Terrorism and Cybercrime   [open pdf - 0B]

From the thesis abstract: "Since 11 Sep 02, and the beginning of the declared U.S. War on Terror, modern terrorists increasingly rely on the Internet to conduct daily operations. They can no longer openly conduct meetings, recruit new members, train, and raise funds without the threat of U.S. attack. They were forced to adapt and have since successfully leveraged Internet capabilities to carry out their missions. They have proven their skills in spreading propaganda to shape public opinion and gain support from sympathizers. However, what is not as well publicized is their use of the Internet to conduct cybercrimes such as identity theft and credit card fraud for the express intent of raising funds in support of terrorist activities. The U.S. must adapt to these techniques and develop counter-measures with the same level of effort as when they froze assets in large financial institutions believed to belong to terrorists and their supporters. The methodology utilized for this research paper is Problem/Solution. The problem is identified through the research and analysis of numerous periodicals and online articles. The solution is sought by interpreting legal documents, analyzing the roles of responsible organizations, exploring Internet technologies, and understanding ideologies leading to the establishment of terrorist organizations."

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