In addition, the ease of use and non-confrontational, impersonal, and sometimes anonymous nature of Internet communications may remove disincentives to cyberstalking.Put another way, whereas a potential stalker may be unwilling or unable to confront a victim in person or on the telephone, he or she may have little hesitation sending harassing or threatening electronic communications to a victim.In many cases, the cyberstalker and the victim had a prior relationship, and the cyberstalking begins when the victim attempts to break off the relationship.However, there also have been many instances of cyberstalking by strangers.
One of HSI's top priorities is to combat criminal activity conducted on or facilitated by the Internet.
HSI's Cyber Crimes Center (C3) delivers computer-based technical services to support domestic and international investigations into cross-border crime.
C3 comprises the Cyber Crimes Unit, the Child Exploitation Investigations Unit and the Computer Forensics Unit.
C3's Cyber Crimes Unit provides the management and oversight of the agency's cyber related investigations by focusing on the transnational criminal organizations that use cyber capabilities to further their criminal enterprise.
This unit enhances HSI’s ability to combat criminal enterprises operating on or through the Internet, with specific focus in the areas of: This unit also provides training and technical support in cyber investigations to Federal, State, local, tribal, military, and foreign law enforcement agency personnel engaged in the investigation of crimes within their respective jurisdictions.
This makes recovery and stewardship of evidence challenging.