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Web Stalkers
Chapter 5 -
All About Cybercrime

Threats over the Web

If a pattern develops, it may become possible to recognize messages from the perpetrator without opening them. If the person sending the messages is at all technically sophisticated, they may attach scripts that will be executed when the message is opened.  These scripts can be written to reduce the usability of the message as evidence in the event of an investigation.  If the recipient knows the message is from the person harassing them, they should just leave it alone and pass it on directly to law enforcement.

Another type of pesky troublemaker lurking about on the Internet today is known as a troll.  A troll sends obnoxious messages to a large group of people, knowing that at least some of the recipients will respond in kind; which as it turns out, is exactly what they are hoping for.

A troll is looking for a fight, and anyone will do.  Deleting a message from a troll is exactly the right thing to do.  The problem is, just as before, it is hard for anyone to know that they are dealing with a troll or something more dangerous.  It takes time for patterns to develop and clues to fill in the picture.

As an alternative to immediately deleting suspected troll messages, save them in a special folder.  Never respond to them in any way, because this will only feed the fire.  If the situation develops into a legitimate threat, the early messages will be there ready for law enforcement to use as evidence.  If the messages dwindle in number and eventually dry up completely, it is likely that the perpetrator hailed from a lower rung of the pest ladder and is now hurling insults at someone else.

Threats are undeniably a little unsettling for most people, but often they are just that and nothing more.  In the next section, details will be presented on a group of Internet criminals who engage in more damaging practices.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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