Definition of cyberwarfare in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsībərˈwôrfer/ /ˌsaɪbərˈwɔrfɛr/


  • 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.

    ‘professional programmers are being hired by governments intent on waging cyberwarfare’
    • ‘The Air Force asked for proposals to plan for and manage cyberwarfare, including the ability to launch superfast computer attacks and withstand retaliation.’
    • ‘Security specialists have been predicting for some time that there would be extensive use of cyberwarfare in the conflict.’
    • ‘While Clarke may have felt stymied at times by D.C. bureaucracy, clearly he led the way in elevating the possibility of cyberwarfare to the front of national consciousness.’
    • ‘Bush set three goals for him: to strengthen the "bonds of trust" between the military and civilians; defend against missiles, cyberwarfare and weapons of mass destruction; and begin to create the military of the future with revolutionary new technologies.’
    • ‘But we have seen some interesting developments not only in conventional weapons (things that go "bang"), but also in the silent realm of cyberwarfare, where things don't go "bang," they simply go dark.’
    • ‘Previous bouts of cyberwarfare have been far more limited by comparison: probing another country's internet defences, rather as a reconnaissance plane tests air defences.’
    • ‘He declared that the country would downsize to a smaller ground force, get rid of "outdated cold war-era systems" and step up investments in intelligence-gathering and cyberwarfare.’
    • ‘The issue of online spying and cyberwarfare has become a hot topic in recent months, following reports of attacks on major institutions and military projects.’
    • ‘Senior Defense Department officials said current proposals did not envision creating a wholly separate command for cyberwarfare, nor in putting one individual armed service in charge.’
    • ‘"If a government wanted to experiment with its capability, it might want to use a proxy, but with cyberwarfare you want to have control and turning over capability to another group is always difficult."’
    • ‘He wrote that there was no theory of deterrence to guide planning for cyberwarfare similar to strategies that guided nuclear planning in the cold war, and that it remained difficult to assess exactly who carried out an attack over computer networks.’
    • ‘The attack should serve as a wake-up call to critical infrastructure organizations, SCADA manufacturers and lawmakers that acts of cyberwarfare, long warned about within the information security community, are no longer hypothetical, experts said.’