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State Cyberterrorism: A Contradiction in Terms? / Stuart Macdonald; Lee Jarvis; Lella Nouri

Journal of Terrorism Research, Volume: 6, Issue: 3, Pages: 62 - 75

Swansea University Author: Macdonald, Stuart

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DOI (Published version): 10.15664/jtr.1162

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This article explores findings from a global survey of the terrorism research community to explore whether states may be deemed capable of conducting cyberterrorism. The article begins with a brief review of recent literature on state terrorism, identifying empirical and analytical justifications fo...

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Published in: Journal of Terrorism Research
ISSN: 2049-7040
Published: 2015
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa23520
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Abstract: This article explores findings from a global survey of the terrorism research community to explore whether states may be deemed capable of conducting cyberterrorism. The article begins with a brief review of recent literature on state terrorism, identifying empirical and analytical justifications for greater use of this concept. Following a discussion of our research methodology we make two arguments. First, that there exists considerable ‘expert’ support for the validity of the proposition that states can indeed engage in cyberterrorism. Second, that whether states are deemed capable of cyberterrorism has implications for subsidiary debates, including around the threat that cyberterrorism poses.
Keywords: State terrorism; Cyberterrorism; Terrorism; Internet; Threat; Security; Survey
College: Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law
Issue: 3
Start Page: 62
End Page: 75