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It must be noted that this form of terrorism has its own special characteristics. It creates a particular concern that extremist groups, separatist forces, and proponents of ideas contrary to universal human values are striving to make intensive use of modern cutting-edge information technologies to promote their ideologies and achieve their goals. As a result, we can already speak of cyberterrorism as presenting a real threat of a new form of terrorist activity to individual countries and to the world community in general.

Given the current growing number of acts of international terrorism, which presents a danger to people’s lives and welfare, threatens the peace and security of all states, and undermines trust in the state authorities, it is vitally important to provide protection against this type of criminal activity. Therefore, a heightened level of international cooperation is now needed for scientific research on preventing and suppressing acts of cyberterrorism.

Most importantly, scientific research is needed to develop a unified conceptual framework. Further review and corrections are also needed regarding laws, regulations, and other legal documents on this type of crime, including those governing international activities. Research work aimed at creating modern technologies for detecting and preventing network attacks and neutralizing criminal actions against information resources is of the highest significance. Of course, all of this is impossible without improvements in the multitiered system for training personnel in the information security field.

Finally, another important scientific problem faced by the international community is that of developing the scientific and methodological foundations for joint research projects on countering cybercrime and cyberterrorism.

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Editor’s note: In fact, although Levin was identified as the perpetrator of the attack against Citibank in 1994, he was not arrested until March 1995 and was finally convicted and sentenced in February 1998.



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