International Probe Triggers 181 Cyberbullying Charges against Ottawa Man

An international investigation involving crimes conducted online in Canada, U.S. and U.K. have culminated into 181 charges against an unemployed Ottawa man accused of having “a huge web” of cyber bullying and harassment. Ottawa Police explained that the identified victims included 38 people in Canada, the U.S. and U.K. and the crimes stretch back a dozen years.

During an interview on Friday morning, Acting Insp. Carl Cartright of Ottawa Police elucidated that “it’s a huge web,” and “this is an extremely important and large case.” Cartright revealed that the suspect was charged with 27 counts of criminal harassment, 85 charges of defamation libel and 69 more of identity fraud on Thursday after an eight-month probe called “Project Winter.” Cartright clarified all the targets were random and did not involve any romantic angle at any stage. He alleged that “in this case, the victims did absolutely nothing wrong,” explaining that “imagine you’re a small-business owner or any business owner and somebody posts information to your clients that is false.”

Cartright shared that police had to shovel through layers of information and misinformation since the hacker employed various forms of Internet anonymity software. Cartright stated that “the individual changes the way he conducts himself online as technology evolves,” adding that “he definitely had some computer expertise.” Consequently, the victim’s home in the west-end of that city was raided by Ottawa police on Thursday, resulting in his arrest and his computer being confiscated. Cartright alleged that “I imagine he was quite surprised.”

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