Cyberterrorism targeting general public through social media
Current literature suggests that critical national infrastructure is the main focus of attack for cyberterrorism but this researchwill address the issue of whether a mimetic virus is a viable cyberterrorist attack against a target population.Statistical data was obtained from questionnaires with 100 random participants regarding their understanding and current levels of fear of a cyberterrorist attack against them; responses indicated that there was a good level of understanding as to what cyberterrorism was and that participants’ fear levels of an impending attack were low. The participants were then introduced using a fabricated video clip to what they were led to believe was a real weaponised computer virus which attacked laptop batteries causing them to explode. The data showed that not only had participants’ fear levels increased but they would also modify future habits and behaviour. This research highlighted that the general publiccould indeed be a target of cyberterrorism and a mimetic virus could be an effective method of attack.
Citation:Ayres, N. and Maglaras, L. (2016) Cyberterrorism targeting general public through social media. Security and Communication Networks
Research Group:Cyber Security Centre