Cyber Crime

Voting Vigilance Matters

by Diane Dimond on September 6, 2016

It’s time for America to get its cyber- security act together — on many fronts. But beginning right now we need to start a serious discussion about how to keep the upcoming presidential election results safe and secure.

This needs to be a completely nonpartisan discussion that looks past a particular candidate’s shockingly premature prediction of a “rigged election” and goes further than whether voter ID cards are a good or bad idea. [click to continue…]


We've Lost the Art of Face-to-Face Conversation

We’ve Lost the Art of Face-to-Face Conversation

Everyone knows teenagers say and do stupid things. Sometimes, really stupid things. And unless you’ve kept the teenager in your life under a rock they also text each other way too much.

A criminal case in Massachusetts highlights how both those behaviors ––thoughtless actions and texting out every thought in one’s head –– can come back to haunt. Please talk to your kids about this.

In July 2014, a young man named Conrad Roy committed suicide by hooking up a hose to a portable generator and snaking it inside the cab of his truck. Conrad, 18, was a troubled kid who had been under mental health treatment for nearly 5 years. He had tried to commit suicide in 2013 and was hospitalized. His longtime girlfriend was a pretty, young 17-year-old named Michelle Carter. [click to continue…]


Historic Lessons to Guide Our Immigration Debate

by Diane Dimond on July 4, 2016

America's Paralyzing Political Divide

America’s Paralyzing Political Divide

The political divide in this country has completely paralyzed us. Generally speaking, half of us think one way, the other half believes just the opposite. The never-ending conflicts — on a whole array of legal issues – continues with no end in sight.

Not even the U.S. Supreme Court could decide what this nation should do to get a grip on our immigration problems. The high court recently deadlocked 4-to-4 on the issue of whether President Obama’s executive order on immigration, which protected millions of undocumented people from being deported, is constitutional. Minus the late conservative Justice, Antonin Scalia, the best the high court could do was a tie, split just like the rest of us. [click to continue…]


The Escapee, the Rapist and Unjust Sentencing

by Diane Dimond on June 13, 2016

Robert Stackowitz in 1966 and 2016

Robert Stackowitz Mug Shots — in 1966 and 2016

The state of Georgia wants Robert Stackowitz back. Now, it is up to the governor of Connecticut whether to extradite the 71-year-old convicted felon so he can serve the remainder of a 17-year prison sentence.

Fifty years ago Stackowitz was a brash 21-year-old who, along with two buddies, committed a robbery by force. The trio burst into the home of Jimmy Moseley, held him at gunpoint, tied him up with the cord from a vacuum cleaner and robbed him of $9 and the keys to his truck.

“After they tied me up,” Moseley told a reporter, “they intended to kill me because they said they never leave witnesses.” The now 91-year-old says he still has nightmares and is still waiting for justice. [click to continue…]


Public Enemy #1 – The iPhone?

by Diane Dimond on March 14, 2016

A Criminal's Best Friend If It Has OS 8 Installed.

A Criminal’s Best Friend If It Has iOS 8 Installed

In this corner – the FBI – which says that all high tech company Apple cares about is protecting its mega-profits brand and not the nation’s security.

And in that corner – Apple – which says the feds will put everyone’s privacy in jeopardy if a court forces them to disable password protection on the iPhone of dead terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook. Farook and his wife shot to death 14 of his San Bernardino County co-workers last December and seriously wounded 22.

There might be valuable information on Farook’s phone, information that could help thwart future terrorist attacks. But then again, maybe there’s nothing on that phone at all. Both sides say it’s the principal of the issue at stake. [click to continue…]


My Stalker, My Warning

by Diane Dimond on October 19, 2015

My Stalker Says He's Capable of Murder

My Stalker Says He’s Capable of Murder

                     “I am a potential mass shooter….”

That chilling line was written to me by my on-again, off-again cyber-stalker.

He took exception to my opinion in June 2014, that the killer who murdered six and wounded 13 near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara was, “A young man of privileged means… possessed by a demented, murderous and conniving mind.” My stalker declared I was guilty of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act — by maligning anyone with a mental disorder —  and began a letter writing campaign to smear my name and terminate this column. [click to continue…]


Cyber Stalking Just Got Harder to Punish

by Diane Dimond on June 8, 2015

Ubiquitous Threats, Some Are Criminal

Ubiquitous Threats, Some Are Criminal

What if you got a message on your Facebook account from someone you knew was angry with you that read, “There’s one way to love ya but a thousand ways to kill ya.” You might be a bit worried, right?

What if that person continued to write things like, “I’m not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts.” And they followed up with musings about putting your “head on a stick,” and making a name for themselves with “the most heinous school shooting ever imagined.”

Would the phrase, “Hell hath no fury like a crazy man in a kindergarten class,” prompt you to pick up the phone and alert the police? I sure hope so. [click to continue…]


Revenge on Purveyors of Revenge Porn

by Diane Dimond on April 13, 2015

Superior Court Judge William Gill

California Superior Court Judge David Gill

Can I get a high-five and a hallelujah for the California judge who recently sentenced cyber-criminal Kevin Bollaert to 18 years behind bars? Finally, at least some of the smarmy creatures who psychopathically roam the dark corners of the internet are being brought to justice.

Every indication is that laws and punishments are slowly but surely catching up with these creeps.

Bollaert, 27, is one of those repulsive human beings who made money off the pain of others by posting so-called “revenge porn,” sexually suggestive photographs exchanged between lovers and then used to humiliate when the relationship soured. [click to continue…]


Scamming Grandma – A Billion Dollar Industry

by Diane Dimond on February 9, 2015

Elder Fraud is a Massive Problem

Elder Fraud is a Massive Problem          

These despicable crimes amount to a $36 billion-a-year underground industry ~

Ruth is a retired school teacher living in Indianapolis. She’s led an exciting and rewarding life as a wife and mother. She dedicated a few years to serve as an elementary school teacher in Congo along with her husband. Even today, as a 93- year-old widow, she remains active thanks to a recently acquired walker.

Sometime in her early 80’s Ruth began to lose track of whether she had written her regular monthly check to her favorite charity. [click to continue…]

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Grant Edward Snowden Amnesty Now

by Diane Dimond on December 23, 2013

Traitor or Patriot?

As any member of organized crime will tell you it is best to, “Keep your enemies close to you.”

Why no one in the Obama Administration has latched on to that concept while contemplating the Edward Snowden NSA scandal is beyond me.

Snowden is, of course, the former National Security Agency computer analyst who fled the country with about 1.7 million classified documents proving that America has been involved in a worldwide and massive telephone and internet surveillance campaign.

Snowden has released some 200,000 documents so far and the world has learned that the U.S routinely scoops up the phone data and internet traffic of countless millions of Americans who are not suspected of any crime. There are separate U.S. spying programs operating abroad with such tremendous reach that they have even targeted the personal cell phones and e-mails of heads of state. Two of the victims, Brazilian President Dilma Roussef and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel have asked the United Nations Human Rights Counsel to investigate America’s actions. [click to continue…]