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Working together to fend off cyber threats

Stopping Cyberterror

April 2011, Number 02.02

“Cybercrime encompasses crimes in the so-called “virtual space.” Virtual space (or cyberspace) may be defined as a computer-modeled information space containing information about individuals, subjects, facts, events, phenomena and processes presented in a mathematical, symbolic or any other form and circulating in local or global computer networks, or data contained in the memory of any physical or virtual device or any other medium specifically designed to store, process and transmit those data.1

In contrast to traditional types of crimes whose history goes back many centuries, such as murder or theft, cybercrime is a relatively recent phenomenon that appeared with the creation of the Internet. It bears mentioning that the very nature of the Internet is conducive to committing crimes. Its global reach, ability to transcend borders and reach a broad audience, anonymity of its users, and distribution of major network nodes and interchangeability create advantages for criminals and allow them to hide effectively from law enforcement agencies...”

Excerpt from Viacheslav Dziundziuk, “Stopping Cyberterror,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 2, 2011: 16-21.

Dr. Viacheslav Dziundziuk is a professor at the Kharkhiv Regional Institute of the National Academy of Public Administration (Ukraine). He specializes in contemporary political and geopolitical processes, information security and government reform. Dr. Dziundziuk is the author of a monograph and numerous articles, and has co-authored several books in this field. He holds a doctorate in governmental affairs and graduated in 2008 from the Program in Advanced Security Studies at the Marshall Center.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.