Matthieu Creux and Antoine Violet-Surcouf published a book titled “Cyberjihadism: when the Internet redefines the borders of the battlefield” (originally in French: Cyberdjihadisme - Quand Internet Repousse les Frontières du Champ de Bataille).In their war against Western democracies and values, the Internet is the weapon of choice for the most radical Islamist fighters. A battlefield in its own right, the Web and its various tools - such as social networks or messaging apps - have become vectors of communication, propaganda and recruitment for jihadists. The Internet also contributes to the financing of jihadist organizations and in the near future could be directly exploited to attack their opponents, creating a new reality for the most devastating cyberterrorism.
If cyberjihadism has raised legitimate concerns in the media and among national intelligence services, it has paradoxically never been subject to a global analysis that addresses its origins, past and future developments, or the dangers of Islamist activism spreading on the Internet. While this work does not cover such a complex phenomenon in an exhaustive manner, it intends to examine cyberjihadism in historical depth, assess the threats it represents and, finally, to propose a set of responses to combat it on its own terrain.
Cyberdjihadisme - Quand Internet Repousse les Frontières du Champ de Bataille