Enhancing a Web Crawler with Arabic Search

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Nguyen, Qui V.
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Su, Weilian
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2010-09
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Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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en_US
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Many advantages of the Internetâ ease of access, limited regulation, vast potential audience, and fast flow of informationâ have turned it into the most popular way to communicate and exchange ideas. Criminal and terrorist groups also use these advantages to turn the Internet into their new play/battle fields to conduct their illegal/terror activities. There are millions of Web sites in different languages on the Internet, but the lack of foreign language search engines makes it impossible to analyze foreign language Web sites efficiently. This thesis will enhance an open source Web crawler with Arabic search capability, thus improving an existing social networking tool to perform page correlation and analysis of Arabic Web sites. A social networking tool with Arabic search capabilities could become a valuable tool for the intelligence community. Its page correlation and analysis results could be used to collect open source intelligence and build a network of Web sites that are related to terrorist or criminal activities.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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