The Black Lives Matter movement has increased activity from the hacktivist group, Anonymous, and hacktivism overall. Take a look at the evolution of hacktivism below.
Based on the video by Anonymous posted on twitter, see the video here, the group released cyberattacks on the Minneapolis police department and Minnesota State Senate’s servers.
What is Hacktivism?
The act of misusing a computer system or network for a socially or politically motivated reason. Individuals who perform hacktivism are known as hacktivists, according to TechTarget.
Hacktivism is typically non-violent, the tactics used are typically to achieve political, social, or religious justice. The tactics they typically use include:
DDoS – Distributed Denial-of-Service, a tactic used to overload systems and crash a website.
Doxxing – used to leak personal, confidential, or incriminating information against organizations or public figures.
Defacement – a tactic used to deface the data integrity of a website by changing the visual appearance.
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Types of Hacktivism
Hacktivists are typically out for justice and not monetary gain like typical hackers. Instead, Panda Security says they their distinct agenda wages an informational war for political lean, social justice, religious intent, or anarchy.
- Political: Hacktivism as a form of political mobilization aims to lean or sway the population to the hacker’s agenda.
- Social: Social justice in hacktivism aims to bring about societal change.
- Religious: Hacktivism for a religious agenda aims to recruit or disavow a religious entity.
- Anarchist: Hackers can have an anarchist agenda to access or control civil infrastructure, military equipment, or the general population.