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Woman spared jail over ‘revenge porn’ Facebook pictures

A woman who posted explicit images of her girlfriend “to hurt and humiliate” her victim after an argument has walked free from court.

Paige Mitchell, 24, today became the first woman to be sentenced for revenge porn in the UK when she was handed a six-week suspended jail term at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court.

Mitchell, from Shephall Way in Stevenage, said she posted the four sexually explicit images of her girlfriend on her own Facebook page following the argument – prompted when Mitchell was accused by the victim of looking at other women.

Sentencing her, chairman of the bench Bette Hindmarsh said: “Posting the photos on the internet was a highly vindictive invasion of privacy.

“It was done with the intention of humiliating and hurting your victim.”

Mitchell pleaded guilty to one count of assault by beating, and one of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress.

The latter has only been a criminal offence since the new revenge porn laws were introduced in April. So far, around a dozen men have been convicted under the legislation in England.

Mitchell said the images were sent by her partner during their relationship, which had begun 14 months before the fight.

She posted four of them on Facebook after the argument, but removed them when her mother told her it was against the law, the court heard. The images had been online for half an hour.

Mitchell’s counsel, Tariq Iqbal, said his client and the victim later reconciled their differences and continued to be in a relationship.

However, Mitchell appeared to call time on the romance from the dock by inviting the court to issue her with a restraining order that would force them to split for good.

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In a witness statement, the victim – whose one-year-old child was sleeping during the argument at Mitchell’s home on May 12 -said the incident “made me feel embarrassed, embarrassed to walk down the street”.

She said: “People who I didn’t want to see my body have seen me (naked). I don’t want to feel like that.”

Mitchell was handed a six-week sentence for revenge porn, and a two-week sentence for common assault, to run concurrently. They were suspended for 18 months.

She was also made to pay £345 in costs.

Mr Iqbal said his client needed help with her anger management, and that the Facebook post was an indication of her naivety.

He said: “It was a silly thing to do, but I think it was in the heat of the moment. Emotions can be dangerous some times.”

Mitchell made no comment as she ran from the court building at the end of the sentence hearing, wearing a hood over her face, flanked by two friends.

In a statement, Joanna Coleman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “These vengeful crimes are predominantly thought of as being carried out by men.

“This sentencing will highlight that anyone can be guilty of this offence and regardless of the defendant’s gender, once reported, it will be taken seriously.

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“Crimes where an intimate image of an individual is shared without their permission in such a public forum is invasive, humiliating and distressing for the victim and leaves them feeling violated.

“It can have a huge impact on the victim and I am pleased that more people are having the confidence to come forward and report these crimes.”

14-y-o girl’s nude pics posted for revenge – ‘She made her dad rape me,’ culprit claims

The creator of a malicious Facebook page, who uploaded nude pictures of an underage girl, has threatened to commit suicide after being bashed by viewers for the heinous act.

The page, which bore the name of the 13-year-old victim, was created on Sunday and had received close to 12,000 likes within seven hours of being made, and featured nude images of the girl along with other pornographic images.

About eight hours after its inception, Facebook removed the page.

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The creator of the illicit page, under the guise of the teenager, stated in the ‘about’ section, “my name is … am 13 years old, and a bi-sexual and I love girls and love to do oral, I think it’s fun,”. The creator had also posted the teen’s Skype address, which caused many viewers to at first think it was the victim who was posting the images of herself.

Disturbingly, the page had mainly adult male followers, many of whom were requesting the underage girl to privately send them nude pictures as well as to make contact with them to engage in sexual activities.


However, shortly after being deleted by Facebook, another Facebook page was created duplicating the original, however, on this page the maligner revealed herself, claiming to be the cousin of the teenage girl and threatened to take her own life.

“I must admit, I’m … cousin. I set her up because she watch her dad rape me! She trick me and led me to him, so I did this back to her, I was only 10, nobody believe me until this very day! Now I am going to kill myself!

And write a note and explain everything!! Goodbye I’m 14,” the page’s creator posted after uploading an image, which she claims, is of herself.

However, viewers bashed the maligner, with some going to the extreme of encouraging her to take her own life as punishment for her wrongdoing, and others encouraged her to continue posting the nude pictures, while some implored her to shut down the account.

The second page was deleted from Facebook the following day. That page had received more than 1,000 likes before it was deleted.

THE WEEKEND STAR contacted Veronica Gilzean, head of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, who said she was unaware of the illicit page. She, however, said she will be contacting the Organised Crime Investigation Division to conduct an investigation into the matter.

Woman captive 10 years ‘felt she had nowhere to go,’

Prosecutors said the investigation continues into the man accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old Santa Ana girl and holding her captive for 10 years, raping her and forcing her to have his child.

Isidro Garcia, 42, appeared for a court hearing Thursday from jail via a video monitor, wearing a blue vest while standing his attorney. Garcia has been charged with one felony count of forcible rape, three felony counts of lewd acts on a minor, and one felony count of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense.
Garcia’s bail was set at $1 million, with the judge noting that he was under an immigration hold.

If convicted, Garcia faces up to 19 years in prison.

The charges filed by the DA all relate to the period in 2004 when the girl was 15-years-old.

The girl arrived in the country from Mexico when she was 14. After she turned 15 Garcia allegedly raped her and then sexually assaulted her multiple times while at the apartment complex where he lived with her mother, said Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the District Attorneys office.
The district attorneys office has not filed charges of false imprisonment rated to the years the victim spent with Garcia after the alleged kidnapping but prosecutors are still investigating and more charges could come later, Emami said.

The woman was convinced that her family did not care for her and was abused physically, emotionally and sexually for years, Emami said.

“She felt like she had nowhere to go,” she said.

She contacted her sister of Facebook in April and also reunited with her mother before going to police, Emami said.
For years, authorities allege, he used violence and threats to keep her under his control, forcing her to work beside him and telling her she would be deported if she left.

He also and forced her to marry him, and two years ago she had his child, according to police.

Police say the woman recently found her sister on Facebook and gained the courage to come forward.

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Santa Ana police on Thursday pushed back against public statements from neighbors who said the pair appeared to be a loving couple and that the woman did not appear to be under any duress.

Santa Ana Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said those witnesses were not seeing the whole picture, especially the years when she was a minor.

“People are giving the impression that she was an adult,” he said. “She was a minor in a foreign country. That’s a very important part of this.”

During a brief interview with KABC-TV, the woman said she was too scared to seek help during the last 10 years.

“I was 15. I couldn’t do anything,” she said. “I was very afraid about everything, because I was alone. I [thought] I was alone, but I never was. My family was with me.”

But some people who knew the pair recently said they appeared to be a loving couple and that the woman did not appear to be under any duress.

“I just don’t understand how he could have her like that all these years,” Javier Campos, 28, who lived near their Bell Gardens apartment and said he knew them. “The police station is right around the corner.”

Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said those who knew the pair in Bell Gardens were not seeing the whole picture, especially the years when she was a minor.

“People are giving the impression that she was an adult,” he said. “She was a minor in a foreign country. That’s a very important part of this.”

Facebook Announce Audio Recognition Feature

Facebook have announced that they are launching a new audio recognition feature for their app.

The feature would be able to music, television shows and movies using tools similar to Shazam.

Users would then be able to share what they are listening to through status updates.

When recognising TV shows, the app will take a 30 second sound clip and then link directly to the show’s own Facebook page.

It will also be able to tell what season and episode number the clip comes from.

The new feature comes as an extension of the existing emotion-sharing option which has proven extremely popular since its launch last year.

Audio recognition will only be available in the US initially with it being rolled out across Android and iOS platforms in the next few weeks.

It has not been announced when it will be available in the UK as yet.
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This is what happens when you pester your friends for their relationship status with Facebook’s new ‘Ask’ button

Yesterday, Facebook rolled out an unabashedly nosy new feature that no one asked for and — we can only hope — no one will use: the ability to pester your friends and acquaintances for more personal information than they already divulge.
This creepy addition is called “Ask,” and you’ll see it in your Facebook friends’ “About” tab next to every field they’ve left blank. If your friend hasn’t chosen a relationship status, for instance, you’ll now be able to ask that they share that information, either publicly or just with you. The same idea applies if they haven’t specified their college, hometown, current company and location.
Many are interpreting “Ask” as a kind of 2014 update to Facebook’s old Poke button — you know, that ambiguously flirty/annoying feature that let you ping Facebook friends to remind them you exist. (PSA: Poke itself still exists. Sorry/you’re welcome.) But while Poke came off as playful, Ask is far more presumptuous — as I discovered last night, when I sent Ask requests to a dozen or so random Facebook friends, many of whom I haven’t spoken to since college.
First off, here’s what happens when you send an Ask request. After clicking “Ask,” a pop-up asks you to explain yourself. (I obviously told my friends I was testing the feature for a blog post. I’m not that creepy.)

After you send it, your Facebook friend gets a notification that says “[Your Name] requested your relationship status” — or whatever it is you requested.

If your friend chooses to share that information with you, you’ll get a notification that says “[Friend’s Name] updated her relationship status on her profile. You requested this info [however many hours or minutes] ago.” If your friend chooses not to share that information with you, you won’t be notified.

The updated status will then display on your friend’s profile, and in your timeline, as a life event — although depending on the privacy settings she selects, it may only be visible to you. The photo at top shows the notification I received when my friend Ashley shared her relationship status with me. Per Facebook, she and her boyfriend of two years are a brand-new thing. Clearly, big data has its limits.
But clearly, the Ask button is also an attempt to circumvent those limits — to fill in whatever blanks remain in Facebook’s vision of you and your life. Regardless of whether you share your relationship “privately” with just one other friend, of course, you’re also sharing it with Facebook. And while the social network was circumspect in statements to Buzzfeed and Ars Technica, it’s clearly able to use data like your relationship status and current location for targeted ads. So, with apologies to my friend Ashley et al, I just set them up for more of that.

As to how this all plays socially, people in my random sampling were generally unreceptive of the Ask. One college friend said he would “feel okay” getting an Ask request, but would also suspect it might be spam. Another said he’d feel “very put-upon” and annoyed that the Ask-er couldn’t bother reading the rest of his profile, where his relationship status, current location and other details are clear. (“If Facebook is marketing this as a way to get closer to your friends, the move is wrong-headed,” he wrote. “It doesn’t close a gap, it creates more distance and leaves a really unpleasant aftertaste.” That sentiment was echoed by another of my testers: “Close friend or not, I don’t really want someone asking me about my dating life through a button on Facebook.”)
But perhaps the most on-point review came from a college classmate I haven’t seen since graduation:
My first thought was … why in the hell does Caitlin care where I live? I think it’s a weirdly invasive way to ask people who you are friendly with, but haven’t spoken with in a while uncomfortably personal information. I believe you can also ask about relationship status, which is so incredibly rude I wouldn’t know how to respond.
Welp, so there you have it: Ask with extreme caution. I’m personally relieved I wasn’t asking for real.

New Facebook button allows you ASK relationship status

Facebook users can now ask each other if they are single or not through a new button.

Users can query anyone who has an empty relationship status and are even given the opportunity to explain why they’re so interested.

When you receive the request a message saying ‘Hello! I am wondering about your relationship!’ will show up on your Facebook page.
The ‘ask’ option has been criticised by some people who think it’s a step too far.

MariaUngaro tweeted: ‘Ugh. I hadn’t noticed this yet, had you? Facebook adds naggy “ask” button to profile pages.’

Gillian Molina added the new option seemed awkward and wrote: ‘New button on #Facebook allows you to ask about relationship status. This FB and Tinder mashup seems very awkward.’

But some people welcomed the opportunity to ask out single people on the social network and saw the button as the perfect way to do it. Although at the moment it appears to only be limited to asking friends.

Woman heard ‘be not afraid’ before cure sealing John Paul II’s sainthood

Pictured from left, The then US President Geor...
Pictured from left, The then US President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, former President George H. W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card pay their respects to Pope John Paul II as he lies in state in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Polski: Beatyfikacja Jana Pawła II
Polski: Beatyfikacja Jana Pawła II (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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The ailing Pope John Paul II riding in the Popemobile on 22 September 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: Crowd assembling for John Paul II’s funeral on 8 April 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Suffering a potentially fatal swelling in the brain, Costa Rican grandmother Floribeth Mora says a voice spoke to her through a photograph of the late Pope John Paul II, miraculously curing her and sealing the late pontiff’s sainthood.
The Vatican said on Friday Pope Francis had approved Mora’s cure as the requisite second miracle for the sainthood of John Paul II, who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005.
Mora says she was diagnosed with an aneurysm in a cerebral artery on April 14, 2011 and sent home from the hospital with the warning she could be dead within a month, although the surgeon who made the diagnosis denies he gave such a warning.
According to Mora, she drifted off to sleep in the early hours of May 1, 2011 after watching a mass on television to mark the beatification of John Paul II, who died in 2005.
She says she prayed to the late pope to heal her, and when she awoke, her eyes fell on a picture of him she had on top of the television.
“I woke up when I heard a voice that said ‘get up,'” Mora, now 50, said on Friday at the Roman Catholic Church’s administrative offices in San Jose, showing the clipping. “I was alone in my room, I only had this clipping that was published around those dates to commemorate John Paul II’s papacy.”
“I had it in front of me and I heard a voice again that said ‘get up’ and I looked at his photo and saw his open arms and I heard a voice that said ‘be not afraid’ and I said ‘Yes Lord,'” she added between tears, a golden rosary hanging around her neck.
“I went to my husband and he asked me what I was doing and I just said ‘I feel fine, I feel fine, I feel fine.'”
In a written statement distributed by the Church, Mora said she had been warned that she likely only had a short time to live.
“I was even warned that it would not be more than a month,” she said.
The neurosurgeon who admitted and diagnosed Mora, however, denies he gave her a month to live. Alejandro Vargas says he forecast only a 2 percent chance Mora could bleed into her brain again within a year of her diagnosis, possibly killing her.
“She was sent home with medication that would reduce her blood pressure and was advised to improve her diet so as not to raise her cholesterol levels and thus decrease the chance of her having a second bleeding episode. She was sedated because the headaches were too sharp,” he told Reuters. “We didn’t send her home to be sedated and wait until she died in her sleep.”
However, Vargas cannot explain how Mora’s aneurysm disappeared.
“What we found remarkable, unbelievable really, was that by November there was absolutely no trace in her brain that she ever had an aneurysm,” he said. “I had never seen this in my career.”
Before he was beatified, the late John Paul had already been credited with asking God to cure a French nun of Parkinson’s disease, the same malady he himself had suffered from.
Mora lives in a small house in the eastern province of Cartago, around 14 miles (23 km) southeast of the capital, San Jose, with her husband, Carlos Arce, and their youngest child.
On the doorstep of their small, tidy house, she has erected a shrine to John Paul II.
A large printed image of the first Polish pope is decorated with colourful plastic flowers and Christmas lights. Resting on the pope’s portrait is a piece of paper confirming the diagnosis of her aneurysm.
Not everyone accepts her accounts as a miracle, her husband said.
“We’ve faced a lot of non-believers these last two years,” he said.
A few days ago, their youngest son showed his mother some posts on Facebook from people who didn’t believe that what happened to her was an act of God.
“It’s been very hard on her, those messages did nothing but make her cry,” Arce said.

Millions exposed by Facebook data glitch

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Profile shown on Thefacebook in 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Personal details of about six million people have been inadvertently exposed by a bug in Facebook‘s data archive.

The bug meant email and telephone numbers were accidentally shared with people who would not otherwise have had access to the information.

So far, there was no evidence the data exposed was being exploited for malicious ends, said Facebook.

It said it was “upset and embarrassed” by the bug, which was found by a programmer outside the company.

Bug bounty
The data exposure came about because of the way that Facebook handled contact lists and address books uploaded to the social network, it said in a security advisory.

Typically, it said, it analysed the names and contact details on those lists so it could make friend recommendations and put people in touch with those they knew.

The bug meant some of the information Facebook generated during that checking process was stored alongside the uploaded contact lists and address books.

That meant, said Facebook, that when someone had downloaded their profile this extra data had travelled with it, letting people see contact details that had not been explicitly shared with them.

An investigation into the bug showed that contact details for about six million people were inadvertently shared in this way. Despite this, Facebook said the “practical impact” had been small because information was most likely to have been shared with people who already knew the affected individuals.

The bug had now been fixed, it added.

Facebook was alerted to the bug by a member of its “White Hat” program who checks the site’s code for glitches and other loopholes. A bounty for the bug has been paid to the programmer who found it.

Security analyst Graham Cluley criticised Facebook’s release of the information just before the weekend and said the disclosure had been more about “damage limitation” than making sure the information reached as wide an audience as possible.

Facebook White Hat security bug briefly exposes user contact info

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Illustration of Facebook mobile interface (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: An image of the debate at Saint Anselm College during the New Hampshire primary… facebook sponsored the debates, I had the honor as a student to take the image (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Facebook nightmare of a security bug exposing the contact information of some of its more than 1 billion members has come true, the social networking company admitted today.
The good news is that the impact was minimal, outing only 6 million members’ email addresses and phone numbers in a very roundabout way, and Facebook has already corrected the White Hat glitch.
“No company can ensure 100 percent prevention of bugs, and in rare cases we don’t discover a problem until it has already affected a person‘s account,” Facebook said in a statement.
“A bug may have allowed some of a person’s contact information (email or phone number) to be accessed by people who either had some contact information about that person or some connection to them.”
Inadvertently stored information

Facebook’s friend recommending service, which asks to use a member’s third-party contact lists and address books, is the source of this White Hat bug.
“We try to match that data with the contact information of other people on Facebook in order to generate friend recommendations,” explained the company.
“Some of the information used to make friend recommendations and reduce the number of invitations we send was inadvertently stored in association with people’s contact information as part of their account on Facebook.”
No evidence of malicious hacking

There is no evidence that this bug was exploited maliciously, according to Facebook, which said it has not received complaints from users or detected anomalous behavior.
That’s probably because it would have taken a little work for a chance to access the exposed information.
“If a person went to download an archive of their Facebook account through our Download Your Information (DYI) tool, they may have been provided with additional email addresses or telephone numbers for their contacts or people with whom they have some connection.”
“This contact information was provided by other people on Facebook and was not necessarily accurate, but was inadvertently included with the contacts of the person using the DYI tool.”
Facebook immediately disabled the DYI tool and fixed the issue within 24 hours, however, it’s still emailing the 6 million potentially affected users.
It stressed that “no other types of personal or financial information were included and only people on Facebook – not developers or advertisers – have access to the DYI tool.”
“Your trust is the most important asset we have,” Facebook said at the conclusion of its statement. “We are committed to improving our safety procedures and keeping your information safe and secure.”

GCHQ taps fibre-optic cables for secret access to world’s communications

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Cray X-MP/24 (serial no. 115) used by NSA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: NSA chart as of 2001 Français : Organigramme de la NSA en 2001 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency. The first use was in September 1966, replacing an older seal which was used briefly. For more information, see here and here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
GCHQ Building at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
GCHQ Building at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (Photo credit: Defence Images)

Britain’s spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world’s phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, the National Security Agency (NSA).

The sheer scale of the agency’s ambition is reflected in the titles of its two principal components: Mastering the Internet and Global Telecoms Exploitation, aimed at scooping up as much online and telephone traffic as possible. This is all being carried out without any form of public acknowledgement or debate.

One key innovation has been GCHQ’s ability to tap into and store huge volumes of data drawn from fibre-optic cables for up to 30 days so that it can be sifted and analysed. That operation, codenamed Tempora, has been running for some 18 months.

GCHQ and the NSA are consequently able to access and process vast quantities of communications between entirely innocent people, as well as targeted suspects.

This includes recordings of phone calls, the content of email messages, entries on Facebook and the history of any internet user’s access to websites – all of which is deemed legal, even though the warrant system was supposed to limit interception to a specified range of targets.

The existence of the programme has been disclosed in documents shown to the Guardian by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as part of his attempt to expose what he has called “the largest programme of suspicionless surveillance in human history”.

“It’s not just a US problem. The UK has a huge dog in this fight,” Snowden told the Guardian. “They [GCHQ] are worse than the US.”

However, on Friday a source with knowledge of intelligence argued that the data was collected legally under a system of safeguards, and had provided material that had led to significant breakthroughs in detecting and preventing serious crime.

Britain’s technical capacity to tap into the cables that carry the world’s communications – referred to in the documents as special source exploitation – has made GCHQ an intelligence superpower.

By 2010, two years after the project was first trialled, it was able to boast it had the “biggest internet access” of any member of the Five Eyes electronic eavesdropping alliance, comprising the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

UK officials could also claim GCHQ “produces larger amounts of metadata than NSA”. (Metadata describes basic information on who has been contacting whom, without detailing the content.)

By May last year 300 analysts from GCHQ, and 250 from the NSA, had been assigned to sift through the flood of data.

The Americans were given guidelines for its use, but were told in legal briefings by GCHQ lawyers: “We have a light oversight regime compared with the US”.

When it came to judging the necessity and proportionality of what they were allowed to look for, would-be American users were told it was “your call”.

The Guardian understands that a total of 850,000 NSA employees and US private contractors with top secret clearance had access to GCHQ databases.

The documents reveal that by last year GCHQ was handling 600m “telephone events” each day, had tapped more than 200 fibre-optic cables and was able to process data from at least 46 of them at a time.