Essay on Cyber Terrorism : Terrorism As A Tool For Terror

2920 Words Nov 30th, 2016 12 Pages
Americans have laid cheek and jowl with terrorism for many years, especially since the events of September 11, 2001. While terrorism is usually concerned with bombings, kidnappings or hijackings, some forms of terrorism are much more costly regarding monetary expense. It is estimated that cyber terrorism costs the consumers at least 100 billion dollars a year, although that is only a rough estimate. Company costs for cybercrime can come from the following areas: loss of intellectual property or confidential information, service interruptions that prevent businesses from conducting business on the Internet, damage to business or personal reputations, adding networks, and insurance and recovery to thwart cybercrime (McAfee4). This paper will discuss aspects of cyber terrorism as they relate to other forms of terrorism, as a tool for terror and how to defend against it.

A Glance at Terrorism
The Department of Defense has defined terrorism as “the calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological” (Department of Defense para.1). The FBI defines terrorism as “Terrorism is the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives” (Federal Bureau…

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