From Terrorism to Cyber-Terrorism: The Case of ISIS

32 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2018

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Dominika Giantas

University of Piraeus - Faculty of International and European Studies

Dimitrios Stergiou

University of Peloponnese, Department of Economics

Date Written: March 7, 2018

Abstract

Cyber-space is a new battlefield. "Physical" Activities ranging from a simple greeting gesture to warfare have been cybernized and terrorism does not constitute an exception. From the days of Robespierre to the post 9/11 era, terrorism has been constantly transmuting in context, means and objectives and recently is making its first steps in cyberspace. Exploiting the advantages that this new field of expression, operations and confrontation has to offer like relative anonymity and abundance of easy targets, cyber-terrorism has been added to the cyber-vocabulary. The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) after its phenomenal expansion on the ground has become very active and innovative in the realm of cyber-terror. A number of organizations and individuals have pledged allegiance to ISIS and are employing their cyber-tactics in line with this terrorist organization's cyber-strategy.

Keywords: Cyber-Terrorism, ISIS, Terrorism

JEL Classification: D750, F51, Η56

Suggested Citation

Giantas, Dominika and Stergiou, Dimitrios, From Terrorism to Cyber-Terrorism: The Case of ISIS (March 7, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3135927 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3135927

Dominika Giantas (Contact Author)

University of Piraeus - Faculty of International and European Studies ( email )

Greece

Dimitrios Stergiou

University of Peloponnese, Department of Economics ( email )

Tripolis, 22100
Greece

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