

The United States Attorney’s office charged 43-year-old Eric Bolduan on Oct. 3 with three counts of stalking and three counts of using interstate commerce as means to harass and intimidate.

The threats were made between Nov. 28, 2015 and Nov. 14, 2016.

Four female student-athletes at a Colorado college first reported the internet harassment.

Bolduan is accused of downloading photos of the young women on Instagram, and then finding pornographic images of women who bare a resemblance to them.

eric bolduan Rochester Man Charged With Stalking, Threatening Female Student Athletes

Eric Bolduan (credit: Olmsted Co. Sheriff’s Office)

He would then post the photos to pornographic websites, along with personal information about the students,

Read more at: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/11/17/eric-bolduan-charged/

University Of Michigan Police Issue ‘Sextortion’ Warning For Students

ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – University of Michigan police are warning students not to send nudes after at least two people were blackmailed this week.

Campus police on Thursday sent out a security bulletin titled, “Sextortion Warning,” after two students reported that unknown subjects had attempted to extort money from them in exchange for not publishing explicit pictures or videos online.

Police said both incidents, which occurred November 12 and 14, began with Facebook friend invitations and soon escalated into online chatting and videotaping before a demand for money was made.

What should students do? 

If you have received a threat or demand for money to avoid release of pictures or videos, don’t panic, please immediately contact the University of Michigan Police, even if you’ve already paid money. If you’re not on campus, contact your local police agency. Police say they will take your case seriously, dealing with it in confidence and without judgement.

Don’t communicate further with

Read more at: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2017/11/17/university-of-michigan-police-issue-sextortion-warning-for-students/

Russian-speaking countries pose ‘number-one cyber threat to UK …

Russian-speaking countries pose the “number one cyber crime threat to the UK” as billions of pounds are lost in daily attacks, it has been revealed.

Senior police and intelligence officials warned of an increasing crossover between hostile states and criminal groups seeking to profit from targeting governments, national infrastructure, businesses and individuals.

They warned that attacks as severe as the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, which crippled the NHS by hitting 81 trusts and affecting 19,000 appointments, could happen again.

“WannaCry is not going to be the last attack to hit the UK and things are likely to get worse before they get better,” said Oliver Gower, head of the National Cyber Crime Unit. “State actors have tried and will try again to target the UK.

“We also know that terrorists show the intent to use cyber attacks to cause damage and spread fear, but we don’t yet believe they have the capability to launch

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/russia-hacking-threat-uk-number-one-warning-cyber-attacks-wannacry-north-korea-iran-investigations-a8061521.html

Russian-speaking countries pose ‘number-one cyber threat to UK’, officials warn

Russian-speaking countries pose the “number one cyber crime threat to the UK” as billions of pounds are lost in daily attacks, it has been revealed.

Senior police and intelligence officials warned of an increasing crossover between hostile states and criminal groups seeking to profit from targeting governments, national infrastructure, businesses and individuals.

They warned that attacks as severe as the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, which crippled the NHS by hitting 81 trusts and affecting 19,000 appointments, could happen again.

“WannaCry is not going to be the last attack to hit the UK and things are likely to get worse before they get better,” said Oliver Gower, head of the National Cyber Crime Unit. “State actors have tried and will try again to target the UK.

“We also know that terrorists show the intent to use cyber attacks to cause damage and spread fear, but we don’t yet believe they have the capability to

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/russia-hacking-threat-uk-number-one-warning-cyber-attacks-wannacry-north-korea-iran-investigations-a8061521.html

Business crucial to cyber crime fight, say UK cyber cops

UK law enforcement has an established and effective co-ordination plan in place that is resulting in arrests, but under-reporting is a huge problem and business has a key role to play.

This was the key message from the National Crime Agency (NCA), National

Read more at: http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450430303/Business-crucial-to-cyber-crime-fight-say-UK-cyber-cops