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VIC How to Prevent More Cyber Bullying?

Discussion in 'Defamation Law Forum' started by Christina08, 28 June 2016.

  1. Christina08

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    Hi,

    I have recently discovered there is a Flickr account created in my full legal name which is following countless pornography sites. I have recently stopped seeing someone who was becoming obsessive and I am sure he is responsible for this. I have notified Flickr and provided them with identification so that they can take it down but how can I stop this cyber bullying from happening again as I believe it will?

    Also, how can I prove that it was him as he works for an IT company and he has bragged to me in the past that his techs can break into any system?

    Your help would be appreciated as my reputation is at stake here.
     
  2. Rod

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    First step is getting some evidence your ex is the person responsible. Ask Flickr to give you all the details that were entered when creating the account and most importantly the IP address of the equipment that was used to create the account. While not definitive, an IP address may give a clue as to created the account.

    Also, check your own PCs and phone for viruses and remote access software. Software like logmein, teamviewer, VNC etc won't be picked by scanning so google for 'remote access software' and see if any are installed on your PCs/phone.
     
  3. Christina08

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    Thank you so much, Rod, for your informative reply. I have already asked Flickr for these details and although they acted quickly and took this account down overnight, they did not respond to my request. I'm sure it's due to privacy laws. Great how the offender is protected and the victim here is not.

    In regards to teamviewer and logmein, they are both installed on my PC which I need for my job but I'm not sure how they could be related to this incident?
     
  4. Rod

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    Your ex could be using your own PC to create these fake accounts. He may use remote access to your PC. Change your logon details on both logmein and teamviewer and check their settings so that you have to approve all remote access connections. You may also need your work to change the login details as well if your ex knew their login credentials.

    If you are really concerned, he may have had access check the logs to see if anything unusual is in there. You'll need to google to look at how to do this. (eg: where are teamviewer log files). Note though if he was really thorough he would have removed log file entries.

    re: Not providing details due to privacy is one the biggest cop outs put out by governments and private details these days. The people putting out proven fake information don't deserve privacy. Abusing someone's identity should mean an automatic loss of entitlement to privacy when the affected people try to track back the perpetrator. If Flickr don't provide the information willingly then you will need a court order demanding the information.
     
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    Thanks again Rod. However he would not have had access to my logmein or teamviewer accounts as this guy has never been to my house and doesn't know where I live, thankfully, so does not have the relevant IDs as I only went out with him a few times. When I uncovered that he was dating someone else at the same time, this is when the nastiness came out. At least my instincts kicked in.

    Yes you are correct; they should not have any rights when it comes to privacy laws. I find myself constantly checking online in fear that something else will pop up. I have no skeletons in my closet and he doesn't have any photos of me other than head shots but this doesn't seem to make a difference in these cases. They can fabricate what they want.

    Hopefully now that Flickr has pulled the account down he will stop but if it reoccurs I will need to get a lawyer involved insisting they demand the account holders information.

    Thank you again for taking the time to help me. I really appreciate it.
     

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