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European/EU Definitions

Cybercrime consists of criminal acts that are committed online by using electronic communications networks and information systems. It is a borderless problem that can be classified in three broad definitions:
1. Crimes specific to the Internet, such as attacks against information systems or phishing (e.g. fake bank websites to solicit passwords enabling access to victims' bank accounts).
2. Online fraud and forgery. Large-scale fraud can be committed online through instruments such as identity theft, phishing, spam and malicious code.
3. Illegal online content, including child sexual abuse material, incitement to racial hatred, incitement to terrorist acts and glorification of violence, terrorism, racism and xenophobia. [1]

National Definitions


Cybercrime refers to crimes directed at computers, such as illegally modifying electronic data or seeking a ransom to unlock a computer affected by malicious software. [2]

It also includes crimes where computers facilitate an existing offence, such as online fraud or online child sex offences.


Cyber crime is defined as computer offences under the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995 (Part 10.7) which involve the unauthorised access to, modification or impairment of electronic communications. [3]

Cyberkriminalität umfasst rechtswidrige Angriffe aus dem Cyber Raum auf oder mittels IKTSystemen, die strafrechtlich oder verwaltungsstrafrechtlich normiert sind und umfasst somit jede Form von Straftaten, die mit Hilfe von Informationstechnologien und Kommunikationsnetzen begangen werden. Auch die Internetkriminalität zählt dazu. [4]


Кибер престъпление – престъпни цели (действия), които се определят в качеството на такива в националното и/или международното законодателство насочени към и/или използващи кибер пространството. [5]


Cybercrime: A crime committed with the aid of, or directly involving, a data processing system or computer network. The computer or its data may be the target of the crime or the computer may be the tool with which the crime is committed. [6]

Cybercrime: Délit commis à l'aide d'un système informatique ou d'un réseau d'ordinateurs ou les impliquant directement. L'ordinateur ou ses données peuvent être la cible du délit ou l'ordinateur peut être l'instrument de perpétration du délit. [7]

Cybercrime is a crime committed with the aid of, or directly involving, a data processing system or computer network (ISO/IEC 2382-8: 1998). Cybercrime can include the destruction, disclosure or modification of data, the theft of physical or intellectual property, computer services, passwords or credit card numbers, a denial of service attack or fraud. [8]

Délit commis à l’aide d’un système informatique ou d’un réseau d’ordinateurs ou les impliquant directement (ISO/CEI 2382-8:1998). Un crime cybernétique peut comprendre la destruction, la divulgation ou la modification de données, le vol de biens physiques, de propriété intellectuelle, de services d’ordinateur, de mots de passe ou de numéros de cartes de crédit, le déclenchement d’une attaque entraînant un refus de service ou la fraude. [8]


Cibercrimen: son los actos delictuales donde el ciberespacio es el objeto del delito o su principal herramienta para cometer ilícitos contra individuos, organizaciones, empresas o gobiernos. [9]


Ciberdelincuencia: Acciones ilícitas que son cometidas mediante la utilización de un bien o servicio informático. (Ministerio de Defensa de Colombia). [10]

Cibercrímen (delito cibernético): conjunto de actividades ilegales asociadas con el uso de las Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones, como fin o como medio. [11]

Costa Rica

Ciberdelincuencia: Conjunto de personas y organizaciones que cometen delitos mediante la Internet o alguna red de computadoras. [12]


Cybercriminalité: Actes contrevenants aux traités internationaux ou aux lois nationales, utilisant les réseaux ou les systèmes d’information comme moyens de réalisation d’un délit ou d’un crime, ou les ayant pour cible. [13]

Acts contravening international treaties and national laws, targeting networks or information systems, or using them to commit an offence or crime. [14]


Cibercrimen: Es toda aquella actividad que involucra el uso de tecnologías de información y comunicaciones con la finalidad de cometer actos ilegales en contra de personas, instituciones o Estados. Fuente: OF 000600 CB/2520 16016355 Ministerio de la Defensa [15]


Illegal contents/cyber crime: kejahatan ini dilakukan dengan memasukkan data atau informasi ke internet tentang sesuatu yangtidak benar, tidak etis dan dapat dianggap melanggar hukum atau mengganggu ketertiban umum. [16]


CRIMINALITA` INFORMATICA: Reato introdotto con la Legge n.547/1993, attraverso l`estensione della nozione di violenza sulle cose (art. 392 c.p.) all`alterazione, modifica o cancellazione di un programma informatico. [17]


Ciberdelincuencia: ​Actividades que llevan a cabo individuo(s) realiza(n) que utilizan como​ ​medio​ ​o​ ​como​ ​fin​ ​a​ ​las​ ​Tecnologías​ ​de​ ​la​ ​información​ ​y​ ​comunicación. [18]

Delitos cibernéticos o Ciberdelitos. ​Acciones delictivas que utilizan como medio o como fin a las tecnologías de la información y comunicación y que se encuentran tipificados​ ​en​ ​algún​ ​código​ ​penal​ ​u​ ​otro​ ​ordenamiento​ ​nacional. [18]


Cybercriminalité: Toutes les infractions pénales susceptibles de se commettre sur ou au moyen d’un système informatique généralement connecté à un réseau. [19]

Cyberattacks: Malicious acts against a computer device, usually via a telecommunications network.


Cybercrime: vorm van criminaliteit gericht op ict of de informatie die een ict-systeem verwerkt. [20]

Er zijn verschillende soorten cybercrime: (1) in enge zin, een vorm van criminaliteit met ict als doelwit (high tech crime); (2) een vorm van criminaliteit waarbij voor de uitvoering het gebruik van ict van overwegende betekenis is (cybercriminaliteit); (3) in brede zin, iedere vorm van (traditionele) criminaliteit waarbij gebruik wordt gemaakt van ict (gedigitaliseerde criminaliteit).

New Zealand

Cybercrime has two elements:
(1) A criminal act that can only be committed through the use of ICT or the Internet and where the computer or network is the target of the offence. This is regardless of what the criminal goal is – whether political or financial gain, espionage or any other reason. Examples of cybercrime include producing malicious software, network intrusions, denial of service attacks and phishing.
(2) Cyber-enabled crime is any criminal act that could be committed without ICT or the Internet, but is assisted, facilitated or escalated in scale by the use of technology. This includes a vast amount of serious and organised crime, such as cyber-enabled fraud or the distribution of child exploitation material. [21]

Cyber crime (or computer crime) is any crime where information and communications technology is: (1) used as a tool in the commission of an offence, (2) the target of an offence, (3) a storage device in the commission of an offence. [22]


Cyber Crimes: The crimes which are referred to in this law. [23] [24]


Cybercrime - Criminal activities carried out through the use of information and communication networks, especially the internet. [25]


[Definição] Crime Informático – Atos criminosos cometidos cometidos on-line utilizando redes de comunicação eletrónicas e sistemas de informação. [26]


Cyber Crime: Misconduct or crime committed using technology. [27]

الجريمة الاإلك�ت ونية - ي القانــو�ني للأنظمــة � ســوء الســلوك أو الجريمــة المرتكبــة باســتخدام تكنولوجيــا المعلومــات والاتصــالات. عــلى ســبيل المثــال، الوصــول غــ أو المعلومــات أو الاحتيــال أو سرقــة الهويــة أو الهجمــات المتعلقــة بالمحتــوى. [28]

Examples of cyber crime may include illegal access to systems or information, fraud, identity theft, or content-related offenses such as spam.


Criminalitatea informatică - totalitatea faptelor prevăzute de legea penală sau de alte legi speciale care prezintă pericol social şi sunt săvârşite cu vinovăţie, prin intermediul ori asupra infrastructurilor cibernetice. [29]


Cybercriminalité: les actes contrevenants aux traités internationaux ou aux lois nationales, utilisant les réseaux ou les systèmes d’information comme moyens de réalisation d’un délit ou d’un crime, ou les ayant pour cible. [30]

South Africa

Cybercrime: Illegal acts committed through the use of Information and Communication Technology (National Cybersecurity Policy Framework South Africa). [31]


кіберзлочин (комп’ютерний злочин) - суспільно небезпечне винне діяння у кіберпросторі та/або з його використанням, відповідальність за яке передбачена законом України про кримінальну відповідальність та/або яке визнано злочином міжнародними договорами України.

{machine translation} cybercrime (computer crime) - a socially dangerous offense in cyberspace and / or its use, liability for which is provided for by the law of Ukraine on criminal liability and / or recognized as a crime by international treaties of Ukraine. [32]

United Kingdom (UK)

Cyber crime – cyber-dependent crime (crimes that can only be committed through the use of ICT devices, where the devices are both the tool for committing the crime and the target of the crime); or cyber–enabled crime (crimes that may be committed without ICT devices, like financial fraud, but are changed significantly by use of ICT in terms of scale and reach). [33]

Other Definitions

East-West Institute (Russia-US)

Киберпреступление: использование киберпространства, в преступных целях, которые определяются в качестве таковых национальным или международным законодательством

Cyber!Crime is the use of cyberspace for criminal purposes as defined by national or internationallaw. [34]

See also


  2. Australia's International Cyber Engagement Strategy (2017)
  3. Austrian Cyber Security Strategy, Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria, Vienna (2013)
  4. Österreichische Strategie für Cyber Sicherheit (2013)
  5. „Кибер устойчива България 2020” - Republic of Bulgaria: national cyber security strategy "Cyber Resilient Bulgaria 2020" (2016)
  6. Canada’s Cyber Security Strategy: Canada's Vision for Security and prosperity in the digital age (2018)
  7. Stratégie nationale de cybersécurité: Vision du canada pour la sécurité et la prospérité dans l'ère numérique (2018)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Vocabulaire de la gestion des urgencies / Emergency Management Vocabulary
  10. Lineamientos de política para ciberseguridad y ciberdefensa (2011)
  12. Estrategia Nacional de Ciberseguridad de Costa Rica (2017)
  13. Défense et sécurité des systèmes d’information Stratégie de la France]
  14. Information systems defence and security - France’s strategy
  15. La Estrategia Nacional de Seguridad Cibernética (June 2018)
  16. Glosarium Peraturan
  17. Glosario
  18. 18.0 18.1 Estragia Nacional de Ciberseguridad (November 2017)
  20. [ Cyber Security Beeld Nederland 2018]
  21. New Zealand’s National Plan to Address Cybercrime (2015)
  22. [ New Zealand’s Cyber Security Strategy (2011)]
  23. Oman Royal Decree No 12/2011 Issuing the Cyber Crime Law (English)
  24. Oman Royal Decree No 12/2011 Issuing the Cyber Crime Law (Arabic)
  26. Glossário Centro National de Cibersegurança Portugal
  27. QATAR National Cyber Security Strategy (May 2014)
  28. الاستراتيجية الوطنية للأمن السيبراني QATAR NCSS - Arabic version (May 2014)
  29. Hotărârea nr. 271/2013 pentru aprobarea Strategiei de securitate cibernetică
  31. National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper South Africa
  32. ЗАКОН УКРАЇНИ - Про основні засади забезпечення кібербезпеки України / THE LAW OF UKRAINE: About the basic principles of providing cyber security of Ukraine 2163-19
  33. National Cyber Security Strategy 2016, HM Government