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.

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: Sex offender sentenced to life in prison

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. The Troy Messenger published an article titled Sex offender sentenced to life in prison.

Pike County Circuit Court Judge Shannon Clark sentenced a man indicted for eight sex offenses involving a child to life in prison plus 10 years this week.

Earlier this month, Terry Cordell Davie, 46, of Goshen, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree assault of a minor including rape. The plea was part of a blind agreement. The district attorney’s office agreed to dismiss six counts in exchange for Davie’s guilty plea in the other two. All eight of the counts involved the same victim.

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Related News: Convicted child abuser gets maximum sentence

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. The Troy Messenger published an article titled Convicted child abuser gets maximum sentence.

A man who subjected a child to inappropriate contact for two years has been sentenced to 10 years for the crime.

“We were very pleased with the sentence,” said Assistant District Attorney Josh Wilson, prosecutor for the trial and the sentencing. “In fact, that was what the we had asked for.”

A jury found Lawrence Lewis Jr. guilty of sexual abuse last month. Pike County Circuit Judge Thomas Head could have sentenced Lewis to as little as a year and a day for the class c felony.

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Related News: Sex offenders charged

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. The Troy Messenger published an article titled Sex offenders charged.

Seven local sex offenders are back behind bars after being caught in violation of adult sex offender registration laws.

Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas said the sting was the result of joint efforts between his office, Troy Police Department, the Alabama Bureau of Investigations and U.S. Marshals Service.

“The team verified that the registered sex offenders were living in compliance,” said Thomas. “We checked all 89 sex offenders’ residences and got seven warrants issued.”

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Related News: Cyber-bullying subject of skits

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What started out as a simple assignment for Charles Henderson High School theater III students became a lesson on anti-bullying for students at Troy Elementary School and Pike Liberal Arts School.

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Related News: Man to face trial on child sex abuse charges

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. The Troy Messenger published an article titled Man to face trial on child sex abuse charges.

A man who pleaded guilty to a sex crime could now be on trail at the next docket after a court appearance Friday afternoon.

Lawrence Lewis, Jr. was accused of and pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual abuse against a female over the age of 12 – a crime that dates back to March 2012.

Source: Troy Messenger