Related News: Huntsville man accused of paying $20K to molest teen; victim was smuggled to U.S. from Honduras

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. AL.com published an article titled Huntsville man accused of paying $20K to molest teen; victim was smuggled to U.S. from Honduras:

The father brought the teen to the U.S. from Honduras in 2010. The father began sexually molesting him when he was 15 years old and they moved to Huntsville, records state. Soon after, the father forced his son to have sexual contact with Edwards, the special agent wrote in the affidavit.

Other evidence includes text messages and pornographic photos, including nude pictures of the teen, records state.

The teen received 13 payments from Edwards, but the boy typically was required to give the money to his father, court records allege. Bank records show the payments between November 20, 2015 and April 10, 2017 total $20,350, according to investigators.

Source: AL.com

Cyberbullying – an epidemic

Greg Price recently submitted an article to the Troy Messenger, Cyberbullying – an epidemic:

In 2006, I received a request that angered and horrified me. Law enforcement often call with requests to review computer evidence, sometimes, they request assistance in collecting the computer evidence. A state law enforcement agency requested assistance with collection of computer evidence from an active crime scene. I traveled to the site.

I was unaware of the nature of the crime, until my arrival. A child, not quite a teenager, committed suicide. Near the child, a laptop glowed eerily. Law enforcement did not want to interact with the laptop due to its changing contents, for fear of damaging possible evidence.

The laptop displayed active contents from a discussion board. I discovered that the child visited the discussion board seeking help. The digital hangout was popular among teenagers. The presence, while not designed with ill intentions, became a conduit for bullying. Young people visited the site, degraded one another, spoke poorly about themselves and others. The power of perceived anonymity was powerful: remain hidden behind a computer and lash out, act in a fashion that most would never contemplate in the physical world.

Related News: Couple says voice from drone tried to lure children away from Ellet playground

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. The Akron Beacon Journal published an article titled Couple says voice from drone tried to lure children away from Ellet playground

Gavin and Jacen said their friends said “what” back to the drone, and the drone told them to follow it.

Michael M. said one of the children actually did. The child, one of Gavin’s and Jacen’s friends, started following the drone down the street to Dollar Tree, where the drone voice said it was going.

Michael M. said the child’s father happened to see him walking down the street and stopped the child before he got to Dollar Tree.

Source: Akron Beacon Journal

How to keep your online data protected

Greg Price recently submitted an article to the Troy Messenger, How to keep your online data protected, to share important safety information during National Cyber Security Awareness Month:

Statistically, most cyber security issues originate from end-user activity. In fact, nearly seventy-five percent of all reviewed security breaches began as the result of end-user action.

The statistics do not surprise most security practitioners. After all, currently, end-users are the dominant consumer of electronic resources – people deploy, configure and use the devices. The machines aren’t running everything, yet.

We end-users make mistakes. Those statistics include IT professionals and everyday users. Often IT professionals lack adequate skills and training. Perhaps they exhibited some talent or aptitude and became the “go-to computer person”. Clever use of modern technology is no substitute for proper training. Nearly one-third of all security breaches were the result of poor IT configuration and management, according to an annual IBM cyber security study. Have confidence in your IT resources. If a search engine is your technician’s preferred tool, perhaps looking elsewhere is appropriate.

Related News: Boy, 13, shoots neighbor after Facebook dispute

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. WSFA published an article titled Boy, 13, shoots neighbor after Facebook dispute.

Between three and five juveniles confronted the suspect in a wooded area as a result of a dispute police believe started on Facebook, according to the Taunton Gazette. They allegedly made comments that frightened the 13-year-old.

Police say the suspect then went to his home, unlocked a gun safe and retrieved a rifle. He returned to the scene where he shot the 12-year-old.

Source: WSFA

Related News: Greenville bus driver arrested over texts to 15-year-old

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. WSFA published an article titled Greenville bus driver arrested over texts to 15-year-old.

A Greenville bus driver has been arrested after police say he had “inappropriate text conversations” with a 15-year-old boy who rode on his bus.

Investigators have identified the driver as 29-year-old Leo Bowen. He was taken into custody on Oct. 3.

Source: WSFA

Related News: Montgomery Police investigating department’s first human trafficking case

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. WSFA published an article titled Montgomery Police investigating department’s first human trafficking case.

A human trafficking suspect was arrested and two victims were recovered in Montgomery Monday night, according to the Montgomery Police Department.

Theon Dontray Smith, 27, of South Carolina, was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree human trafficking.

It is the first human trafficking case that the Montgomery Police Department has investigated since the state law was passed in 2010.

MPD Chief of Staff, Bryan Jurkofsky says the department received a call from out-of-state parents, which is what triggered the investigation.

“They received contact from their daughter, who said she was in Montgomery and asked for a welfare check,” Jurkofsky said. “Patrol units responded and identified two minor females and one adult male.”

Source: WSFA