Anonymous hackers are claiming they shut down the Justice Department's Sentencing Commission website on Saturday and that they did it to get even with the government over a computer geek's suicide based upon a Reuters report.
The geek they are referring to is Aaron Swartz, who used his computer expertise to commit a crime that he was going to be held accountable for doing. He misused the Massacusettes Institute of Technology to steal more than 4 million JSTOR articles.
The band of online thugs who are now attempting to seek revenge for the United States daring to prosecute a criminal thinks releasing government documents to which they should have no legal access to is somehow going to make up for Swartz killing himself. One crime does not justify another of course, and revenge never has a good ending, and it certainly can't bring back Aaron Swartz.
Maybe the funniest thing about the illegal online infiltration is that the hackers really are "anonymous" as of right now, so taking credit for committing the crime isn't really giving them that credit, as any band of juvenile hackers could be this "anonymous hacker" group saying they did this. How ironic is that?
The FBI isn't finding the criminal act funny, and they are on the anonymous hackers case now. And they always get their man. Right? In fact, the government was onto the breach as soon as it happened they said, so look for the boys soon to face PayPal hacking trials in the U.S. to have some more company in their jail cells once the investigation is complete. And, unfortunately, the latest government hacking crime will not have brought back Aaron Swartz; it will merely have added more talented computer geeks to the criminal watch list. And where's the logic in that?
(Cute kid playing on a computer photo credit: Marisa Ravn, Wikimedia.org)