Help tracking down originating IP of a Gmail address.
June 16, 2014 8:07 PM Subscribe
Recently, a friend's mother received a few emails from someone with a Gmail address. The emails were sent to my friend's mother as well at least a hundred of her professional colleagues. The problem is that the emails included a (faked) pornographic image that is supposed to be of my friend's mom. What steps should my friend's mother take to do something about this?
posted by juliebug to Computers & Internet (10 answers total)
We have the Gmail address it was sent from (doesn't seem to be used for anything else after googling) as well as a name associated with it (which my friend's mother doesn't recognize, so it's likely fake).
We also have the email headers but I combed through them and all of the IPs are either related to Gmail or my friend's mother's email service. She's already filled out a form for Google (https://support.google.com/mail/contact/abuse?hl=en), but what else, if anything, can she do? Is this not defamation and/or libel? (Friend's mother is in Montreal, Quebec, in terms of jurisdiction.)
Any advice on what to do? Will Google do anything about this?