Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Homeland Security, sure -- but what about Cyber Security?

Hot off the press!

DHS Official Charged in Online Seduction

Brian J. Doyle, a US Department Secretary for Homeland Security was charged with "using a computer to seduce a child" after having sexally explicit conversations with a supposed 14-year-old girl. The "girl" just happened to be an undercover detective.

According to the sheriff's office, Doyle sent pornographic pictures to her and asked her to perform sexual acts while thinking of him. He also told her what sorts of sexual acts he wanted to do with her.

On some twisted level, that makes sense. A man seduces a girl online by sending her porn and talking dirty to her. Here is where the story gets strange (at least to me):
Apparently, Doyle also told this girl his real name and picture and told her what his job was and gave her his cell phone number. I find it hard to believe that the man could be either that stupid or that arrogant to think that giving out his real identity was OK.

Didn't he take a course on online safety? Doesn't he know better than to disclose his true identity and give out information so that he could be traced?

Well, if we can't teach the adults to be smart about making friends online, at least we can make sure our children are savvier than that.

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