- Conflict & Crisis
By Shepard Ambellas
January 26, 2013
The group known as Anonymous recently hacked into a government website (US Sentencing Commission) making it display the message, “A line was crossed”.
In response to the suicide of Reddit Co-Founder Aaron Swartz, Anonymous has now responded.
According to CBS regarding Swartz;
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.
By mid-morning Saturday the website was offline.
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.”
Anonymous also left another message which read in part;
Citizens of the world,
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” or 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.
According to Newser, “The hackers say they have stolen sensitive Justice Department files—naming them after Supreme Court justices—and threatened to release them unless the federal government reformed its sentencing system.”
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