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Leslie Jones’ Website Hacked and Personal Info and Nude Photos Revealed, Because Racism and Sexism Still Exist

Because it wasn't enough for people to fling racist and sexist tweets at Leslie Jones via Twitter as Ghostbusters opened. Now, someone has managed to not only hack her website, but they've obtained personal information and private photos, flooding the site with them. What the hell is wrong with you, Internet? Oh, racism and sexism. Right. That's what's wrong with you.

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Since 2014, Online Harassment Has Gotten More Media Attention … But It Hasn’t Actually Decreased

Craig Newmark, founder of Craiglist, understandably cares a lot about online safety. So, he spearheaded a survey to document whether online harassment has decreased since 2014. Turns out? It... hasn't.

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The Feds Caught the Guy Behind 2014’s Celebrity Nude Photo Hacking Incident

Remember that massive celebrity nude-photo leak that happened in 2014, affecting tons of celebrities? Of course you remember. The entire internet remembers! Well, the feds have officially caught the guy responsible for orchestrating the "phishing" scheme that resulted in the theft of those photos.

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SyFy’s New Show, The Internet Ruined My Life, Interviews Suey Park About #CancelColbert

SyFy has a new TV series called The Internet Ruined My Life, featuring in-depth stories about survivors of online harassment; the first episode is about Suey Park, known for her online activism campaigns like #NotYourAsianSidekick and #CancelColbert. As a content warning, this 10-minute sneak peek contains multiple staged recreations of some of the stalking and in-person harassment that Park experienced, as well as screenshots of many of the graphic threats that Park has received.

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Hacker Faces up to Five Years in Prison for Illegally Obtaining Nude Celebrity Photos

Andrew Helton, the hacker who obtained nude celebrity photos through a phishing scheme, has just plead guilty to his crimes. His felony could earn him up to five years in prison.

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Feminist Frequency Joins Fellow Activists in Creating a Guide to Defend Against Online Harassment

It's a shame that we even need a resource like this, but it's great that it exists. Feminist Frequency's Anita Sarkeesian, together with Women, Action & the Media founder Jaclyn Friedman and reproductive justice activist Renee Bracey Sherman have gotten together to create a thorough online resource for victims of online harassment.

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Revenge Porn Victim Only Granted $145.70 in Restitution

As you may have already heard, revenge porn douchebag Hunter Moore, creator of the site IsAnyoneUp.com, is going away to federal prison for two and a half years for ruining the lives of many women whose exes thought it would be cool to post naked photos of them online after they broke up. In addition to prison time, the self-professed "professional life-ruiner" also has to pay some money. However, it's an oddly specific amount and, quite frankly, not nearly enough to make up for the damage done.

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Australian Man Faces Court This Thursday For Allegedly Sending Rape Threats via Facebook

This past August, Olivia Melville faced an onslaught of harassment when another Facebook user shared a screen-capture of her Tinder profile, mocking Melville's inclusion of a quote from Drake's verse in the Nicki Minaj song "Only." What began as one person's cruel mockery spun outward into a viral harassment campaign, with threats of violence and rape sent to Melville's account.

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The United Nations Released A Report On Cyber Violence Against Women & Girls

The UN released a lengthy report today about the types of online harassment and cyber crimes that are perpetrated primarily against women and girls, then hosted an event at which several speakers discussed the state of gendered violence online; Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian spoke at that meeting today, and their names also appear in the report, alongside the names of several other women who've had similar experiences.

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Sarah Jeong’s The Internet of Garbage Takes Cyber Crime Seriously

Sarah Jeong's new book, The Internet of Garbage, tackles a topic as old as the Internet itself: cyber crime, online harassment, doxing, and what different virtual communities have done (or failed to do) in an effort to prevent these misdeeds.

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U.S. Fears Russian Acquisition of ICQ: Apparently, Most Criminals Use It

Um, so did you know this? Apparently ICQ's heyday didn't end millions of years ago. According to an article from CY.TALK, senior U.S. officials are alarmed over the sale of the instant messaging service to a Russian company, fearing they will lose tabs on the criminal underworld. ICQ, which is one of the largest IM services of its kind, is especially popular in Russia and Eastern Europe. The implications are clear: If we don't do something about it, our world will soon be overrun by guys straight out of Eastern Promises.

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