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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 worldwide, therefore, can help give voice to the sentiments of the Taiwan people, which in turn will allow the government to perform better and provide better services, Chen said.
Navarro and Autry said: 'Lest anyone doubt that China's hacktivists operate under the protection of the central government, consider that China has the most heavily controlled Internet in the world.
If you didn't know, Anonymous is a self-styled hacktivist collective with its members spread across the world.
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.
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.
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.