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Graffiti in the digital world: How hacktivists use defacement

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Activists have been featured more frequently in the news lately, with marches shining the spotlight on women's rights and bringing about an end to gun violence, to name a few. However, the real world isn't the only place where activismhappens.

The digital realm has become a critical space for individuals to express their opinions and further their causes. While this can revolve around an informational website or video streaming platform, activism has also taken hold in the world of cybercriminals and hackers who have their own beliefs they'd like to communicate and publicize.

Enter hacktivism, activities motivated by political or other ideas spurred by hackers. In many cases, these individuals aren't marching with colorful signs or presenting their ideas as part of civil discourse, but are taking advantage of weaknesses to splash their ideas on an array of different, legitimate websites.

Local Ohio websites defaced by hacktivists

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