Thursday, October 19, 2006

Road rage? Nah, I have Web Rage!

There is a term for everything these days. Someone flips out on the road and "Road Rage" is born. Now, some fool does something similar on the web and we have "Web Rage";
An internet user has been found guilty of what police said was Britain's first "web-rage" attack.

Paul Gibbons, 47, tracked down John Jones using details obtained online after the pair exchanged insults in an internet chatroom, a court heard.

The entire article is over on the BBC. The two got into a heated discussion, and our assailant figured out where the other "real person" lived and he and an accomplice paid them a visit. I don't like the idea of this being termed "Web Rage" - had this happened at the local bar we'd call it something else entirely - at least the Brits have put the guy on trial and found him guilty.

There is one piece of advice from the article, obvious for those of us living on the net, but bears repeating:
"It demonstrates how easily other users can put two and two together and also shows how children could also find themselves in danger."

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