cyberweapon

cyberweapon

An umbrella term for any type of virus or malware that steals data or causes disruption. See cyber espionage.
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These occurred because of a self-propagating cyberweapon that led to a rapidly spreading cyberattack.
The NSA developed (and lost control of) the cyberweapon that was used.
This is why any use of a cyberweapon could make the world a more dangerous place.
In March, China used a cyberweapon to redirect huge amounts of online traffic from Chinese search engine Baidu to targeted US websites.
Are you a cyberweapon half full or half empty kind of person?
(15) Stuxnet, a joint project of the United States and Israel, is the most advanced cyberweapon built to date.
Considered the most "sophisticated cyberweapon ever deployed," (132) Stuxnet was purportedly designed by the United States and Israel to set back Iran's nuclear program.
They include advanced malware such as Flame (a cyberespionage program) (3) or Stuxnet (a cyberweapon designed to destroy other software and computer systems).
The 2010 discovery of the Stuxnet cyberweapon, which used a thumb drive to attack Iran's nuclear facilities and spread among its computers, illustrated how one type of attack could work.
This cyberweapon attempted to obtain documents from high-ranking executives, mainly those in the defense field at companies that developed unmanned drone planes.
The 'Shamoon' malware that nixed the hard drives of 30,000 Saudi oil industry PCs in August was more of a 'quick and dirty' job by talented amateurs than a skilfully crafted professional cyberweapon, an analysis has concluded .
And in 2012, as Londoners discover the Ministry of Defence is considering placing surface-to-air missiles on residential flats during the Olympics, the article said "another cyberweapon called Flame was recently discovered to have attacked the computers of Iranian officials ...