Enter the Age of the Ghost Cyberstalker: the stalker you never see coming

A few months back I was speaking to my good friend Dr. Michael Nuccitelli, PsyD about a particularly nasty iNFESTation problem I had. The harassment had turned into something that made me question whether the government was in on it too. Up until then I had been experiencing "traditional" stalker-y things and been the recipient of some carefully crafted narcissistic defamation campaigns. It was becoming predictable.

All of a sudden I was out of my depth and completely cut off from everyone I had ever met. Locked out of every account I'd ever created, hacked beyond repair and unable to even call 911. I had just barely survived a cyber assassination attempt. Was it someone new, on top of my original cyberstalker? He had recently just come into some money. Was he paying someone else? Was it his girlfriends or his family?

Or had I simply opened my mouth up to the wrong person about what was happening to me and was now the target of a technologically god-like psychopathic ghost cyberstalker who was trying to silence me on behalf of my hacked internet service provider? After I had figured out that I was being cyberstalked and figured out some of what this guy had done, I was telling everyone and anyone I came into contact with. Any one of those people could have been empathy-impaired, bored and looking to teach a noob a lesson.

Four out of five cyberstalking victims knows their stalker in some way. Stalking is an intimate act in and of itself; stalkers receive an addictive chemical release we call a thrill 'peeping in' on their targets and, in their mental illness, form a "bond" with the target. Perhaps they are so lonely they mistake dopamine for oxytocin. Regardless, it's just like any drug. The longer you're dependent on it, the more you need--and the more often you want it. You'll never, ever feel that initial high again but you'll chase it, by God.

What extra thrill would they get if they are able to comfort their target by day and terrorize them by night so that they'll need to be comforted again the next day? I imagine it adds a ton to the payoff. So it's not surprising that almost every cyberstalking victim knows their assailant in some way.

Dr. Nuccitelli and I agreed it might be more like 4.5 out of 5. That makes about 90% of cyberstalking cases personal, with the potential for physical stalking to occur, creating an additional risk of physical violence. Since law enforcement is unable to enforce any type of law regarding cyber crimes and cannot "set up a sting" for a cyberstalker the way they might be able to for someone who is stalking you on your property, and there's no way to anticipate what's coming next or where it's coming from, that's 90% of all cyberstalking victims whose assailant has physical access to them who have absolutely no protection whatsoever.

But what about that last 10%? Dr. Nuccitelli told me that, along with the original five types of cyberstalker he had typecast based on Dr. Mullen's five stalker profiles, he had recently realized there was a new type of cyberstalker, one absolutely unique to the information age and therefore unlike anything we've ever dealt with before: The Ghost Cyberstalker.

Ghost cyberstalkers are online assailants who their target cannot identify. It doesn't mean they don't know them. It just means they just can't identify them.

According to Dr. Nuccitelli, using cyberstealth, the ghost cyberstalker repeatedly makes direct or indirect threats of physical harm and inspires fear. They can represent an amalgamation of the other five types, be a predatory troll or a sadistic online user with no connection to their victim.

Ghost cyberstalkers rely upon the veil of anonymity afforded to all online users. They have the upper hand of being able to research and surveil their victim for as long as want without threat of detection, finding all their vulnerabilities, using fake accounts, catfishing, spoofing, spam and more to elicit even more information. This also allows them to ensure they are in a superior position before starting to play their game.

Depending on their unique amalgamation of stalker types, trolls and personality disorders, they may even act like God, bringing plagues, droughts, pestilence and famine upon your house because they didn't like the way you spoke to your mother in that last email you wrote or you insisted on opening another social media account in a fake name in order to hide. Cyberspace really is infinite and if you're tech savvy enough I bet it can feel like omnipresence. Illusions of grandeur are already present in those with narcissistic personality disorder; what type of disorder could develop if those illusions were, in fact, reality?

Ghost stalkers are likely technologically advanced so it would be hard for them to be caught or connected to the victim. If they do, perchance, leave a bread crumb of evidence it would not be enough to launch an investigation, let alone charges or a search warrant.

The only way to get rid of a ghost cyberstalker is to completely shut it down and re-boot elsewhere. If you have a ghost cyberstalker, you are dealing with a high level iNfestation and should take all security measures possible, including securing your physical safety. Just because you can't identify them doesn't mean they don't know exactly where you live. They may not come for you directly, but cleverly timed posts revealing your information on the internet can result in an unexpected tragedy. Be safe.

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