This research aims to explore the influence of news media on the fear of cyberterrorism and how cyberterrorism is framed in the media. Using a mixed-method approach as a research strategy, this paper reports on two studies that explore the influence of news reading on the fear of cyberterrorism. The first study analyzed survey responses from 1,190 participants and found that increased exposure to reading news media was associated with increased fear of cyberterrorism. The second study, built on the first, sought to investigate how cyberterrorism is framed and constructed as a threat by the US local and national newspapers. The framing and portrayal of cyberterrorism in US newspapers are discussed.
Bastug, M. F., Onat, I., Guler, A. (2023). Threat construction and framing of cyberterrorism in the U.S. news media. International Journal of Cybersecurity Intelligence and Cybercrime, 6(1), 29-44. Available at: http://doi.org/10.52306/KPIO9808