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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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While the image, and the service name - NSAListener - suggest a hacktivist agenda, Asrar says the company has "not ruled out the possibility that additional malware may target financial transactions or other data.
com displayed an apparent tweet from the hacktivist
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Report Shows Record Growth for Malware and Rootkits; Major Hacktivist Activity
Hacktivist group Anonymous has warned the English Defence League (EDL) that the right-wing anti-islamic group will be "decimated" for its protests over the killing of soldier Lee Rigby.
the cyber-crime landscape, are hacktivist groups such as the Saudi and Israeli hacktivists.
If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill Facebook for the sake of privacy.
According to a 1999 survey by the Computer Security Institute and the FBI, the average network is hit by a hacktivist 15-20 times each year.
Oliver Lavery, director of security research and development for nCircle commented: "It seems that even in a security oriented crowd not very many people are sympathetic with the agenda or methods of these new hacktivist groups.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- The hacktivist group Anonymous took down the Turkish President's website, along with that of the country's ruling party, as operation #OpTurkey kicks off in support of the anti-government protests that have entered their fourth day.
Anonymous -- a loosely associated hacktivist collective -- claimed its Operation Last Resort was responsible for the shutdown of the U.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Members of the hacktivist movement Anonymous gained access to MIT's website over the weekend and published a statement celebrating recently deceased info activist ron Swartz, while attacking the justice system that stood to imprison him for decades.