A Review of Research Studies on Cyber Terror

A Review of Research Studies on Cyber Terror

Esra Söğüt (Gazi University, Turkey) and O. Ayhan Erdem (Gazi University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8976-1.ch008
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Thanks to the internet, the distances between the countries are easily overcome and the communication network rapidly expands. This situation also affects the cyber security of the countries to a great extent. Attacks on critical infrastructures, companies, and public institutions can be magnitude that make great harms. These developments in cyber space bring new problems. One of them is cyber terror. Cyber terror does not have a certain and well-known definition. Cyber terror is the realization of terrorist acts in the field of cyber war. In addition, cyber space is a place of display for terrorist acts. The effects of cyber terror attacks have reached a level to scare all countries. There is not enough information about the definition, characteristics, methods used in cyber terror attacks and cyber terror groups. It is important for national administrators and staff to become conscious and to become informed about cyber terror. In this chapter, information will be presented, endeavors on awareness-creation will be made, and a role of guiding the future studies will be taken.
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The Place Of Cyber Terror In Cyber Attacks

The word cyber (kubernesis) means to manage, to rule, in Greek. The term Cybernetique was used by American mathematician Nobert Wiener and then continued to be used in informatics.

Figure 1 presents the groups of cyber attack types and the place of cyber terror in cyber attacks (Uma & Padmavathi, 2013).

Figure 1.

Diagram of cyber attack classification


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