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Cyberstalking : harassment in the Internet age and how to protect your family /

Main Author: Bocij, Paul.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2004
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Stalking as a criminal offense is relatively new (the first antistalking legislation in the U.S. was enacted in 1990). Yet already there is a variation: cyberstalking, in which the perpetrator uses information and communications technology (ICT) to usurp a victim's identity. The author explains that cyberstalkers use ICT to find out the most intimate personal information about their victims and then use that information in ways that can destroy the victims' lives. Whereas an offline stalker (the kind that follows his or her victim around) harasses the victim, cyberstalkers impersonate their prey electronically, sometimes using chat rooms to lure new victims. This is an extremely alarming book that focuses on the dark side of the Internet and makes it clear that we are all potential victims of cyberstalkers. Luckily, there are things we can do to protect ourselves; the text reviews what those things are and what can be done even after an individual has been targeted. The book's price is steep, but it's certain to be popular in libraries. --David Pitt Copyright 2004 Booklist

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