Ogochukwu Favour Nzeakor , Peace & Conflict Studies Unit, School of General Studies, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. Abia State, Nigeria
Given the conflicting positions on the relationship between Internet access and cybercrime victimization experiences, we examinedthe relationship between Internet access and cybercrime victimization experiences in Abia State, Nigeria. Using questionnaire and IDI, samples of 1104 were collected from potential Internet users between ages of 20 and 70. We found: (1) a high level Internet access among the populace in the sense that while most participants accessed the Internet several times (67.5%) in a day (19.4%); very few participants (< 10%) accessed the Internet seldomly. (2)that almost all (92%) the participants accessed the Internet regularly as opposed to just very few (8%) that used it irregularly. (3)that frequency of Internet access does not necessarily predict cybercrime victimization in the sense that participants who rarely accessed the Internet experienced cybercrime victimization (M = 2.79; S.D = 2.0) more than those who accessed it regularly (M = 2.34, SD = 1.5), t(923) = 2.352, p < .05, r = .1. (4)that more users appeared to have accessed the Internet for social media related purposes that non-social media purpose: little above half of the participants (55%) used the Internet more for social media; while little below half (45%) of them used it for non-social media purposes. (5)on average, participants who majorly access the Internet for social media related purpose experienced more victimization than those who majorly accessed it for other non-social media related purposes, t(923) = 1.410, p > .05. We conclude that vulnerability to cybercrime victimization does not necessarily depend on the frequency of Internet access, rather on the cybercrime awareness and digital hygiene level.
Internet access, digital hygiene, cybercrime victimization& cybercrime awareness.
Pedro Henrique Resende Ribeiro, Pedro Leale, and Ivan da Silva Sendin, Faculdade de Computação, Federal University of Uberlândia, Uberlândia, Brazil
In the last decades, the global financial landscape has undergone considerable changes, one of which concerns the use of cryptocurrencies. The growing popularity of this asset, particularly Bitcoin, has contributed to the intensification of illegal activities involving the currency. Therefore, forensic analysis of transactions carried out in blockchains is of fundamental importance for the identification and tracking of criminal activities. This study aims to propose a pipeline for the forensic analysis of Bitcoin, using techniques such as Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT), clustering of addresses present in blockchains and financial analysis. Once the pipeline is defined, the implementation of an open-source tool can be started, which will benefit the entire cryptocurrency community.
Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, Forensic Analysis, OSINT, Clustering.