Cyberstalking is increasing

Monday, 21 April 2003, 3:27 PM EST

Cyberstalking -- stalking individuals via the Internet -- is increasing across America according to a study released Thursday by Wired Safety, an online safety and help group. While women remain the most likely targets of cyberstalkers, the study found that female cyberstalkers are also increasing in number.

In addition, growing numbers of children are cyberstalking other children, while members of certain ethnic groups, especially those from the Middle East, are increasingly targeted.

The study also found that often stalking moves from cyberspace to real life with tragic consequences. The organization said technology, such as the Trojan horse virus, is allowing cyberstalkers to enter personal computers without detection.

"We didn't find much good news," Parry Aftab, executive director of Wired Safety, said of the study results. "Identify theft is increasing. And because more people are cyber dating they become victims of cyberstalking when things don't work out."

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