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New Wave of 'Hacktivism' Adds Twist to Cybersecurity Woes

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At a time when U.S. agencies and companies are fighting off major hacking campaigns originating in Russia and China, a different kind of cyber threat is re-emerging: activist hackers looking to make a political point.

Credit: Kacper Pempel/REUTERS

Activist hackers looking to make political statements constitute emerging threats to U.S. cybersecurity.

The U.S. government charged non-binary Swiss hacker Tillie Kottmann with conspiracy for their claimed exposure of artificial intelligence-powered corporate video surveillance by the startup Verkada.

Hacktivists also exposed January 6 Capitol riot videos from the right-wing social network Parler, which Gabriella Coleman at Canada's McGill University said indicated support for antiracist or antifascism politics.

Emma Best of the Distributed Denial of Secrets website said indictments like Kottmann's "show just how scared the government is, and just how many corporations consider embarrassment a greater threat than insecurity."

From Reuters
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