Zoe Quinn and some of the other targets of the recent online gaming kerfuffle that will not be named created a new internet task force to help support targets of online harassment. The new task force, named Crash Override (Hackers!), seems to have a bunch of people with media, computer security, and information security expertise. The whole point of this new support group/ task force is to provide harassment targets with information and strategies to keep themselves safe in the face of things like libel, swatting, doxxing, and other (unfortunately) standard forms of internet attack. The whole endeavor is being spearheaded by Zoe and her current boyfriend and they are running their main website and infrastructure out of pocket and at no cost to people seeking help (they also aren't taking donations of any kind). So If you are or have been the target of online harassment it looks like their site might be a good place to look for help.
Here is a link to the main site if you need one: http://www.crashoverridenetwork.com/
Here is their mission statement:
Crash Override is a support network and assistance group for victims and targets of unique forms of online harassment, composed entirely of experienced survivors. Our network includes experts in information security, white hat hacking, PR, law enforcement, legal, threat monitoring, and counselling. Most, if not all, of our agents are former clients. Prior to formal launch, our trial runs had great success in helping victims lock down their information, prevent SWATing attempts, and feel like they were back in control of their online life.
Our network works preventatively and reactively, warning targets and working with them during episodes of harassment to keep them safe and provide them with the means to reduce harm and rebuild, as well as disempower their harassers. We understand that every case of online harassment is unique in terms of its targets, aggressors, and circumstances, and that no one plan of survival is suitable for everyone. We instead work with clients to tailor a unique plans of action, informed by our own experience and prior success in the field.
Crash Override’s process is transparent and thorough. We are not a vigilante group and do not take retaliatory action against abusers. We focus on safety, security, and recovery from incidents of online harassment, using well-established, humane, and transparent channels to disempower abuse and reduce the ability abusers have to perpetuate it. We do not fight harassment with more harassment. We work with law enforcement, media, and social infrastructure to respond to threats, and encourage informed changes in policy and systems to proactively reduce future abuse.
I think its pretty awesome that there is now a group dedicated to helping the victims of online harassment and providing a level of support that previously did not exist. I'm glad that there are people out there that are willing and able to help rather than simply saying, "that's terrible I wish someone would do something, but you can't really stop the internet from being the internet." I hope someone finds this useful!