Cyber avengers are a loosely-affiliated online group of individuals using the Internet to call for some type of justice against a person. Depending on the crime the group, they may be calling for justice against more than one person.
How Does Cyber Avenging Work?
The individuals work together or alone online to target someone via social media or following their movements online. They may post nasty messages, pictures or hack into accounts.
What Is the Goal of Cyber Avenging?
The goal is to punish or call for legal punishment, such as a criminal charge, against the person who allegedly committed the crime.
Can I Be Arrested for Cyber Avenging?
Yes. Cyber Avenging can lead to criminal charges such as:
- Cyber Stalking
- Cyber Harassment
- Cyber Bullying
What is Cyber Stalking?
Cyber stalking happens when an individual threatens or harasses someone via emails, social media, or chat rooms.
Can I Be Sued for Cyber Avenging?
Yes, a cyber avenger can be sued in civil court. The most common cyber avenging lawsuits involve invasion of privacy and defamation. Invasion of privacy is the unreasonable interference with an individual’s personal information, solitude, or public image. Common types of invasion of privacy include:
- False light
- Intrusion upon seclusion
Defamation includes the torts libel and slander. They both involve making false statements about another person.
Do I Need a Lawyer if accused of Cyber Avenging?
Yes. Criminal charges connected to cyber avenging is serious. To learn more about the defenses available to you, contact a criminal defense lawyer.