Definition of hacktivism

Hacktivism, a word that combines the dual elements of "hack" and "activism" inhabits a grey area between legitimate protest, social media lobbying and cybercrime. Hacktivists typically need to persuade a lot of people to join if they want to carry out successful hack attacks. Examples of hacktivist organisations are Anonymous and LulzSec.


hacktivism in the news

In September 2012 Apple faced a major embarrassment on the eve of the launch of its new iPhone when hackers published sensitive information about 1m Apple devices online. The hacker group AntiSec, an offshoot of the Anonymous and Lulzsec collectives which in 2011 targeted Sony, News International and others in a high-profile wave of attacks, said it had obtained the database of Apple device-identifiers from an FBI agent’s laptop. The FBI’s long-running international investigation into Anonymous and its associates resulted in several arrests earlier this year.

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