Cyber terrorism is regarded as the convergence of terrorism and cyberspace. The general definition of cyberspace is everything remotely connected to the internet, the 3-D animation, and telecommunications and all of them combined. In short, it is used to name any kind of modern information transfer. On the other hand, terrorism that formed the greatest paranoia in the twentieth century world refers to those acts which are intended to create terror for an ideological goal and by a member or members of a group, which deliberately target, or else disregard the safety of civilians. The combination of these two up-to-the-minute terms became one of the most outstanding contexts in American Studies at the beginning of the twenty first century. A group of writers titled as Cyberpunk Movement dealt with the subject of cyber terrorism in their works under the influence of highly developed technology and its effects on power relations in the world. Among these writers, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, come to the fore, with their use of such themes as the relations between human beings and machines, the combination of both, the invasion of the brain and the body, cyber world and the movement of human being in the cyberspace, the power of dominating cyberspace and the control of information by means of technology, artificial intelligence and so on. This paper will be a short analysis of cyber terrorism as it appears in certain cyberpunk novels, and the subject will also be discussed by referring to a few real life examples.
Keywords: Cyberterrorism, Cyberpunk, William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Neoromancer, Islands in the Net.