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Cyberharassment (also called online harassment or Internet harassment) is the use of a computer to cause a person harm such as anxiety, distress or psychological harm, including abusive, threatening or hateful emails and messages and the posting of derogatory information online.


Cyberharassment includes: threats, cyberbullying, or intimidating messages sent directly to the victim via email or other Internet communications mediums, and/or the use of technological means to interfere with a victim's use of the Internet such as hacking or denial of services attacks. Cyberharassment can also include spreading rumors about the victim in Internet forums; subscribing the victim to unwanted online services, or sending messages to others in the victim's name.

A list of enacted state statutes regarding cyberharassment from the National Conference of State Legislatures is available here.

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