The Dark Sides of the Internet

On Cyber Threats and Information Warfare

by Roland Heickerö (Author)
©2013 Monographs 170 Pages


The rapid development in information technology during the last few decades has not only given us greater opportunities to freely search for information and contacts. The growth of the Internet has also created new opportunities for criminal organisations, political activists and terrorists to threaten individuals, companies and countries. Individuals and organisations are also increasingly the targets of attacks and espionage via the web. There are various kinds of illegitimate and criminal activities. Every modern state thus has to create strategies and courses of action in order to protect information, networks and computers that are vital to society from malicious cyber activities. Creating secure systems and minimising risks of information being leaked or tampered with should be a prioritised task. It is also important to understand what threats arise from the information technological revolution. The purpose of this book is to give a broad background to the development of the dark side of the internet and its consequences. It is not about scaremongering, but about creating understanding and knowledge and thus preparedness in order to handle detrimental activities. It describes the changes in progress and what they may mean to society, companies and individuals as well as to the military and police.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (November)
Superpowers Security Policy Cyber regulation Espionage Cyberterrorism, Hacking Psychological Operations SurveillanceTrojans Viruses Worms Botnets DDoS Cybercriminailty
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2013. 170 pp., 2 fig.

Biographical notes

Roland Heickerö (Author)

Roland Heickerö has a PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden and is Associated Professor at the Swedish National Defence College (SNDC). His research examines different aspects of information warfare and cyber threats and their effects at security policy level as well as on social and technical systems levels. Between 2003 and 2012 he was Deputy Research Director at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) in charge of cyber defence research. He has also worked on the development of future mobile systems at different management positions in the telecom industry.


Title: The Dark Sides of the Internet