Anonymous makes history, I am confident these incidents will become part of history in the “digital library” and will be taught in many schools as part of the curriculum when it comes to “cyber security within the information age” to future generations may be at grade 4 level and I believe cyber security will play a huge role in the future in many schools globally & in class rooms – I believe cyber safety should be taught in class rooms today – ethical vs unethical hacking.
The US Sentencing Commission’s Web site after it was hijacked by the hacker-activist group Anonymous early today.
The hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the Web site of the US Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide, a co-founder of Reddit and activist who fought to make online content free to the public was found dead January 11, 2013 and it has prompted an outpouring of grief from prominent voices on the intersection of free speech and the Web.
Aaron Swartz, 26, hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment weeks before he was to go on trial on accusations that he stole millions of journal articles from an electronic archive in an attempt to make them freely available.
He was pronounced dead Friday evening at home in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, said Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for New York’s chief medical examiner.
FBI is investigating The Sentencing Commission http://www.ussc.gov, the web site of the commission, an independent agency of the judicial branch, was taken over & shut down early Saturday 27th 2013 and replaced with a message warning that when Swartz killed himself two weeks ago “a line was crossed. The group claims mysterious code-based “warheads” & talks of planting “multiple warheads” on “compromised systems” on various unnamed websites, and encourages members to download a given file from ussc.gov that is “primed, armed and quietly distributed to numerous mirrors.” It has given the warhead “launch” the name of “Operation Last Resort,”
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.
The FBI’s Richard McFeely, executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch, said in a statement that “we were aware as soon as it happened and are handling it as a criminal investigation. We are always concerned when someone illegally accesses another person’s or government agency’s network.”