Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime. 7th International Conference, ICDF2C 2015, Seoul, South Korea, October 6–8, 2015, Revised Selected Papers

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Explanatory Case Study of the Authur Pendragon Cyber Threat: Socio-psychological and Communication Perspectives

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-25512-5_11,
        author={Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar and Ben Flores and Darrin Griffin},
        title={Explanatory Case Study of the Authur Pendragon Cyber Threat: Socio-psychological and Communication Perspectives},
        proceedings={Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime. 7th International Conference, ICDF2C 2015, Seoul, South Korea, October 6--8, 2015, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={ICDF2C},
        year={2015},
        month={10},
        keywords={Cyberterrorism Cyber threat Authur pendragon Rumor mongering Social attachment model Affiliation},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-25512-5_11}
    }
    
  • Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar
    Ben Flores
    Darrin Griffin
    Year: 2015
    Explanatory Case Study of the Authur Pendragon Cyber Threat: Socio-psychological and Communication Perspectives
    ICDF2C
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-25512-5_11
Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar1,*, Ben Flores2,*, Darrin Griffin2,*
  • 1: Purdue University
  • 2: The University of Alabama
*Contact email: kspellar@purdue.edu, bmflores@crimson.ua.edu, djgriffin1@ua.edu

Abstract

Cyber(terrorism) threats posted via social media are capable of devastating, real-world effects, including miscommunication and rumors, panic, and financial loss. This manuscript details a case study of the cyber(terrorism) threat that occurred at The University of Alabama on September 21, 2014, referred to as the Authur Pendragon incident. The Authur Pendragon threat led to a week of fear, social media hyperactivity, and the propagation of rumors, all of which reached beyond The University of Alabama campus. A timeline of the event, which includes social media posts, official University responses, and mass media coverage, are presented followed by an analysis of the case from both a socio-psychological and communications perspective. Recommendations for managing cyber threats and rumor mongering are provided as well as future research suggestions.