Nadire Atas, a Canadian lady who wrote hundreds of on-line posts defaming her perceived enemies, was arrested on Tuesday by the police in Toronto. She was charged with crimes together with harassment and libel, a Toronto police spokeswoman stated.
Ms. Atas, 60, has waged on-line conflict in opposition to dozens of individuals in recent times, falsely accusing them of being scammers, thieves, sexual deviants and pedophiles. Her targets included a household that employed her 30 years in the past; her mortgage lender; attorneys she had battled in court docket in addition to those that had represented her; and the members of the family and colleagues of these individuals.
The arrest and fees adopted a New York Occasions article printed on Jan. 30 that detailed her marketing campaign of harassment and defamation, illustrating the destruction that one particular person can wreak due to the hands-off postures of massive tech corporations like Google.
Ms. Atas was charged with 10 counts every of harassment, defamatory libel and spreading false info with the intent to alarm, stated Caroline de Kloet, the police spokeswoman. “This was a prolonged, advanced investigation involving quite a few victims,” she stated.
Final month, a Toronto decide ordered Ms. Atas to cease her on-line assaults in opposition to 45 individuals who had sued her for defamation. However posts continued to look in regards to the plaintiffs and their households on websites akin to BadGirlReports and Cheaters.Information.
Ms. Atas, who has informed The Occasions that she had suffered from psychological well being issues previously, didn’t reply to requests for remark about her arrest.
The targets of Ms. Atas’s assaults — together with Man Babcock, whose household employed her at its Canadian actual property workplace — tried for years to get regulation enforcement to take legal motion in opposition to her, submitting police stories in the US, Britain and Canada, the place her victims lived. The legal fees filed this week are the primary Ms. Atas has confronted concerning her on-line posts.
Police lately took an interest within the case, stated Christina Wallis, a lawyer who has been concerned in litigation with Ms. Atas since 2008 and was a goal of her on-line assaults.
The day after The Occasions printed its article, which quoted Ms. Wallis extensively, a web site known as GossipBlaze.com emailed her, saying it believed that Ms. Atas had “been spamming our submission type with tens if not lots of of posts.”
“Virtually all of them are from the identical IP and we figured it is likely to be useful to cross you this information,” the e-mail stated, referring to an web protocol handle, a singular identifier utilized by a pc or a pc community.
Ms. Wallis shared the e-mail and IP handle with a bunch of victims who had beforehand contacted the police. One in every of them, Luc Groleau, decided that the IP handle probably originated from a pc at a resort in japanese Toronto. Mr. Groleau shared the data with a lawyer, who stated he had alerted the police to Ms. Atas’s whereabouts.