The Law and Cyber Stalking
There is a new crime that is occurring more and more with the expansion of the Internet. People will use the Internet for a variety of avenues, however, excessive stalking now constitutes a new crime that is punishable by jail time according to different states legislation. There are many ways in which a person can cyber stalk another individual.
Excessive harassment is probably the most recognizable form of cyber stalking found on the Internet today. This occurs when a person overly instant messages, emails, or posts messages on web pages of their prey. Unfortunately, this occurrence is on the rise which is why new laws are constantly needed to curb this growing trend.
Another example of cyber stalking someone is people who try to solicit minors for the purposes of having intimate relations with them. In the United States, it is illegal to own child pornography or to solicit a minor for sex. However, this has also been on the rise due to predators on the Internet taking advantage of young, naive people.
Finally, a person can cyber stalk someone by causing their computer equipment to malfunction. This occurs when a person sends out a type of virus known as spyware. Spyware allows a person to monitor a person’s use of their computer and can give them access to private files and information about their victims. In most cases, spyware can manifest itself by opening up unwanted email messages.
Cyber stalking comes in many forms, but each form revolves around a person’s unlawful use of a computer that is connected to the Internet. Its definitions range from people openly harassing others, soliciting minors for sex, or sending out spyware to monitor a computer. It is up to each state legislature to pass new laws that will enable all of these cyber predators to be brought to justice.