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Anonymous hacks Federal website & threatens document dump of DOJ files

The hacking group Anonymous strikes again, this time targeting a federal website in response to the suicide of Reddit's Aaron Swartz, who was facing up to 35 years in prison for computer fraud.

The hacker activist group known as Anonymous has been a formidable force across the internet, and they have just struck again by hijacking the official federal website of the United States Sentencing Commission.

The hacker collective sites the death of Aaron Swartz as the main reason of their recent strike, and makes the following claims regarding Swartz's death:

"Aaron Swartz was killed because he was forced into playing a game he could not win — a twisted and distorted perversion of justice — a game where the only winning move was not to play.

There must be a return to proportionality of punishment with respect to actual harm caused.”

Anonymous further claim that they have taken over this particular website for "symbolic" reasons, and they have left their mark on the site with a list of demands. If these demands are not met, the activist group threatens to release a trove of embarrassing Justice Department files to major media outlets.

Since then, the affected website has been taken down, and along with Aaron Swart'z suicide, Anonymous makes cites the arrest of members of the hackivist group as cause for their current strike.

Via ABC News
Image: AP

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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