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Hacktivism

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms
 
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The word “hacktivism” is a portmanteau of the words hack and activism, and is described as “the nonviolent use of illegal or legally ambiguous digital tools in pursuit of political ends. These tools include web site defacements, redirects, denial-of-service attacks, information theft, web site parodies, virtual sit-ins, virtual sabotage, and software development.” Or so says author Alexandra Samuel.

To put it in more simpler terms, however, hacktivism can be quickly described as hacking for a cause. The lines that separate hacktivism and cyberterrorism are not defined well, however, and have caused controversy in the past. One side says it’s fine for attacks to be malicious, where others prefer a non-destructive approach to get their message across.

Do a Google search on “Hacktivism” sometime and check out some of the hacktivist events from the past few years. There’s some pretty interesting stuff that’s happened!

~Andrew

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