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cybercrime

Definition of Cybercrime

(noun) Law-breaking behavior committed with the use of advanced technology, particularly computers and the internet.

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Usage Notes

  • Plural: cybercrimes
  • A type of crime.
  • Variant spellings:
    • cyber-crime
    • cyber crime
  • Also called:
    • high-tech crime
    • high-technology crime
  • An individual who commits a cybercrime is a (noun) cybercriminal and operates in (adjective) cybercriminalistic ways.

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Cite the Definition of Cybercrime

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “cybercrime.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 24, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/cybercrime/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

cybercrime. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/cybercrime/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “cybercrime.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/cybercrime/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“cybercrime.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/cybercrime/>.