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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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(223.) Mary Brandel, Online Harassment: Five Tips to Defeat Blog Trolls and Cyberstalkers, CIO.coM, Apr.
(27.) See Goodno, supra note 18, at 138 ("The cyberstalker was a fellow student....").
Given the enormous amount of personal information available through the Internet, a cyberstalker can easily locate private information about a potential victim with a few mouse clicks or key strokes.
Such information can allow them to be easily identified by cyberstalkers and predators, or vulnerable to cyberbullying.
Like many, she said more than she needed to, opening the door for cyberstalkers to exploit her vulnerabilities.
* "An Exploration of Predatory Behavior in Cyberspace: Towards a Typology of Cyberstalkers," a study examining the behavior of cyber stalkers, can be found at
As a result, the police and criminal agencies like the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit and the National Crime Squad often use charges of fraud, blackmail and extortion to bring cyberstalkers to justice.
Of the 470 cybercrimes investigated by the New York City Police Department between January 1996 and August 2000, nearly half--42.8 percent-involved cyberstalkers, almost twice the number of grand larceny cases, and significantly more than the 46 hacking cases, investigated in the same time frame.
Writer-turned-activist Jayne Hitchcock divulged her personal account of being harassed by cyberstalkers, explained what she went through to finally stop it, and told Internet librarians how to be more savvy and how to warn their customers of online dangers.
Knowing the type of Internet technology used most often by cyberstalkers can prove beneficial to law enforcement administrators who must decide how to allocate the training budget for computer crime investigators.
Hitchcock, a cybercrime expert who waged--and won--her own personal battle with cyberstalkers.
It can help track copyright abusers, cyberstalkers, online harassing or hate e-mail and/or chat users, and illegal activities, or it could even find out who is inquiring about bomb-making information.