Study of Organized Cybercrime and Information Warfare
Igor Bernik, Kaja Prislan
Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Maribor, Slovenia
The current social conditions, which are reflected in the strained international relations, extremist beliefs, aggressive rivalry for the competitive and economic advantage and a high need for information power, have caused unpredictable changes in the threat posed by cybercrime. Due to the advantages of cyberspace, which allows for the anonymous, uncontrolled and unrestricted use, the realization of political, organizational and ideological malicious motives has become easier than ever. Modern information warfare, which is classified as organized cybercrime, is a security threat which causes dilemmas and challenges in terms of ensuring national security, economic stability and security of critical societal functions. This phenomenon has not been adequately understood or legally and formally defined from the security and political perspective, which makes it difficult to manage and sanction it. In terms of the perception of and response to this phenomenon, inadequate regulation puts victims in an unfavorable position. The author presents the results of research on the perception and the presence of organized cybercrime and concludes that such a threat poses a potential risk to the Slovenian business environment that is not adequately prepared to deal with current security trends.
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