For those of you who respond directly to Web advertisements, take note. The information you send to these people could end up all over the Net, despite a site or service’s guarantee of privacy and firewalls and blah, blah, blah. Some sexlorn fellows found that out the hard way, as the personal information they sent to a classified online ad was posted for all to see, including some photos of them in the “altogether.” A prankster named Jason Fortuny took a personal ad on Craigslist from a young woman seeking sex and reposted it so that responses were sent to him instead, then released all the information online. We call Fortuny a “prankster,” though the real motivation for his actions was not revealed. In any event, Web surfers, let’s be careful out there.
—Posted by Kathleen Sampey