Nature and Forensic Investigation of Crime in Second Life

Rakitianskaia, Olivier, and Cooper


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A. S. Rakitianskaia, M. S. Olivier, and A. K. Cooper. “Nature and Forensic Investigation of Crime in Second Life”. In: Proceedings of the 2011 Information Security for South Africa (ISSA 2011) Conference. Ed. by H. S. Venter, M. Coetzee, and M. Loock. (Work in Progress Paper; published electronically). Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 2011


Online social spaces have become very popular in the past couple of decades. With the great numbers of users in the online environments it becomes obvious that the human factor plays an important role in the social structure of such environments. In online virtual worlds such as Second Life one may encounter not only civil, but even criminal offenses such as fraud, money laundering, or sexual harassment. It is evident that a digital forensic investigation should take place if any such criminal offense is committed inside the virtual world. This paper presents, categorises, and discusses various crimes that can take place in Second Life, as well as proposes four digital forensic techniques for gathering evidence of these crimes from the inside of the virtual world.

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author={Anastassia S Rakitianskaia and Martin S Olivier and Antony K Cooper},
title={Nature and Forensic Investigation of Crime in Second Life},
editor={Hein S Venter and Marijke Coetzee and Mariaan Loock},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 2011 Information Security for South Africa (ISSA 2011) Conference},
address={Johannesburg, South Africa},
note={(Work in Progress Paper; published electronically)} )

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