Hacker

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Hacker

A person who infiltrates a computer system, usually in order to gather information. A hacker finds a way past the system's protocols. Some hackers do this simply for the thrill, though many others hack for nefarious purposes. For example, a hacker may be hired by a company or government to conduct espionage on a competitor or enemy. Other hackers freelance in order to find things like credit card numbers to facilitate identity theft and other crimes. However, the word is not always used in a negative context.
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The hacktivists earlier targeted municipal governments in Mersin and Izmir.
The hacktivists blamed the police for cracking down on protesters instead of cooperating with them and finding the culprits.
Anonymous Operation India, the hacker group, and its supporters have planned to take their protest to the Indian streets across various cities on June 9, Saturday as part of their ongoing Hacktivist movement against the cyber laws of the country.
Members of the hacktivist group reportedly retrieved the personal email details of private and serving officers from a website, and emailed them directly.
Ibom Hacktivist wrote, "thats what you get when you mess with @wikileaks @Anon_Central and the enter [sic] community of lulz loving individuals.
Hacktivist group Anonymous has said it is going to take on Islamic State.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Hacktivist group Anonymous took down more than 5,500 Twitter accounts affiliated to the ISIL terrorist group after it declared a "total war" on the militant group following the Paris attacks.
In a video posted on YouTube# on Saturday, the hacktivist group Anonymous declared war against the "Islamic State.
Reports said the account was created after a request by hacktivist group Anonymous, which listed Daesh-affiliated Twitter accounts as targets of a social media storm.
The hacktivist group calling itself "Guardians Of Peace" (GOP) continues to issue threatening statements toward Sony Pictures several weeks after it gained unfettered access to the firm's email and database servers.
Key findings shed light on 39 different criminal, hacktivist, state-sponsored, and nationalist adversary groups and provide predictions regarding 2015 threat activity
He said the "blistering array" of cybercrimes in 2014 was "a clear wake up call to boards", citing attacks on retailers' point-of-sales (PoS) systems, cyber-espionage and hacktivist campaigns.