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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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The anti-Kiev hacktivist group, CyberBerkut, claims to have hacked the emails of Major-General Andrey Taran, Chief of the Joint Centre for Ceasefire Control and Coordination in Ukraine, RT reported.
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.
All the top oil and gas companies in the Middle East are listed by the hacktivists.
The hacktivists have targeted the National Portal of Pakistan (Pakistan.
The other major use of DDoS attacks comes from hacktivist groups such as Anonymous.
While Cypherpunks lays out the ideology as espoused by a core group of hacktivists, Parmy Olson's book, We are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous and the Global Cyber Insurgency, is a richly detailed, journalistic account of the history and acts of a cyber group that pushes this ideology forward with its cyberattacks.
com)-- Imagine a couple of young hacktivists, both former members of the internet freedom fighters group Anonymous, and one of them an ex-black ops officer, breaking away and creating a militant group of anarchists committed to social change.
While a group called the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters claimed responsibility for the attacks, James A Lewis of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies believed it was masterminded by Iran rather than hacktivists.
The attackers claimed to be Islamic hacktivists running a grassroots operation, but experts said the sophistication showed that they were well organised and had access to significant resources, an indication that the attacks were state sponsored.
Rob Rachwald, director of security for US-based data security firm Imperva, says in a blog posting that if the Saudi Aramco attack was carried out by hacktivists, it could be a milestone in computer hacking.
A SELF-STYLED group of local hacktivists has threatened to "take down the system" in Cyprus, and are demanding an end to corruption in political life and to media manipulation of the masses, according to a video posted on YouTube.
This is the latest in a series of attacks on official websites claimed by the hacktivists since the start of the year.