Hacking, CyberStalking & Cyber Bullying
You don’t have to be a victim
Over half of the United States have enacted “cyberstalking” or “cyberharassment” laws or have laws that explicitly include electronic forms of communication within more traditional stalking or harassment laws. This chart identifies only state laws that include specific references to electronic communication.
Cyberstalking is a crime where the victim is harassed by electronic communication, like email, instant messages (IM), or even discussion groups. Frequently the stalker attacks the victim for reasons of anger, revenge or control. The term can also apply to a “traditional” stalker who uses technology to trace and locate their victim and their movements more easily (e.g. using Facebook notifications to know what party they are attending).
A cyberstalker’s intent is to harm their intended victim using the anonymity and untraceable distance of technology. In many situations, the victims never discover the identity of the cyberstalkers who hurt them, despite their lives being completely upended by the perpetrator.