or hac·tiv·ism

[hak-tuh-viz-uh m]


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 formshack·tiv·ist, hac·tiv·ist, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hacktivist

Contemporary Examples of hacktivist

  • The hacktivist group Anonymous wants to enter the world of journalism, in Anonymous fashion, of course.

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    Anonymous Looks to Expand Into News

    Ilana Glazer

    April 18, 2013

  • But the Lizard Squad was able to get one thing done: Piss off Anonymous, the best known of the hacktivist collectives.

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    The Attack on the Hidden Internet

    Marc Rogers

    December 29, 2014

British Dictionary definitions for hacktivist



informal a person who breaks into a computer system in order to pursue a political or social aim
Derived Formshacktivism, noun

Word Origin for hacktivist

C21: blend of hacker and activist
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