Accession Number : ADA623168


Title :   Adapting Unconventional Warfare Doctrine to Cyberspace Operations: An Examination of Hacktivist Based Insurgencies


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Anderson, Talon G


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a623168.pdf


Report Date : 12 Jun 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 91


Abstract : This study proposes how cyberspace operations can best support online resistance movements to influence adversary national will or affect political behavior to achieve U.S. strategic objectives. Political and social hacker activists (hacktivists) are disrupting governments, organizations, companies, and influencing popular and social movements to achieve their causes. Within the cyber domain, technically-capable, socially-aware guerilla-type hacktivists struggle against governments in ways similar to unconventional warfare (UW) campaigns in physical domains. There is currently a gap between UW and cyberspace operations on how best to properly engage, support, and organize an insurgency in cyberspace. Current conditions on the Internet present an opportunity to implement UW within a new domain through online resistance groups and organizations, specifically with the use of hacktivists. An analysis of the Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution of 2014 validates the potential for a UW campaign using a proposed six-phased cyberspace UW model.


Descriptors :   *HACKING(COMPUTER SECURITY) , *INSURGENCY , *MILITARY DOCTRINE , *UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE , BEHAVIOR , HONG KONG , MODELS , ONLINE SYSTEMS , ORGANIZATIONS , POLITICAL SCIENCE , RESISTANCE , THESES , WARFARE


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Computer Systems Management and Standards


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE