What is Hacktivism?

Hacktivism refers to politically or socially motivated hacking. This includes cyber attacks against governments, corporations, organizations, and even individuals. Hacktivist attacks come in many forms, including denial-of-service, stealing and leaking sensitive information, and website defacement.

How to Recognize This Threat: Typically, hacktivist attacks are motivated by a high-profile issue, so even though targets vary, the entity will have done something that could have been controversial or have been in a position to right a perceived wrong.

How to Prevent This Threat: Aside from avoiding controversy as an organization, the best way to guard against hacktivists causing problems on your network is to have robust cyber security. It all starts with a firewall. See options from SonicWall, Fortinet, Sophos, & more.