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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

New Defense Against Cyberstalking

Computer Science researchers at Florida State University (FSU) together with Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) have come together over the creation of the predator and Prey Alert (PAPA) system. The FSU professors developed hardware and software prototype that is basically a "forensic toolkit" for the prosecution of cyberstalking cases. PAPA system allows a law enforcement agent to remotely shadow the victim online by communicating with the victim through a separate side channel and, if necessary, taking control of the victim's computer to interact with the cyberstalker directly. There is potential for the prototype to be released for commercial sale within the next few years. Check out the press release.

I think this is a huge step in Internet crime prevention. Cyberstalking is a rapidly growing trend and District Attorneys in most states have been pushing hard for its criminalization in the recent years. Cyberstalking is, basically, stalking via the Internet. For a more complete definition and discussion please see the wikipedia definition. Kids, many times, find themselves both the victims and pursuers of cyberstalking, which can quickly stem from cyberbullying. The last thing any parent wants is to have the police knocking on the door to arrest their child for an Internet crime the parents didn;t even know existed. That is why it is so important to know where your child is going online and with whom they are speaking.


  • At 11:17 PM, Blogger Cyberhunters said…

    Turn the tables on that cyberstalker.

    Where the hunted becomes the hunter!


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