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Interpretation and Insider Threat: Re-Reading the Anthrax Mailings of 2001 Through a “Big Data” Lens

Nowviskie, Bethany; Saathoff, Gregory
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Part of Book
Author
Nowviskie, Bethany
Saathoff, Gregory
Contributor
Akhgar, Babak
Saathoff, Gregory
Arabnia, Hamid
Hill, Richard
Staniforth, Andrew
Bayerl, Petra Saskia
Abstract
This pre-print chapter for a textbook on the use of so-called "big data" in anti-terrorism and law enforcement addresses the notion of insider threat, using the "Amerithrax" anthrax mailings of 2001 as a practical case study. The chapter explores how data analysis could aid investigators on major insider threat cases in visualizing and identifying patterns emerging from dense, rich, and very large sets of behavioral and transactional data that play out across metadata-bearing axes such as space and time. The chapter argues, however, for close attention to civil liberties and ethical use of data mining, and concludes that "big data" analysis is no substitute for careful, close reading of sources by expert interpreters.
Language
English
Date Received
2015-02-09
Published
Butterworth-Heinemann, 2015
Published Date
2015
Notes
This book chapter was made available as open access through contract negotiation with Elsevier Publishing. The full textbook may be purchased at the publication URL listed on this page. This work has passed a peer-review process.
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Libra Open Repository
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