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A person who gains unauthorized access to computer files or networks in order to further social or political ends.
- ‘This political and social awareness, as well as how the awareness is acted upon, separates hacktivists from other hackers, those that are young and hacking for fun, and those that are hacking to cause damage or steal for personal gain.’
- ‘This is understandable, since it is indeed the goal of hacktivists to identify their acts as such, just like criminal activity is defined so upon the very nature of goals aimed or achieved.’
- ‘In the so-called ‘land of the free, home of the brave,’ courageous protestors and hacktivists are finding that their available avenues for protest are fewer and farther between.’
- ‘So I think it's very important for young activists, hacktivists, to always make sure that they understand the specificity of what they're trying to articulate.’
- ‘And perhaps more importantly, it will demonstrate that hacktivists are waging peace, not war.’
1990s: blend of hack and activist.
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