Australian Information Security Incident Reported: November 06 2019
Australian Cyber Stalking 2019: Hobart man pleads guilty to stalking and controlling ex-girlfriend’s car with his computer
A Hobart man deliberately downloaded and set up an online application that gave him control over the stop and start function of his ex-lover’s car and allowed him to track her movements, a court has heard.
The court heard the mechanic had made a “concerted attempt” to monitor his ex-partner’s movements both by “physical covert surveillance” and “review of data”.
It was also revealed he had helped his victim to buy a Land Rover when they were dating and as a consequence had access to the vehicle’s VIN, which allowed him to set up the app.
Unbeknownst to the victim, the app sent him live information about her movements to his email account and enabled him to remotely control the car.
“I was in shock and fear for my life when I realised he was stalking me and had control of my car,” she told the court.