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GPS-Cyberstalker’s Weapon

January 28, 2013

Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.netHidden Arsenal Of The Cyberstalker

With the price of electronic devices becoming cheaper, the GPS tracker has become one of the devices of choice for cyberstalkers to follow their victims. Now it is easier then ever for these psychologically scarred individuals to continually harass their victims.

January 07, 2013 12:10 am

ST. LOUIS • It started with harassing phone calls, then quickly escalated to more. He would drive by her house in the overnight hours, taking pictures of her through her bedroom window. He scattered nails and screws in her driveway. He dug scratches into her car finish.

Then, on Aug. 21, the woman — who is in her 30s, lives in St. Louis and is afraid to give her name because of the experience — made a frightening discovery. Hidden in the undercarriage of her vehicle was a white plastic device held together with a magnet and electrical tape. It was a GPS tracker. Every street she traveled, every turn she took, everywhere she went — he knew.

 Cyberstalkers now use a wide range of electronic devices to monitor and follow their victims. And the numbers are growing each year.

 The U.S. Department of Justice reports that of the 3.4 million known stalking cases each year, 1 in 4 involves use of some type of technology. Electronic monitoring plays a role in 1 of 13 cases; GPS tracking is used in one-tenth of those.

 Technology itself is not the problem — it doesn’t cause stalking. But it does facilitate it,” said Michelle Garcia, director of the Stalking Resource Center at The National Center for Victims of Crime, in Washington. Today, anyone can go online or visit an electronics store to buy software that allows tracking and trolling of a phone, or a GPS tracker that can be hidden on a vehicle. Some services are as cheap as 50 cents a day.

 Now software can be bought from an electronics store to track and troll mobile phones. The person being tracked would have no idea that a simple piece of software is keeping them in the cyberstalker’s line of sight.


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About the Author:

Christopher is an IT specialist with 30 years of experience in developing technology working with corporates and SME’s. Chris is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, as well as numerous certificate based qualifications in technology and application development. Christopher is the CEO of internetSOS - A project to help people learn how to protect themselves online.

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