Hacktavism is the new and improved online form of activism. People who have a grudge against a person(s), organisation or company actively seek out their personal information in order to use it against them or, in the case of those using the Ashley Madison website (which I very briefly touched on in my previous blog) the information is used to name and shame people who are actively doing something that is considered morally wrong. My personal opinion on the entire Ashley Madison case is that it was profoundly wrong, despite the fact that the site itself was created for people to seek out other people willing to have an affair with them. Yes, I do believe that cheating is very wrong, and the reason the site exists is certainly questionable in its clear lack of morals, but it doesn’t make it ok to out the people for their own personal discretions. Hacking is certainly not a new thing, but with a fairly significant increase in the amount of people utilising online sources in their various day to day activities from online banking to making new friends and socialising it is no wonder that hacking is becoming a far more common way that people are choosing to attack those they disagree with and certainly a far simpler, effective method of attack compared to picketing out the front of a building or rioting in the streets but with a far greater reach and, in some cases, far more damaging. Unfortunately it is because of how easy it is that this type of activism is so dangerous as there is no way of knowing exactly how big an impact it could have on not only the company, but the individuals that might be directly involved with that company.