Anonymous hacks MIT website

By on January 14, 2013
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Group demands full investigation into Swartz’s death.

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As reported earlier this week, Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz committed suicide in his apartment. The Internet has been swamped with tweets, posts, blog entries and media coverage over his death, demanding a full investigation.

Now famed hacker group Anonymous have jumped into the fire, by hacking the Massachussets Institute of Technology’s (MIT) website and leaving behind a few choice words reflecting on Swartz’s passing. Mainly the group said that Swartz was under pressure from an intimidating criminal justice system that eventually led him to take his own life. Anonymous also posted

- We call for this tragedy to be a basis for reform of computer crime laws, and the overzealous prosecutors who use them.
- We call for this tragedy to be a basis for reform of copyright and intellectual property law, returning it to the proper principles of common good to the many, rather than private gain to the few.
- We call for this tragedy to be a basis for greater recognition of the oppression and injustices heaped daily by certain persons and institutions of authority upon anyone who dares to stand up and be counted for their beliefs, and for greater solidarity and mutual aid in response.
- We call for this tragedy to be a basis for a renewed and unwavering commitment to a free and unfettered internet, spared from censorship with equality of access and franchise for all.

Later the group amended their post, stating “We tender apologies to the administrators at MIT for this temporary use of their websites. We understand that it is a time of soul-searching for all those within this great institution as much — perhaps for some involved even more so — than it is for the greater internet community.”


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