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[hak-tuh-viz-uh m] /ˈhæk təˌvɪz əm/

the practice of gaining unauthorized access to a computer system and carrying out various disruptive actions as a means of achieving political or social goals:
In this form of hacktivism, the hacker tries to alter or deface a government website.
(informal) a person who breaks into a computer system in order to pursue a political or social aim


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