Monday, December 22, 2008

Cyberstalking

Stalking means the behaviour of individuals towards others which has no universally accepted definition. It has been applied to the obsessive following, observing, or contacting of another person. This includes following the person to certain places, to see where they live or what the person does on a daily basis, it also includes seeking and obtaining the person's personal information in order to contact him or her. Cyberstalking is the use of the Internet or other electronic means to stalk someone.
Cyber stalking is 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. Majority of the stalkers are the dejected lovers or ex-lovers, who then want to harass the victim because they failed to satisfy their secret desires.
Cyber stalker may operate any of the following ways.
Collect all personal information about the victim such as name, family background, Telephone Numbers of residence and work place, daily routine of the victim, address of residence and place of work, date of birth etc.
The stalker may post this information on any website related to sex-services or dating services, posing as if the victim is posting this information and invite the people to call the victim on her telephone numbers to have sexual services.
People of all kind from any part of the World, who come across this information, start calling the victim at her residence and/or work place, asking for sexual services or relationships.
Some stalkers keep on sending repeated e-mails asking for various kinds of favors or threaten the victim.
Stalkers will almost always make contact with their victims through email. The letters may be loving, threatening, or sexually explicit. He will many times use multiple names when contacting the victim.

A number of key factors regarding cyberstalking have been identified. Some of them are :
False accusations.
Attempts to gather information about the victim. Encouraging others to harass the victim.
False victimization.
Attacks on data and equipment.
Ordering goods and services.
Arranging to meet.
Cyberstalkers meet or target their victims by using search engines, online forums, bulletin and discussion boards, chat rooms etc. They may engage in live chat harassment or flaming or they may send electronic viruses and unsolicited e-mails. Victims of cyberstalking may not even know that they are being stalked.
More commonly they will post defamatory or derogatory statements about their stalking target on web pages, message boards and in guest books designed to get a reaction or response from their victim, thereby initiating contact. In some cases, they have been known to create fake blogs in the name of the victim containing defamatory or pornographic content.

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