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Common Cybercrime-Related Terminology

 
For students of cybercrime and cyber security, it’s important to understand that definitions of “cyberspace,” “cyber domain,” and other related terms are dynamic. This means that there is typically not one “correct” definition of what constitutes “cybercrime” that holds across industries and nations; rather, cyber terminologies are fluid and constantly evolving with the same rapidity as the technologies and related human behaviors themselves.
 
Therefore, the terms defined here are intended to bring clarity to the reader and, where possible, multiple definitions and sources are given. Stay tuned! This is a living website. More terms will be added in the future.
 

ARPANET
Bot-herder
Botnet
Cyberspace
Logic bombs
Phishing attacks
Ransomware
Spam
Spear-phishing attacks
Trojan horses
Viruses
Worms
Zombie Computers


Cybercrime Statistics

 
Important reliable sources for cybercrime-related statistics can be hard to find, but not impossible. Check out these resources for a good head-start on uncovering U.S. and internationally-based statistics on all-things cyber.