Book Chapter

Weaponised information systems for political disruption

Kevin C Desouza, Atif Ahmad

National Cyber Emergencies: The Return to Civil Defence | Routledge - Taylor & Francis | Published : 2020

Abstract

Information systems continue to be used by actors who want to undermine public institutions and disrupt political systems. They have engaged in acts of cyberwarfare ranging from attempts to compromise voting systems, to spreading false propaganda, using dark networks to illicitly fund campaigns, and even direct attacks on public infrastructure via technologies. Initial analysis points to the fact that most of these attempts have been successful to some degree in achieving their intended objectives. Given this reality, we expect them to intensify and be more creative in the future. The authors take a critical look at the concept of weaponising information systems for political disruption. The..

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