Mahone Posted August 1, 2009 Report Share Posted August 1, 2009 (edited) And the more I think about it, the more I think prosecuting him for computer crimes isn't a bad idea. You can ask the District Attorney to give him a deferred adjudication (plea bargain with no conviction record) and the weekend of jail time should scare him enough to get his act together. I got into a fight with my little sister when I was about 15 or 16 and my parents had me locked up for assault for a weekend - and I haven't gotten angry since (not counting road rage ). So yeah, maybe it'll be good for him.It won't hurt to try. I still don't think anything will come of it. Assault is something a regular police officer can understand and deal with, that applies to most domestic crime. Computer crime is the exception, which they know nothing about and have no way of proving it without bringing in computer forensics, which I'm not sure they will do.I have a friend who had problems with an ex boyfriend not so long back, not computer related but he was harassing and threatening her in a similar way to the scenario mentioned. He threatened to call the police about items of his that she had given away to a charity shop after he refused to collect them for several weeks and she didn't have room for them, at which point she called his bluff and went to the police station herself. The police gave him one phone call, warned him to back off and 3/4 of a year down the line and there hasn't been a peep from him (in her own words, "he wouldn't be so stupid", he works in the navy and being in trouble with the police wouldn't go down well). So it may be worth a try, who knows.Something which hasn't been discussed here is evidence. If your daughter is right and he has installed a trojan on her computer, then what she said is right, removing the trojan will also destroy the evidence. In current circumstances, that doesn't matter, she just needs to get rid of the trojan and hopefully this unhappy episode will die away. However if even after she does remove it, the harassment gets worse, you could need the evidence. If she wants to do this, she could take what is known as an "image" of the computer. It basically takes a copy of everything on her hard drive in its current form and turns it into one file, which can then in turn be extracted back onto a hard drive at some point if necessary. There are a number of programs that will do this, including norton ghost. Fog (FOG :: A Computer Cloning Solution - Home) will also do it, and that is free, albeit a little more complicated.If she doesn't know how to do this and/or doesn't have the software to do it, and she wants to keep the evidence, it may be worth a trip to the local computer store and explain the situation and ask them to take an image of the machine - there is a limited amount of things we can explain online, it often requires us to actually be there and see what is happening in real time. Edited August 1, 2009 by Mahone Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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