Intent to Harm
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Crimes to the Third Degree.
Iâ€™m always amazed at some so-called grown-ups. They attack in the dark, not wanting anyone to know their identity, least of all me, and then…say something that gives them away.
Iâ€™ve recently sustained damage from several such personal attacks, all with the intent to do financial harm and discredit me both personally and professionally, all stemming from the same source, all behaviors that would get them kicked out of various professional groups as ethics violations, all violations I could proveâ€”were the attacks not anonymous.
They attack my religion, my professionalism, my family and friends, my character. And itâ€™s vicious. All without divulging their own identity. They think.
And yet, they blather on about things that only they have been privy to and only then at armâ€™s length so that they donâ€™t know the full story. Itâ€™s the half-story that gives them away, and they donâ€™t even realize it.
Itâ€™s the tiniest thing that betrays their identity.
And if one little word isnâ€™t slippage enough?
I discovered today that websites are more than willing to provide the IP of online attackers, especially when itâ€™s clear to the websitesâ€™ owners that the attacks are personal and meant to do harm.