‘Anonymous’ hacks DOJ website to avenge Aaron Swartz

A group of hacker-activists known as Anonymous took over the U.S. Justice Department’s Sentencing Commission’s website Saturday, threatening to release private Justice Department data to “avenge” the suicide of Reddit co-founder, RSS developer and Internet activist, Aaron Swartz.

Swartz’s family said his suicide was “the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach,” CBS News reported. Swartz was charged with computer fraud, accused of illegally downloading academic articles he felt should be “free and open” to citizens from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011. Swartz was facing “$4 million in fines and more than 50 years in prison if convicted,” a case many believed was prosecutorial overkill, the article said.

Anonymous said it targeted the Sentencing Commission’s website because it is the agency responsible for sentencing guidelines. The site’s home page has a video message from the group, saying that with Swartz’s death, “a line was crossed.” The video also said:

Anonymous has observed for some time now the trajectory of justice in the United States with growing concern. We have marked the departure of this system from the noble ideals in which it was born and enshrined. We have seen the erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights, the usurpation of the rightful authority of courts by the discretion of prosecutors. We have seen how the law is wielded less and less to uphold justice, and more and more to exercise control, authority and power in the interests of oppression or personal gain.

The FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch issued a statement, saying it is treating the investigation as a criminal matter. The commission’s website was taken offline as soon as officials discovered the breach.

Below is a YouTube video of the Anonymous message:


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8 thoughts on “‘Anonymous’ hacks DOJ website to avenge Aaron Swartz

  1. CHHR01 says:

    I am not a media sensation, nor am I anyone of particular interest in my own community… and I too was a victim of prosecutorial overreach. The same tactics used against Aaron Swartz are used daily against law abiding citizens in the corrupt and broken justice system. I applaud the work Anonymous and will continue to pray for their success in turning the tables on those that insist on using the strong arm of "government" to subvert the very people they are sworn to serve and protect.

    Time to go after the entire system from the local Juvenile and Domestic jurisdictions all the way to the United States Supreme Court. While you're at it, check out the so called "child protective services" charade where children are trafficked and families are destroyed for money.

    1. WantAmerica'sGl says:

      You said it all! The entire system has been corrupted. I never thought I would applaud criminal acts but this one has been long coming. The system needs a slap in the face to wake up and realize that they are not in charge, the citizens of this amazing country The United States of America are.

  2. Big Dem says:

    I never thought I'd ever think this way, but…good for them. The federal law enforcement agencies are becoming our very own stormtroopers that do not go after bad guys, but terrorize citizens into submission to Washington.

  3. Claude Parish says:

    As long as we give our government the power to grind us underneath their boots, they will see it as their duty to do so. We, the people are the masters of government. Fire them all. Party be damned!

  4. GM Brakes says:

    Copy and paste this link to all news stories and social media related to Aaron Swartz to get an official whitehouse response:


    Sign the petition to fire Steve Hymann, one of the prosecutors responsible for Aaron's death. Also, forward this white house petition link through your social network!!! We only have until February 11 to get 15,000 more people to sign the petition.

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