Friday, December 11, 2009

Cyber crime

I recently read Jeffery Deaver's The Blue Nowhere and a chill went up my spine. It is a fiction but the scenarios could well happen.

In the New Zealand News today, a florist in a small town of New Zealand is facing charges of tampering online with her competitors' details to gain a business advantage. Customers told her competitors that their telephone numbers on Google maps were wrong.
Florist faces landmark cyber-crime court case

In our "Fair Go" TV show, Our Consumer advocates screened that people reported that photos were stolen, and there was nothing we can do about it. They suggested that when we post our photos, we can resize them so they cannot be reproduced as good a resolution. Another way is to date the photos or photoshop them with your own water mark.


Ensurai said...

Thanks for the info....I have been rather carefree with my photos! Googled for some free ones too...Some I asked for permission.

Jean said...

yea true..ppl can just take our photos likdat

A smile from SJ =)

Jama said...

Once photos are publicly shared online , it's difficult to stop someone from stealing it.

Jay said...

probably copyscape can prevent this.

Johnny Ong said...

just for the sake of more money, they'll take such risk and then hope with all fingers and toes crossed that nobody can detect it

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

I have taken a few from newspapers, but I always acknowledge them.

I now resize my photos though it is quite a hassle doing it.

A fellow blogger from Auckland had his photos stolen. No nice.

Jay, how do we copyscape?

Anvilcloud said...

I have a Flickr site, and I suppose people can steal my photos if they wish. I don't think they would, but under the Creative Commons license a few have acknowledged using my work here and there.