Definitions

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  • n. The practice of promoting a political agenda by hacking, especially by defacing or disabling websites.

Etymologies

Blend of hack and activism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The man, who declined to be named because he said he feared arrest, compared the attacks on U.S. companies' Web sites - known to some as "hacktivism" - to earlier versions of civil protests: "It was like the sit-ins during the 1960s when you had college students taking up space in restaurants."

    WikiLeaks' advocates are wreaking 'hacktivism'

  • You still hear about "hacktivism" -- this summer, for instance, there was an attack on Estonian servers, presumably originating in Russia.

    From the WSJ Opinion Archives

  • Circle the PCs hacktivism The Chinese appeal's organizers said it is unlikely to address whether hackers should reject working for a government or hacking for a political cause—known as "hacktivism."

    Week in Words

  • The Chinese appeal's organizers said it is unlikely to address whether hackers should reject working for a government or hacking for a political cause—known as "hacktivism."

    China Hackers Seek to Rally Peers Against Cybertheft

  • This social design practice can be called the hacktivism of fashion.

    we make money not art

  • This high-stakes "hacktivism" makes great headlines, but law-enforcement officials worry that it is distracting attention from a far more worrying trend: rising Internet fraud.

    Is That a Bull's-Eye On Your Wallet?

  • Real civil disobedience is a dangerous act of idealism; Dominguez and Stalbaum's "hacktivism" was a risk-free act of self-promotion.

    From the WSJ Opinion Archives

  • Back in 1998, the New York Times carried a story on "hacktivism," which it defined as "computer hacking ... as a means to a political end."

    From the WSJ Opinion Archives

  • The activists, who are not identified, said their brand of "hacktivism" is legal because it technically involves just visiting a Web site.

    Virtual Sit-Ins: Hacktivism, A New Type of Online Protest

  • "This is likely the latest example of 'hacktivism' and politically motivated cyber attacks, which are on the rise."

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  • “Ms. Jones said the incident may have been “hacktivism,” an attack with a social or political motivation. “The point could purely be just to prove the site is insecure,” she said.”

    The New York Times, Web Attack on Twitter Is Third Assault This Year, by Jenna Wortham and Nick Bilton, December 18, 2009

    December 20, 2009