Cyberstalking is defined as the use of the Internet or anyother electronic means to stalk or harass an individual, group, organization or business entity. It can also include defamation, false accusations, slander and libel. It may also include online monitoring, online threats, identity theft, using the internet to solicit for sex, or the gathering of information that may be used to threaten or harass.
In severe cases cyberstalking can accompanied by offline or real time stalking. Both are criminal offenses and are motivated by a desire to intimidate, control or influence a victim or victims. A stalker may be a stranger or a person who is know. They may be anonymous and solicit the involvement of other individuals online who do not even know the target.
Cyberstalking is a criminal offense under various anti-stalking, slander and harassment laws. A successful conviction can result in probation, restraining order, or criminal penalties against the assailant, including jail time.
The problem in most cases is securing a conviction, the police openly admit they are ill prepared to deal with the increase of this type of crime. Whilst we always suggest intially reporting your case to the police, The Cyber Investigation Unit is able to assist in your case by collecting evidence which can help secure a quicker conviction and taking steps to discover the person or persons behind the abuse. We are also able to assist in the issuing of “Cease and desist” letters, which are successful in most cases where the aim is to just get the harassment to stop.
For more information about our services and to seek assistance in a case please contact us using the form to the left.