Defining and Characterizing Cyberstalking
Cyberstalking taken from www.wikipedia.org( the use of the Internet or electronic means to stalk someone) It has been defined as the use of information and communications technology, particularly the Internet, by an individual or group of individuals, to harass another individual, group of individuals, or organization. The behavior includes false accusations, monitoring, the transmission of threats, identity theft, damage to data or equipment, the solicitation of minors for sexual purposes, and gathering information for harassment purposes. The harassment must be such that a reasonable person, in possession of the same information, would regard it as sufficient to cause another reasonable person distress.
You work hard as a person very conscientious, a good person, obey the laws, want the best for your family. You are not malicious, or have any ill intentions and suddenly you begin to receive harassing e-mails, phone calls, mail, suddenly you begin to realize that this stranger entered your household and began to violate it.
These unwelcome visitors are called Cyberstalkers, they are not anything different then the stalkers in the real World. They pedophiles, persons with grudges, ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends,criminals, young, old, single,married, black, white, short, tall. Unfortunately many Internet users believe they cannot be identified or found on the Internet,
CyberAngels has written about how to identify cyberstalking as it is a growing epidemic on-line. The following can be characterized as a true stalking situation: premeditation, repetition, malice, distress, obsession, vendetta, no legitimate purpose, purposely directed, disregarded warnings to stop, harassment and threats.
There are a number of factors that have been characterized and identified as Cyberstalking:
False Victimization: The cyberstalker will claim that the victim has been harassing him/her
Encouraging others to harass: Many cyberstalkers try to involve third parties, to harass and taunt the victim. They may claim the victim has harmed his/her family in some way, or may post the victims;s name, telephone number, residence, in order to encourage others to join the pursuit.
Attempts to gather information about the victim: Cyberstalkers may approach friends, family, colleagues , the Internet to gather information. They may advertise for information on the Internet, they will monitor there victims activities on the Internet and attempt to trace there IP addresses in an effort to gather more information about the victim.
False Accusations: Many Cyberstalkers try to damage the credibility and reputation of their victims by trying to turn others against them. posting false information on other websites. They post allegations about the victim to newsgroups, chat rooms, blogs, or other sites that allow public information.
Attacks personal computer: Cyberstalkers try to send malicious e-mails that contain viruses.
Arranging to meet: Children and teenagers face a greater risk of cyberstalking to try and set up meetings between them.
Cybertstalkers tend to meet there victims on-line by using search engines, forums, chat rooms, discussion boards, and online communities such as My Space, Face book, Friendster, and other known websites where people congregate or comment about themselves. They may choose to engage via-email, or forums, chat rooms, or discussion boards and they may get involved with forums or engaged with direct harassment just to harass their victim. Many may know they are being stalked while others do not, Cyberstalkers may research there victims information and aid in feeding there obsession and curiosity. The act of CyberStalkers may become more intense, by repeatedly harassing their victims so that they know that they are watching.
A common behavior for a Cyberstalker is posting deragotory or defamatory statements about their victim, trying to initiate contact. In some cased they have been known to create fake blogs in the victims name to promote pornography and containing defamatory comments.
When a Cyberstalker is prosecuted, many unsuccessfully attempt to justify there behavior based on there usage of a public forum. Once they get a reaction they will attempt to continue to track there victims activity on the Internet.
Some Cyberstalkers will begin to physically stalk there victims and they may experience abusive or excessive phone calls, threatening e-mails, obscene mail, trespassing or physical assault. Some will use other e-mail addresses and names and many physical stalkers will also use Cyberstalking as a method to taunt and harass there victims.
There are preventive measures that you can do to protect yourself from being a victim. Do not provide telephone numbers. email addresses, names, addresses, income, marital status or passwords to anyone over the Internet.
Do no create an online biography, even though they are nice to have a stalker will use this information to gather information. Remember they are sick and do not believe they are doing anything wrong to the victim.
Being Stalked: If you believe you are being stalked do not use a physical address get a P.O. Box.
Telephone number should be unpublished as this will protect you from being victimized verbally by your stalker.
Change your password frequently using a combination of letters and numbers.
Use an ambiguous user name a word that does not give reference to your location, interests, gender or location.
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If You Are Being Stalked
Well you have done everything you need to do and you have found out that you are being stalked here are the measures that should be taken.
Save all of your messages from your stalker, place them in a safe place , make copies if you have to.
Record all date and times the stalker has contacted you, on many blog sites you can check analytics, and statistics do not become alarmed!
Contact your local Police Department and file a report , provide all information pertaining to the harassment of your stalker, remember you are the victim and your stalker is not thinking about what you are feeling, thinking or doing, he is only going after his prey.
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