The Cyber Desk Review is a periodic report and analysis that addresses two main subjects: cyber-terrorism (offensive, defensive, and the media, and the main topics of jihadist discourse); and cyber-crime, whenever and wherever it is linked to jihad (funding, methods of attack). The Cyber Desk Review addresses the growing significance that cyberspace plays as a battlefield in current and future conflicts, as shown in the recent increase in cyber-attacks on political targets, crucial infrastructure, and the Web sites of commercial corporations.
Sporadic evidence of terrorists’ use of digital currency has been in existence since 2012 and there is no doubt that in recent months this trend has been growing and taking shape and now holds a prominent presence online. ICT’s Cyber-Desk reviewed documented cases of jihadists’ use of virtual currency.
The ICT’s Cyber-Terrorism Activities report for May 2017 reviews six areas: operational uses; defensive tactics; offensive tactics; cyber-crime and cyber-terrorism; international response; and a case study of East Asia.