Nadire Atas, a Canadian woman who wrote thousands of online posts defaming her enemies, was arrested by Toronto police on Tuesday. A Toronto police spokesman said she was charged with charges including harassment and defamation.
Ms. Atas, 60, has waged an online war against dozens of people in recent years, accusing them of being scammers, thieves, sexually deviants and pedophiles. Her goals include a family that hired her 30 years ago; her mortgage lender; the attorneys she fought in court as well as the people who represented her; and their family members and colleagues.
The arrests and allegations come after a New York Times article published on Jan. 30 detailing her harassment and defamation campaign, illustrating the devastation one can have. caused by the helpless poses of big tech companies like Google.
Caroline de Kloet, police spokeswoman, said Ms. Atas was charged with 10 counts of harassing, defaming defamation and spreading false information for alarming purposes. “This is a lengthy, complicated investigation with many victims,” she said.
Last month, a Toronto judge ordered Ms. Atas to stop online attacks against 45 people who sued her for defamation. But posts continued to emerge about plaintiffs and their families on sites like BadGirlReports and Cheaters.News.
Ms. Atas, who told The Times that she had suffered from mental health issues in the past, did not respond to a request for comment on her arrest.
The targets of Ms. Atas’s attacks – including Guy Babcock, with whom the family hired her at the Canadian real estate office – have been trying for years to get law enforcement to take action. Criminal against her, filing police reports in the United States, Great Britain and Canada, where her victim lived. The criminal charges filed this week were the first time Ms. Atas faced her online posts.
Christina Wallis, a lawyer who has been involved in the lawsuit against Ms. Atas since 2008 and has been the target of online attacks, said police recently became interested in the case.
The day after The Times published its article, which widely quoted Ms. Wallis, a website called GossipBlaze.com who emailed her, saying that they believe Ms. Atas “spammed into Our submission form contains dozens, if not hundreds, of posts.
“Almost all of them are from the same IP and we’ve found it to be helpful to pass you this information on,” said the email referring to the internet protocol address, a unique identifier. used by computer or computer network.
Ms. Wallis shared an email and IP address with a group of victims who had contacted police before. One of them, Luc Groleau, determined that the IP address likely originated from a computer at a hotel east of Toronto. Mr. Groleau shared the information with an attorney, who said he had informed the police of Atas’s whereabouts.