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Cyber Terrorism and India's Security

ABSTRACT

Cyber-terrorisin is now treated in military and political circles as seriously as conventional attacks with bombs and tanks. Conflicts can now be virtual but with consequences that are real and destructive: malware and other computer viruses can be directed to shut down infrastructure such as power grids, hospitals, water networks, financial markets and air security. A growing worry liere is that terrorist groups are using social networking to seek information not just about hard targets, but human ones. Furthermore cyberspace allows groups to spread propaganda & particular knowledge in new and innovative ways. An operation can be done by anyone anywhere in the world, for it can be performed tlıousands of miles away from a target. If any incident in the cyber world can create terror, it may be called a Cyber Terrorism. The traditional concepts and methods of terrorism have taken new dimensions, which are more destructive and deadly in nature. In the age of information and communication technology terrorists frave acquired an expertise to produce the most deadly combination of Weapons and technology, which of not properly safeguard in Que course of time, will take its own toll. The daniage so produced would be almost irreversible and most catastrophic in nature. In short, we are facing the worst form of terrorism popularly known as cyber terrorism. It is said that the terrorist is also getting equipped to utilize cyber space to carryout terrorist attacks. The possibility of such attacks in future cannot be denied. Cyber terrorism is a greater challenge for India's national security where, several security establishments, business firms and national assets become vulnerable targets. As the cybercriminals, cyber field is potentially exploited by the terrorist to carry out their operations. This article is an effort to analyse different aspects of Cyber Terrorism.

Keywords :  Cyber-terrorism, National Security, Cyber attack, Hacking, Worms, Virus

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