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.

Who Can Watch Whom Under the Law?

Who can watch whom under the law? Is it ethical to release CCTV footage to to the public? What comes first, citizen privacy or state protection? These are all questions that have come up in the wake of the exposure of the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre. As the Royal Commission into the matter begins, we are left wondering what further exposure may reveal. This raises the ethical question of whether or not CCTV footage is ethical and how its role within society can affect individuals. However the ethics and laws around CCTV footage remain murky. Dr Katina Michael, professor from the School of Computing and Information Technology at the University of Wollongong, joined us on the show to discuss these issues. 

Produced by Brooke Taylor and Annie Lewis

Katina Michael with Sean Britten, August 15, 2106, "Who can watch whom under the law?", 2SERFM,