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Submitted by HEDI ENGHELBERG (United States), Jun 26, 2009 at 14:19


Briefing on Cyber Terrorism No. 1012


Cyber terrorism convergence it's a new trend in the worldwide terrorist activities. Due to the nature of the digital media, they are using now the entire spectrum, in means of technology, hardware and software. One device, for example, like a smart phone, or a laptop can collect, generate files of sound, images, film and transmit them over (via radio waves) Internet, to be posted on a web site , as files or messages on social networks (see www.twitter.com).

Using convergence, the terrorist are melting and interlocking all the resources of computers, information technology, digital media, telecom, LAN, WIFI, publishing & editing software into generating content that will be broadcasted via Internet. This content or pocket of information as then retransmitted, for free by the media outlets, via newspapers, magazines, radio, television, web based news outlet, transformed into a certain type* of news and entertainment. Certain Type refers to the nature of damage it produces in the public option view, even if the military value is close to nothing.

Standard Example: the June 2009 message of the President Obama and his speech to the Muslim World, from Cairo University coincided with the near perfect timing of Osama bin Laden message, from an obscure cave in the Pakistan/Afghanistan border. If this message (unpolished and with poor audio quality), published somewhere in Internet, have not been broadcasted (for free and at a precise time) by satellite news network Al Jazeera and rebroadcasted by the rest of the news network, translates, interpreted, re transmitted, discussed, it will just faded way in the immense electronic traffic generated by Internet.

The trend (electronic media convergence) is dominated by:

Hardware on one side, like super smart devices, phones and laptops.

Internet access on the other hand, via telecom, Wi-Fi and Wimax, This complex process is complimented by media researched, (data mining), Internet based software, social networking, targeted media (object-based media).


Now, new tactics are in place, as ideas and technology melt, and we are talking about CYBER TERRORISM MARKETING ® and TERRORISM MARKETING ® more than a direct terrorism attack.

ONE HAS TO APPLY GLOBAL STRATEGIES AND ENHANCES TACTICAL PROCEDURES TO FIGHTS THESE TRENDS AND PRECISION DELIVERY WEAPON OF THIS ASYMMETRIC TYPE OF WAR, WHICH IS CYBER TERRORISM. The terrorist's networks (+ its associates) are now savvy marketing specialists with professional knowledge in psychology. They are technology experts, mass media projectors and future analyst. The object of terrorist analyze is behavior, perception, conversational marketing, body language, responsive environment, future emotion presumes, mass media mixes and cocktails, multi-sensory marketing, new flavors of sub-conscious advertise.

Banking is already a feature on a smart device. In a short time even credit card transactions over VoIP prone lines will be possible, so a full spectrum of services will be available from a smart phone, the center of convergence.

Al Qaeda as a doctrine. Al Qaeda is now (has transformed and evolved into) a doctrine, more than a cohered and effective fighting force, as communism doctrine was during the Cold War, and it have to be engaged in this very strategic level. One of the fuels that feed terrorism and extremism is the continuing coverage of the Western and Arab media of the Al Qaeda type (franchise) discourse.

They (Western media) provide a wide platform the broadcasting of this doctrine, the largest one in the history of mankind. With this kind of wide broadcasting, every message, every argument, every speech is heard and received everywhere, and stored, for replays and references. Al Qaeda is transforming into a symbol and it's a franchised model to be adapted and (always) improved, with new technologies as cyber terrorism (an asymmetric war weapon) where marketing and technology convergence is a much needed and desired broadcasting tool.

MAJOR NEW OUTLETS SELF CENSURE OF THE TERRORISM COVERAGE HAVE TO BE FACTORED IN. The media are careering out the terrorist agenda and propaganda. As "loose lips sinks ships", as well loose media coverage of terrorist proclamations serves the very purpose of the proclamation: to be proclaimed and broadcasted. If no news about Al Qaeda & Co. will be broadcasted, then the state agencies and institutions can better handle the terrorism flagella. This is not limiting the free speech, but merely a tactic and strategy in this asymmetric war: cyber terrorism.

Cyber terrorism works on 2 main fronts:

The economical front, trying to mine and undermine the economical life of the opponent, causing disruptions in the economical, social and in some cases, even military operations.

The propaganda front, using Internet as a platform to spread propaganda, doctrines of hate, provide training manuals, arguments and information and a tool to reach people and groups all over the world.

THE TERRORISTS KNOW THAT IS EASIER TO REINFORCE A PERCEPTION THAN CREATE A NEW ONE and they use the mass media and convergence to this end. Al Qaeda opened the way with the explosive and deadly demonstration of 9/11. It provided in the 90' and early 2000' the structure and the doctrine for the fighting against the infidels. It may fade away, but new flavors will emerge, and the technology convergence will be the platform to spread away the new doctrines and schools of thoughts.

Final note: The Cyber Terrorism it's a form/type of asymmetric war, using media convergence. Given the difficulty of monitoring, tracing and forensic analyze of the telecom, digitals VoIP, social sites and communications in Internet (read cyber space and networks) we want to make the strong case that the actual web space/internet (with all its marketing tools, telecom and media) are an essential and sine-qua-non tool for extremists and terrorists worldwide.

By Hedi Enghelberg |


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Middle East Cold War [44 words]elleJul 3, 2009 09:25158436
CYBER TERRORISM CONVERGENCE ® [957 words]HEDI ENGHELBERGJun 26, 2009 14:19158016
Explanation, please [68 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
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Several analyses of this cold war [67 words]Steve LieblichJun 19, 2009 18:04157649
Here is a question: [30 words]PavaJun 18, 2009 21:14157614
Shizophrenics point of view... [111 words]PavaJun 19, 2009 20:35157614
Russia and China [43 words]FredJun 18, 2009 09:40157579
Imperial Russia and the former Dynastic Empires of China [95 words]M. ToveyJun 19, 2009 13:03157579
Apocryphal mess [97 words]UgriJun 20, 2009 03:04157579
Geo Politics [20 words]elleJul 3, 2009 09:28157579
Khrushchev's cold war returns with Jimmy Carter's M.E. Legacy: Habitat for Hamas: 'We will bury you.' [76 words]Jo Ellen Davey CohenJun 17, 2009 15:12157540
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The Middle Eastern Cold War- Is leading to a Perfect Storm. [114 words]AnneJun 17, 2009 08:19157523
Leave the Bible and Koran out of it [129 words]thebassguyJun 18, 2009 15:12157523
Obama is sympathetic to the musliim world. Read the Audacity of Hope. [652 words]AnneJun 18, 2009 22:37157523
Argue All One Wants Against the Holy Bible - It Governs Everything To Do About Israel [99 words]M. ToveyJun 19, 2009 12:52157523
I Agree with you, thebassguy, on Bible and Koran. However, the rest of your message is a complete misunderstanding. [240 words]RayJun 20, 2009 19:01157523
the world's most unstable region??? [146 words]
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Yuval Brandstetter MDJun 17, 2009 04:38157516
The Cold War in the Arab (now Arab/Muslim) world has been going on since the early 1950s [282 words]Dr. Steven CarolJun 16, 2009 19:11157499
Plus ca change... [52 words]Alana RonaldJun 16, 2009 19:11157498
Israel Does Not Have Cold War Status in Middle Eastern Crisis - Not While On Receiving End of Rocket and Other Attacks [442 words]M. ToveyJun 16, 2009 17:53157495
So, where support will be found? [221 words]YnnatchkahJun 16, 2009 17:34157494
Where? Where It Has Always Been - In the WORD of the LORD [522 words]M. ToveyJun 23, 2009 15:15157494
Love your writings, Tovey. [10 words]YnnatchkahJun 24, 2009 04:00157494
If Obama was a man with a vision. [326 words]batya daganJun 16, 2009 16:45157492
Never will Muslims forgive Jews for rejecting Muhammad [253 words]elleJun 17, 2009 13:07157492
Re: If Obama was a man with a vision [91 words]PavaJun 17, 2009 20:38157492
A lot of anti- Semitism in Obama's education. [86 words]batya daganJun 18, 2009 00:48157492
Obama turned out to be weak in spirit. [103 words]batya daganJun 18, 2009 01:00157492
question? [26 words]PavaJun 18, 2009 19:48157492
Answer to "question". [218 words]batya daganJun 18, 2009 22:22157492
the source [401 words]the Grand Infidel of KaffiristanJun 19, 2009 22:05157492
Never will Muslims fogive Jews for leaving them in the dust [187 words]RayJun 21, 2009 01:46157492
To G. Vishvas [24 words]Straight_Talk_LuigiJun 21, 2009 13:30157492
The Futility of Warring Religiosity [366 words]M. ToveyJun 22, 2009 19:50157492
Jesus and WAR religions [113 words]G. VishvasJun 23, 2009 12:04157492
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about truth and Truth [111 words]G.VishvasJun 25, 2009 12:09157492
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Jesus Christ is the Truth - All Other 'truth' Rests on that Fact. [370 words]M. ToveyJun 25, 2009 18:53157492
Disbelief is not always a result of arrogance or pride. [166 words]G.VishvasJun 27, 2009 05:55157492
Belief in Jesus Christ is the Basis of Every True Christian's Explanation [1010 words]M. ToveyJun 29, 2009 13:28157492
Almighty God IS Divinely Natured - Holy and Righteous [370 words]M. ToveyJun 30, 2009 12:10157492
Biblical Christianity And A New ME War [46 words]acts1126cMar 3, 2010 02:41157492
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