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Cybercrime Update: Instascamming

The Insta-Scam (and Instaspam components)  is a relatively new cyber scam operated on social media and targeting users on mediums such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The Traditional Insta-Scam Scammers post pictures on social media of free items, giveaways and high-end brands, encouraging [...]

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Cybercrime Update: CatPhishing

Ways to Protect Yourself Online from "Crooked Sweethearts" Catphishing (or “Catfishing”) is a “romance scam” and form of fraud, highly popularised by the use of social media networks, online chat forums and documentary-turned television series by the same name. The term “catfish” was [...]

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Spoliation Sanctions: Social Media Clean Up

Lester v. Allied Concrete [2014] In this rare instance, Virginia State fined an attorney $522,000 in spoliation sanctions for advising his client to “clean up” his Facebook account during litigation proceedings; deeming it to be the largest eDiscovery spoliation sanction to that point. A [...]

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Social Media Case Law – Admissibility of Online Evidence

Commonwealth v. Purdy [2011] Email, ESI and Electronic Communication: Admissibility of Evidence This early 2011 criminal case disputed the admissibility of emails as evidence, and the standards of authentication necessary for considering both email and content from social media as genuine [...]

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Social Media Evidence – MySpace

Griffin v Maryland [2011] A History of Social Media Evidence - MySpace Content The case was one of the first landmark cases to address the admissibility of social media evidence in trials, in the form of a MySpace printout. In this murder trial, the defendant’s girlfriend (Jessica [...]

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