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Cyber Beat Daily: Former NY Yankees Outfielder, ESPN Radio Victims of Hoax + The Day's Top Tech Picks

The day's top picks in social media and technology for 8/13: Former NY Yankees outfielder victim of radio hoax, podcast also remained online for hours; female Detroit cops' bra sizes mistakenly emailed to entire police department; Gmail users should have no expectation of privacy; Lavabit owner speaks out on decision to shutdown encrypted email service; creepy baby monitor hacking; Miss Teen USA victim of cyberstalking and extortion plot; Bradley Manning sentencing update; cyberstalking charges added for son of Delaware gunman (and others); Ubisoft reveals how hacking works in Watch Dogs; poll: controls on 'addictive' MMO.

Read below for these stories and more.

Featured Story.

Former NY Yankees outfielder falls victim to hoax; impersonator called ESPN radio and tricked the host; podcast also remained online for hours

"Former New York Yankees outfielder Shane Spencer was the victim of a hoax in which an impersonator called an Albany radio station on Monday and made steroid allegations involving the Yankees teams Spencer played on between 1998 and 2002... A podcast of the interview, with host Mike Lindsley of ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team, remained on the station's website until nearly 6 p.m. Tuesday until it was taken down after the hoax was discovered."  Among those mentioned by the imposter on various topics were Derek Jeter, Roger Clemens and Mariano Rivera.
Shane Spencer falls victim to hoax

More from the NY Daily News:
Former Yankees OF Shane Spencer is victim of hoax on ESPN radio as impostor claims to be him, says he used steroids 

ESPN Radio 104.5 posted this in response:
Shane Spencer Responds To Steroid Hoax, Clears His Name [AUDIO]

Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.

Double oops. Bullet-proof vest sizes should probably be stored via other means...
Bra Sizes Of Detroit Female Cops Mistakenly Emailed To Entire Detroit Police Department

Was this a surprise?
Google: Gmail Users Have No Reason to Expect Privacy

After abruptly shutting down last week, Ladar Levison explained - sort of - why he made that decision.
Lavabit owner’s cryptic interview on decision to shutter encrypted email service

Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.

Creepy voice said creepy things to their 2 year old. Oh, and the baby monitor was an internet camera...
Baby Monitor Hacking Alarms Houston Parents

After receiving a notification from Facebook that someone tried to log into her account, she received an anonymous email from someone claiming to have photos of her taken from her bedroom via her computer webcam after it was hacked. The person then tried to extort her in return for not releasing the photos to the public. The incident is now under federal investigation.
Newly crowned Miss Teen USA: I was a victim of cybercrime

More at Miss Teen USA Reveals Cyberstalking and Extortion Plot 

Law and Order.

"Manning's violent outbursts and his emailing a supervisor a photo of himself in a dress and blond wig with the caption "This is my problem" were signs the gay soldier should not have a job as an intelligence analyst, defense attorney David Coombs told the court-martial."
Defense in U.S. WikiLeaks trial says Army ignored Manning's bizarre acts

"A former Delaware optometrist will remain in custody pending a detention hearing on charges that he conspired with his family over several years to torment and stalk his ex-wife following a bitter divorce and custody battle that culminated in her death in a courthouse shooting."
Son of Delaware gunman still in custody pending detention hearing on conspiracy, stalking charges

An indictment has also been issued for his sister, Amy Gonzalez, and their mother, Lenore Matusiewicz, for interstate stalking and cyber stalking resulting in the death of the victim.
More at Delaware Online.


"Ubisoft is mixing an open world shooter with some intelligent gameplay that relies on hacking. But how integral is hacking to the whole experience? Very."
Ubisoft reveals how hacking works in Watch Dogs

Personal responsibility seems to be a theme...
Poll Results: Controlling How Long Someone Plays an 'Addictive' MMO


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