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    Hackers Take Over US Government Website

    This screen shot shows the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission after it was hijacked by the hacker-activist group Anonymous to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide, January 26, 2013.
    This screen shot shows the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission after it was hijacked by the hacker-activist group Anonymous to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide, January 26, 2013.
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    International computer hacking group Anonymous is threatening to release secret U.S. government information after hijacking the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an independent agency of the nation's judicial branch.

    The group says it took over the website to avenge the death of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide two weeks ago.

    Hackers took control of the commission's site early Saturday, replacing it with a message warning that "a line was crossed" with Swartz's death.

    The 26-year-old computer prodigy, who helped create RSS feeds and the social news site Reddit, had been set to go on trial later this year on federal charges that he stole millions of scholarly articles from the online archive and journal distribution service JSTOR. He had downloaded the articles to make them free to the public online and could have served 35 years in prison.

    Swartz's family said in a statement that his death is the "product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach."

    JSTOR did not press charges against Swartz once it reclaimed the articles from him. But U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz reportedly would not drop the case. She is quoted as saying "stealing is stealing, whether you use a computer command or a crowbar, and whether you take documents, data or dollars."
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    by: rino from: jakarta
    January 29, 2013 3:05 PM
    for a young hacker -> boastful activity
    for a retired computer savvy -> useless

    by: Mark DePaulo from: Chatham, VA
    January 27, 2013 8:00 PM
    Three things are obvious:
    #1: The Federal authorities are helpless to thwart the hackers at Anonymous.
    #2: Anonymous will not stop with one takeover.
    #3: This may be the exposing of the wizard behind the curtain scene so to speak in regards to the public's perception of the Grand Wizard (US Government)

    Conclusion: This has been badly mishandled by mid-level bureaucrats. Heads will roll.

    by: Jonathon
    January 27, 2013 2:46 AM
    "stealing is stealing, whether you use a computer command, a crowbar, or a government produced redistribution law, and whether you take documents, data or dollars."

    by: Jonathon
    January 27, 2013 2:39 AM
    The fact of the matter is that government does not like competition.

    by: Frank Gerlach from: Garden City Idaho
    January 26, 2013 5:35 PM
    I have been following this story for some time and feel that the prosecutor Carmen Ortiz was more concerned with getting publicity for her office than seeing justice done. Actually more concerned with getting publicity for herself than anything or anyone else. She never mentioned how small any of the penalties could be until after the young man had committed suicide! Up in-tell then it was all about the FULL extent of the law and the FULL penalties.

    by: ken from: bakersfield
    January 26, 2013 2:16 PM
    Threatening to publish them OR what? Just publish them. The freaky embrassing of power to improve goverment carreers is no stranger to me. I KNOW that people are murdered to enhance a justice carreer. Threatening seems complacent to me.

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