cyberterrorism

noun

cy·​ber·​ter·​ror·​ism ˈsī-bər-ˌter-ər-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce cyberterrorism (audio)
: terrorist activities intended to damage or disrupt vital computer systems

Examples of cyberterrorism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Weiner has a long track record of investigating right-wing extremism, the Islamic State terrorist group, Al Qaeda and other forms of terrorism, including cyberterrorism. Tom Winter, NBC News, 19 July 2023 Decades later, The Net's themes of identity theft, cyberterrorism, and misinformation feel prescient, for better or for worse. Terry Terrones, EW.com, 25 Aug. 2022 Watts will share his expertise on cyberterrorism, social media influence and Russian disinformation. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 16 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1994, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cyberterrorism was in 1994

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“Cyberterrorism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyberterrorism. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

cyberterrorism

noun
cy·​ber·​ter·​ror·​ism ˈsī-bər-ˌter-ər-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce cyberterrorism (audio)
: terrorist activities intended to damage or disrupt vital computer systems
cyberterrorist
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noun
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