What is Cyber Terrorism

    Cyberterrorism is the use of computers and information technology to disrupt, damage, or destroy the systems of a government or organization, usually for political or ideological reasons. Cyber terrorists may target computer networks, websites, databases, or other online systems to cause disruption, damage, or destruction. Cyberterrorism can also involve attacks on physical systems, such as power grids, transportation systems, and water supply systems.

Punishment for Cyber Terrorism 

    According to Section 66F of the Information Technology Act 2000.   (1) Whoever,– (A) with intent to threaten the unity, integrity, security or sovereignty of India or to strike terror in the people or any section of the people by–

    (i) denying or cause the denial of access to any person authorized to access computer resources; or

    (ii) attempting to penetrate or access a computer resource without authorization or exceeding authorized access; or

   (iii) introducing or causing to introduce any computer contaminant, and by means of such conduct causes or is likely to cause death or injuries to persons or damage to or destruction of property or disrupts or knowing that it is likely to cause damage or disruption of supplies or services essential to the life of the community or adversely affect the critical information infrastructure specified under section 70; or

(B) knowingly or intentionally penetrates or accesses a computer resource without authorisation or exceeding authorized access, and by means of such conduct obtains access to information, data or computer database that is restricted for reasons of the security of the State or foreign relations; or any restricted information, data or computer database, with reasons to believe that such information, data or computer database so obtained may be used to cause or likely to cause injury to the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, defamation or incitement to an offence, or to the advantage of any foreign nation, group of individuals or otherwise, commits the offense of cyber terrorism.

(2) Whoever commits or conspires to commit cyber terrorism shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to imprisonment for life.


   Cyberterrorism is a type of terrorist attack that uses the Internet, computer and telecommunications technology, as well as other electronic communication systems to attack and destroy the physical or digital properties of a business, government, or individual. IT Act 2000 Provides Punishment for such type of Crime.  

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