The Cyber Space has become an important factor in the modern terrorism strategy. Not only are terrorists using the internet to advance their goals, they are also innovating and adapting to changes in the technological environment. In order to fight terrorism effectively, we must seek to understand how terrorists are adapting to new technological changes and in which ways they are using online networks to learn and spread technical information and knowledge. Although terrorists usually lack the resources of security agencies, they are often one step ahead of security agencies who are trying to monitor the jihadist use of the internet, to geo-locate jihadist internet users, and to monitor and disrupt jihadist online communication. The goal of this paper is to analyze jihadist cyber security and more concrete the content of Kybernetiq, the first jihadi magazine on cyber and information security.
In the first part, this paper provides a short background on the jihadi use of the internet and the increasing importance of cyber security for the jihadist community. In the second part, it introduces Kybernetiq and the developments of the magazine. It then analyzes the content and main topics of the three Kybernetiq issues between 2015-2017, dividing it into the five subcategories encrypted communication, (information) security, cyber-attacks and hacking, steganography, and science fiction stories. Finally, it will summarize the findings and close with a bibliography and a table of figures.
This article is part of the RED-Alert project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation Programme under grant agreement No 740688.