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Facing ICT Challenges in the Era of Social Media

Edited By Zoran Levnajic

World Wide Web is becoming an utility, not unlike electricity or running water in our homes. This creates new ways of using the web, where Social Media plays a particular role. This gives an unprecedented opportunity to study the emerging social phenomena in the virtual world. In addition, it opens new avenues for improving public services such as schooling and education. This book includes some of the latest developments in employing the information and communications technologies for examining both virtual and real-life social interactions. Investigating modern challenges such as online education, web security or organized cybercrime, this book outlines the state of the art in social applications and implications of ICT.
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Study of Organized Cybercrime and Information Warfare

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Igor Bernik, Kaja Prislan

Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Maribor, Slovenia

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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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