Hactivism is the concept of hacking into a Web site or computer system in order to communicate a politically or socially motivated message. Hactivists conduct the same types of disruptive actions as malicious hackers but do so as a way to draw attention to a cause rather than as a means to cause harm or illegally profit from their actions.
Also referred to as hacktivisim, hactivism gets its name from combining "hack" and "activism." At its most basic level, hactivism is an Internet-enabled way to practice civil disobedience and protest, with hactivist activities spanning the gamut of political ideals and issues.
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