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Chapter 5 -
All About Cybercrime
Cyber Law and Harassment
The Arizona laws quoted above shows that legal
language can be a bit obscure for those not familiar with its
interpretation. If a part of the law that applies to an
individual’s circumstance seems difficult to understand, they should
consult a lawyer to evaluate their position as the best course of
Threats over the Web
No one wants to be the recipient of threatening
or hostile messages. Sadly, many people know what it is like to be
the target of this sort of intimidation. For some, the natural
response is to delete these kinds of messages and try to forget they
ever existed. If the person who sent the message is a jokester with
bad taste, this might be all that is necessary.
If, on the other hand, an individual has become
the target of a more determined, perhaps distorted personality,
ignoring the messages completely could be an invitation for more
The obvious question then is, how does a person
know what they are dealing with, and therefore what to do about it?
In most cases, the victim will have no way of figuring that out.
They will simply not have enough information to make that kind of
In addition to the lack of information, fear
can affect judgment. If someone is rattled because of the messages
they are receiving, it can be difficult to know exactly how to
proceed. It can, in fact, be difficult to do anything at all, even
normal daily activities, depending on the level of the threat.
Are intimidating e-mails a matter for law
enforcement? For a person receiving these sorts on messages,
feelings waver. On one hand, going to the police might be an over
reaction. On the other, not doing something may be foolish and
place the recipient in serious danger.
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