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Internet vigilantism refers to the broad phenomenon of internet users acting outside of criminal justice system to carry out vigilante missions through the Internet and/or the means of online applications. In some cases they can go to extremely drastic and/or unnecessary lengths in order to reach what they believe is justice toward the person who offended them. Internet Vigilantism is often linked with the group Anonymous.
One of the earliest cases takes place in Korea in 2005. A woman refused to clean up after her dog had pooped in a subway cabin, was photographed and soon spread among Korean forums and blogs. Within hours, her photos spread, parodies arose, and she was nicknamed “Dog Poo Girl”. After days, her personal info was leaked online, she left her university, and threatened to commit suicide if the harasses didn’t cease.
The Toronto Sun reported the arrest of Chris Forcand in 2007. Members of Anonymous had been researching Forcand and had posted online several chatlogs. They pretended to be under aged girls, most notably a supposed 13 year old named Jessica. His life was ruined. The conversations were forwarded to the members of his church. Many people were angry with what he had done and soon the events drew the attention of the Toronto Police Department who, after an undercover investigation, arrested him on December 5, 2007. He was arrested on two counts of luring a child under the age of 14, attempt to invite sexual touching, attempt exposure, possessing a dangerous weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.
This is not the only case of internet vigilantism by Anonymous. A 14 year old boy posted a video of himself abusing a cat on YouTube, and he attracted the attention of many willing to go to many lengths to see justice. This time however it was not just Anonymous. People tracked him down through his MySpace and Facebook accounts. An entire website was created by Anonymous for the purpose of tracking the teen down, including his picture, links to the videos he made, the names of his parents, their addresses, phone number (including work addresses and numbers) and the website of his father’s business, now suspiciously missing from the Internet. The police were soon involved, resulting in the abused cat being removed from the home and the boy and his brother were charged by the local authorities.
Human Flesh Search Engine
The webizens of China is famous for their power and speed of their human flesh search engine. Numerous cases were documented here. [currently working on that page, will expand later]
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“Chris Forcand and had posted online several chatlogs. This drew the atention of the Toronto Police Department who, after an undercover investigation, arrested him on December 5, 2007. He was arrested on two counts of luring a child under the age of 14, attempt to invite sexual touching, attempt exposure, possessing a dangerous weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.
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