French police say they are being told of incidents every day, with most probably going unreported.One victim, a 28-year-old man, is willing to speak about his experience but wishes to remain anonymous. "After five minutes she sent me a message saying: 'Have a look at this video I've taken of you.
Ratters are not content with trolling and insulting you online – they want to watch, and film, your reaction.
They can make your start menu disappear, your CD tray suddenly pop open or scare you by pumping strange sounds through your speakers.
It’s called Remote Access Technology, or RAT for short.
But all these measures were intended to protect us from dangers lurking without, not those concealed within. When I began to write my fifth novel, The Intrusions, it was a simple serial killer story set in a backpackers’ hostel in Queensway – but books never go where you want them to.
The 21st-Century Peeping Tom isn’t going to be found at your bathroom window but hiding deep inside your computer. Today’s stalker doesn’t need to enter their victim’s personal space (with all the attendant dangers of being caught), but, instead, can silently sneak in through your laptop.