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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.

Man indicted for cyber-stalking doctor: Hunting Valley police blotter


HUNTING VALLEY, Ohio — Violation of civil stalking protection order, harassing communications, menacing by stalking; Cedar Road: A Beavercreek man, 69, was indicted this month on charges that he continued to harass his former doctor the day after a judge extended a civil stalking protection order for another five years.

A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge noted in a Nov. 17 ruling the suspect had made numerous and nearly continuous postings on a variety of websites relating to a surgical procedure performed over a decade ago, and had since become a patient advocate.

But this case centered on six emails over the summer that included references to both death and punishment of doctors. This raised enough concern on the part of the doctor, a Hunting Valley resident, to call police and hire an attorney to file a

Read more at: http://www.cleveland.com/chagrin-valley/index.ssf/2017/12/man_indicted_for_cyber-stalkin.html

Man jailed for possession of child porn has term extended after more images found

A MAN SERVING a sentence for possession of child pornography has had his term extended by 18 months after further images and videos recovered in the investigation were analysed.

James Clarke (62) received a ten years imprisonment with the final two years suspended in 2013 after admitting possession and distribution of child pornography. He was due for release in January.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the material in the 2013 sentencing hearing was considered so serious that it had been “fast tracked” through analysis at the Garda Cyber Crime Bureau.

The material in today’s case was also retrieved during the garda investigation into Clarke but analysis of it was delayed for a number of years because of a “backlog” at the unit.

Clarke, formerly of Devlis Cottage, Ballyhaunis, Mayo, pleaded guilty to possession of 785 images of child pornography on devices at his address in Mayo in January 2012 and 1009 images and three

Read more at: http://www.thejournal.ie/child-porn-sentence-extended-3751763-Dec2017/

Virginia man convicted in NC federal court for cyber-stalking and threatening law enforcement

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Federal district court found a 57-year-old Hampton, Virginia man guilty after a three-day trial in Raleigh, North Carolina, which involved the harassment of multiple law enforcement personnel in the state.

William Scott Davis Jr. was convicted of cyber-stalking and communicating interstate threats, which stem from multiple fraud offenses in Wake County, North Carolina that he was charged and convicted of.

The multiple charges were brought to court by Wake County law enforcement in 2009 in relation to the forgery of his daughters birth certificate. Due to Davis being found guilty of these charges, his parental rights were terminated by the state as well.

Federal authorities in a press release said that Davis, ” initiated a relentless campaign of harassment and intimidation directed towards a female detective with Cary Police Department, and a female prosecutor with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office, and a female attorney in Raleigh.”

This campaign by

Read more at: http://wtkr.com/2017/12/14/virginia-man-convicted-in-n-c-federal-court-for-cyber-stalking-and-threatening-law-enforcement/

Former PSNI officer who attempted to buy gun on dark web handed 11-year sentence

Allen Kennedy leaves Downpatrick court following previous hearing.Allen Kennedy leaves Downpatrick court following previous hearing.

Allen Kennedy leaves Downpatrick court following previous hearing.

December 14 2017

A former PSNI officer who attempted to buy firearms and ammunition on the dark web has been sentenced to 11 years.

Allen Kennedy, formerly of Strandtown PSNI station, will serve 5 and a half years in prison and another five and a half years on licence.

The sentenced handed down at Downpatrick Crown Court also takes account of numerous drug-related charges and perverting the course of justice.

In October, Kennedy (31) pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition, namely a 9mm handgun, silencer and 10 rounds of

Read more at: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/former-psni-officer-who-attempted-to-buy-gun-on-dark-web-handed-11year-sentence-36409157.html

Ex-PSNI officer jailed for firearm, drug charges and perverting the course of justice – Newstalk 106

A former PSNI police officer has been jailed for 11 years for attempted possession of a firearm and ammunition, numerous drugs-related charges and perverting the course of justice.

Allen Kennedy (31), formerly of Strandtown PSNI station, was handed the sentence at Downpatrick Crown Court on Thursday.

He has been ordered to spend 5.5 years in prison and 5.5 years on licence.

He pleaded guilty in October to attempted possession of a firearm and ammunition, namely a 9mm handgun, silencer and 10 rounds of 9mm ammunition with intent to endanger life, and possession of ammunition (50 rounds of 9mm) without a certificate.

He also pleaded guilty to numerous drugs possession charges relating to cannabis, MDMA and cocaine – and possession with intent to supply in relation to the cocaine – as well as a previous charge of perverting the course of justice.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey, of the PSNI’s Cyber Crime Centre, said: “This case

Read more at: http://www.newstalk.com/ExPSNI-officer-jailed-for-firearm-drug-charges-and-perverting-the-course-of-justice

Cyber / online crime

Cybercrimes take place online. There are two overarching areas of cybercrime:

  1. cyber-dependent crimes – which can only be committed through the use of online devices and where the devices are both the tool to commit the crime and the target of the crime, and 
  2. cyber-enabled crimes – traditional crimes which can be increased in scale by using computers.

These crimes take on a number of different formats – from hacking and use of the dark web to trolling on social media and phishing or identity thefts. The aims of such activities may be to commit sexual offences such as grooming or sharing indecent images, to control or disrupt computer systems, or steal money, information or data.

The dark web is used by criminals to trade illegal items online including drugs and firearms.


Hacking is the unauthorised use of or access into computers or networks by using security vulnerabilities or bypassing usual security steps to gain

Read more at: https://cps.gov.uk/cyber-online-crime

Former police officer given 11-year sentence after admitting buying a gun on the dark web

A former police officer has been given an 11-year sentence and will serve half of it behind bars and the remainder on licence after pleading guilty to buying a gun on the dark web.

Allen Kennedy (31), with an address at Strandtown PSNI Station, had admitted possession of a firearm and ammunition, namely a 9mm handgun, silencer and 10 rounds of 9mm ammunition; drugs related charges and perverting the course of justice.

He was sentenced today at Downpatrick Crown Court.

At a previous hearing a prosecution barrister had told the court that Kennedy had used the dark web to try and buy a gun from two undercover police officers.

The court was told Kennedy had made contact with a man on the dark web called ‘Ally’ who he believed could provide him with a firearm “but who was in fact an undercover police operative”.

Kennedy later met one of the undercover officers at Annadale Embankment to buy the firearm in

Read more at: https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2017/12/14/news/former-police-officer-given-11-year-sentence-after-admitting-buying-a-gun-on-the-dark-web-1211203/