n. A computer hacker who breaks into systems to further an activist agenda.
Also Seen As
Other Forms
Some are trying to make that outlet more accessible. A 26-year-old University of Toronto dropout calling himself Perl Bailey, after a computer language popular among Web developers, said he had earned a living as a software developer and had dabbled in not entirely legal computer exploration for several years. Now, he is writing a tool to arm computer novices with basic hacktivist techniques.
—Amy Harmon, “'Hacktivists' of All Persuasions Take Their Struggle to the Web,” The New York Times, October 31, 1998
Members of the Hong Kong Blondes, a covert group, claim to have gotten into Chinese military computers and to have temporarily shut down a communications satellite last year in a "hacktivist" protest. "The ultimate aim is to use hacktivism to ameliorate human rights conditions," says Oxblood Ruffin, a member of the Toronto-based Cult of the Dead Cow (www.cultdeadcow.com), one of the oldest hacker groups in North America, who serves as unofficial spokesman for the having-more-fun Blondes.
—Bay Fang, “Chinese 'hacktivists' spin a Web of trouble,” U.S. News & World Report, September 28, 1998
1995 (earliest)
Ever since 1990, when about 300 queers descended on the park at the behest of a local computer hacktivist unfortunately named Doug Swallow, gays and lesbians have annually stormed the Magic Kingdom — with tacit encouragement from the management.
—James Hannaham, “Deep Disney: Gay Day In the Magic Kingdon,” The Village Voice, June 27, 1995
Filed Under