Social Cyber Forensics (SCF): Uncovering Hidden Relationships

  • Samer Al-khateeb
  • Nitin Agarwal
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Cybersecurity book series (BRIEFSCYBER)


In this chapter, we will introduce the concept of social cyber forensics (SCF) and its usability. Then, we will introduce a tool, i.e., Maltego that can be used to study the cross-media affiliation and uncover hidden relations among different ODGs . In Sect. 4.2 we will provide three stepwise methodologies that can be followed to reach the desired outcome of analysis (e.g., uncovering the hidden relationship between Twitter accounts and a set of websites or blog sites, websites or blog sites and other websites or blog sites, and infer the ownership of a set of websites or blog sites). These methodologies have been tested during many cyber propaganda campaigns to associate and infer the relationships between different online groups. We also provide hands-on exercises to practice each of the methodologies introduced.


Social Cyber Forensics (SCF) Maltego Open source information Hands-on exercises 


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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

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