A tort is a negligent or intentional act is done by someone that injures someone else in some way. Cyber Torts are simply a tort done over cyberspace. Cyber torts are very important because they are on the rise and are still crimes that can have serious effects on society. Everyone should be exposed to the dangers and damages caused by cyber torts because technology is an important aspect in everyone’s lives, especially now.
Some examples of cyber torts include trespass to chattels, conversion, cyber stalking/harassment, and cyber defamation. Trespass to chattels includes all those spyware, spam emails, and scrapers you see some of the time. Conversion involves negligent or intentional stealing of other peoples domain names online. Cyber stalking/harassment happens a lot in social networks like Facebook and Myspace where they have millions and millions of users. And cyber defamation also can happen a lot on social networks and forums. As you can see, these types of cyber torts are serious issues that happens probably everyday that can result in serious harm to the public including us.
For example, the case involving 13 year old Megan Meier shows the severity of cyber harassment. Basically, Megan befriended “Josh”, supposedly a hot 16 year old boy on Myspace, and was sending messages back and forth for a while. Then “Josh” started saying really bad things about Megan, which made her depressed and she eventually hanged herself ("If You Can Handle..."). Another example involves a Florida woman suing a Louisiana woman over messages created by her accusing the Florida woman of being some horrible things. The Florida woman was awarded $11.3 million in the defamation lawsuit (Parker). There is an important lesson in that you should be careful of who and what you write about because you never know if you will get in trouble.