Center for Global Affairs
Cyberpower & Global Security
Political cybercrime refers to a cybercrime committed by individuals, groups, and/or nation states in furtherance of some political goal or agenda. Political cybercriminals can engage in hacking, malware distribution, denial of service (DoS) attacks, or distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, among other cybercrimes, on computers and digital devices to cause interference with their use. In this course, the targets, tactics, modus operandi, motives, and intent of cybercriminals are examined to determine the type of cybercrime. The tactics, targets and even modus operandi of political cybercriminals may be similar in nature. What distinguishes these perpetrators is their motive and intent. Political cybercrimes include: hacktivism, cyberespionage, cyberterrorism, and cyberwarfare. This course examines these forms of political cybercrime and the conflict that arises in cyberspace. Special attention is paid to the attribution of political cybercrime, the economic and political implications of this attribution, cyberweapons, cyberarms control, the applicability of the laws of armed conflict to cyberconflict, and the ways in which political cybercrime can be controlled and combated.