Dr. Jason Kinser is an Associate Professor in the School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences at George Mason University. His current research interests include classification of regions in lung scans to detect idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
The explosive growth in the use of instant messaging (IM) communication in both personal and professional environments has resulted in an increased risk to proprietary, sensitive, and personal information and safety due to the influx of IM-assisted cybercrimes, such as phishing, social engineering, threatening, cyber bullying, hate speech and crimes, child exploitation, sexual harassment, and illegal sales and distribution of software. IM-assisted cybercrimes are continuing to make the news with child exploitation, cyber bullying, and scamming leading last month’s headlines. Instant messaging’s anonymity and use of virtual identities hinders social accountability and presents a critical challenge for cybercrime investigation. Cyber forensic techniques are needed to assist cybercrime decision support tools in collecting and analyzing digital evidence, discovering characteristics about the cyber criminal, and assisting in identifying cyber criminal suspects.