Chapter 5

Online Investigations

Learning Outcomes

After reading this chapter, you will be able to understand the following:

  • How to gather personal data about a suspect from a variety of online sources;

  • Databases available to law enforcement to profile a suspect;

  • Different types of online crime and how criminal investigations are conducted online; and

  • How to capture Internet communications, video, images, and other content to add to an investigative report.

When I ask my college students about conducting an online investigation and trying to find personal information about an individual, they generally suggest using the Google search engine. However, searching for information by simply using Google will yield numerous unfocused search results. ...

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