Cyberspace as a Combat Zone: The Phenomenon of Electronic Jihad
27 Feb 2007
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Washington, DC, US
"Inquiry and Analysis Series - No. 329 - Jihad and Terrorism Studies, February 27, 2007. Cyberspace as a Combat Zone: The Phenomenon of Electronic Jihad - By E. Alshech."
"Electronic jihad is a phenomenon whereby 'mujahideen' use the Internet to wage economic and ideological warfare against their enemies. Unlike other hackers, those engaged in electronic jihad are united by a common strategy and ideology which are still in a process of formation. This paper aims to present the phenomenon of electronic jihad and to characterize some of its more recent developments." - E. Alshech.
1. Organized Electronic Jihad; 2. The Ideology and Ethical Boundaries of Electronic Jihad; 3. The Objectives of Electronic Jihad; 3.1. Eliminating Websites That Harm Islam; 3.2. Avenging the Death of Martyrs and the Suffering of Muslims and Imprisoned 'Mujahideen' Worldwide; 3.3. Inflicting Economic Damage on the West and Damaging its Morale; 3.4. Bringing About the Total Collapse of the West; 4. Actual Attacks and Their Effects; 4.1. Attack Strategies; 4.2. Coordination of Attacks; 4.3. Instructions for Attack Coordinators; 4.4. Announcement of a Ping Attack Against a Website That Harms Islam; 4.5. A General Call to Participate in a Virus Attack; 5. Electronic Jihad: A Nuisance or a Real Threat? 6. References & Notes.
Earlier MEMRI articles on related topics include:
* Islamist Websites as an Integral Part of Jihad: A General Overview (February 21, 2007)
* Islamist Forum Participants Discuss Threat to Islamist Sites and Ways to Avoid Exposure On-Line (February 14, 2007) http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=subjects&Area=jihad&ID=SP146207
[The author, Dr. Alshech is the Director of the Jihad and Terrorism Studies Project at MEMRI. - ed. ]
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