Are They Crime or Patriotism - A Case Study on Politically and Socially Motivated Cyber Attacks

Ruohui Zhao, Sam Houston State University
Hongwei Zhang, Sam Houston State University

Of many different types of cyberterrorism, the politically and socially motivated cyber attacks are the most debated. Unlike traditional hackers, the specific cyber attackers with strong nationalism spontaneously normally don't have strong economical or recreational interests when they launch the viruses and e-attacks on the opposite governmental and commercial websites, especially toward the websites claimed to be their enemies, no matter where the location of Internet Service Provider (ISP) is.

Because of wide gap of economic and military power, for example, sometimes cyber war is the only way for the hackers in the less developed countries to make catharsis for their dissatisfaction on developed countries' insolence and arbitrariness, as well as their strong statement of political disagreement on the sensitive issues, such as human right, weapon control and environmental protection. Their counterparts also fight back with the e-tombs. Correspondingly, the cyber attacks or war start among the conflicting parties as a result.

Through the discussion, this study tends to explore its nature, characteristics, and outcomes and calls on the attention for that.

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Updated 05/20/2006