Political Scientists Examine Cyberattacks Implications On Human Psyche

CyberPrivacy Brief:

  • A study from scientists at the University of Haifa, Israel, which examined the psychological effects of cyberattacks, found an increase in participants’ levels of cortisol, the stress hormone when they saw simulated cyberattacks on computers and mobile phones.
  • The authors recommended that cyberresearch take into account not only the machinery and networks impacted but also how individuals might be psychologically impaired following an attack.

“Cyberattacks that steal identities, data, or money, disclose confidential information or threaten individuals with random, personal harm are likely to cause significant fear, stress and anxiety that can effectively impinge upon the rational decision making that governments require from their citizens for good governance,” the researchers wrote.

 See study PDF




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