Cybercrime, Cyberwars, Cyberterrorism and Hacktivism

This month (December 2010) has seen the mainstream media alive with

stories of hacktivists attacking payment websites, including Visa,

MasterCard and PayPal, in response to those organisations’ refusal to

take payments in support of the WikiLeaks website. Every day we hear

stories of cybercriminals stealing money and cyberterrorists causing

mayhem, alongside state sponsored cyberwarfare as nations battle it out

on line.

The reality is more complicated. Whilst these stories make good

headlines the truth is often more disturbing; but what exactly is the

truth behind cybercrime, cyberwarfare, cyberterrorism and hacktivism?

What do you need to know and what do you need to do to deal with the


In support of a recent paper I have written I have serialised some insight into these issues here

Nigel Stanley

Practice Leader, Security

Bloor Research