Cyberstalking and Identity Hijacking

  1. Google [name search] conducted

  2. Twitter [name search] conducted

  3. Pintrest [name search] conducted

  4. Difficulty distinguishing [true name search] with [fake name search] and real cover image with fake cover images

  5. The social media bot being used is based in Russia and/or the Middle East. Same message seems to be replicating with attached multimedia of the victim.

  6. Trolls and cyberstalkers know that when they target individuals, while there are no members to their [online social networking groups], individuals do “look-ups” on their name online. The troll knowing this has "success" in making their victim squirm and think the whole world knows personal things. This causes a "chilling effect". Fastest way to stop someone in their tracks is to actually hijack their online 'name' and therefore 'reputation'. Individuals should report these trolling behaviours to the “platform provider” and “application provider”, and to the police.

  7. Question: how were photos obtained by the perpetrator? Facebook account?

  8. Searching the IP address from where posts are being generated to confirm the individual known to the victim is a suspect.

More consultation was conducted and several email exchanges ensued with the journalist, but the story was never reported by 60 Minutes in Australia.

Citation: Katina Michael with Garry McNab, March 16, 2018, “Cyberstalking and Identity Hijacking”, 60minutes [Australia] &, Q&A.