GC: n

S: UN – (last access: 6 November 2014); INFOSEC – (last access: 4 November 2014).

N: 1. From cyber + terrorism. Cyber, as an element in word formation, ultimately from cybernetics. It enjoyed explosive use with the rise of the Internet early 1990s. One researcher (Nagel) counted 104 words formed from it by 1994. Cyberpunk (by 1986) and cyberspace were among the earliest. Terrorism, 1795, in specific sense of “government intimidation during the Reign of Terror in France” (March 1793-July 1794), from French terrorisme, from Latin terror.
2. According to the NATO (2008), cyberterrorism is “a cyber attack using or exploiting computer or communication networks to cause sufficient destruction to generate fear or intimidate a society into an ideological goal.”
3. Cyberterrorism, was coined by Barry Collin in the 1980′s. The fact that terrorism caused via kinetic force has not been unified yet in the international doctrine undoubtedly impeded determining a proper definition for its subcategory, , cyberterrorism. In a way, defining cyberterrorism is even more difficult because of the abstractness that is naturally implicated in understanding how certain events occur in cyberspace.

S: 1. OED – (last access: 4 November 2014). 2 & 3. INFOSEC – (last access: 4 November 2014).


CR: bioterrorism, cybersecurity, war crime.