Definition of cyberwar in English:



mass noun
  • The use of computer technology to disrupt the activities of a state or organization, especially the deliberate attacking of information systems for strategic or military purposes.

    ‘cyberwar is asymmetric, which means it benefits lesser military powers as much as military goliaths’
    count noun ‘the same strategies that averted nuclear armageddon may also work to stave off a cyberwar’
    • ‘There have been similar cyberwars between China and Indonesia, China and Taiwan and China and Japan.’
    • ‘Yet there's no downtime for the hyperactive Chang, who is gearing up for the next stage of the cyberwars.’
    • ‘Netwar is not solely about Internet war (just as cyberwar is not just about ‘strategic information warfare’).’
    • ‘The Palestinian-Israeli cyberwar is an excellent example of how a nation can be surprised by a cyber attack.’
    • ‘It also makes you wonder how much damage these cyberwars could really do.’
    • ‘This seemingly minor website attack sparked a cyberwar that quickly escalated into an international incident.’
    • ‘Mideast cyberwar: Israeli and Palestinian hackers are attacking each other's networks.’
    • ‘‘The Palestinian-Israeli Cyberwar’ relates how cyberwar might affect the United States.’
    • ‘Most hackers involved in either the Palestinian-Israel or U.S.-China cyber conflicts were veterans of previous international cyberwars.’
    • ‘The first thought that comes to my mind when people mention cyberwar is: what kind of attack are they really talking about?’
    • ‘In a well-reasoned argument, Attrition said that predictions of a cyberwar between China and the US could become a self-fulfilling prophecy by actually encouraging attacks.’
    • ‘Israel was not prepared to wage a cyberwar and was more vulnerable than its opposition.’
    • ‘Sorry to add to your anxieties but have you thought how you will survive the coming cyberwar?’
    • ‘But the necessary action, wherever it comes from, demands ever-greater ingenuity and thought, especially as new threats, including cyberwar, biological war, economic instability, cults and disease emerge.’
    • ‘The result was a partnership between 2XS, Tenebaum's company, and the IIU, now self-described white hat hackers aiming at a defensive role in the mid-East cyberwar.’
    • ‘Until Clarke or someone else answers these questions - and supports their claims with hard evidence - I'm not going to be up nights worrying about a cyberwar against the United States.’
    • ‘There's no doubt that the smarter and better-funded militaries in the world are planning for cyberwar, both attack and defense.’
    • ‘Do you think we'll see a guerrilla cyberwar against the United States?’
    • ‘But even though the JPEG virus stunt fell flat, when cyberwar is threatening, no amount of potential ill will or discouraging word can stay the dedicated computer security shill from his work.’
    • ‘This hacking of opponents' websites is a recent example interpreted by some as evidence that cyberwar is a reality.’
    • ‘The book has a number of useful insights, perhaps the most important of which is that the law of war needs relatively little alteration to be applied to cyberwar.’
    • ‘A Hudson Institute analyst peddling a paper on Russian thoughts on cyberwar fell for it and when confronted aggressively argued that it was true because, well, just because.’
    • ‘So the message to the US script kiddie community is clear: step back son, and leave this cyberwar to the experts.’
    • ‘Clearly this is at least partially an international relations problem, which is why I believe we are in a cyberwar that will get worse before it improves.’