What is cyberterrorism? Findings from a survey of researchers

Lee Jarvis, Stuart Macdonald

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This article reports on a recent survey designed to capture understandings of cyberterrorism across the global research community. Specifically, it explores competing views, and the importance thereof, amongst the 118 respondents on three definitional issues: (a) the need for a specific definition of cyberterrorism for either policymakers or researchers; (b) the core characteristics or constituent parts of this concept; and (c) the value of applying the term ‘‘cyberterrorism’’ to a range of actual or potential scenarios. The article concludes by arguing that while a majority of researchers believe a specific definition of cyberterrorism necessary for academics and policymakers, disagreement around what this might look like has additional potential to stimulate a rethinking of terrorism more widely.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-678
Number of pages22
JournalTerrorism and Political Violence
Issue number4
Early online date8 May 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • cyberterrorism
  • definition
  • survey
  • terrorism
  • terrorism research
  • terrorism studies

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