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  • cyber attack


cyber- +‎ attack


cyberattack (countable and uncountable, plural cyberattacks)

  1. An attack or intrusion by means of a computer network such as the Internet, often for the purpose of spying
    • 1996, July 1, “Stephen Pizzo”, in Information Superhighway Under Assault[1]:
      He also points out that if the US does come under cyberattack, we may be powerless to stop the attack.
    • 2014 April 6, David E. Sanger, “U.S. tries candor to assure China on cyberattacks”, in The New York Times[2]:
      In the months before Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's arrival in Beijing on Monday, the Obama administration quietly held an extraordinary briefing for the Chinese military leadership on a subject officials have rarely discussed in public: The Pentagon's emerging doctrine for defending against cyberattacks against the United States – and for using its cybertechnology against adversaries, including the Chinese.



cyberattack (third-person singular simple present cyberattacks, present participle cyberattacking, simple past and past participle cyberattacked)

  1. To launch a cyberattack
    • 2003, August 19, “Kevin Maney & Michelle Kessler”, in Blackout spurs cyberattack worry[3]:
      A study by security company Riptech found that in the six months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, energy companies were cyberattacked at twice the rate of other industries surveyed.

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