Has sensitive information about you been compromised?

As a result of a data breach, you may experience cyber harassment in the form of cyber abuse, illegal content, or image-based abuse.

Cyber harassment is online behaviour which may have a seriously threatening, intimidating, harassing or humiliating effect on a person. It is behaviour that threatens to hurt a person socially, psychologically and even physically.

Cyber abuse can also involves a range of behaviours, some of which are described as:

  • Tolling, 
  • Cyberbullying
  • Cyber violence
  • Cyber stalking
  • Cyber harassment
  • Cyber racism and online hate speech
  • Technology-facilitated abuse
  • Image-based abuse

Some examples of cyber harassment are:

  • Sharing intimate or sexual photos or videos online without consent—either to humiliate or shame someone, or for the ‘entertainment’ of others (this is also known as image-based abuse)
  • Targeted and persistent personal attacks aimed at ridiculing, insulting, damaging or humiliating a person—this might relate to a range of things, like someone’s physical appearance, religion, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation and/or political beliefs
  • Encouraging vulnerable people to self-harm and/or suicide
  • Seriously offensive and shocking material—depending on the context and severity, it can include posting inflammatory comments on memorial and tribute pages or posting images of deceased people with intent to upset family members or others
  • Repeatedly sending obscene messages to a person or their family, friends or work colleagues
  • Posting digitally manipulated explicit images of a person online, for example on social media or on pornographic websites
  • Posting someone’s personal information on social media or elsewhere online along with offensive and/or sexual comments—resulting in calls and visits from strangers
  • Threatening violence or inciting others to do the same—such as threats of death and sexual assault that might lead to real life contact
  • Stalking a person online and hacking into their accounts—such as social media, banking, email accounts

Get support

  • Try to be aware of how you are feeling and the impact it might be having on you
  • Talk about it with trusted friends and family
  • If you are struggling to get through a negative online experience, think about getting extra support through counselling and crisis support services. 
  • You can try:
    • eHeadspace—1800 650 890  (for 12-25-year-olds)
    • Kids Helpline—1800 55 1800 (for 5-25-year-olds)
    • Lifeline—13 11 14 (for crisis support and suicide prevention)
    • Beyond Blue—1300 22 4636 (for anxiety, depression and suicide prevention)
    • 1800 Respect—1300 737 732 (for sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling)
    • counselling through your local GP or community health service

    Do you feel unsafe right now?

    • call Triple Zero (000) if you are in immediate danger
    • contact your local police if:
      • there are threats to your safety or
      • there are threats to visit you, your friends or family members.
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