What is a hacktivist?

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What is a hacktivist?

Hacktivist:  Hacker or group that breaches systems for political, rather than monetary, gain.

Detail: The word hacktivist takes its roots from the terms hacker and activist. Hacktivists can be organized groups or overzealous individuals committed to a cause. They subvert networks and computer systems, illegally accessing information to further some agenda – often political. The hacktivist is so singularly focused on his/her ideology that any residual harm or victimization caused by the subversive acts is either dismissed or rationalized as necessary to further the cause.

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Tina Hampton Managed Security Services AVP AT&T About Tina