Future Face of Terrorism

By S.K. Awasthi
September 2009
MD Publications
Distributed by Coronet Books Inc.
ISBN: 9788175332058
363 pages
$62.50 Hardcover

A new age in terrorism is emerging, one in which weapons of mass destruction reach the hands of individuals seeking to murder countless numbers of people as an end in itself.

Terrorism in the infromation age will consist of conventional terrorism, in which classical weapons (explosives, guns, etc.) will be used to destroy property and kill victims in the physical world; techno terrorism, in which classical weapons will be used to destroy infrastructure targets and cause a disruption in cyberspace; and cyber terrorism, where new weapons (malicious software, electromagnetic and microwave weapons) will operate to destroy data in cyberspace to cause a disruption in the physical world.

Through the use of new technology, terrorist groups may have fewer menbers, yet still have global reach, the increasing power of computers may lower the threshold of state sponsorship to a point where poor states can become sponsors and rich states are no longer necessary for terrorist groups to carry out complex attacks.

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