Tracking and Harvesting Demographic and Related Information of Social Media Users as Forensic Evidence for Law Enforcement

  • Lamek Ronoh
  • Nickson Karie
  • Kefa Rabah

Abstract

There is significant increase in the number of cyberspace profiles, making social media platforms important research repository for studying about almost social users’ deeds, likes, and way of thinking. Accordingly, this paper focused on how to intrinsically track, mine and analyse data from the selected of  specific  social media platforms that can be presented to court as evidence against the subject or target under investigation in Kenya. Social network analysis experimental research design was employed in this study. The respondents were guided to create pseudo-online parody accounts in various social media platforms, which was used to track and harvest forensic evidence from the selected respondents. The outcome of this study gives a new insight and techniques that can help law enforcement agencies and related stakeholders to identify and  track suspicious characters online. The discoveries presented in this paper demonstrates how law enforcement agencies can employ this technique in identifying and  tracking suspicious individuals and ultimately help in maintaining law and order. 

Published
2017-09-04
How to Cite
RONOH, Lamek; KARIE, Nickson; RABAH, Kefa. Tracking and Harvesting Demographic and Related Information of Social Media Users as Forensic Evidence for Law Enforcement. Mara Research Journal of Computer Science & Security - ISSN 2518-8453, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, p. 20 - 47, sep. 2017. Available at: <http://compsc.mrjournals.org/index.php/csis/article/view/2>. Date accessed: 16 dec. 2017.