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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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If you didn't know, Anonymous is a self-styled hacktivist collective with its members spread across the world.
Distinct types have also emerged; as Poteete notes: Alderson, the fictional hacker, is shown as joining a team of 'activist hackers', or hacktivists.
Hacktivists are individuals who use computers and networks to achieve political objectives.
One citizen's hacktivist is another's cyber terrorist, or so the new adage goes.
Hacktivists display guerilla warfare tactics in these attacks, repeatedly challenging the government and/or agency from remote locations, making attribution and prosecution difficult, if not impossible, for the protective agencies.
India, March 18 -- Hacktivist group, Anonymous has followed through on their threats against Donald Trump and released his private information such as his phone number, Social Security number, and the address of his residence in Florida.
Last week, hacktivists fired the opening salvos in their war, bringing down up to 40,000 Turkish websites.
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.
Monsegur, 30, directed hacktivist Jeremy Hammond and other Anonymous affiliates to
Today, the discussions around mass surveillance, privacy, and data collection are ongoing and heated, and the reputation of so-called hacktivists (people using computers and networks as a means of protest or action) is evolving.
Information security "guru" Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer of F-Secure and best known in the industry as the man who led a team that tracked down the authors of the first PC virus, has revealed that the main sources of cyberattacks are criminals, hacktivists and governments.
Dubai: AnonGhost, a politically motivated group of hacktivists, is planning to launch cyber attacks on energy companies globally, including Adnoc and Enoc in the UAE, on Friday for using the dollar in oil trades.