Blog Changes

Some changes have been made to this blog.

On July 4, 2015, this blog was specifically opened to address cyber abuse by a person who opened a blog titled flightattendentfailures.wordpress.com.  That person, along with a few others, began cyberabuse and extortion threats in September 2012.  After almost 3 years and with its progression, it was time to document it from the start including the methods used and threats made.  Seeing that attendant was misspelled, (“attendent”) I used the correct spelling for the name of this blog.

By August 2015, one person originally named as a harasser came here and apologized.  The blog with the misspelled word was deleted.  In March 2017, a person originally named as a harasser apologized and gave me some insight into the harassment.   Still yet, another person originally named here as a harasser contacted me, and we had decent conversations and came to an understanding.

While those originally reported on this blog as harassers and extortionists stopped harassing me, another individual started on November 23, 2015.  He is a former writer for my other blog and on the evening of November 22, 2015, I terminated his writer privileges.  Using a third-party, they stated that they were going to accomplish what the original extortionists failed to accomplish.  Continue reading

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Juan Thompson Sentenced To 5 Years In Federal Prison For Cyberstalking And Making Hoax Bomb Threats

“The response by and large is: Ignore it and turn off  your computer,” said Danielle Citron, a University of Maryland law professor and author of “Hate Crimes in Cyberspace.”

Law enforcement must realize that there is a difference between internet trolls and cyberstalkers.  When trolls are ignored, they generally go elsewhere and find someone else to hassle.  They generally don’t have personal hatred and retribution against those they troll. Trolls generally have no personal knowledge of those they troll.

Cyberstalkers are different.  What they do is intended to cause harm in the personal lives of their target victims and some extend that harm to the family of target victims.  They have usually been friends or another type of acquaintance.  When they are ignored, they find another way to get their target’s attention.   If their overall intent is to destroy their victim’s life, they continue and progress in their course of conduct.

As this case demonstrates, when they think that they will not be arrested, they eventually do something so outrageous that it goes beyond cyberstalking.

Juan Thompson

The convicted perpetrator in this case used actions to conduct his cyberstalking that cannot be explained in summary.  In other words, this post is going to be longer than usual.  There are two main sources I use for this post.  The Department of Justice’s press release gives details of illegal actions leading to arrest.  The other source is the Seattle Times that published an interview with the victim, Francesca Rossi.

Juan Thompson, 31, of St. Louis, was employed as a journalist by The Intercept from November 2014 until January 2016.  Thompson was fired for fabricating sources and quotes in stories.

In late 2014, Francesca met Juan on an online dating site.  She worked as a social worker.  They bonded over their commitment for reform.  In the Spring of 2015, Juan moved into Francesca’s Brooklyn apartment.

Francesca started getting harassing texts from ex-boyfriends. The wife of an ex-boyfriend said she sued Francesca, accusing her of giving the ex-boyfriend a sexually transmitted disease.  The lawsuit turned out to be a hoax.  Then Francesca found a nude picture of herself online.

Francesca contacted Carrie Goldberg, a lawyer that specializes in online harassment.  Attorney Goldberg quickly figured out that only one person was behind the harassment.  Juan had been posing as Francesca’s ex-boyfriends for months.  Francesca believed that he was trying to make her feel bad so he could intimidate and control her.  (Known fact; Stalkers often create conditions to cause their target victims to feel they need them to resolve or for comfort.) Continue reading

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Former Irondequoit, NY Cop Sentenced To Five Years For Cyberstalking

The Democrat and Chronicle reports that when first interviewed by the FBI, William Rosica claimed innocence.  His former girlfriend received emails from Katy Jones.  Rosica’s proof of his innocence was showing FBI agents that Katy Jones also sent him a load of emails.  Rosica claimed that Katy Jones was sending emails to him to warn him that his former girlfriend was surveilling him.

“Please be careful,” read one of the Katy Jones emails to Rosica. “She is very devious and wants to ruin you. She thinks you’re with someone else.”

As the agents suspected, Rosica was using the name Katy Jones when sending the emails to his former girlfriend and himself.

“Between February 2016 and March 2017, defendant William Rosica subjected the victim to a nonstop sadistic campaign of terror and psychological torture intended to kill, injure, harass, and intimidate her”.

Federal prosecutors alleged that Rosica enlisted other police to surveil his former girlfriend; had other individuals use disposable “burner” phones to pass information onto him about her whereabouts; had someone rummage through the woman’s trash; and surreptitiously secured information about her television viewing that he then used “to show that he knew her every move”. Continue reading

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Accused Swatter Tyler Barriss Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

On January 3, 2018, I predicted that if Kansas has felony murder law, that Tyler Barriss would be charged for the death of Andrew Finch.

I’ve been following and posting about this case. It is another demonstration for how cyber abuse crosses the line of the internet into the personal and private lives of victims, causing harm emotionally, physically and in this case, resulting in death.

Tyler Barriss made a call reporting that he killed his father, was holding his mom and little brother hostage, had poured gasoline throughout the house and was planning to set it on fire.  He gave 911 dispatch an address.  It was not his address.  Barriss was making a swatting call.  Andrew Finch, the man at the address, heard noise outside the house and opened his front door.  He was shot dead by a Wichita police officer.

Barriss, who is 25-years old, was still on the phone with dispatch after Andrew was shot.  Andrew was unarmed and uninvolved in the events leading to Barriss’ false police report.  Andrew was 28-years old and the father of two children. Continue reading

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Kansas Seeks Extradition of Alleged Swatter Tyler Barriss

If you don’t know the background of this case, please read the previous posts here, and here.

Kansas officials are seeking the extradition of Tyler R. Barriss in connection with a felony charge stemming from his alleged faked emergency call to 911 that ultimately resulted in the police-involved shooting death of Andrew Finch, a Kansas man.

Barriss was involved in gaming and threatened to have another gamer swatted.  The targeted gamer gave Barris a false address in Wichita.  Barris called 911 in Wichita and told dispatch that he was in the house at that address, had killed his father, was holding hostages, and had poured gasoline throughout the house.

Andrew Finch who was inside the house had no idea why police surrounded the house. Continue reading

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I’ll Reblog Your Page!

What a great way to start off the New Year! Thanks for the opportunity.

Dream Big, Dream Often

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There are only 2 simple rules:

Leave me a link in the comments 

AND

Reblog this post in return!

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Los Angeles Man Arrested For Making Swatting Call

December 30, 2017 Update to post Man Killed In Swatting Prank.

Along with the arrest, more information has been released about the false report known as “swatting” that resulted in an un-involved, innocent man being killed by the police.

Tyler R. Barriss, 25-years old, has been arrested on suspicion of making the swatting call that ended with Wichita police killing Andrew Finch.  The person targeted for swatting gave the perpetrator a fake address that turned out to be the home of Andrew’s mother where he was visiting.  Police shot and killed Andrew, who was unarmed.

Andrew Finch is the father of two.

It has now been reported that Barriss told 911 that he was inside the house,  had shot his father in the head, was armed, and holding hostages.  He also told dispatch that he had poured gasoline all over the house and was going to set it on fire.  Therefore, the police engaged the incident thinking that they were confronting an armed man who had just murdered his father. Continue reading

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Man Killed In Swatting Prank

I first heard of swatting in 2011 due to a lawsuit filed in Illinois.  It was a case of cyber-harassment gone wild.   In 2014, the victim was awarded $50,000 after a jury trial.

Then came the case of Brandon Wilson of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Apparently not aware of a court ruling that Illinois has long arm jurisdiction that applies to electronic harassment, Wilson progressed his cyber harassment course of conduct to include swatting.  He was extradited to Illinois to face charges.

To my surprise, average personnel working for law enforcement, from dispatchers to those taking criminal complaints, have not heard of swatting.  Not knowing about it means they have no training on asking appropriate questions that should raise flags when receiving anonymous calls alleging to know what has happened in the residence of another.

Swatting is a prank where someone makes a call to a police department with a false story of an ongoing crime involving killing or hostages and guns.  Police arrive and at times, SWAT is dispatched.

A person is now dead because of swatting. Continue reading

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VPN Use Did Not Hide Cyber Abuser Who Is Now Charged With Federal Crime

Back in 2013 when I was bombarded with vile, harassing comments sent to my other blog through proxy IP addresses, I learned that those sites are hosted by companies that provide server computers.

I also learned that although some promise that those using the proxy IP address service will not be traceable, that is not true.  Users enter the site through an IP address that is generally the one provided by their internet service provider.  Law enforcement has authority to obtain the logs that provide online fingerprints.

This case is similar where a man assumed that his use of VPN’s would hide him online as he went about violating laws.

(Boston, Ma 100617) Courtroom sketch of Ryan Lin (center) and his attorney Francis Doran (R), in the Moakley Federal Court House. Judge is David Hennessy. October 6, 2017 Sketch by Jane Flavell Collins

Ryan Lin of Massachusetts used VPN services, an encrypted email service and Tor to conceal his identity.  He hacked into his targeted victim’s email account and sent emails to others, which is called “spoofing”.  Through spoofing email, he also made bomb threats to local schools.

Documents by authorities use the name “Smith” in reference to the target victim  to keep her identity anonymous.  For over a year, local police investigated Smith’s crimes.  Then they called in the FBI for assistance. The trail of evidence led to Ryan Lin.

Ryan Lin rented a room in a house with Smith and her roommates.  Subsequently, he gained access to Smith’s personal devices.  Smith did not have a lock on her door and did not password protect her computer.  According to Smith, Lin was such a bad roommate that she moved out two months after Lin moved in.

The FBI got a hold of Lin’s old work computer.  Google Chrome artifacts detailed that it was Lin who sent bomb threats against local schools and that Lin was using VPN’s on his work computer.

According to an FBI criminal complaint and accompanying affidavit published by the U.S. Department of Justice, 24 year-old Ryan Lin is accused of harassing and cyber-stalking Smith.  He carried out his dirty work between April 2016 and his arrest on October 5, 2017. Continue reading

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U.S. Court of Appeals For 11th Circuit Upholds 10-Year Sentence For Cyberstalker

He lived in Tallahassee, Florida, attended Syracuse University and has a master’s degree in business administration from Florida State University.  He also took pleasure in using the internet to ruin the lives of others.

Michael Daniel Rubens

In March 2016, Michael Daniel Rubens was 31-years old when he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, a $15,000 fine, and $1,550 in restitution.  What was his crime?  Cyberstalking, unauthorized access to protected computer and aggravated identity theft.

Rubens publicly humiliated dozens of young women by hacking into their online accounts and stealing photographs and other personal information.  Rubens’ went as far as creating pornographic images, posting them on social media websites.

Rubens used proxy IP addresses to do most of his dirty work.  The investigation included the assistance of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, the Florida State University Police Department, and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Continue reading

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