While cybercrime is largely at the individual level, cyberterrorism refers to the international use of information technology. The minds and motives of cyber terrorists are very different from those of cyber criminals. Whereas the motive of a cyber-terrorist is to terrorize a nation and frighten the population in order to achieve its goals, a cyber-criminal commits an act of terror against the people of another nation in order to explore and discover the mysterious world of cyberspace. 
In order for cyber terrorists to achieve their goals, they rely on the exploitation of information so that governments and states can revise or change their policies according to the wishes and demands of the terrorists.
Cyberterrorism is the next method of attack used by terrorists, and it is likely to be used by terrorists in the same way as traditional terrorist attacks such as the 9/11 attacks. It is also important to bear in mind that, when analysing the modus operandi of cyberterrorism, this has several advantages over traditional terrorism. First and foremost, the physical presence of a terrorist is not required; the terrorist can carry out the act remotely.

Overall, cyberterrorism can best be defined as "the use of information technology to intimidate and coerce governments and society, regardless of whether the objectives are political, religious, or ideological." Over the past 20 years, cyberterrorism researchers have tried unsuccessfully to create a space of their own in which their research could stand out from the rest of mainstream research on the threat of cyberterrorism. While cyber-terrorism research reached its limits very early on, government agencies have likewise embraced the term "cyber-terrorism" in recent years.