From Conventional to Sophisticated: A Cyber Guise to Terrorism in the Middle East

From Conventional to Sophisticated: A Cyber Guise to Terrorism in the Middle East

Mustafa Küçük Firat (Lund University, Sweden)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8976-1.ch009

Abstract

Improvements in the technology unequivocally aids everyday life. These advancements lead states to save time and money. The crucial point is the facilitation that the internet and cyber services offer. Internet can be used for providing services to the citizens and can be benefitted while storing massive amounts of data. Nevertheless, cyberspace comes with serious problems too. The security of the data that have been transferred to the digital space ought to be protected in absolute terms. In cases of lack of securitization, cyberspace becomes vulnerable to attacks and, obviously, terrorist organizations can benefit from this. The Middle East, too, is an arena for such actions. But, the particular importance of the region reveals itself via its affiliation with the most widespread and dangerous terrorist organizations. Their ability to use the internet for propaganda and organizing attacks should not be disdained. Referencing these, this chapter will focus on the transfer of conventional terrorism to cyberspace in the Middle East.
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