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Cyberstalking

Cyberstalking is a crime involving repeated pursuit or monitoring by electronic means. The form of this pursuit can be wide-ranging and involves unwanted attention through various forms of online or digital communication such as instant messages, social network posts, text messages, and e-mails. Often, cyberstalking is motivated by obsessive desires to get revenge, begin a relationship, or terrorize the victim in some manner. Cyberstalking has been a concern for Internet users, policy makers, and law enforcement personnel since the latter part of the 1990s. At that time, the extent of the problem was unknown, but it was clear that the widespread adoption of Internet technologies was providing stalkers with the tools to pursue, monitor, and communicate with victims remotely. Since then, researchers have developed a ...

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