Hacking group Anonymous has named a man it says posted topless pictures of a 15-year-old girl online and harassed her to the point she killed herself.
Canadian Amanda Todd was found hanged in her home on October 10, just weeks after she uploaded a video to YouTube detailing her horrific treatment at the hands of cyber bullies.
In the nine-minute video posted on September 7, the 10th-grader and cheerleader didn't speak but told her story in haunting detail in a series of handwritten notes that she held up to the camera.
She said she was lured by a stranger to expose her breasts on a webcam and the picture ended up on a Facebook page made by the stranger, to which her friends were added.
She wrote of being plunged into anxiety, depression, drugs and alcohol. She said she changed schools but an encounter with another girl's boyfriend started the bullying again, which this time escalated into a physical attack in which she said she was beaten.
When she got home, she wrote, she drank bleach. “It killed me inside and I thought I actually was going to die.”
She was rushed to a hospital to flush out the bleach. More anxiety, cutting and overdosing followed, her struggles with anxiety and cutting herself got worse, and despite counselling and antidepressants, she was rushed to hospital again after an overdose.
The last cards said simply: “I have nobody. I need someone. My name is Amanda Todd.”
Beneath the video, Todd posted a note saying she produced it not for attention, but “to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong.
"Everyone's future will be bright one day, you just gotta pull through. I'm still here, aren't I?“
Cyber-bullying experts and criminologists suggested laws be strengthened to allow police to trace cyber bullies through the internet.
Anonymous claims the man responsible is a 32-year-old from British Columbia. It included what it said was personal information, including his date of birth and address.
It says his username appears on websites where he "blackmailed" and gave advice to young girls. The same username is also tied to a website with a 'jailbait' photo gallery.
"[He] is an abomination to our society, and will be punished," the Anonymous figure says.
Canadian reporters have tried to speak to the man, but without success.
Britain's Daily Mail newspaper reported that police went to his home on Monday amid claims from a neighbour that Anonymous named the wrong address.
And Amanda's family is not sure of the Anonymous information is correct.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said it was aware of the information posted online.Amanda moved to a different city and school but more cyber bullying followed after she started a romantic relationship with an older man who had a girlfriend.
Once that relationship soured, she was confronted and beaten up by the man's girlfriend.
She was hit in front of a crowd of screaming people who encouraged her to be left in a ditch.Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800