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The Syrian Electronic Army – a hacktivist group

Matthew Warren (Deakin University Centre for Cyber Security Research, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia)
Shona Leitch (College of Business, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)

Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society

ISSN: 1477-996X

Article publication date: 9 May 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

The aim of the paper is to assess the hacktivist group called the Syrian Electronic Army and determine what their motivations in terms of ethical and poetical motivations.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper looks at chronological examples of Syrian Electronic Army activities and assess them using a developed hacktivist criteria to try and gain a greater understanding of the motivations of the Syrian Electronic Army. The paper uses a netnography research approach.

Findings

This paper determines that the Syrian Electronic Army is motivated to protect the Syrian Government. This protection is highlighted by the new media and social media organisations that the Syrian Electronic Army attacks online.

Research limitations/implications

This paper focuses only on one group the Syrian Electronic Army.

Practical implications

A greater understanding of the Syrian Electronic Army.

Social implications

A greater understanding of the development of hacktivism.

Originality/value

A unique study into the motivation of the Syrian Electronic Army.

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Citation

Warren, M. and Leitch, S. (2016), "The Syrian Electronic Army – a hacktivist group", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 200-212. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICES-12-2015-0042

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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