cy·​ber·​crime | \ ˈsī-bər-ˌkrīm How to pronounce cybercrime (audio) \
plural cybercrimes

Definition of cybercrime

: criminal activity (such as fraud, theft, or distribution of child pornography) committed using a computer especially to illegally access, transmit, or manipulate data The growing number of mobile devices, such as phones and tablets, and the popularity of social networks give them new avenues in which to expand their cybercrime.— Eric Geier Cybercrime is taking a bottom-line toll on the corporate workplace. Last year, losses exceeded $100 million—and that figure continues to skyrocket as security breaches pose an increasing threat to U.S. corporations, banks, and even the government.— Beth Wilson also : an instance of such activity The increasing prevalence of cloud computing … has made storing and accessing important electronic data easier and less expensive than ever. However, the expanding number of documents and other information being stored electronically has increased the threat of cybercrimes, including data breaches. — John Squitero

Other Words from cybercrime

cybercriminal \ ˈsī-​bər-​ˌkri-​mə-​nᵊl How to pronounce cybercrime (audio) , -​ˈkrim-​nəl \ noun, plural cybercriminals
More small businesses are falling victim to "ransomware," to which malicious code locks up computer files and cybercriminals demand a ransom to free them. — Ruth Simon

First Known Use of cybercrime

1991, in the meaning defined above

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“Cybercrime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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cy·​ber·​crime | \ ˈsī-bər-ˌkrīm How to pronounce cybercrime (audio) \

Legal Definition of cybercrime

: crime (as theft, fraud, intellectual property violations, or distribution of child pornography) committed electronically


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