Inside the world of a 'hactivist'

    Date 18 Oct 2000
    Category Hacks/Cracks
    3996
    Posted By Anthony Pell
    CNN
    Yetzer's a hacker and an acknowledged "social engineer" with curious nocturnal habits. There are thousands of people like him, who by day are system and network administrators, security analysts and start-up co-founders. When night comes, they transform into vampire wanna-bes, hedonists, . . .
    Yetzer's a hacker and an acknowledged "social engineer" with curious nocturnal habits. There are thousands of people like him, who by day are system and network administrators, security analysts and start-up co-founders. When night comes, they transform into vampire wanna-bes, hedonists, Goths, cross-dressers and sadomasochists.

    These are the self-proclaimed freedom fighters of cyberspace. They've even got a name for it: hactivism. And political parties and human rights groups are circling around to recruit hactivists into their many causes.

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