Anonymous Hacks US Site to Avenge Aaron Swartz
Government's sentencing agency is the target
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2013 9:55 AM CST
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(Newser) – The hackers of Anonymous have hit the website of the US Sentencing Commission in revenge for the prosecution of Aaron Swartz, reports CNN. The site ussc.gov remained down as of this morning. The hackers say they have stolen sensitive Justice Department files—naming them after Supreme Court justices—and threatened to release them unless the federal government reformed its sentencing system. (The family of free-information activist Swartz say he killed himself because he faced years of jail time thanks to overzealous prosecutors.)

It's not clear what files Anonymous might have gotten, writes ZDNet blogger Violet Blue, who provides details on the hack. But the group, which said a "line had been crossed" with the Swartz prosecution, issued this cryptic warning: "The contents are various and we won’t ruin the speculation by revealing them. Suffice it to say, everyone has secrets, and some things are not meant to be public." The group also issued a related video, which is in the gallery.

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YankeeJane
Jan 27, 2013 8:46 PM CST
They should publish the secret stuff they hack. We should know what our government keeps from us. We, the people, need to take control of our country and make these politicians remember that they work for us! We have already fought one revolution against tyranny, we shouldn't be afraid to fight another.
john09
Jan 26, 2013 11:38 PM CST
Does anybody remember that one time Anonymous said they would go after the cartels in Mexico,but they didn't?
pranaphish
Jan 26, 2013 4:31 PM CST
I think its high time the people take the power back! Anonymous seems to be only doing good works, unless they use their powers for evil, I support them fully- it finally feels like the people have a way to fight injustice in the US government systems because all the old Q-tips can't use computers!