Definition of cyberterrorism in English:

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Pronunciation: /sʌɪbəˈtɛrərɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
The politically motivated use of computers and information technology to cause severe disruption or widespread fear.
Example sentences
  • But increasingly there are more politically motivated hackers distancing themselves from cyberterrorism by engaging in hacktivism that is intent more upon disruption than disobedience.
  • Keeping this type of register is completely ineffective to fight computer fraud or cyberterrorism.
  • These articles admonish readers to keep their virus detectors and firewalls up-to-date to combat cyberterrorism, because we're going to see more Web defacements and viruses as parts of cyberterrorist attacks.



Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪbəˈtɛrərɪst/
Example sentences
  • The discourse is shifting from hackers as criminals to hackers as cyberterrorists.
  • In the end, hackers or cyberterrorists wanting to infiltrate any system badly enough will get in, says Clarke.
  • As the distinction is erased between foreign foe and domestic opponent, cyberterrorist and cybercriminal, the relationship between this country's citizens and their military is being turned upside down.

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