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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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Hacktivists also believe that they are helping society by revealing information that people would never have known otherwise.
Anonymous hacktivists took it upon themselves to protest this.
We use the term subjectivation to describe the performative practices engaged in by hacktivists and contrast them with governmental and disciplinary practices of subjection.
Some 43% claim to have a positive view of hacktivist groups, while 56% believe that hacktivists are a nuisance and provide no real value.
The motivations of the hacktivists in DDoS attacks run the gamut from protesting a political agenda to highlighting security weaknesses.
In March, the website of the Commission on Elections was defaced by a group of hacktivists who identified themselves as Anonymous Philippines.
The hacktivists had also announced that they would make their first strike against Trumpchicago.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Hacktivists launched digital blitzkreig and vowed to wipe out the systems which power the Turkish banks, airports and military facilities.
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A partner at Bessemer, David Cowan, said: "With nations, terrorists, criminals and hacktivists routinely launching sophisticated, military-grade cyber attacks, enterprises are saddled with obsolete security products that defend against the common cold rather than targeted, lethal campaigns.
LulzSec turncoat Hector Xavier Monsegur, known as Sabu among fellow hacktivists, waged a proxy cyber war against 30 governments worldwide, including eight Middle East nations, while working as an informant for the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Daily dot reported.