Cyber stalking is the use of the Internet or other electronic means to stalk or harass an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization.
As many of you know several individual inventors have been stalked on this forum, on other forums, and by email and blogs. All the work of a small group of twisted people working together for over a year now. Troy “Gizmo” Robison, Tania Reynaert, and Derek Pater have made it their mission to destroy individual inventors who don’t agree with them - as you can clearly see here on InventorSpot.
Hiding behind aliases like “Zorro”, “Zorro-Pit Bull” and many others - they launch crazy rantings in public forums, “anonymous” blogs full of lies and slanderous innuendo, “scam” website postings, and email blasts they send to people in our industry; it’s obvious these people could have some real psychological issues. Simply put, normal rational people do not stalk others.
As sad as it is for people like this who spend obsessive amounts of time fixated on hurting others. It is far worse for our industry. We have a long and proud history as inventors and it includes much more than the unstable rantings of a few. That being said, this is a very real part of our industry, and if it’s happening to some inventors, we know it’s happening to others.
Cyber Stalking like you see GIZMO doing on this thread is a real problem in our society, and it’s a crime at both the state and federal levels. Aside from the obvious unstable obsession of any person who engages in this behavior, Internet Stalking has a few tell tale signs to watch for.
False accusations. Many cyberstalkers try to damage the reputation of their victim and turn other people against them. They post false information about them on websites. They may set up their own websites, blogs or user pages for this purpose. They post allegations about the victim to newsgroups, chat rooms or other sites that allow public contributions.
· Attempts to gather information about the victim. They often will monitor the victim's online activities and attempt to trace their IP address in an effort to gather more information about their victims.
· Encouraging others to harass the victim. Many cyberstalkers try to involve third parties in the harassment. They may claim the victim has harmed the stalker or his/her family in some way, or may post the victim's name and telephone number in order to encourage others to join the pursuit.
· False victimization. The cyberstalker will claim that the victim is harassing him/her. This phenomenon has been noted in a number of well-known cases
Working with attorneys, local law enforcement and the FBI, you can learn a lot about the subject of interstate and international stalking. And there are some very good resources to help if this is happening to you.
The Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime http://www.ncvc.org/
Stalking Victims at http://www.stalkingvictims.com/
The Local office of the FBI http://www.fbi.gov/
VictimLaw Rights and Protection http://www.victimlaw.info
In the end these are just three people, and a single example of how this can quickly escalate from normal conversation to obsession.
It does not matter if he is doing it to me, you, or anyone else – It’s against the law!
Please help put an end to this problem in our industry by keeping a close eye out for this behavior on public forums, emails, and blogs. When you do see it make sure others know by pulling the mask off their anonymity and exposing them for who they are. PLEASE don't feed thier obsession by talking to them - you only have to read some of what they post here and you can see they are far from normal.
Please stay as far away from cyberstalkers like this as you can, and if the behavior continues report it to your local law enforcement and your local office of the FBI