Strife continues for cyber-bullying victim
A Nelson woman targeted by a Turkish hacker is still enduring a sustained electronic attack.
Becky Siame, a web developer, is now having issues with attempts to break into her work sites. "He totally brought our server to its knees," she said. "I am worried for my job now."
Her problems began last month, when Siame posted a job request on popular e-lancing website Freelancer.com and entered into a contract with a Turkish man.
However, the deal turned sour, and after official arbitration through Freelancer.com went her way, he started sending her hundreds of abusive emails.
He created a sexually derogatory Facebook page in her name that Facebook refused to take down until the Nelson Mail intervened. He also posted her details on a Turkish master hacker's website.
After media reports, Freelancer.com has since blocked the man's profile and reported him to New Zealand and Turkish authorities.
However, that has not stopped him.
A friend of Siame's, who posted on Siame's new Facebook support page I'm Being Cyber Bullied, has also had her Facebook profile broken into, and abusive messages sent to her friends. After getting friend requests from Turkish people on her Facebook profile, Siame is no longer using her Facebook account, and is using a different name for all of her online activities. She is no longer checking her regular email accounts, because they are full of abusive messages from the man.
She is now considering officially changing her and her children's names.
Siame is disgusted with the online feedback since her story was published. People were blaming her instead of the Turkish man, she said. She was a savvy web user, had protected herself well, and had spoken out to warn others of the dangers of being unprotected online.
"I can't believe I am now being cyber-bullied about being cyber-bullied."
Facebook did not reply to a request for comment.
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