Welcome to the Voice of America's "News Words," where we teach you words that are used in the News.
Computers, mobile phones, laptops and tablets all operate on computer networks. So you may have heard this news word recently: cyberattack.
In this news story, the United States discovered that cyberattacks were coming from China. U.S. officials and businesses are increasingly disturbed by growing evidence that China is behind a series of cyberattacks on U.S. interests. "Cyberattacks" are attacks on the computer networks of banking systems, businesses and governments.
"Cyber" means computer networks. And those cyberattacks have one purpose -- to steal and damage information.
So the next time you hear "Cyberattack," your English will be good enough to know what this News Word means.