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hacktivist

(HACKer acTIVIST) A person who demonstrates against a company or government agency by malicious technological means. Examples are causing a website to fail or slow down, or breaking into a computer system to obtain unauthorized information. In 2011, after MasterCard, Visa and PayPal cut off service to Wikileaks, hacktivists set up denial of service attacks against their websites. Hacktivists promote free availability of information on the Internet and may protest when actions inhibit this freedom. See hacker, Silk Road and denial of service attack.
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Hacktivists also believe that they are helping society by revealing information that people would never have known otherwise.
9, 2014, a hacktivist group called "Operation Ferguson" who claimed to be part of Anonymous protested the incident over the internet through a Twitter account and a website they set up for the purpose.
Internet users around the world are conflicted on the role of hacktivist groups like Anonymous.
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The Verisign iDefense "2016 Cyberthreats and Trends Report" stated, "Hacktivism may experience a relative rejuvenation of collaborative hacktivist campaigning, following, comparatively speaking, a very quiet year in 2015.
The hacktivists had also announced that they would make their first strike against Trumpchicago.
A hacktivist in the United States has several Twitter accounts such as @CtrlSec, on which he sends out lists with the account names of suspected extremists.
Reports said the account was created after a request by hacktivist group Anonymous, which listed Daesh-affiliated Twitter accounts as targets of a social media storm.
He said the "blistering array" of cybercrimes in 2014 was "a clear wake up call to boards", citing attacks on retailers' point-of-sales (PoS) systems, cyber-espionage and hacktivist campaigns.
More than 30 acts will be on stage at Teesside University Students Union including headliners Welsh rockers Funeral For A Friend with support from The Blackout and Hacktivist.
Monsegur, 30, directed hacktivist Jeremy Hammond and other Anonymous affiliates to