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Criminal law[]

A target is

[a]ny person, organization, group, crime or criminal series, or commodity being subject to investigation and intelligence analysis.[1]

Information security[]

A target is

[a]n individual, operation, or activity which an adversary has determined possesses information that might prove useful in attaining his/her objective.[2]

Intelligence community[]

The term 'target' "has multiple meanings. For example, 'target' could be an individual person, a group, or an organization composed of multiple individuals or a foreign power that possesses or is likely to communicate foreign intelligence information that the U.S. government is authorized to acquire by [specific] laws."[3]

A target is a "[p]erson or asset selected as the aim of an attack."[4]


A target is an

asset, network, system or geographic area chosen by an adversary to be impacted by an attack.[5]


A target is

[a]n identifiable origination or termination of a telecommunications call. The most common identifier is the telephone number (or "DN") that a call is made to or from, but other identifiers may also be used.[6]


  1. U.S. Department of Justice, Minimum Criminal Intelligence Training Standards for Law Enforcement and Other Criminal Justice Agencies in the United States 47 (Ver. 2) (Oct. 2007) (full-text).
  2. OPSEC Glossary of Terms.
  3. Statistical Transparency Report Regarding Use of National Security Authorities: Annual Statistics for Calendar Year 2013.
  4. ISACA, Cybersecurity Fundamentals Glossary (full-text).
  5. DHS Risk Lexicon, at 36.
  6. Electronic Surveillance in a Digital Age, at 74.

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