hack·​tiv·​ism | \ ˈhak-ti-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce hacktivism (audio) \

Definition of hacktivism

: computer hacking (as by infiltration and disruption of a network or website) done to further the goals of political or social activism Some even speculate that the recent break-in to Microsoft's source code—a serious breach of security—was not industrial espionage but hacktivism.The San Francisco Chronicle … instruments such as information warfare, cultural manipulation and social media hacktivism being used to achieve foreign policy goals without the use of direct force.— Dominic Nicholls

Other Words from hacktivism

hacktivist \ ˈhak-​ti-​vist How to pronounce hacktivist (audio) \ noun, plural hacktivists
In May, in the wake of NATO air strikes against Yugoslavia, hacktivists defaced several government Web sites with anti-war graffiti. Vanity Fair
hacktivist adjective
Expect hacktivist groups to support revolutions abroad, but also to assist protest movements here at home. — Amy Goodman

First Known Use of hacktivism

1992, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hacktivism

blend of hack entry 1 and activism

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“Hacktivism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hacktivism. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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