a.k.a. cyberspy, cyberspies, cyberwarfare, cyber-war

What Washington, D.C., calls a hacker attack on government computer systems, in a cyberwar the offensive force picks the battlefield, and the other side may not even realize it's under attack. Just as with e-anything and i-anything, we are also seeing the use of "cyber-anything" (including cyberguerrilla, cybercop, and so on). These terms are often used by journalists to create a sensation, but cyberwars are legitimate and can be very destructive. For example, China denied reports that Chinese "cyberspies" had stolen sensitive data from thousands of computer across the world.

Historical perspective: An April, 2009 report by the Information Warfare Monitor, a Canadian watchdog group, said a Chinese spy ring had hacked classified documents from governments and organizations in 103 countries, including the Dalai Lama's private files. The group said the hackers could take complete control of computers, even activating microphones and cameras to spy on people in the vicinity.

So, what would cyberwar look like? It would be silent but enormously destructive. The two sides could block access to the Global Positioning System GPS, disrupt air traffic control and electric lines and grids, and block access to the internet or fill popular websites with propaganda—causing widespread chaos and fear. Cyberwar is the only field of warfare in which the U.S. doesn’t have a clear advantage over its foes, warned then–Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey before he retired in 2015.

See also : back-hack  cyberterrorism  netwar  
NetLingo Classification: Online Jargon