or hac·tiv·ism

[ hak-tuh-viz-uh m ]
/ ˈhæk təˌvɪz əm /


the practice of gaining unauthorized access to a computer system and carrying out various disruptive actions as a means of achieving political or social goals: In this form of hacktivism, the hacker tries to alter or deface a government website.

Origin of hacktivism

1995–2000; hack1 (in the computer sense) + (ac)tivism

Related forms

hack·tiv·ist, hac·tiv·ist, noun, adjective
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