The Cybertraps Compendium — March 29 – April 4, 2021

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The Cybertraps Compendium — March 29-April 4, 2021

New Episodes on “The Cybertraps Podcast“:

1 April 2021: [TCP Episode 29] Dr. Wendy Oliver — Not Your Mama’s Classroom

29 March 2021: [TCP Episode 28] TCP Live — Why Social Media Is Not #EdTech

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Headlines of Interest

Set out below are some of the headlines that I’ve added to my Cybertraps research files during the past week. Book titles with links are available for purchase on; the other titles are forthcoming. If you have any questions about any of these stories, please leave a message on the Questions and Audience Feedback page for “The Cybertraps Podcast.”

Cybertraps for All of Us

3 April 2021: “Inside the HQ of the Chinese cyber ransom gang: It looks like a trendy start-up but they take over computers – then charge a fortune to unlock them” (Daily Mail [UK])

3 April 2021: “Mark Zuckerberg’s cell phone number is among leaked personal data from 533 MILLION Facebook users including two other founders that has been released for FREE by hackers” (Daily Mail [UK])

2 April 2021: “Instagram warns users about a new scam that tries to steal your login details by faking a ‘copyright violation'” (Daily Mail [UK])

2 April 2021: “How America’s surveillance networks helped the FBI catch the Capitol mob” (The Washington Post)

2 April 2021: “Vaccine passport apps are here. Without a common standard, tech challenges are myriad” (The Washington Post)

1 April 2021: “Supreme Court sides with Facebook in class-action dispute over robo-texts” (The Washington Post)

31 March 2021: “Co-op starts putting GPS satellite tracking tags on MEAT in bid to stop shoplifters” (Daily Mail [UK])

31 March 2021: “Facebook launches new controls that allow users to restrict who can comment on their posts in bid to ‘limit potentially unwanted interactions’ on the platform” (Daily Mail [UK])

30 March 2021: “Text that could cost you THOUSANDS: The fake Royal Mail message that’s snaring victims across the UK using cheap Chinese technology” (Daily Mail [UK])

30 March 2021: “Effort to stem online extremism accidentally pushed people toward an anarchist” (Los Angeles Times)

30 March 2021: “Anti-maskers in aisle 12! Fury as up to 34 ‘selfish conspiracy theorists’ film themselves without face coverings while shopping in Tesco during an ILLEGAL stunt advertised on Twitter” (Daily Mail [UK])

30 March 2021: “FatFace paid £1.45m ransom to cyber hackers who put customer and employee details at risk in attack triggered by a dodgy email” (Daily Mail [UK])

29 March 2021: “QAnon’s Unexpected Roots in New Age Spirituality” (The Washington Post)

29 March 2021: “Fraud squad chief claims police are LOSING the fight with criminal gangs as he warns scam messages and calls will ‘increasingly become part of modern life’ unless more is done” (Daily Mail [UK])

Cybertraps for Educators 2.0

4 April 2021: [England] “Women teachers ‘are scared to walk school corridors’: Union bosses say staff are also victims of schools sex abuse scandal as female workers worry about walking hallways alone” (Daily Mail [UK])

3 April 2021 [England/Global] “Teaching union urges schools to stop ‘parent bombing’ of online classes” (The Guardian)

2 April 2021: [US/Global] “Teachers Are Watching Students’ Screens During Remote Learning. Is That Invasion of Privacy?” (EducationWeek)

1 April 2021: [US_AR] “Springdale teacher resigns after controversial video surfaces” (KFSM)

1 April 2021: [US_CA] “Sacramento Teacher Faces Criticism Over Remarks Made On Social Media” (KOVR)

1 April 2021: [US_LA] “TPSO: Hammond teacher, asst. basketball coach accused of sending inappropriate messages to students on social media” (WAFB)

1 April 2021: [US_TX] “Racist question about Chinese culture in Texas school quiz sees teachers under investigation” (South China Morning Post)

31 March 2021: [England] “‘Muhammad cartoon row’ teacher’s own union gave £3,000 to Islamic charity that named him online and ‘endangered’ his life” (Daily Mail [UK])

31 March 2021: [Global] “2020 was a record year for K-12 cybersecurity incidents” (K12Dive)

31 March 2021: [England] “Teacher, 28, who had 10-month relationship with underage girl pupil and was caught having sex with her by her older sister is jailed for three years” (Daily Mail [UK])

31 March 2021: [US_IL] “Political fight over teacher allegations” (WHFB)

31 March 2021: [US_VA] “Tweets linked to Guilford schools arts director spurs concern in Va. community; job offer in Roanoke County rescinded” (Greensboro News & Record)

30 March 2021: [US_CA] “Can this Fresno teacher still lead kids? Her social media posts about Jan. 6 raise doubts” (The Fresno Bee)

30 March 2021: [US_CA] “A teacher forgot to exit a Zoom call with a student. That’s when her racist rant started, his family says.” (The Washington Post)

30 March 2021: [US_IL] “High School teacher on leave after allegedly posting sex video on SnapChat” (KIFI)

30 March 2021: [US_OH] “Rocky River police reopen investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct by high school teachers” (WKYC)

29 March 2021: [US_SC] “Charleston Co. teacher assistant resigns following investigation into inappropriate comments” (WCSC)

29 March 2021: [US_TX] “Prosecutors want to consolidate charges against teacher’s aide” (Texarkana Gazette)

Cybertraps for Expecting Moms & Dads

30 March 2021: [US] “Gibberish US Strategic Command Twitter post was written by a CHILD who accessed their parent’s computer and the account” (Daily Mail [UK])

Cybertraps for First Responders

3 April 2021: [US_UT] “Ex-officer texted ‘We stormed the Capitol’ during Jan. 6 riot, feds say, and tipsters turned him in” (The Washington Post)

2 April 2021: [England] “A London police officer belonged to a terrorist neo-Nazi group. He was exposed by an ‘antifa’ hacker.” (The Washington Post)

1 April 2021: [England] “‘Bonkers’ chief constables are accused of censorship after telling officers to stop using personal Twitter accounts to speak to the public” (Daily Mail [UK])

1 April 2021: [England] “Pictured with a Hitler moustache, the neo-Nazi who joined the Met: First cop to be convicted of terrorism joined far-right National Action after he was rejected by Muslim girlfriend’s family – as arrest footage reveals his propaganda-filled bedroom” (Daily Mail [UK])

1 April 2021: [US_NY] “NYPD cop illegally taped one-night stand, then blackmailed woman: lawsuit” (New York Post)

Cybertraps for Health Care Professionals

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Cybertraps for Librarians

30 March 2021: [US_CA] “Guilty plea entered by ex-Norco school library clerk accused of inappropriate contact with student” (The Press-Enterprise)

Cybertraps for Public Figures

4 April 2021: [England] “Boris Johnson comes under pressure to sack Tory peer Helena Morrissey after she told supporters there is NO Covid pandemic and blamed the crisis on ‘fake videos’ from China” (Daily Mail [UK])

2 April 2021: [England] “Manchester United launch new campaign aimed at cracking down on racism and discrimination” (Daily Mail [UK])

2 April 2021: [US_DC] “These Text Messages Pointed the Feds to Matt Gaetz” (The Daily Beast)

2 April 2021: [US_DC] “Matt Gaetz reportedly showed pols nude photos of women he said he’d slept with” (New York Post)

1 April 2021: [England] “‘I’m strong, but I am not made of steel’: GMB’s Alex Beresford reveals he has QUIT social media amid ‘relentless racist abuse’ after defending Meghan Markle in on-air spat with Piers Morgan” (Daily Mail [UK])

1 April 2021: [US_DC] “DOJ probing whether Matt Gaetz paid for sex with multiple women: report” (New York Post)

1 April 2021: [US_DC] “Rep. Matt Gaetz ‘paid women via Apple Pay for ecstasy-fueled sex at Florida hotels'” (Daily Mail [UK])

31 March 2021: [US_IA] “Iowa Democrat drops attempt to contest House race, citing ‘toxic campaign of political disinformation’” (The Washington Post)

31 March 2021: [Japan] “Japanese star Hana Kimura likely took her own life after relentless trolling. One man who targeted her was just fined $81.” (The Washington Post)

31 March 2021: [Canada] “Tragedy as Canadian ‘vanlife’ Instagram star, 27, kills herself after battle with depression” (Daily Mail [UK])

30 March 2021: [England] “Arsenal stars could BOYCOTT social media and follow club legend Thierry Henry’s example in the fight against online abuse after their ex-striker said he was disabling his accounts until the big firms regulated their platforms” (Daily Mail [UK])

30 March 2021: [Australia] “Sleazy MP RESIGNS after video emerged of him sexting from the floor of Parliament, texts showed him offering $1,000 for sex in his office and he denied raping a sex worker” (Daily Mail [UK])

30 March 2021: [England] “Amber Heard responds to Johnny Depp’s former lawyer as Twitter users brand her an ‘abusive gold digger’ – after ex loses bid to overturn UK High Court ruling he beat her” (Daily Mail [UK])

29 March 2021: [England] “‘Do ANY of the lads post themselves?’: Gary Neville says the England team lack ‘independent thinkers’ and players ‘don’t sound authentic’ after they posted out near-identical messages after the win over Albania” (Daily Mail [UK])

29 March 2021: [England] “‘I can’t please people all the time’: Ben Fogle, 47, reveals he was sent cruel messages from trolls who said they were ‘disgusted’ by him posting about getting the coronavirus vaccine” (Daily Mail [UK])

Cybertraps for Spouses, Partners & Lovers

1 April 2021: [England] “Woman who posted naked picture of man she had sex with is jailed for revenge porn” (Daily Mail [UK])

1 April 2021: [Global] “Frustrated spouses reveal the little thing their partners do that are driving them crazy after a year of lockdown – including perching knives over the sink like a diving board” (Daily Mail [UK])

1 April 2021: [England] “Abusive boyfriend, 30, who feared his girlfriend’s first aid work with St John Ambulance would ‘infect’ him with Covid broke her arm after she posted selfie of her in uniform on Facebook” (Daily Mail [UK])

1 April 2021: [US] “Ask Amy: Sexting inspires unkind comparisons” (The Washington Post)

31 March 2021: [England] “JENNI MURRAY: The selfie that shames Boris AND his lover Jennifer Arcuri” (Daily Mail [UK])

30 March 2021: [England] “Woman who was told by her cheating ex that ‘no one would ever find her attractive’ when they split is now earning £25,000 a MONTH sharing racy snaps on OnlyFans” (Daily Mail [UK])

30 March 2021: [England] “Man guilty of murdering teacher ex after blackmailing her over sex with boy” (yahoo!sports)

Cybertraps for the Vulnerable

29 March 2021: [England] “What sort of woman could lose £500k to a lonely hearts conman? Astonishingly, a former police special constable. Yet Anne was so racked by grief over her late husband she was blind to the danger she was immersed in” (Daily Mail [UK])

Cybertraps for the Young

4 April 2021: [England] “The Instagram suicide squad: MPs call for tougher online laws after three girls in ‘death chat’ social media group are found unwell in a street” (Daily Mail [UK])

3 April 2021: [Global] “Kid-Shaming on TikTok: When Parents Are the Online Bullies” (The Wall Street Journal)

3 April 2021: [England/Global] “Police probe online ‘Suicide Squad’ as three girls are rescued… but Instagram won’t shut down teens’ ‘death chat’ because it doesn’t break their rules” (Daily Mail [UK])

3 April 2021: [England/Global] “‘Suicide’ chat group on Instagram involving 12 girls aged between 12 and 16 from south of England that led to ‘serious self harm’ is uncovered by police” (Daily Mail [UK])

1 April 2021: [US] “Chemerinsky: SCOTUS weighs whether freedom of speech applies to students off campus using social media” (ABA Journal)

31 March 2021: [Global] “Activision Reveals Malware Disguised as ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ Cheats” (Vice)

31 March 2021: [England] “Head teachers warn parents and social media firms should also tackle ‘rape culture’ scandal because many incidents happen at parties outside school” (Daily Mail [UK])

30 March 2021: [England] “Winchester College may SUSPEND its planned historic admission of girls amid fears they will create ‘toxic culture’ at the 640-year-old school in the wake of the sex abuse row” (Daily Mail [UK])

30 March 2021: [England] “Rape culture scandal deepens as ex-Benenden pupil, 24, sends NEW dossier with dozens of sex abuse claims to heads of top public schools including Eton and Charterhouse (Daily Mail [UK])

30 March 2021: [England] “Everyone’s Invited founder Soma Sara says rape culture movement is not about ‘naming or shaming’ schools and problem is ‘entrenched in society’ as website nears 10,000 claims” (Daily Mail [UK])

30 March 2021: [England] “State schools are hit by surge in sex assault allegations after scandal in private sector amid claims there is ‘Lord of the Flies culture’ within classrooms” (Daily Mail [UK])

30 March 2021: [England] “‘I was sexually assaulted in a tent… humiliated by nude photos… groped on the bus’: Read the harrowing ‘rape culture’ allegations that have rocked Britain’s schools” (Daily Mail [UK])

30 March 2021: [US_FL] “As Bad Information Spreads, Florida Schools Seek To Teach ‘Digital Literacy'” (NPR)

30 March 2021: [US_NY] “Colorado boy, 12, brain dead after trying TikTok’s ‘Blackout Challenge’: report” (New York Post)

29 March 2021: [England] “SARAH VINE: Not all can be guilty… but I know what is. And there is no question in my mind that online porn and porn culture is the root cause of the problem” (Daily Mail [UK])

29 March 2021: [England] “‘Shop your own sons’: Police chief urges parents who suspect their child in school sex scandal to contact officers as he warns porn and sexualisation of women is fuelling ‘huge societal problem'” (Daily Mail [UK])

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