Friday, 3 February 2017

The mimetic virus: a vector for cyber-terrorism

an article by Nicholas Ayres, Leandros A. Maglaras, Helge Janicke, Richard Smith and Ying He (School of Computer Science and Informatics, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK) published in International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management Volume 6 Number 4 (2016)


Like conventional terrorism, cyber-terrorism has the same aims and goals but the act is done exclusively within cyberspace where the computer is both weapon and target.

Unlike conventional terrorism, cyber-terrorism is not analogue but digital and any potential attack could have global consequences. Current thinking is that critical national infrastructure (CNI) is the main target of focus for cyber-terrorism but with so many people online on a national or even global scale, public could prove to be an easier, more tempting target.

This article addresses how the cyber-terrorist could use the public as target of a real or fake attack by using a mimetic virus as the weapon.

Hazel’s comment:
I wish I had access to the article but …

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