Chapter 14. Cyberterrorism: The Emerging Worldwide Threat

  1. David Canter Professor
  1. Amanda M. Sharp Parker

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470744499.ch14

The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

How to Cite

Sharp Parker, A. M. (2010) Cyberterrorism: The Emerging Worldwide Threat, in The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (ed D. Canter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470744499.ch14

Editor Information

  1. University of Huddersfield, UK

Author Information

  1. University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470753804

Online ISBN: 9780470744499



  • cyberterrorism - emerging worldwide threat;
  • possibilities for cyberterrorism and distinctions from cyber crime;
  • concerted international co-operation - to combat this threat;
  • cyberterrorism, convergence of cyberspace and terrorism;
  • governments around the world - increasingly aware of potential threat of cyberterrorism;
  • terrorists' use of technology;
  • terrorist groups, Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka and Aum Shinrikyo, based in Japan;
  • United States Government believes that al-Qaeda - trains members in cyberterrorism tactics;
  • cyberterrorism and cyber crime - potential targets of cyberterrorism;
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Energy Management Systems (EMS)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Terrorists ' Use of Technology

  • Cyberterrorism and Cyber Crime

  • Potential Targets of Cyberterrorism

  • The Maroochy Shire Case (Maroochy Shire Council, 2006)

  • The Future

  • Summary

  • References