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What is an Internet Stalking Attack

Communication through social networks and other public online forums can be beneficial both socially and professionally when conducted logically and securely, however, if the user is not careful enough, it can lead to many undesirable consequences, one of which is exposure to online stalking.

What is a cyberstalking attack?

What is an Internet Stalking Attack

Cyberstalking can take many different forms, but in the broadest sense, stalking or harassment is one that occurs through online channels such as social media, forums, or email, usually planned and sustained over some time. Internet as interactions seem harmless, as sometimes, especially in the beginning, some strange or perhaps unpleasant messages may appeal to the user, however, if they become organized, it becomes annoying and even scary.

For example, if a user receives some negative comments on apps like (Facebook, or Instagram), it may upset them, but this is not considered online stalking yet, for some people, like celebrities who are looking for attention, negative comments are welcomed However, once a user starts receiving unwanted and annoying messages frequently and feeling harassed, the line is likely to be crossed. Especially annoying when these messages come from different accounts managed by the same person, it might be a good idea to let website owners and law enforcement agencies know about this.


Since online stalking does not have to involve direct contact, some victims may not realize that they are being stalked online, and offenders can monitor victims through various methods and use the information collected for crimes such as identity theft, in some cases, the line can become The line between cyberspace and real life is blurred, and attackers can collect personal data, contact friends, and try to harass a user offline.

Behind the electronic stalking

Most cyber stalkers are familiar with their victims, for most people, repeated messages from friends or colleagues are welcome, although they are often distracting and annoying at times. Familiar or casual acquaintances can have many motives including revenge, anger, control, or even lust.

Other cases of cyberstalking, particularly those involving celebrities or other high-profile individuals, may also involve strangers, with some perpetrators having mental health issues and even believing their behavior is welcome, and online stalking is not always conducted by individuals It may include a group of people, and it may target an individual, group or organization for various reasons including opposing beliefs, revenge, or financial gain.

What to do in case of being stalked online?

 Block the person: You must not hesitate to apply all measures permitted by law, especially those provided by web services, if tools exist, you must block anyone when you want to stop listening to them, even if these messages are annoying and not yet a threat, Only the user decides when these limits have been exceeded.

Report to the respective platform: If someone is harassing or threatening, they should be banned immediately and report their behavior to the respective platform (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) and many other platforms have created easy-to-use buttons to report abusive behavior quickly, even if in If a user thinks they've gotten rid of the offender, they may come back or pursue more victims. Law enforcement agencies don't always have the technical ability to protect a user from cyberstalking, but platform administrators usually respond quickly and delete attacker profiles.


Contact the Police: If they believe their behavior is illegal and the user fears for their safety, they should call the police and report the stalker, even if there is not enough information or evidence for them to prosecute immediately, the report will be recorded and the police can advise on what to do if The perpetrator continued.


Minimizing the damage: If a user finds themselves caught in an online stalking situation, there are two main ways to reduce the negative consequences, which are to reduce the amount of information available online and to increase the amount of fake information that will mislead the attacker.


Reduce the amount of information available: There are some tips for this, such as adjusting your privacy settings and practicing good digital hygiene, and if you are attacked by a stalker, you may want to clean up your online presence further by deleting any old accounts and trying to Remove any information or images that appear in search queries, and removing personal information from the Internet is not as difficult as it seems.


Using fake profiles as traps

This may sound extreme, but in some situations, it can be useful to add profiles to social networks that include fake characters that use your username or photo. One of the fake accounts as the main one for some time, this tactic will also help to mislead the stalker and raise suspicions that this is the user, just be sure to check the rules and regulations of these platforms before doing so.

Cyberstalking is a huge problem, but it is easier to prevent than to try to solve it and eliminate the consequences. Law enforcement agencies, security professionals, and social media platforms are on your side and ready to provide the user with useful tools and methods of protection, for example, social media platforms make it easy to report abuse Providers of (VPN), a virtual network that preserves the privacy of users while using the Internet, will help to hide the private (IP) address and encrypt communications if necessary, as you should not hesitate to contact the police to report cyberstalking or similar crimes.