TRAC Fills Information Gap on Cyberterrorism

New definitive article aims to provide researchers with information foundation

on emerging threat


WASHINGTON, DC – November 6, 2013 -- Digital resource Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC) has added a definitive article on cyberterrorism to its expansive and growing collection of commissioned works. Rise of the Cyberjihadist: Exploring al Qaeda’s Online World, by cyberterrorism specialist Laith Alkhouri, takes researchers inside al Qaeda’s myriad organizations, detailing the players and the sophisticated Internet and electronic surveillance methods Jihadists are using to successfully infiltrate Western targets.

Designed to support the needs of scholars, students and professionals, TRAC, published by The Beacham Group, is one of the world’s largest unclassified repositories of data about terrorist activities.

“Our goal with TRAC is to provide an effective first stop for research on any terrorism topic, group or individual,” said Veryan Khan, TRAC editorial director and associate publisher, The Beacham Group. “We consistently monitor the landscape for research areas that are emerging or suffering from a coverage gap. We saw this with cyberterrorism and we turned to Laith to provide a solid, reliable information foundation for researchers.”

“Cyberterrorism should be one of our main national security concerns,” said Mr. Alkhouri. “For terrorists, our information systems and even secrets are desirable targets. Just as important, the Internet is a vehicle for the propagation of terrorist activities, whether in the recruitment of operatives or in the incitement of terrorist attacks.”

Rise of the Cyberjihadist: Exploring al Qaeda’s Online World is a comprehensive summary of cyberjihadism from its early days at the turn of the millennium through 2013 attacks that used social media for communication and publicity. It includes profiles of the most important personalities in the movement, connections between the “cyber-field” and the battlefield, the use of social networking and hacking, and also examines the links between cyberjihadism and militancy. For a limited time, it is available as an open access document within TRAC.

TRAC is a digital information resource that addresses the burgeoning need among faculty, scholars, students, government and defense professionals for cutting-edge research on terrorism and terrorists of all kinds. Launched in February 2012 after eight years in development, TRAC was immediately commended for its breadth of content – described as “astonishing” by Library Journal, which named it one of the best references of 2012.  Through its thousands of articles and profiles, TRAC provides researchers with historical context and supports it with a current intelligence repository generated by a consortium of 2,200 specialists. Further, its real-time news feed reports on events as they occur. Terrorist profiles now top more than 4,000 groups and individuals. Plus, links to more than 1,800 think tanks, universities, government agencies and other resources studying terrorism provide researchers with a rich selection of options for further study.

Veryan Khan is available for interviews through TRAC’s media office. Follow TRAC on twitter (@TRACTerrorism) to stay up to date on important, but often missed news in this dynamic area. To learn more about TRAC visit www.trackingterrorism.org.

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