The psychological effects of cyber terrorism

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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
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was made possible, in part, by grants awarded to Daphna Canetti from the US National Institute of Mental Health [R01 MH073687], from the Israel Science Foundation [594/15], and from the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation [2009460], and to Michael L. Gross from the Israel Science Foundation [156/13].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.


  • Cyber security
  • Cyber terrorism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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