Electronic harassment, not to be confused with cyberstalking, describes any situation where a person or property is being covertly harmed or bothered using an electronic device. Microwaves and electronic surveillance devices are some of the weapons used by electronic harassers. Signal jamming and lasers have also been used on targets of electronic harassment, also known as e-harassment. E-harassment can be incredibly difficult to detect because of its discreet nature.
One method of electronic harassment is made available by the popular microwave oven. All someone needs to do to turn this common household appliance into an electronic weapon is to remove the door and bypass the door interlock switch. When this device is properly rigged and held against the wall of the harassment target, it can cause some severe medical symptoms. Microwave exposure can lead to early Alzheimer's, cancer, as well as heart and blood pressure problems. This type of harassment can also cause headaches, cataracts, and memory loss.
Electronic surveillance is another form of electronic harassment. As technology advances, surveillance devices are getting smaller and more discreet, which is bad news for targets of e-harassment. GPS tracking devices and video or audio recording mechanisms, when used illegally and without the target's consent, can be used for e-harassment. Unfortunately, these devices are very easy to come by in spy novelty shops and online stores and equally difficult to detect when hidden well.
Jamming and other electronic interference devices also constitute e-harassment. GPS device jammers are often used by truckers in order to remain hidden during unauthorized stops, but they can also be used more directly to harm someone. One case of widespread e-harassment was reported when North Korea temporarily disabled GPS signals in a large portion of South Korea, where the U.S. Navy was running drills. Electronic noise generators can also be used to disrupt cell phone and other signals of an e-harassment target.
Lasers have provided yet another avenue of electronic harassment. No matter the cost or technological complexity of the device that produces the laser, this type of harassment can be very dangerous or just annoying. Some of the more juvenile attempts at laser harassment include shining the red dot produced by the laser within the target's view. People have been temporarily blinded by electronic harassers shining the laser into their eyes. Traffic accidents have also been caused by lasers shined in the target's eye while driving.