cyberterrorism | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminal Law

Cyberterrorism is using the internet or other electronic means to carry out acts of terrorism, including attacks on computer systems, networks, and databases.

It can involve a wide range of activities, such as hacking into government or corporate websites, disrupting critical infrastructure, or spreading propaganda or false information. The goal of cyberterrorism is often to cause fear, disruption, or damage to a specific target or to society as a whole. In the criminal law context, cyberterrorism is a serious offense that is punishable by imprisonment and fines. It is often prosecuted at the federal level in the United States and can carry severe penalties, depending on the nature and scope of the attack.

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Last Modified: 01/09/2023


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