cyberwarfare

[ sahy-ber-wawr-fair ]
/ ˈsaɪ bərˌwɔr fɛər /

noun Computers.

computer-based attacks or covert computer infiltration of a network or other digital system to harm a military or other adversary: Cyberwarfare is an inexpensive mechanism used by smaller nations to even the playing field.

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Also cy·ber war·fare .

Origin of cyberwarfare

First recorded in 1990–95; cyber- + warfare
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Example sentences from the Web for cyberwarfare

  • Because of the 'Net's decentralized nature, cyberwarfare is less like an artillery battle than it is like hand-to-hand combat.

    Obama's Internet Misfire|Douglas Rushkoff|May 29, 2009|DAILY BEAST

Cultural definitions for cyberwarfare

cyberwarfare

The use of computers and other devices to attack an enemy's information systems as opposed to an enemy's armies or factories. (See information warfare.)

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