Pros And Cons Of Cyber Terrorism

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Internet as one of the most significant inventions in the 21st century broads our horizon, connects the world together and completely rewrites the human history. However as every other technology, Internet has its own limitation which is its anonymity. As Internet and computer have taken over more and more operations, devious people began to utilize internet to commit crimes or even planning terrorist attack.

Argomaniz (2014) claimed that terrorists might take advantages of the information technology to destroy the operation system of electricity, public transportation and etc. which could lead to physical damages and civilian casualties. In addition, terrorists stole confidential business information or set up fake charity website to gather funds for their activities. Furthermore internet was described as “online terrorists university” by (Weimann, 2004: 9, 2006: 112). Specifically online information taught beginners how to become “professional” for instance making bombs.

For eliminating threats from the internet, European union according to Argomaniz (2014) took measures of updating institutions for example the “2005 Council Framework Decision (FD)” dealing with
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Kennedy on the other hand successfully distinguished differences between cyber terrorism, cyber war, cyber-attack and hacktivism which illustrates that cyber terrorism have never happened. If cyber terrorism has never occurred, then why do government monitor citizens? Here exists a discussion that whether we should attribute 9-11 terrorist attack in New York to internet. Personally, I believe that internet is part of the plan but not the dominant strategy. As a result, the possibility that cyber terrorism would really occur is relatively low which illustrates that internet surveillance is not
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