provides students with an up-to-date understanding of how social networking
sites work and how members act and interact. Students learn what information is
available on various sites and how to integrate that information into criminal
investigations and criminal intelligence analysis. Topics include the phenomena
of virtual worlds and massively multi-player games, and how criminals recruit,
communicate, and launder money in these environments; the operation of the
largest sites; ways of concealing the location from which the internet is
accessed; how criminal organizations use online social networks to interact,
identify victims, and conceal their identity; and the risk to law enforcement
officers (especially undercover investigators) posed by online social
networking, social media, and viral videos.
This course contains graphic content including profanity, sexual
images, and violent images.