These are some of the few documented cases of cyberstalking, when someone uses technology to maliciously target a specific victim with the intention harass, threat and intimidate.
It’s just like “traditional” stalking, but totally anonymous, thanks to the sophisticated technology we rely on everyday.
Typically, stalking may include harassing and intimidating the victim and general obsessive behavior.
In the 1999 Report on Cyberstalking compiled by the US Department of Justic, Vice-President Al Gore said "Make no mistake: this kind of harassment can be as frightening and as real as being followed and watched in your neighborhood or in your home." When dating online you will usually meet lots of nice people but every once in a while there can be someone with the wrong intentions, such as cyberstalking.
Therefore it is important to protect yourself and stay safe while you’re looking for a date online.
The victim would suddenly ‘bump’ into him at the coffee shop, LAX, even the cemetery.
She knew something was up — it wasn’t hard to realize as he was also phoning her 200 times a day — but police couldn’t help her.
Cyberstalking is a legally recognized crime in almost every country now and several countries have special laws for cyberstalking cases.
However, even if your country does not have a special cyberstalking law, if you are a victim, you must contact the police immediately for help.
If you’re reading this and asking yourself, “Am I being stalked?
” or if you have recently wondered, “How do I know if I’m being stalked?
She commented "You don't even have to own a computer to be the victim of an Internet crime any more."A 44 year old publishing executive named Claire Miller was harassed by strangers who were responding to verging-on-pornographic promises someone had made in her name online.
These postings included her home address and telephone number.
A Glendale businessman stalked his ex-girlfriend using the GPS tracking device on a cell phone.