Criminal intelligence surveillance and monitoring on social media: Cases of cyber-Trafficking

Wingyan Chung, Elizabeth Mustaine, Dajun Zeng

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Abstract

Cyber-Trafficking is the illegal transport of humans, drugs, weapons, or goods by means of Internet-enabled electronic devices. Currently, there is a lack of surveillance and understanding of the rapidly growing social concern about cyber-Trafficking (CT). This paper describes the Cyber-Trafficking Surveillance System (CyTraSS) and provides preliminary findings of using the system to monitor CT social media discussions. CyTraSS supports flexible collection, analysis, and visualization of social media content, user linkage, and temporal features. The CyTraSS database contains a focused collection of over 2,318,691 social media messages posted by over 740,070 users who discussed about trafficking crimes and issues. CyTraSS supports keyword search, sentiment analysis, message statistics summarization, and influential leader identification. Emotion expressed in social media messages is extracted and aggregated quantitatively to indicate community mood. We examined three use cases about a sex trafficker identified by a flight attendant, Federal use of private prisons, and trafficking cases related to Beijing. These time-sensitive incidents are highly-relevant to CT and were identified by using clues provided by CyTraSS. The results have strong implications for understanding CT concern on social media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationSecurity and Big Data, ISI 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages191-193
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781509067275
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 8 2017
Event15th IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, ISI 2017 - Beijing, China
Duration: Jul 22 2017Jul 24 2017

Other

Other15th IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, ISI 2017
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period7/22/177/24/17

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Keywords

  • Cyber-Trafficking
  • Emotion analysis
  • Intelligence gathering and analysis
  • Social media
  • Social media analytics
  • Visualization
  • Web search
  • Web-based surveillance and monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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Chung, W., Mustaine, E., & Zeng, D. (2017). Criminal intelligence surveillance and monitoring on social media: Cases of cyber-Trafficking. In 2017 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics: Security and Big Data, ISI 2017 (pp. 191-193). [8004908] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISI.2017.8004908