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The use of the Internet, email, or other electronic communications device to harass and threaten another person, who may, as a result of repeated threats and harassment, have a reasonable fear for his or her safety
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There have been many examples of cyberstalking crossing over into real-life stalking.
Attacks on individuals range from identity theft, cyberstalking and hacking to stealing valuable data, money or photographs.
The book, A Practical Guide to Coping with Cyberstalking, reveals more than 35 per cent of victims of stalking online suffer post-traumatic stress disorder.
Cyberstalking behaviour can be linked to people suffering an online addiction, who increasingly lose touch with the real world because they are tapped into social networks and websites, experts warned.
Dr Emma Short from the Cyberstalking Research Centre added: "More than 50% of the time, digital abuse is used within domestic violence".
She cited the 2011 case where a woman sued Toyota and Saatchi & Saatchi for $10 million after their cyberstalking prank allegedly left her in emotional distress.
BOSTON -- A Massachusetts woman who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey in what prosecutors called a ''persistent and malevolent'' cyberstalking campaign has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.
Pakistan does not have a specific law to deal with cyber crimes, particularly cyberstalking. In the absence of such a law or ordinance, the FIA cannot touch many issues.
Research on stalking and cyberstalking behaviours address criminal activities that incite fear in a target (e.g., Spitzberg & Cupach, 2007).
Jackson State University, for example, suddenly found its president the target of a cyberstalking incident last year from a 20-year-old non-student who was posting threatening messages on his social media page.