In the civil court, victims of these kinds of cyber attacks, from stalking to revenge porn to online bullying, can sue their harassers through something called tort law, otherwise known as civil wrongs.

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Citron is an expert in the area of cyber-stalking, and recently published the book called .

Citron told me that cyber-stalking can include threats of violence (often sexual), spreading lies asserted as facts (like a person has herpes, a criminal record, or is a sexual predator), posting sensitive information online (whether that’s nude or compromising photos or social security numbers), and technological attacks (falsely shutting down a person’s social-media account).

A public court case can also bring unwanted attention to the situation.

Citron cites the case of a woman from Hawaii who wanted to sue the person who posted her nude photos online, but sought permission to do so as “Jane Doe” so her reputation wouldn’t be further maligned.

He was charged with three offenses, including Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree.

However, Judge Steven Statsinger of the Criminal Court of the City of New York dismissed all three charges.

It was late summer when we met, on a patio jutting out onto the Pacific.

The night was still warm as I sipped my Gewürztraminer and asked him about his exciting career.

His articulate responses drew me in, and I breathed back nerves and adrenaline with the ocean air as we continued this perfect first date.