Cyberstalking: The New Threat on the Internet

Edith Huber, Roman Brandtweiner

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingChapter in edited volume


The phenomenon of stalking itself is as old as humankind itself. The past years and the expansion of digitalization have put the crime of stalking in a new light. A representative study from the USA shows that one in four Americans has already been “harassed” online. If stalking in the traditional sense (also known as offline stalking or classic stalking) is described as obsessive harassment/threat over a longer period, it takes on a new criminal dimension as soon as connected communication takes place. New forms of crime such as cyberstalking, cyberbullying, and romance scams have now reached our everyday lives. This article explores cyberstalking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Criminal Activities and the Deep Web
Editors Khosrow-Pour D.B.A., M.
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Pages628 - 639
ISBN (Print)978-152-259-715-5
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 509

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