2 September 2016

The psychological effects of cyber terrorism

Michael L. Gross

Michael L. Gross is a professor at the University of Haifa in Israel, where he is also the head of the School of Political Science. He is the author...


When ordinary citizens think of cyber threats, most are probably worried about their passwords and banking details, not a terrorist attack. The thought of a shooting in a mall or a bombing at an airport is probably more frightening than a cyber breach. Yet terrorists aim for mental as well as physical destruction, and our research has found that, depending on who the attackers and the victims are, the psychological effects of cyber threats can rival those of traditional terrorism.