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A “hacktivist” is a person (or group) who hack into systems for political reasons or with a “socially-motivated” interest. In terms of the latter, the idea for some is to raise awareness of weaknesses so they can be plugged.
Last year for example, the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation (HHRF) website was accessed by a “hacktivist”. The cyberhacker said that they were able to access 20,000 accounts including personal information; but it was not an act borne from malicious intent…