Violinist Siân Philipps claims that a stalker stole her identity online, sent emails in her name and began squatting in a room under her flat. Philipps, who made her debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2004, said she was seeing an American man for five weeks before breaking off the relationship when he proposed.

She told the Evening Standard that shortly afterwards he started showing up at her flat in Vienna, and sending emails to her family and friends claiming to be her. She got a restraining order on him after the police apparently found him squatting in a utility room under her flat. She claims he also set up a malicious blog in her name, making numerous allegations. Now back in England, she is calling for it to be made easier to block malicious blogs. The police are investigating her allegation of harassment.