As many of you know, I recently had a case that ended tragically in a murder/suicide.
My client was an incredible woman who was trying to escape an abusive situation. She had already fled her home and was working with a safe house.
It is my opinion that her husband used a specific electronic method to obtain information and identify her location. He then followed her and waited until she came out of a store, ran her down with his vehicle and then took his own life.
Since this occurred I have spoken with a few safe house organizations and have come to realize that, while there is a marked increase in the use of electronic means to track an abused spouse, there is not a corresponding level of information on how to “Cut The Electronic Cord”.
In a recent Houston Chronicle article (Mary Flood, “Till Texts Do Us Part”, Houston Chronicle, Front Page, 12/17/2009) I covered with Ms. Flood a few of the areas that can be abused on cell phones and mobile devices. While the article was helpful to a number of people, for some of them it was helpful in a way we had not intended — they were planning to use the information to further their own nefarious ends.
Realizing all of this, I have developed a web seminar that I will offer free to safe house organizations, divorce and family attorneys and abused women to attempt to share my knowledge base in the area of cutting electronic trails. The webinar is entitled “Cutting the Electronic Cord: Managing Electronic Trace Information” and runs approximately 30 minutes. I will provide the web seminar facility, call in number, and other resources to make this available. There will also be a facility to handle live questions.
The seminar is NOT a marketing ploy and there will be absolutely NO commercialization or pitching of any products.
I have chosen my cause – and this is it.
If you are a family attorney or safe house organization you may contact me and schedule the webinar on your timetable. Please be ready with at least three dates and times so that we can correlate calendars more efficiently.
On a go forward basis, I invite attorneys, safe house organizations and abused women to contact me free of charge for consultation. I will supply safe house organizations with my direct cell phone for emergency events regarding questions related to electronic tracking means.
I am asking my business contacts, Facebook and Twitter contacts to disseminate this information, as well as my contact information, to appropriate sources so that we can start an education program in earnest.
Aaron Hughes, CISSP
Vidoc Razor, LLC