Uncovering Cybercrimes in Social Media through Natural Language Processing

Julián Santiago Ramírez Sánchez, Alejandra Campo Archbold, Andrés Zapata Rozo, Daniel Díaz-López, Javier Pastor-Galindo, Félix Gómez Mármol, Julián Aponte

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Among the myriad of applications of natural language processing (NLP), assisting law enforcement agencies (LEA) in detecting and preventing cybercrimes is one of the most recent and promising ones. The promotion of violence or hate by digital means is considered a cybercrime as it leverages the cyberspace to support illegal activities in the real world. The paper at hand proposes a solution that uses neural network (NN) based NLP to monitor suspicious activities in social networks allowing us to identify and prevent related cybercrimes. An LEA can find similar posts grouped in clusters, then determine their level of polarity, and identify a subset of user accounts that promote violent activities to be reviewed extensively as part of an effort to prevent crimes and specifically hostile social manipulation (HSM). Different experiments were also conducted to prove the feasibility of the proposal.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7955637
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
Issue numberSI: 347471
StatePublished - Dec 10 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications


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