The psychological effects of cyber terrorism

Michael L. Gross, Daphna Canetti, Dana R. Vashdi

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Abstract

When ordinary citizens think of cyber threats, most are probably worried about their passwords and banking details, not a terrorist attack. The thought of a shooting in a mall or a bombing at an airport is probably more frightening than a cyber breach. Yet terrorists aim for mental as well as physical destruction, and our research has found that, depending on who the attackers and the victims are, the psychological effects of cyber threats can rival those of traditional terrorism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-291
Number of pages8
JournalBulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Volume72
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • Cyber security
  • Cyber terrorism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations

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