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Internet Governance Glossary


4.34 Cyberwar / Cyberwarfare

Activity of Internet misuse crossing international borders and involving the interests of at least one nation state by targeting the vulnerability of critical national infrastructure and data.


Internationally, both governmental and non-state actors engage in Internet misuse, including espionage (e.g. by means of spyware), information warfare and other cross-border Internet misuse or cybercrime up to full-fledged cyberwarfare. Therefore, cyberwar is of high national security concern.