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#1 Hum

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 14:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — The hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide.

The website of the commission, an independent agency of the judicial branch, was taken over early Saturday and replaced with a message warning that when Swartz killed himself two weeks ago "a line was crossed."

The hackers say they've infiltrated several government computer systems and copied secret information that they now threaten to make public.

Family and friends of Swartz, who helped create Reddit and RSS, say he killed himself after he was hounded by federal prosecutors. Officials say he helped post millions of court documents for free online and that he illegally downloaded millions of academic articles from an online clearinghouse.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:36

And what good is that going to do for the name of Aaron Swartz? None.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:45

How do you "avenge" a suicide? Swartz chose to end his life.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:50

How the hell you guys know it was suicide.. geez

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:21

How the hell you guys know it was suicide.. geez


Are you one of those silly conspiracy theorists? :rofl:

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:30

Are you one of those silly conspiracy theorists? :rofl:

Nice how everyone is consider a theorist :rolleyes: Well I call BS how everything is suicide this, suicide that, and we eat it all up.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:48

Nice how everyone is consider a theorist :rolleyes: Well I call BS how everything is suicide this, suicide that, and we eat it all up.


that's normally how cowards die. He broke the law, got scared and took his life /story

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:09

Give me a break! cowards!? Ive done my share of 'stuff'' and I been taking risk for the past 2 years and if I knew something was to happen I would just keep low as much as possible. I dont see how people result to suicide as their first choice.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 13:09

He was subjected to trumped up charges and then they tried to bully him into a confession because they had no way of making them stick in court. The aggressive corporate bullying of the US is partly to blame for Aaron's death, although how Anonymous think they're serving his cause by defacing a website is beyond me. If they really want to help, instead of destruction maybe they should use their clout to try and get money for the legal costs of Aaron's family?

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 13:17

How the hell you guys know it was suicide.. geez


You thinking maybe JSTOR hired ninjas to assassinate Swartz?

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 13:23

Funny how those who label suicides as cowards, never kill themselves. ;)

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 13:26

Funny how those who label suicides as cowards, never kill themselves. ;)

Maybe I'm being dumb but I don't get what you're trying to say here?
Are you being sarcastic? Like people who call them cowards do kill themselves?

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 14:12

that's normally how cowards die. He broke the law, got scared and took his life /story


who would get scared ... that kind of infamy is nothing to be frightened of nor would he get punished that badly ... they would want his help

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 14:54

who would get scared ... that kind of infamy is nothing to be frightened of nor would he get punished that badly ... they would want his help


Yeah, people who leak secret documents are in big demands in corporate America... think about it.

even the scenario you allude to, the hiring of hackers after they get caught is an old practice, not really being done any more. because frankly they get better hackers with actual morals and ethics from the schools and universities today where they get trained for that kind of stuff. Hacking isn't what it used to be 10+ years ago.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 14:57

Funny how those who label suicides as cowards, never kill themselves. ;)


How is it funny if it doesn't even make sense.

Give me a break! cowards!? Ive done my share of 'stuff'' and I been taking risk for the past 2 years and if I knew something was to happen I would just keep low as much as possible. I dont see how people result to suicide as their first choice.


How do you say give me a break then prove my point? You've done your share of stuff and took risks and don't see how people resort to suicide, exactly. Who does?? A coward. You guys make no sense in here.

who would get scared ... that kind of infamy is nothing to be frightened of nor would he get punished that badly ... they would want his help


He got scared or he wouldn't have done it.