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'Change your passwords when you change boyfriends': prosecutor

TT/The Local/rm · 8 Nov 2011, 15:05

Published: 08 Nov 2011 15:05 GMT+01:00

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”You need to change your passwords when you change your boyfriend,” said prosecutor Helene Gestrin.

Soon court proceedings will start against a 31-year-old man under suspicion of spying on his former girlfriend through her computer.

The man allegedly installed spyware on her PC, which registered everything from what keys she typed, to web pages she visited, and log-in details for her email accounts.

”She realised her ex knew things about her that he shouldn't,” Gestrin said.

The man however denies all allegations.

Last year the number of unauthorized data access offences almost doubled and the police expect the growing trend to continue this year.

In 2010 near 2,300 cases were reported. Over the first three quarters of 2011, more than 2,200 reports had been received by police.

In the majority of the cases it is individuals who contact the police.

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How large a percentage pertains to failed relationships is hard to say, but Anders Ahlqvist, head of the IT unit at the National Bureau of Investigation (Rikskriminalen) is well aware that this is a growing problem.

”To be perfectly frank, we're talking about revenge and sheer mischief,” he said.

And it isn't easy to catch those responsible. Police were only able to identify the perpetrator in ten percent of the cases reported last year.

TT/The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:39 November 8, 2011 by missjane30
Another glorious thing the internet has done...make stalking a mainstream hobby (insert sarcasm here).

I've always been of the opinion that when you breakup it's because you no longer want that person in your life at a personal capacity...so why people continue to harrass, cyber stalk, and keep tabs on exes is beyond me?

But people do also tend to "overshare" these days...just look at the random BS updates your friends post on Facebook. Do I really need to know your ever-changing relationship status, what bar you're hanging out at (with pictures), and that you spent all night praying to the porcelain Gods because you can't hold your liquor?

Also, my laptop(s) are like Fort Knox (need a fingerprint to unlock ), so nobody but me has access. Also, any online passwords are changed often, not just when I change boyfriends. Besides...at what point in a relationship do people share passwords??? Is that even normal, or just for the insecure?
18:25 November 8, 2011 by fashionterror
The person stalking her/his ex this way is 98% likely to be a male, and the one that got dumped...

21:17 November 8, 2011 by skogsbo
guys are more likely to move on, woman stalk, they will spy to see if his new girl is younger/thinner/fatter. It's all about confidence.
21:48 November 8, 2011 by missjane30

I was thinking that as well, but wasn't going to come right out and say it.
02:18 November 9, 2011 by Da Goat
Loose lips sink ships!

not sure which gender that applies too.
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