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Rebecca Ann Sedwick was harrassed by two girls, ages 12 and 14, who have been charged with felony aggravated stalking. Sedwick later killed herself image www.socialselect.net

Rebecca Ann Sedwick … Florida has a bullying law, but it leaves punishment to schools, not police.

Rebecca Ann Sedwick was harrassed by two girls, ages 12 and 14, who have been charged with felony aggravated stalking. Sedwick later killed herself. Photo: Supplied

After 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick killed herself last month, one of her tormenters continued to make comments about her online, even bragging about the bullying, a sheriff said on Tuesday.

The especially callous remark hastened the arrest of a 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl who were primarily responsible for bullying Rebecca, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. They were charged with stalking and released to their parents.

“‘Yes, I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself but I don’t give a …’ and you can add the last word yourself,” the sheriff said, quoting a Facebook post the older girl made on Saturday.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd talks about the events leading up to the arrest over the weekend of two girls in the Sedwick Florida bullying case image www.socialselect.net

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd talks about the events leading up to the arrest over the weekend of two girls in the Sedwick Florida bullying case.

Police in central Florida said Rebecca was tormented online and at school by as many as 15 girls before she took her own life on September 9. A dozen or so suicides in the past three years that have been attributed at least in part to cyberbullying.

The sheriff said they were still investigating the girls and trying to decide whether the parents should be charged.

“I’m aggravated that the parents aren’t doing what parents should do,” the sheriff said. “Responsible parents take disciplinary action.”

About a year ago, the older girl threatened to fight Rebecca while they were sixth-graders at Crystal Lake Middle School and told her “to drink bleach and die”, the sheriff said. She also convinced the younger arrested girl to bully Rebecca, even though they had been best friends.

The girls repeatedly intimidated Rebecca and called her names, the sheriff said, and at one point, the younger girl beat up Rebecca at school.

Both girls were charged as juveniles with third-degree felony aggravated stalking. If convicted, it’s not clear how much time, if any at all, the girls would spend in juvenile detention because they did not have any previous criminal history, the sheriff said.

The bullying began after the 14-year-old girl started dating a boy Rebecca had been seeing, the sheriff said.

A man who answered the phone at the 14-year-old’s Lakeland home said he was her father and told The Associated Press “none of it’s true”.

“My daughter’s a good girl and I’m 100 per cent sure that whatever they’re saying about my daughter is not true,” he said.

At their mobile home, a barking pit bull stood guard and no one came outside despite shouts from reporters for an interview.

Neighbour George Colom said he had never interacted with the girl but noticed her playing roughly with other children on the street.

“Kids getting beat up, kids crying,” Mr Colom said. “The kids hang loose unsupervised all the time.”

A telephone message left at the 12-year-old girl’s home was not immediately returned and no one answered the door.

Orlando lawyer David Hill said detectives may be able to pursue contributing to the delinquency of a minor charge for the parents, if they knew their daughters were bullying Rebecca yet did nothing about it.

But it “will be easy to defend since the parents are going to say, ‘We didn’t know anything about it,'” said Hill, who is not involved in the case.

Perry Aftab, a New Jersey lawyer, told AP last month that it was difficult to bring charges against someone accused of driving a person to suicide, in part because of free-speech laws. “We’ve had so many suicides that are related to digital harassment. But we also have free-speech laws in this country,” Ms Aftab said.

In a review of news articles, The Associated Press found about a dozen suicides in the United States since October 2010 that have been attributed at least in part to cyberbullying. Ms Aftab said she believed the real number was at least twice that.

In 2006, 13-year-old Megan Meier killed herself in Missouri after she was dumped online by a fictitious teenage boy created in part by an adult neighbour, Lori Drew, authorities said. A jury found Ms Drew guilty of three federal misdemeanours but a judge threw out the verdicts and acquitted her.

Florida’s law, the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act, was named after a teenager who killed himself after being harassed by classmates. The law was amended on July 1 to cover cyberbullying.

David Tirella, a Florida lawyer who lobbied for the law and has handled dozens of cyberbullying cases, said law enforcement could also seek more traditional charges.

“The truth is, even without these school bullying laws, there’s battery, there’s stalking,” he said.



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On the run: Paul Ceglia

A man accused of faking an ownership stake in Facebook to justify a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against its founder Mark Zuckerberg has vanished.

Paul Ceglia, who was under house arrest in New York state pending his May 4 trial, jumped bail by slicing off an electronic monitoring device and creating a crude contraption to make it seem as though he was moving around inside his home, US authorities say.

Ceglia’s wife and two young sons and his family’s Jack Russell terrier, Buddy, have also disappeared.

“I’m confident in our team up here,” US Marshal Charles F. Salina said.

“He’s got to get lucky every day, we’ve got to get lucky once.”

Ceglia’s federal lawsuit said he gave Zuckerberg, a student at Harvard University at the time, $US1000 ($A1300) in startup money in exchange for 50 per cent of the future company.

The timing device.
The timing device.

But a judge dismissed his claims and prosecutors filed fraud charges after a forensic analysis of his computers and Harvard’s email archive determined he had altered an unrelated contract and falsified emails to make it appear Zuckerberg had promised him a half-share.

Ceglia, who pleaded not guilty, now faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of mail fraud and wire fraud.

He went missing last weekend but it’s difficult to say when because he hung his electronic ankle bracelet on a motor-driven device that stretched to the ceiling and moved around, prosecutors explained in papers filed with the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan.

The contraption used to keep the ankle bracelet moving.

A missing-persons report was filed on Ceglia’s wife, Iasia Ceglia, and his two sons, 10-year-old Leenan and 11-year-old Joseffinn

Ceglia’s sister-in-law, Brianna Caster, used a Facebook page for her photography business in Newport Beach, California, to urge anyone who sees the wife and kids to call local authorities.

“To be honest, we’re not surprised at what he’s done,” she said by phone.

“What we’re shocked about is that our sister would disappear.”

No one was home on Sunday when state troopers knocked on Ceglia’s door. Armed with a search warrant, the US Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force returned that evening to the rural home in Wellsville, southeast of Buffalo, and busted in after hearing a mechanical noise inside.

Prosecutors filed their appeals court papers in a bid to nullify Ceglia’s attempt to throw out his criminal charges.

Ceglia said they unjustly stemmed from the claims he made in his 2010 lawsuit, which he said were based on a software development contract he signed with Zuckerberg in 2003.

A search of Ceglia’s hard drives uncovered the real April 28, 2003, contract, which Ceglia had emailed to a lawyer in March 2004, years before his suit against Facebook and Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg, a likely witness at Ceglia’s trial, said he didn’t even come up with the idea for Facebook until months after he responded to Ceglia’s online help-wanted ad and signed a contract agreeing to create some software for him.



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Part of the warning message LivingSocial sent to subscribers.

LivingSocial, the second-largest daily deal company behind Groupon, said it was hit by a cyber attack that may have affected more than 50 million customers.

The company said the attack on its computer systems resulted in unauthorised access to customer data, including names, email addresses, date of birth for some users and “encrypted” passwords.

LivingSocial stressed customer credit card and merchants’ financial and banking information were not affected or accessed. It also does not store passwords in plain text.

“We are actively working with law enforcement to investigate this issue,” the company, part-owned by Amazon.com, wrote in an email to employees.

LivingSocial does not disclose how many customers it has. However, spokesman Andrew Weinstein said “a substantial portion” of the company’s customer base was affected. LivingSocial is also contacting customers who closed accounts, because it still has their information stored in databases, he added.

The attack hit customers in the United States, Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Southern Europe and Latin America. Customers in South Korea, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand were not affected, Weinstein said.

“In light of recent successful widespread attacks against major social networking sites, it’s obvious that these providers are simply not doing enough to protect their customers’ information,” said George Tubin, senior security strategist at Trusteer, a computer security company.

The attack comes as LivingSocial struggles to handle a decline in consumer and merchant demand for daily deals. The company raised $US110 million from investors, including Amazon earlier this year, but was forced to make large concessions to get the new money.

Amazon invested $US56 million in LivingSocial in the first quarter, according to a regulatory filing on Friday, which also revealed the company had a first-quarter operating loss of $US44 million on revenue of $US135 million.

LivingSocial said on Friday it was beginning to contact more than 50 million customers whose data may have been affected by the cyber attack.

LivingSocial told customers in an email that they should log on to LivingSocial.com to create a new password for their accounts.

“We also encourage you, for your own personal data security, to consider changing password(s) on any other sites on which you use the same or similar password(s),” LivingSocial Chief Executive Tim O’Shaughnessy wrote in the email.

“We are sorry this incident occurred.”


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Twitter says it was hammered by a “sophisticated” cyber attack similar to those that recently hit major Western news outlets, and that the passwords of about 250,000 users were stolen.

“This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident,” Twitter information security director Bob Lord said in a blog post on Friday

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Lord referred to an “uptick in large-scale security attacks aimed at US technology and media companies” as he told of Twitter detecting attempts this week to get unauthorised access to data in the firm’s network.

The attack coincided with the revelation of several high-profile security breaches. The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal said this week that they had been hacked, and pointed to attackers from China.

Twitter did not confirm the source of the intrusion.

But Lord noted that “the attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organisations have also been recently similarly attacked”.

He said that Twitter shut down a live attack as it was in process.

But cyber attackers may have gained usernames, email addresses, passwords and other data.

As a precaution, Twitter invalidated passwords of accounts at issue and sent people email messages telling them to create new passwords.

Twitter announced in December that the number of active users of the service had topped 200 million, in a sign of soaring growth.

The one-to-many messaging platform is a popular tool used by people around the world to share thoughts, views and news in real time, typically from mobile phones and sometimes in the heart of protests or upheaval.

It was unknown whether the cyberattack on San Francisco-based Twitter was related to high-powered hacker assaults on the Times and the Journal.

The recent series of brazen cyberattacks on America’s most high-profile media outlets has revived concerns over Chinese hackers, who analysts say are likely linked to the secretive Beijing government.

The Times and the Journal reported that their computer networks had been compromised, alleging it was an effort by the Chinese government to spy on news media operating in the country.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday that there has been an increase in hacking attacks on both state institutions and private companies.

“The breach at Twitter is yet another wake up call – have we had enough yet?” said Mike Lloyd, chief technology officer at security firm RedSeal Networks.

“Attackers are clearly a step ahead of most defenders – it’s a war between corporations and data thieves, and we’re losing.”


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A LANDSCAPE architect fired for overusing an email chat service has been found to have been unfairly dismissed. It is the latest case for Fair Work Australia that deals with internet and social media use in the workplace.

Richard O’Connor had been employed by Outdoor Creations, in Melbourne. He had resigned and was about to leave the job when he was abruptly sacked for more than ”3000 transactions on a chat line during work time”.

His employer claimed, after searching his computer, that he had been using the Google Mail chat service when he was supposed to be working.

Employer David Kirkpatrick said in a letter of termination that engaging in personal activities for such a period of time while at work was akin to the theft ”of hundreds if not thousands of dollars worth of paid time”. Mr O’Connor denied using the chat service to the extent claimed.

The Fair Work Australia commissioner Anne Gooley said neither party had provided independent evidence about the net use. She said that while excessive use of social media during work hours may justify dismissal there was insufficient evidence to dismiss Mr O’Connor. He had also not been given an opportunity to respond before being sacked.


Paul Ceglia, who says that a 2003 contract entitles him to half the Facebook holdings of the company’s co-founder and chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg, showed no deception on a polygraph test about his claim last week, his lawyers said in a court filing.

The June 11 test was disclosed in papers filed on Friday by Ceglia’s lawyers opposing Facebook’s request that it be allowed to immediately inspect the original of the alleged contract and the emails Ceglia claims he exchanged with Zuckerberg in 2003 and 2004, before being required to turn over any evidence to Ceglia.

“I respectfully suggest that Mark Zuckerberg undergo the same polygraph examination I have in order to expose who is really telling the truth,” Ceglia, 37, said in a sworn statement submitted on Friday to the federal court in Buffalo, New York, where his suit is pending.

Mark Zuckerberg.Mark Zuckerberg. 

In the filing, Ceglia’s lawyers asked the court to order both sides to turn over evidence to determine whether the contract is genuine, including all of Zuckerberg’s documents, emails and instant messages relating to Facebook before July 30, 2004. Ceglia asked the court to order both sides into mediation.

Ceglia hasn’t shown the original contract publicly or to representatives of Facebook. The two-page document is in a bank safe-deposit box in Hornell, New York, according to Ceglia’s lawyers.

Stake in Facebook

Ceglia claims he is entitled to a multibillion-dollar stake in Facebook. The closely held company may be worth $US69.3 billion, according to Sharespost.com, an online marketplace for investments in companies that aren’t publicly traded. Palo Alto, California-based Facebook runs the world’s biggest social networking site.

In its June 2 request, Facebook called Ceglia “a hustler” who has engaged in various swindles over the past several years. The company said Ceglia’s claimed contract is “an amateurish forgery” and the emails fabricated. Facebook argued it needed to examine the documents immediately to put an end to a fraud on the court.

“Ceglia’s lawsuit is a shell game, shifting and changing with every filing,” Orin Snyder, a lawyer for Facebook and Zuckerberg, said in a statement responding to Ceglia’s filing yesterday. “Ceglia does not dispute that he has a track record of forging documents to rip people off.”

‘Terrible toll’

Snyder said polygraphs are easily manipulated and routinely disregarded by courts.

“This case and the tactics of Mark and Facebook have taken and continue to take a terrible toll on me, my wife, our two sons, and even our parents,” Ceglia said in his sworn statement filed Friday. “I have been repeatedly called a liar in the press and in the papers filed by defendants in this action.”

Ceglia sat for the polygraph test on June 11 in the Erie County, New York, office of Michael Pliszka, who administered the test, according to the court papers.

“The questions asked during the polygraph examination were designed to determine whether Mr. Ceglia had fraudulently forged or doctored the agreement,” Pliszka said. “It is my opinion that the examination results are classified as ‘No Deception Indicated.’”

In his statement, Ceglia said he and Zuckerberg met in the lobby of a hotel in Boston on April 28, 2003, and signed the contract, which Ceglia prepared by cutting and pasting from two different forms.

Document testing

Ceglia’s lawyers proposed subjecting the original contract to testing, which would be conducted by a mutually agreed or court-appointed expert, to determine the age of the ink on the contract. The necessary tests would destroy part of the document, they said.

Included in Friday’s filing are the opinions of two document experts and a computer expert.

John Evans, a computer expert hired by Ceglia, said his firm took from him 169 floppy discs, 1075 compact discs and two computer hard drives. One of the floppy discs has three Microsoft Word documents containing copies of email correspondence between Ceglia and Zuckerberg. Ceglia said he copied the messages from his internet-based msn.com email.

In an amended complaint filed in April, Ceglia quoted from emails he said he exchanged with Zuckerberg, which he said support his claim that the two men formed a partnership that gave Ceglia half-ownership of Facebook when it was started in 2004.

Zuckerberg said in a court filing that Ceglia hired him in 2003 to do web-development services for StreetFax.com, a business Ceglia was trying to start at the time. Zuckerberg, then a student at Harvard University, signed a contract drafted by Ceglia, which referred only to the StreetFax work, he said. The contract made no mention of Facebook, which Zuckerberg started months later, he said.

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Preteen girls charged

over Facebook sex prank

April 28, 2011 – 6:42AM

Two preteen US girls accused of hacking into a classmate’s Facebook page and posting sexually explicit photos and messages have been charged with cyberstalking and first-degree computer trespassing.

The girls, ages 11 and 12, have been under investigation since the alleged victim’s family contacted Issaquah police in Washington state on March 18, according to the charges filed in King County Juvenile Court. According to the charges, the two defendants used the victim’s password information to post sexually explicit content on her Facebook page.

They also posted messages that indicated the victim was willing to perform sex acts on people.

The defendants instant-messaged some boys to arrange dates where sex acts were to be performed by the victim, according to the charges.

Jon Knight, the stepfather of the 12-year-old alleged victim, said his family is relieved that the case has resulted in criminal charges. He said that he wasn’t taken seriously when he reported the incident to Issaquah police and to staff at Issaquah Middle School.

Knight said his stepdaughter, Leslie Cote, has asked the media to use her name in hopes of bringing attention to the issue of cyberstalking.

Issaquah police were called to the Cote-Knight home on March 18 after Leslie’s mother, Tara Cote, called to report vulgar postings on her daughter’s Facebook page, charges said. A woman who mentored Leslie told the family that she had noticed photos on the page had been changed to show Leslie with “devil’s horns” and with the words “I’m a slut” scrawled across one image, prosecutors said.

The alterations and postings apparently became more vulgar as the night progressed.

Prosecutors said that Leslie had been over at a defendant’s house in early March when she logged into Facebook. Leslie’s password information was somehow stored on the other girl’s computer.

After the girls had a falling out, the defendants hacked into the page “with the intent of embarrassing and tormenting the victim,” Issaquah police Detective Ryan Raulerson wrote in the affidavit of probable cause filed to support the charges.

Sara Niegowski, spokeswoman for the Issaquah School District, said Tuesday the district was not conducting its own investigation into the incident because it did not occur on school property. She said the defendants are still enrolled at Issaquah Middle School.

“This incident happened off-campus, off school time and not related to our school environments. There is no disciplinary action at all. It’s not a school district incident,” Niegowski said.

Niegowski said that the incident has not been a disruption at the school.

“You know what’s a disruption is the media coverage,” she said. “We always look out for the welfare of our students.”

Knight said that his stepdaughter has been granted a restraining order forbidding the defendants from contacting her and barring them from riding her school bus. The three girls are in some of the same classes, Knight said.

On Tuesday, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said, “This case reveals the dark side of social media sites used by young people.”

In a news release, Satterberg wrote: “Many kids think that on a social media site that their actions will be anonymous and that they are free to use it as weapon to bully, harass, and intimidate another person. This case demonstrates that assuming the identity of another person on the Internet with the intent to torment them and expose them to the harassment of others is a crime.”


Facebook vandal jailed

Amelia Bentley

March 25, 2011 – 3:16PM

A man who vandalised Facebook tribute sites for two dead children has been jailed.

Self-confessed “troll” Bradley Paul Hampson, 29, of Tarragindi in Brisbane’s south, posted pictures of penises and wrote offensive messages on the two sites in February last year.

On one Facebook tribute site for the 12-year-old boy, he wrote “woot I’m dead” across an image of the dead child.

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He also morphed a photo of the boy’s face inside a woodchipper and made it appear blood was coming from the machine.

On another, he wrote sexually explicit comments implying he was responsible for raping and killing the eight-year-old girl.

“My definition of pleasure … listening to her ribs crack,” he wrote. “I got mad … so I murdered her.”

To post his comments, Hampson used the name of a Bundaberg man who he claimed to have gone to school with.

Hampson said the man whose identity he used had been bullied by other students at his school.

The court was told that man told police he was distressed his name had been used to make such comments.

The court also heard when detectives examined Hampson’s personal computer, they found almost 200 images that depicted children as the victims of abuse and sadism.

They also found images of missing UK girl Madeleine McCann and murdered UK boy James Bulger with penises superimposed on their faces.

Hampson today pleaded guilty to distributing child exploitation material, using the internet to menace, harass or cause offence and possessing child exploitation material.

Judge Kerry O’Brien sentenced him to three years’ jail and ordered he be released after he serves 12 months.

Taking into account seven-and-a-half months Hampson has already served behind bars, he will be out of prison in September.

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The anti-social network:

boys jailed for $26m

‘Crimebook’ scam

March 3, 2011 – 12:44PM
Nick Webber pictured on a Facebook page.Nick Webber pictured on a Facebook page.

Two British schoolboys have been jailed for up to five years for running a $26 million Facebook-style website for criminals dubbed “Crimebook”.

Nick Webber, 19, and Ryan Thomas, 18, were found guilty of starting up and operating the online forum GhostMarket.net, where up to 8000 members exchanged details about thousands of stolen credit cards and used the information to defraud banks and shops across the world, The Guardian reported.

Information about 65,000 hacked bank accounts was also shared on the site, prosecutors said.

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Judge John Price of Southwark Crown Court in London, said the fraud was on a “massive scale”.

“This was a criminal enterprise offering sophisticated advice on how to hack into computers, cause them to malfunction and retrieve personal information from computers – and how to do it on a massive scale.”

He said only the age of the teenagers saved them from harsher sentences.

“I’m extremely conscious of the youth of you all. Were you four or five years older the sentence would be much longer.”

Mr Webber and Mr Thomas were still at school when they were arrested by police in October 2009 after trying to use the details of a stolen credit card to pay for a £1000 hotel bill, The Guardiansaid.

Police found 100,000 stolen credit card details on Mr Webber’s laptop and traced it back to the GhostMarket.net site – the biggest criminal website they had ever uncovered.

The pair jumped bail and escaped to Majorca in Spain.

Webber taunted police while on the run, writing on a site: “To be a Legend Carder u gotta be a ghost” and adding, “F— the Police!”, London’s Daily Telegraph reported.

With Thomas, he was re-arrested in early 2010 after returning to the UK.

Webber was described by prosecutors as an “extremely experienced computer hacker” and the leader of the gang behind the website.

The gang included 21-year-olds Gary Kelly and Shakira Ricardo, who were jailed for five years and 18 months respectively, the BBC reported.

Thomas worked as a moderator on the site.

Thomas and Webber pleaded guilty to conspiracy to make or supply articles for use in fraud, encouraging or assisting offenders, and conspiracy to commit fraud.

The son of former Guernsey politician Anthony Webber, Webber spent his illegal earnings on expensive goods such as cameras, jewellery and plasma televisions, the BBC reported.

His father said he never thought his son would have been involved in such criminal activity.

“He has always been super brilliant at computers but it never occurred to me anything like this would happen,” he told theTelegraph last year.

“What happened to Nicholas has been a big shock to both his mother and to me. … In a very short period of time things went wrong. He is a delightful son in a lot of respects.

“He is the sort of person that the security services should be employing. His skills are such he could do a lot of things but the very sad thing about this is it is going to affect his future career.”

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