Moulton, who is 41, grew up about 20 miles away, in Concord, the capital. His mother managed a Walmart and his father repaired power line transformers. She was a daring child, the eldest of three children and was approaching police officers in uniform to ask what was happening at the belt. When she was in grade five, an officer came to her school to organize a drug awareness course. It was at that point that she decided to become a cop.
In high school, Moulton attended a law and police course, where she was assigned to driving in a patrol car with an officer. I told him that women should not become cops. This cemented his ambition. In 2005, she was also hired in the Belmont Police. "This job chooses you," she says, sitting upright in the police department, her brown hair pulled back.
Crime in Belmont tends to opioids, robberies and robberies. But soon, Moulton has received complaints from parents and counselors at Belmont High High School about teenagers who send nude photos, often to people with whom they go out as a couple.
The reaction of some parents, however, came close to the nonchalant. ("They said," So what? "She sent a boy photographing her breasts," says Moulton.) So, channeling the officer who inspired her as a grade five student, Moulton offered workshops. in high school on safe online behavior. She warned that a nude photo could be sent to unexpected viewers or uploaded online. The results were not all that I hoped for. "A girl told me:" What I got from your class, as long as my head is not in the photo, it's fine, "Moulton said.
In spring 2012, after Moulton's promotion to the detective position, a student from Belmont High entered the police station and told Moulton that she had not met and that she knew that Seth Williams had her textured and hunted for nude photos. When she did not send it, I broke into her account on her cell phone – she was not sure how – and I found nude photos. Then, as if to maximize his humiliation, I copied them and felt them for his friends. Hoping that would prevent Seth from harassing her, the girl gave in and sent her an explicit photo. But he did not stop.
A few weeks later, another girl from Belmont High came to the police station. A guy was harassing her too. Moulton thought that the cases were not related. But then more girls came in, many describing similar stories and a stalker named Seth Williams. Some were ashamed, others in tears, others accompanied by furious parents.
Moulton had an epidemic on his hands.
In 2011, May was a 16 year old girl who had spent most of her life in Belmont and lived with her mother and two siblings in a duplex with a beautiful yard. Then, in the middle of her second year at Belmont High, her family moved to a nearby town and enrolled in a new school. She barely knew anyone. "I was not very popular, I guess you could say," said May. So when she had a Facebook Asked a friend named Seth Williams, who had a nice profile picture, she accepted it.
Seth started sending messages to May frequently, making idle conversations, and after exchanging numbers, I started sending SMS. I said beautiful things and seemed to want to get to know her. I would ask about his favorite ice cream flavor and his pets. She enjoyed the comings and goings. When asked for photos of her body, she initially hesitated but started in the discussion. "I was always like that, no guy shows me that attention," she said. "In fact, he seems to be a good guy, maybe it'll be okay." May he sent her to a photo that she found amusing, her jeans back stuck to her hand prints from his freshly repainted room. I wanted more. She sent him a picture with her in underwear, then one of her bare buttocks. When I asked for a full nude, she told him, "No. That's where I'm drawing the line."
No picture, no Facebook, I replied. When May then tried to log in to her accounts, she could not access it: hacked his Facebook and his email and changed the passwords. She begged him to give the accounts; I refused She blocked her on her phone. I sent an SMS from a different number. She changed number. I found it again. "He always came back," she says. "Always."
In April 2012, Seth escalated his threats. Quoting the "kicks" that May had sent him, he wrote to him: "If you do not send me nude, I send you this picture by 8, I send it to people and I send them download on Facebook. "
"Get off my FB," she replied.
"Remove your clothes." "Fuck you naked in front of the camera." "I'm going to have fun, damn, this summer," I replied.
May did not send a nude photo, and Seth fought back using fake Facebook accounts on his behalf to send a message to his friends at his new school. The friends became nervous, and their parents too, banning them from going out with May. "I have never felt alone in my life," she said.
Seth would disappear for a moment, then resurface, finding May even as she passed through a multitude of phone numbers. She trusted only the few friends who had accompanied her. If she was alone at home, she locked the door of her room. The aliens have made him tense. "You might meet someone on the road," she says, "and you do not know if that's the person you're sending."
In the fall of 2012, Seth was silent for a moment and May thought that eventually, he might have decided to stop bothering her for good. But one night, while sitting in her living room, an SMS was sent to her phone. It was Seth. "I felt like I had lost hope," said May. He was still asking for pictures. This time, however, the text included nude photos of other girls.
In one of the pictures, May recognized a close friend of Belmont. Seth was boasting about having pictures of this girl, but May could not bring herself to ask the friend about Seth. "I was very ashamed of myself," said May, "and I was very upset about what I had done" by sending out explicit pictures. Now, with the photo in her possession, she called her friend, thinking that she might have some advice. The conversation was brief. They did not collapse and did not comfort each other. But May's friend was in urgent need of talking to her mother and going to see Detective Moulton in Belmont.
"I remember taking a deep breath and climbing the stairs.I sat down on my mother's bed and said:" Mom, I have something that I have to tell you and I do not know how, " May says The next day, May and her mother went to the Belmont police station.
May met Moulton, who was spending more and more time on the mystery. Seth also had nude pictures with other girls and, thanks to their help, Moulton was able to identify more victims and call them cold. She checked with neighboring towns for related cases. The girls entered the station with the parents, whom Moulton sometimes sent out of the room while she interviewed their daughters. "Some of the parents blamed the girls and they were very hard on them," said Moulton. Finally, after finding a dozen victims, she clearly found one thing in common: they had all, at one time or another, attended Belmont High.
As in almost all high schools, Belmont High had its cliques and hierarchies. At the top, the students said that they were the preparers and preparers, children whose parents had a job as a nurse or manager. ("When you arrive at someone's home", Kyle Bjelf, a 2012 Belmont High graduate, said: "you could say that they came from money.") The average kids identified themselves by their activities (choir, football) or their style (emo, goth). The "fringe" was composed of poor children and strange balls. Each class has about 120 students, many of whom have been together since kindergarten. In such a small city, the relative status of each was inescapable.
Some of the girls were really suffering. One of them started sleeping in the same bed as her mother. Many feared that Seth would attack them. We cried herself to sleep. Another regularly calls her mother to work, terrified.
Before leaving Belmont, May was part of the middle group: Raised by a single mother, she got on the bus and worked after school hours. She was sociable and loved everyone, even the marginalized children who took the bus. These children have often been mocked. One graduate told me that babies had attacked marginalized children: "For example, you feel bad and you have to go sit somewhere else, and they will do it as hard as they can."
Sexual or sexual behavior was used as a weapon. Boys spread rumors about girls "circulating"; pregnant girls were heckled. Word skank rang in the corridors. "It was crazy," a 2012 graduate told a rumor about girls' sexuality. "You could not know it because of the number of times they were screamed on the bus, a pig would scream through the coffee," Blah blah blah is a slut. "
Dan Clary spent eight years as a high school vice principal and in 2012 became director. "The kids took advantage of the fact that they were popular and that they would cause a lot of problems," said Clary, who is now retired. There was not much to do in Belmont and after school, the kids were going home to start Facebook. "It would be a bunch of drama and reciprocal discussions in the comment sections," said one student. Clary said I had consequences as severe as the suspension of stalkers when students reported cyberbullying.
The problem was that many students did not report the behavior. They tried to go upside down, not wanting to attract the wrong kind of attention. The victims of Seth seemed to share this trait. A girl named Mackenzie, who was harassed by Seth, told me that when she learned that some of her other victims were doing it, she realized that it was There was none in the popular crowd. They were sent to the unsafe center, where every misstep was perilous. Staying quiet seemed a reasonable choice.
Moulton began to hunt down low new victims. She interviewed the state's computer crimes unit and was told that she had no known perpetrators who would have followed Seth's scenario. She took a girl's phone to try to get information from Seth. Under this appearance, she suggested meeting in a place for teenagers, an outdoor place nicknamed the Arches. I did not seem to recognize the name and I began to wonder if it was not local. The pressure was coming to him. She imagined receiving a phone call from a parent telling her that a child had been abducted. She still had no idea who Seth was.
Then, about the time May met her for the first time, Moulton received some really useful information. Moulton had learned that Seth could send text messages from four or five different numbers using services such as Textfree, an Internet voice protocol service that allows users to text without subscribing. to a cell phone subscription. Moulton sent subpoenas and the Textfree developer returned information containing the Apple Universal ID of Seth's phone. On this, she could summon Apple to appear for the phone's registration and billing information. The results were confusing but included the name Ryan Vallee. He was 19 years old and graduated from Belmont High, 2012 promotion.
While digging a little, Moulton learned that Vallee lived with her mother in Belmont and worked in the short term. Even in a small school, Vallee had not impressed his peers much. If they could place it, classmates would remember him as being calm and clumsy.
Kyle Bjelf had been close to Vallee in college. They played a lot of video games at Vallee, pounding Mountain Dew, and sometimes Bjelf was dining there. Bjelf was impressed by his friend's computer skills. Once in high school, Vallee started hanging out with a new group of two or three guys who loved screamo music and raves. In 2012, a photo of Vallee on Facebook shows a bathroom selfie representing a guy with brown hair and a long face. In the messages, I talked about his favorite movie, Gran Torino; watch South Park; play laser tag. "I was not a tough kid," said Bjelf, but as I grew older, I changed. I started playing. In class, says Bjelf, Vallee would say "Pass" when he is called; outside of class, it would cause fights.
He also made awkward efforts to talk to girls online. "Are you going to my school?" He wrote, with his real name, Mackenzie after graduating. "I do not think so .. I wanted to talk to sum up a new lol." Mackenzie did not remember him, but briefly chatted saying it was bad to start conversations. "Lol im bad tht too," he says. Later, I called him again, this time under the name of Seth, and with a profile picture of a handsome young man in the open air.
Moulton now had a choice to make. She did not have enough evidence to stop Vallee. Apple's information was the closest link between the harassment and the suspect, but she needed more evidence to know it was Vallee.
She also knew that some girls were really suffering. One of them started sleeping in the same bed as her mother. Many feared that Seth would attack them. We cried herself to sleep. Another routine called her mother to work, sobbing, terrified to be alone. They fought against depression, anxiety and nausea. So, Moulton told some of the most troubled girls that Vallee, their former classmate, was a suspect. She hoped this could allay their fears. "They really had the meaning of that big brute of a person," said Moulton. "When they found out who it was, some people thought:" Really? "
Some barely knew Vallee, but a girl was friendly enough to sit with him occasionally at lunchtime. She had even told him about her stalker online. Valley, the computer expert, offered his help to unmask "Seth".
May knew Vallee in the Belmont school bus, went out with one of his friends, and made a point of being friendly to him. "What did I do for him to feel deserved?" She wondered.
One day, Vallee went to the clothing store where May worked.
"All the feelings fell out of me and I froze," said May. I did not do anything to recognize her and walked around looking for merchandise. She hid in the employees' dining room, behind a locked door, talking to her mother on the phone to the left.
While Moulton was trying to gather more information, she was also looking at another problem. Even if she could find proof of her arrest, under New Hampshire law at the time, at most she could charge her with harassment, an offense punishable by a term of imprisonment. less than a year. "A couple of these girls have become their lives for a year and a half," she said. "I did not think that the laws of this state were sufficient for this kind of fear."
So, Moulton has reached the feds.
In October 2013, Five months after taking over the case, federal authorities learned that one of the victims was about to commit suicide. They accused Valley of extortion. When Vallee returned to the Belmont Police, Moulton was struck by his affect. "I went in and sat down and basically shut down," said Moulton. "I just rubbed my legs and arms like he was taking a shower at the office."
Harassment has stopped. But, in a tight deadline, the government decided to dismiss the case rather than go to court. Meanwhile, the team has gathered more evidence. For this stage of the investigation, a new expert is joining us: Mona Sedky.
Sedky, a lawyer at the US Department of Justice's headquarters in Washington, specializes in computer crime and corporate hacking. A few years earlier, she had been enlisted to help defend a man who had threatened to broadcast nude pictures of a young mother online. At this point, the term SEXTORTION was still new to Sedky. She had spent most of her career pleading at the Federal Trade Commission before moving on to the computer crimes and intellectual property section of the Department of Justice. Examining the documents in the first case, Sedky was struck by the way the stalker demanded precise poses and gave his victim strict deadlines. It was a "remarkable level of control over his sexuality," Sedky said. The man pleaded guilty, but shortly after the conviction, Sedky learned that the victim had committed suicide.
At about the same time, Sedky learned from the police that someone from his extended family had a similar experience at the age of 14. A boyfriend took a picture of this topless person without his knowledge and sent it to other people. "She and I have a very close relationship, and for the life of me, I can not understand why she would not feel like she could tell me," Sedky said. "I can not roll this bell for her, but I can help make sure that other women do not have what has happened to them."
Seth picked up several of his accounts and asked for a picture of her breasts. "I will not send one, I will defend myself," Mackenzie wrote to him, "are you starting to torment innocents like that?"
Since then, Sedky has treated about a dozen cases of sextorsion. If sextorsion is not a felony set out in federal law, prosecutors can charge people for offenses such as computer fraud and misuse. Most states prohibit the non-consensual sharing of sexual images, but these sentences are generally lighter than the federal laws relied on by Sedky. It is yet a new legal territory. According to a study by the Brookings Institution, in 2016, only about 80 cases of sextorsion had been introduced in the combined federal and state systems. One of the challenges is to get the local police and prosecutors, who take victims' initial reports, to understand the damage, said Carrie Goldberg, a lawyer specializing in civil sexual crime litigation. "Mona," she says, "correct that."
Matthew O'Neill, a New Hampshire secret service agent, sought Sedky's help for the Vallee case. (Secret services are known to their government officials, but they have a lesser known duty to investigate computer crimes and identity theft.) Sedky intervened, issuing subpoenas and other requests to businesses as Amazon, Skype, Pinger, Yahoo, Google, AOL and Facebook. Sedky discovered the trail all users leave: Connection IP addresses, time stamps, date stamps, and registration information. The investigators then went back further, to Internet providers, to find subscriber information and location.
With this information in hand, O'Neill and other agents mapped the locations where Seth was connected. They all had a plausible connection with Vallee: a burrito near his mother's house, an air-conditioning business owned by his mother's ex-boyfriend. The Wi-Fi of a random person in Gilford, New Hampshire, turned out to belong to his sister's neighbor. These were crucial circumstantial evidence and investigators needed it as much as possible. "In these cyber-businesses, you have to defeat the SODDI defense," said O. Neill. That is to say, another type did it. In studying exchanges with girls, O'Neill also revealed how Seth accessed the accounts of his victims. When Seth was talking amicably, asking May for his favorite ice cream and the names of his pets, he was gathering clues that he was using to answer security questions on their accounts.
Finally, in 2015, federal prosecutors had sufficient evidence to accuse Vallee of interstate threats, aggravated identity theft, computer fraud and misuse. The indictment lists 10 victims of Jane Doe, women the government could convince to be heard, including May, Jane Doe No. 4.
Vallee was released on bail and ordered not to use the Internet. The federal judge seized of the case scheduled for the spring 2016 lawsuit.
Although the evidence was strong, Sedky was worried. she knew from experience that putting vulnerable victims at the helm could be extremely painful, "so we were encouraged to try to convince him to plead guilty to avoid a trial." But Vallee was categorical: it was not him – another guy did it. Meanwhile, the investigators returned to question the victims, consolidating their case. One day, they followed with a young woman who had moved away from Belmont: Mackenzie.
After graduating from Belmont High in 2011, Mackenzie moved to his grandparents' home in North Carolina. Her mother had banned her from social media in high school, so, eventually equipped with a phone and escaping her mother's rules, she "became a little crazy," she said. She was happy to send a message to strangers and when Seth contacted her, she responded. But then, Seth took over several of his accounts and asked for a picture of her breasts.
"I will not send one, I will defend myself," Mackenzie wrote to him, "are you starting to torment innocents like that?"
Mackenzie, who said he was abused in his youth, was determined not to back down. She printed her exchanges with Seth and took them to the police in her home town of North Carolina in 2012. "The policewoman told me:" Honestly, we do not have the technology to deal with such a problem and it is very unlikely to produce anything, "Mackenzie said.
A year later, Seth began using the hacked Facebook page of a Belmont girl to further harass Mackenzie. Mackenzie sent a message to the girl, who told him about Moulton. Mackenzie provided Moulton with dates and screenshots of his interaction with Seth, adding to the file size.
When the trial team re-interviewed all of Seth's victims, she called Mackenzie. She told them that Seth had stopped bothering her a bit, but in recent months, he had contacted her again, using the same hacked Facebook page of Belmont's daughter, identified in court documents as MM.
This information was essential: it meant that Vallee was back online, breaking the terms of his bail. Also, if the agents could attack it with the device they were using, they would also have their browsing and messaging history. With such solid evidence, they could bypass the defense of "another type" of Vallee. The government received an order requiring Facebook to provide daily reports on IP addresses and login times for Mr.M. Facebook page. Meanwhile, O Neill has taken over Mackenzie's Facebook. Copying the instant mess patois I've learned from his teenage daughters, O Neill pretends to be Mackenzie, flirting, defying and getting angry at him. "The more he talks, the more he connects," said O Neill. "The more he connects, the more we can find out where he is."
The reports on Facebook showed that "Seth" had accessed Facebook with a mobile phone. The investigators were determined to obtain it.
On a windy March day, secret service agents in black SUVs parked outside the home of Vallee's mother in Laconia and her sister's apartment in Gilford. They assumed that Valley was staying at one of them. O'Neill, acting as Mackenzie, exchanged messages with Mr.M. Facebook's hacker. Then, just after O 'Neill signed with Mr.M., Vallee left his sister's apartment. The Secret Service agents in Gilford observed him while he was leaving in a silver saloon and following him in their SUVs. When Vallée stopped at a traffic light, the officers jumped out of their car, firearms lifted. The Valley took off, crossing the traffic. The Secret Service and the Gilford Police followed him until Vallee found himself in a stalemate. When he got out of the car, an officer from Gilford came running, shouting at him to get down. After obtaining a search warrant, officers examined the car and found a backpack. Inside were pajama bottoms, a new testament, vaseline and a Nintendo gaming console. In the case: a Windows phone, Internet compatible.
The next day Judge Paul Barbadoro sent Ryan Vallee to prison. Five months later, Vallee pled guilty to 31 charges, including aggravated identity theft, computer hacking and cyberbullying.
February 6 In 2017, Ryan Vallee sat in the Concord Federal Court to deliver his sentence. The hearing lasted almost three hours, when lawyers wondered if Vallee's victims should be classified as vulnerable, which could have increased his sentence, and whether or not he knew the effect of his harassment on the victims.
Jonathan Saxe, Vallee's public advocate, discussed psychological reports suggesting that his client was on the autism spectrum. "The answer to overwhelming evidence was a lack of response at all, which was unusual and troubling," Saxe said. «Pour lui, c’était un travail qu’il faisait sur un ordinateur et qui ne se connectait pas vraiment.» Sur Windows Phone, l’application de la loi récupérée de Vallee était une trace de ses recherches alors qu’il était en liberté sous caution. Entre la recherche de pornographie juvénile et des requêtes du type "tes lois ne me disent rien", Vallee a visité une page Web chrétienne. Son titre: "Pourquoi ne puis-je pas simplement être une bonne personne?"
Sedky a parlé au juge de la dévastation émotionnelle provoquée par Vallee. Elle a qualifié ses actes de "violences sexuelles à distance" et a fait valoir que Vallee devrait aller en prison pendant huit ans, ce qui correspond au niveau le plus élevé des directives fédérales en matière de détermination de la peine.
Les procureurs avaient demandé aux victimes de Vallee si elles souhaitaient parler lors de l'audience. La plupart ont décliné. "Je ne peux que deviner qu'ils étaient aussi honteux que moi", a déclaré May. Mais elle décida d'y assister, tout comme Mackenzie et une troisième victime. Lorsqu'elles se sont rencontrées, May s'est rendu compte qu'elle était allée à l'université avec la troisième victime. Les trois hommes assis ensemble, May et Mackenzie serrant les déclarations qu'ils avaient préparées, attendaient dans le brouillard des procédures dans une salle d'audience bondée aux visages inconnus. Ensuite, le juge les a appelés.
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May avait différé l'écriture de sa déclaration pendant des semaines, mais elle s'était forcée à prendre la parole devant le tribunal ce jour-là. "Les cicatrices émotionnelles provoquées ne disparaîtront jamais et je ne cesserai jamais de faire mal", a-t-elle déclaré. (Plus tard, quand elle a parlé avec elle, ses émotions étaient encore plus crues. "Je ne suis pas celle pour qui je m’ai confié," dit-elle. "Je ne suis pas juste une petite skanky qui a ressenti des images.")
Assis derrière Vallee dans la salle d'audience, Mackenzie l'étudia. Il était avec son avocat, portant des lunettes, les yeux baissés. J'ai regardé, elle m'a dit, "bizarre et petite, et quelqu'un qui j'aurais eu peur si j'avais su qui elle était." Mais quand elle s'est levée pour faire sa déclaration, elle a essayé d'éviter de regarder son chemin Ce n'était pas Ryan Vallee, elle avait peur, a-t-elle dit au juge, essayant de ne pas pleurer, mais Seth, qui était "partout, tout le temps".
Après que la troisième victime a parlé, le juge Barbadoro a demandé à Vallee s'il avait quelque chose à dire. Je secouai la tête et dit: "Non."
"Il s'agit d'une affaire difficile à condamner en raison du tort extraordinaire causé aux jeunes femmes qui ont été blessées et à tenter de comprendre la conduite de l'accusée, qui est difficile à comprendre, même pour un juge comme moi qui le fait depuis 25 années ", a déclaré Barbadoro. J'ai condamné Vallee aux huit ans de prison demandés par les procureurs.
Après le prononcé de la peine, la mère de Vallee, qui avait également assisté à l'audience, s'est approchée des filles en pleurant. Elle les étreignit et s'excusa.
Ryan Vallee n'était pas l'un des enfants populaires à Belmont High. Mais il avait deux avantages que ses victimes n’avaient pas. C'était un garçon et donc pas vulnérable à la honte. Et j'ai compris comment exploiter la technologie pour avoir l'air d'une victime puissante, contrôlant et terrifiante pendant des années avec seulement un smartphone et un ordinateur.
Les enquêteurs ont finalement identifié 23 victimes et soupçonnaient qu'il y en avait encore plus. Ces adolescents ont à peine discuté de leur harcèlement alors que cela se passait. Même après la condamnation de Vallée, peu de personnes se sont exprimées. Personne n'a organisé de rassemblement. Personne n'a dit "plus jamais." "Pratiquement toutes les jeunes filles dans cette situation vont avoir un sentiment de honte à ce sujet", a déclaré le juge Barbadoro lors de l'audience de détermination de la peine. "Ils ont peur de l'inconnu, et leur tendance est de le réprimer, de le nier, de ne pas le confronter."
Beaucoup de gens de Belmont, y compris des enseignants et des conseillers en orientation, ne connaissaient pas l'affaire Vallee jusqu'à ce que je les contacte. Amanda Titus, une camarade de classe de Vallee, m'a raconté qu'elle se souvenait de marcher pour fermer le poste de police de Belmont au cours de sa dernière année afin de signaler qu'elle avait été menacée par un inconnu et qu'elle avait été incitée à prendre des photos nues. Mais Titus n'avait pas entendu parler de Vallee jusqu'à ce que nous parlions cette année. "Je ne sais pas exactement ce qui s'est passé ensuite", a déclaré Titus à son amie. "Elle n'a pas dit. Les adolescentes sont très privées. "
Vallee, qui est dans une prison fédérale du Massachusetts, n'a pas répondu à plusieurs lettres que je lui ai envoyées. Son cas est en appel. J'ai essayé sa mère plusieurs fois avant de répondre par texto: "Pourquoi la police de Belmont ne m'a-t-elle pas informé de ce qui se passait quand j'avais 16 ans? Au lieu de cela, ils l'ont laissé faire pour construire l'affaire. "
Quand May et moi essayions de trouver un lieu de rencontre, j'avais suggéré un restaurant ou un café autour de Belmont. Mai a refusé: Pas assez privé, dit-elle. Nous nous sommes retrouvés dans le hall du motel où je séjournais. Sa mère nous a rejoint. Maintenant âgée de 25 ans, avec de grands yeux bleus qui ne se reposaient jamais longtemps sur rien, May parla d'une voix douce et atténuée lorsqu'elle décrivit comment les menaces de Vallee l'avaient isolée. Pourtant, parler semblait lui donner une nouvelle confiance. Elle envisagea d'utiliser son nom complet dans cet article. "Si je dis, 'Ouais, c'est qui je suis. C’est ce qui m’est arrivé, et c’est moi maintenant, «alors cela donne du pouvoir», a-t-elle déclaré. En fin de compte, elle a décidé d'utiliser son prénom; La dernière chose qu'elle souhaite est un moyen facile d'identifier qui pourrait conduire à davantage de harcèlement en ligne.
“Any type of security thing can happen,” she said. “They can hack anything.” Her shoulders slouched, and she directed her voice to the table where we were sitting. “I just never envisioned that, and it’s just … We shouldn’t have to live in a world where we don’t know if people are real or not.” She folded her arms around herself and bit her lip to stop herself from crying.
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Stephanie Clifford (@stephcliff) is a journalist focusing on criminal justice and business, as well as a novelist. This is her first piece for WIRED.
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