The Syrian electronic army – a hacktivist group

Warren, Matthew and Leitch, Shona 2016, The Syrian electronic army – a hacktivist group, Journal of information, communication and ethics in society, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 200-212, doi: 10.1108/JICES-12-2015-0042.

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Title The Syrian electronic army – a hacktivist group
Author(s) Warren, MatthewORCID iD for Warren, Matthew
Leitch, Shona
Journal name Journal of information, communication and ethics in society
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 200
End page 212
Total pages 13
Publisher Emerald
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2016
Keyword(s) Ethics
Summary 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 theSyrian 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/JICES-12-2015-0042
Field of Research 080606 Global Information Systems
0807 Library And Information Studies
0899 Other Information And Computing Sciences
1702 Cognitive Science
Socio Economic Objective 890301 Electronic Information Storage and Retrieval Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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