A vigilante group of hackers has named and shamed a man who allegedly tormented the 15 year old Canadian girl who last week committed suicide a month after creating a heart-breaking video about being bullied.
Anonymous, a worldwide organisation of hackers, last week took matters into their own hands to track down a 30 year-old British Columbia man who Amanda Todd (pictured below) claimed had blackmailed her and harrassed her online.
Five weeks before being found hanged in her Port Coquitlam home last week, Amanda Todd had made her video as a heartfelt plea against the bullying she had endured for three years.
According to Canadian CBC News, during her video the teen explains in handwritten notes that she was in Grade 7 when she was lured by the unidentified male to expose her breasts via webcam.
She says that a year later she received a message from a man on Facebook threatening that if she didn’t give him a “show”, he would send the webcam picture to her friends and family. She says police later told her the man followed through with his threat.
In a video posted yesterday on YouTube, a masked figure says Anonymous made the connection between the man and Todd, and discloses personal information including his date of birth and address.
They have also provided the information to the authorities.
According to child advocates in Canada ”the kind of sexual exploitation described by Todd in her video is part of a seedy cyber-underworld that targets young girls and it is not bullying, but a vicious crime that should be pursued even after her death.”
But should it be pursued in this way?
Is this digital mob rule, or justice for a tragic young girl?