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Cyberstalking

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Has your privacy been violated? Do you know who’s following you and watching your every movement? Are you living in fear?

In the United States, 1 out of 12 women and 1 out of 45 men have been or are currently victims of stalking. That’s over 14 million people in the US alone who have experienced unwanted attention, to the point that they feel unsafe. If you’re reading this, you’re probably one of them.

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What is cyberstalking?

Cyberstalking is not simply defined as the act of obtaining information about someone without their knowledge via the internet or other electronic medium. In legal terms, the definition of cyberstalking is more serious in nature, in that it is harmful to the victim. It is defined as:
The act of stalking or “following” someone against their will by use of an electronic medium for the purpose of intimidation and harassment to the point of causing emotional distress.

Most often by phone or computer (via the internet), cyberstalkers harass their victims with unwanted, obsessive attention in the form of inappropriate contact, whether it is platonic or sexual in nature. This attention is characterized by behaviour that is malicious and threatening, making victims feel that their safety is threatened.

Cyberbullied lego girl running away.
Cyberstalking leads to feelings of constant fear and abandonment.

Cyberstalkers can make unwanted contact with you by one or more of the following electronic media:

  1. Text Messages
  2. Phone Calls
  3. Emails
  4. Online messages, via programs like Skype
  5. Social Media Sites
  6. General websites
  7. Electronic listening devices
  8. GPS tracking devices

Your phone and computer may have also been hacked, so your attacker can follow your activities and obtain your private information without your knowledge. Hacking is one of the most common tactics used by cyberstalkers to commit identity theft and violate your privacy.

All of the aforementioned tactics can give your cyberstalker control over you. With the popularization of technology, anti-stalking laws have been modified in recent years to include cyberstalking, making it illegal in most situations. This means your cyberstalker can be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and we help you do this so you can live without fear again. You may also be able to sue your cyberstalker for injuries.

The effects of cyberstalking

As soon as you feel that you’ve become a victim of cyberstalking, you should do something about it. Left unresolved, cyberstalking can have serious negative long term effects on your self-perception and social relationships. These stem from the feeling of being threatened. Because you feel unsafe in your life, your whole outlook on life may change for the worse, and your negative psychological state will develop into physical issues as well. You may have difficulty sleeping, experience recurring nightmares, develop gastrointestinal issues and adopt habits that are damaging in an attempt to escape from reality (such as drinking alcohol heavily and abusing drugs). In a survey of cyberstalking victims, a third of respondents reported PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) symptoms*.

It is very common for victims to suffer from paranoia, depression and other devastating psychological issues all because of the unwanted attention of their cyberstalkers.

In addition, we have found that most cyberstalking situations eventually get worse, becoming an offline threat of physical harm.

Cyberstalking statistics1:

  • Cyberstalking is more common than physical harassment.
  • There are more female victims than men.
  • One in five victims are targeted via social networking sites (such as Facebook and Twitter)
  • 70% of victims know who their stalker is1.
  • 81% of victims report feeling fear as a result of being stalked, and more women than men were afraid of being physically injured2.
  • Most victims are from 18 to 30 years old3.

Identifying your cyberstalker

The first step is to make sure that you and your child understand what can happen to you as a victim. Education is the best way to prevent bullying.

In cases where it's too late and you're under attack, there are things that you can do. Understand that you are not alone and there is help.

Vital+Vectors specializes in the identification of online attackers. We use advanced technologies and social engineering to expose your bully. The police can use the evidence we collect to arrest criminals. The combination of physical exposure and police action puts an end to your bullying.

How we stop cyberbullying

Vital+Vectors uses a process to identify a wide range of data, involving diverse hacking and social media tactics, as well as a profound understanding of the legal structures that govern the online activities. We stand at the crossroads of the dark internet and law enforcement by using the same sophisticated technologies used by cyberbullies and online criminals, but for common good. Coupled with offline evidence collection for a more comprehensive profile, the information we obtain is cataloged and organized into a format which can then be used by police and lawyers for the purpose of prosecuting the cyberbully. We have assisted the federal government, international police services and various law firms in several cases.

Prosecuting your cyberbully

Your cyberstalker probably thinks that they can remain anonymous, hiding behind technology to harass you and make you feel unsafe. However, we can identify your cyberstalker by using the same tools and tactics that high-profile individuals and law enforcement rely on. In fact, when other investigation firms aren’t successful or lack the expertise to complete their more difficult cases, they contact us for help.

For over a decade, Vital+Vectors has helped hundreds of victims identify their cyberstalkers and cooperate with national and international police and law firms to prosecute them. We collect proof in a manner that makes it admissible as evidence in a court of law.

We understand that you're a real person and that there are real consequences. Because we have personal experience with online threats and attacks, we've gone through this ourselves in the past and can sympathize with your situation. You are treated with the respect and consideration you deserve. Vital+Vectors treats every case as if it were happening to us or our families. This level of caring gives us the conviction to do what's right for you: either to continue investigations or disengage based on whether we're viably going to get a good end result.

Don’t be a victim anymore. Contact us today to put an end to your cyberstalker.

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