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A person who uses computer hacking as a means of social reform or protest.

[Blend of hack and activist.]

hack′ti·vism n.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) informal a person who breaks into a computer system in order to pursue a political or social aim
[C21: blend of hacker and activist]
ˈhacktivism n
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Others will focus on hacktivism, targeting candidates and social media platforms.
Similarly, the Healthcare R&D Industry is highly receptive to matters of dynamic security in the wake of Hacktivism and industrial espionage.
We have no comment on specific claims of hacktivism, but those who engage in such activities are breaking the law," FBI spokeswoman Carol Cratty told CNN.
also expects a continued growth in online extortion, hacktivism and mobile
The type of attack and its purpose typically determine if the data is used for financial or political gain, fraud, or hacktivism (a form of online civil disobedience with the intent of wide-scale Internet disruption or economic collapse), Vadapalli says.
Anonymous, a hacktivism group that raises social issues, has announced a plan to focus on the banking sector.
It is widely believed that cyber-attacks in the GCC region are a mix of hacktivism (hacking used as a form of protest to promote political ends) and state-sponsored attacks.
This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality.
It said: "This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality.
Hacktivism has been around since the Cult of the Dead Cow in the 80s; only the names have changed.
Verisign attributes the uptick in attacks toward financial services and public sector industries to the increased employment of DDoS attacks as part of political activism, or hacktivism, against financial services firms and various international governing organizations.