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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.
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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.
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Monsegur, 30, directed hacktivist Jeremy Hammond and other Anonymous affiliates to