The IT world is undeniably a leader in creating new terms…including this one I just came across today, hacktivisim.

Hacktivism is a combination of the words hack and activism, and according to Wikipedia is “the nonviolent use of illegal or legally ambiguous digital tools in pursuit of political ends. These tools include web site defacements, redirects, denial-of-service attacks, information theft, web site parodies, virtual sit-ins, virtual sabotage, and software development.”

To put it in simpler terms,  hacktivism can be quickly described as hacking for a cause. The lines that separate hacktivism and cyberterrorism are not defined well, however, and have caused controversy in the past. One side says it’s fine for attacks to be malicious, where others prefer a non-destructive approach to get their message across.


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