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Psychological Impact of Cyberterrorism
Psychological Impact of Cyberterrorism

Author(s): Anca Savu, Ștefania Neagu
Subject(s): Security and defense, Military policy
Published by: Centrul tehnic-editorial al armatei
Keywords: cyberspace; cyber terrorism; cyber terrorist; organized crime; psychological impact;
Summary/Abstract: Any act of terrorism constitutes for the democratic societies a real psychological andemotional aggression, capable of producing fears in the mentality of the population. Froma semantic point of view, terrorism achieves its ultimate goal here, by creating a climate ofinsecurity, fear and terror. The act itself, which may be a conventional terrorist attack or onethat takes place in the online environment, is sufficient to profoundly influence professionalactivities, leisure and travel. Therefore, the profoundly intrusive and violent nature ofcyberterrorism can encourage the occurrence of psychiatric disorders or risky behaviour. Inorder to be able to correctly estimate the impact of cyberterrorism, we must first of all identifythe psychological profile of the cyber terrorist. Secondly, cyber terrorism is most often part ofconventional terrorism, and therefore has a similar impact.