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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Is the spelling cyberattack, cyber attack or cyber attack?

Whilst editing a document I came across the spelling cyber-attack and wondered if it was the preferred Australian English spelling.

First a check of the Macquarie dictionary lists cyber attack as the primary spelling and cyberattack as a secondary spelling. No mention of cyber-attack, but that doesn't mean it couldn't be used as an adjective.

A search using Google for sites ending in .au, returns around 150,000 results for cyber attack and 40,000 results for cyberattack.

Based on these results the preferred spelling in Australia is cyber attack. Now there's something to ponder if someone stacks attacking your computer.

Cyber attack and cyber attacks have now been added to Word Check to help those wishing to use the preferred Australian English spelling.

Kelvin Eldridge
The preferred Australian English spelling.