Where did the hacktivists go?

Submitted by pleina in Tech (edited )

I remember there used to be active hacktivist groups working for social justice causes.

Where are new groups now? I don't hear about anything like that nowadays. Did they disappear because of FBI busts? Or did they decide to go more undercover, being unnoticed? Are there any examples of their actions?

I don't mean hackers stealing bitcoins. I want to see hacking activists.



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Whom wrote

One part of it is that the places many of them hung out swung far to the right. Imageboard culture, for example, was always edgy, but in the last decade just about everyone got shoved out apart from fascists and fascist-sympathizers.

The hacktivism that happened there was replaced by targeted harassment and other worthless bullshit.


pleina OP wrote

Yeah, that certainly bugs me. I would expect they would find their place elsewhere though.


thekraken wrote (edited )

Well, some Hacktivists managed to gain Admin access and just dumped all of Parler, the data from which can be found here or also here. This data includes real ID (because you had to submit ID to Parler to be a 'verified citizen'), as well as all supposedly 'deleted' posts (hint: they didn't actually delete anything, just flagged it as unavailable).


pleina OP wrote

Wow, this is cool! I would like to see more of these. Especially when technology is more and more everpresent, we need cyber-warriors.


Kinshavo wrote

I think we have some around, but they are lowkey to say at least. And I may be wrong but the bulk of the strong community of the 00' grew old and shifted for a less disruptive activism, Linux, anticopyright and so on


anoki wrote

There were some hacktivist style actions in summer 2020 during the anti-police events.

And if you look around hard enough, there are still spaces you'll find.

Of course a case with big prison time and a snitch like the LulzSec one always puts a damper on things for a while.


pleina OP wrote

Well, I did look kinda hard with no success. Maybe I have not the right idea where to look.