Deviance in Social Media and Social Cyber Forensics

Uncovering Hidden Relations Using Open Source Information (OSINF)

  • Samer Al-khateeb
  • Nitin Agarwal

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Cybersecurity book series (BRIEFSCYBER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Samer Al-khateeb, Nitin Agarwal
    Pages 1-26
  3. Samer Al-khateeb, Nitin Agarwal
    Pages 27-44
  4. Samer Al-khateeb, Nitin Agarwal
    Pages 67-77
  5. Samer Al-khateeb, Nitin Agarwal
    Pages 79-94
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 95-101

About this book


This book describes the methodologies and tools used to conduct social cyber forensic analysis. By applying these methodologies and tools on various events observed in the case studies contained within, their effectiveness is highlighted. They blend computational social network analysis and cyber forensic concepts and tools in order to identify and study information competitors.

Through cyber forensic analysis, metadata associated with propaganda-riddled websites are extracted. This metadata assists in extracting social network information such as friends and followers along with communication network information such as networks depicting flows of information among the actors such as tweets, replies, retweets, mentions, and hyperlinks. Through computational social network analysis, the authors identify influential actors and powerful groups coordinating the disinformation campaign. A blended social cyber forensic approach allows them to study cross-media affiliations of the information competitors. For instance, narratives are framed on blogs and YouTube videos, and then Twitter and Reddit, for instance, will be used to disseminate the message. Social cyber forensic methodologies enable researchers to study the role of modern information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the evolution of information campaign and coordination.

In addition to the concepts and methodologies pertaining to social cyber forensics, this book also offers a collection of resources for readers including several datasets that were collected during case studies, up-to-date reference and literature surveys in the domain, and a suite of tools that students, researchers, and practitioners alike can utilize. Most importantly, the book demands a dialogue between information science researchers, public affairs officers, and policy makers to prepare our society to deal with the lawless “wild west” of modern social information systems triggering debates and studies on cyber diplomacy.


deviant groups or behaviors cyber forensics (Maltego) cyber propaganda campaigns strategic communications information warfare Daesh online presence online misinformation campaign

Authors and affiliations

  • Samer Al-khateeb
    • 1
  • Nitin Agarwal
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Journalism, Media & ComputingCreighton UniversityOmahaUSA
  2. 2.Information Science DepartmentUniversity of Arkansas at Little RockLittle RockUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-13689-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-13690-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2193-973X
  • Series Online ISSN 2193-9748
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