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How Law Enforcement Tracks Down Social Media Threats

Social Media Threats

Local technology experts are warning the community about the dangers of anonymous apps after police arrested a juvenile who posted an online threat to Frenship ISD.

Posting in the “After School” social media app, the suspect claimed to have brought a gun to the campus and threatened to harm students and staff.

“In cases like this, where somebody’s health or danger is involved, they can go back and track through all the apps, through the internet, through the carriers,” said Brent Bloodworth, president of iOrchard. “There’s always a trail, just depends on how much trouble they want to go to, to get to it.”

That is exactly what local and federal investigators did, with cooperation from Facebook, Apple and the After School app administration, even though the app claims to never reveal users’ identities.

Bloodworth has a theory about the investigation prior to Wednesday’s arrest.

“When you log into the app it requires your Facebook info. That’s how they determine which school you’re in, so they need to know your location and your personal information – your email address, your friends and that kind of thing,” Bloodworth said.

“So they figure out which school you are in. When they went to Facebook with the threat and said, ‘Hey, someone is threatening to do this, we need to find out who did this ASAP’ Facebook said, ‘Here’s our policy: here’s the name of the user,’ and then they worked their way backward from there.”

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Criminals Use Social Media Too

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The Internet has transformed crime. Many criminals today use the Internet to commit crimes such as cyber stalking and identity theft.

Many people post a lot of personal information on their Twitter and Facebook accounts. Privacy is often not respected when people surf online.

Now, criminals can hack into Facebook and Twitter accounts and retrieve personal information about people.

More than 80% of crimes that are committed online involve the usage of social media websites. Privacy concerns have been aired for several years regarding this issue but people still post personal photos, birth dates, email addresses and other information on their profile and news pages. This information can be used against people very easily.

Young children who use social media sites can become victims of sex crimes. This is why people need to protect themselves online. For example, people should never post that they will e going on vacation. If people know that a house will be unoccupied for a period of time then burglars could learn this through social media and commit a crime.

Statistics have shown that 20% of people have been a victim of online crime.

This figure could increase as time goes by. More than one million people each day become victims so it is crucial for people to keep their online profiles private and only share basic information with their friends and followers. The world has changes a great deal since the personal computer was invented.

People have to change their mind sets so that they do not become a victim.

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