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From Crowdsourcing to Crimesourcing: The Rise of Distributed Criminality

From Crowdsourcing to Crimesourcing: The Rise of Distributed Criminality

Crowdsourcing began as a legitimate tool to leverage the wisdom of the crowds to solve complex business and scientific challenges...
Unlawful Assembly in Virtual Spaces Now Also Illegal

Unlawful Assembly in Virtual Spaces Now Also Illegal

Many governments around the world have criminal statutes preventing “unlawful assembly” crimes.  Generally speaking, an unlawful assembly refers to a gathering of individuals who come together in order to commit an unlawful act or to behave in a violent, boisterous or tumultuous manner.  While nations around the world differ in their tolerance of public gatherings,...
When Flash Mobs Become Crime Mobs

When Flash Mobs Become Crime Mobs

When people think of flash mobs, they tend to focus on the positive: 300 people showing up to dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller in a London tube station,  a relatively calm Worldwide Pillow Fight Day or even an impromptu Sound of Music performance in Antwerp’s (Belgium) central rail station. Yet as the below article demonstrates,...
Twittering with Life and Death: A Tweet Too Far?

Twittering with Life and Death: A Tweet Too Far?

When Jack Dorsey founded the Twitter micro-blogging service in 2006, he, like most business owners, was surely hoping for great success.  Now just few short years later, he clearly has arrived.  Twitter has grown from about 500,000 tweets per quarter in 2007 to more than 4 billion tweets in the first quarter of 2010.  While...
Tweet the Police: San Francisco Non-Emergency Police Services Available via Twitter

Tweet the Police: San Francisco Non-Emergency Police Services Available via Twitter

As noted elsewhere on Future Crimes, law enforcement organizations throughout the world are increasingly using technology to serve the public.  Most such initial efforts were nothing more than one-way public relations activities, such as the police chief hosting a web page with his biography and photograph. During law enforcement’s initial first-generation foray onto the Internet,...
Social Networking Crime on the Rise: Koobface Estimated to Have Infected 500,000 PC's

Social Networking Crime on the Rise: Koobface Estimated to Have Infected 500,000 PC’s

The Below news story is interesting for a few reasons.  Firstly, it provides a good overview of social networking security issues. While nothing in the article is earth-shattering for those who follow this Web 2.0 crime, it is a useful update on the current state of affairs.  Secondly, and of note is the fact that...
Taking al-Qaeda’s Jihad to Facebook

Taking al-Qaeda’s Jihad to Facebook

An interesting take on Al-Qa’ida and social media. From: The Terrorism Monitor Volume: 8 Issue: 5 By Murad Batal Al-shishani Source: Jamestown Foundation Web forums associated with jihad and al-Qaeda sympathizers have become a major source of information about militant Islamist groups, as well as a platform for the dissemination of the audio, visual and...
Does Your Police Department Tweet?  Social Media as a Tool in Crime Fighting

Does Your Police Department Tweet? Social Media as a Tool in Crime Fighting

As the report below indicates, more and more law enforcement agencies are taking advantage of social media as a means of crime fighting. Interestingly, communities too are also using web 2.0 technologies for neighborhood watch programs and for reporting unusual activities in the community.  Recently in Colorado (USA), a twitter-update by a concerned parent brought...
Should Virtual Suicide Be Outlawed?

Should Virtual Suicide Be Outlawed?

Recently a company in the Netherlands known as "Moddr.Net" released a software application allowing users to commit "virtual suicide."
Social Networking Sites: Even When You Don't  Share, You May Be Sharing

Social Networking Sites: Even When You Don’t Share, You May Be Sharing

Social media and Web 2.0 firms have been adding services rapidly, bringing a social networking dimension to many of our daily interactions.  Today, it is readily possible to share photos, music, video or even website bookmarks while connecting with friends and family around the world as never before.  While these services may create value and...
Just what we needed--Tweeting Gang Bangers

Just what we needed–Tweeting Gang Bangers

As reported below, gang members in Los Angeles, New York and elsewhere are taking to social media with great aplomb.  What better way to play your local neighborhood knife fight than via twitter?  Always wanted to be a member of the bloods or crips, why not stop by our Facebook page? Once again, we see...
Exploiting Social Networks for Criminal Purposes

Exploiting Social Networks for Criminal Purposes

Popular social networking sites. The explosion in the use of social networking sites such as Facebook, Myspace, Orkut, Bebo, Habbo, Friendster and QQ has taken the internet by storm.  Hundreds of millions of subscribers (literally hundreds of millions) are signing up for these services and proving vast amounts of personal information about their lives, friends,...