Cyber Terrorist

Definition: The precise meaning of the phrase cyber terrorist is currently being debated but it does include the concept of a malevolent individual, who is unaffiliated with a nation state, conducting an attack against someone's information infrastructure. Included, also, is the fact that the person is motivated to harm another individual’s or business’ digital processing infrastructure. Such an individual is motivated by a cause (political or otherwise) and is intent on compromising computer security and damaging information assets and instilling fear.

The threats against an organization's digital processing infrastructure are growing.

Its Relevance: Private or public information infrastructure owners must be on guard against both targeted and indiscriminate attacks against valuable digital assets. An awareness of computer security and the actual threats that are faced must be developed. For example, an individual or business may be targeted because of the nature of its business (i.e. medical experimentation with animals or political beliefs).

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