information warfare


noun

the use of electronic communciations and the internet to disrupt a country's telecommunications, power supply, transport system, etc

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Cultural definitions for information warfare

information warfare

The use of information technology as an active weapon of war. This includes not only attempts to intercept, disrupt, and defend military-specific communications and information technology, but also attempts to gain access to and disrupt such critical computer systems as those involved in air traffic control, the electric power grids, and banking systems. (See cyberwarfare.)

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