In case anyone on the Internet didn't catch the excuse given by the Anonymous hackers for the hijacking of the US Sentencing Commission website when it happened, the hacktivists group is making it easier to know, Computer Weekly reported on Monday.
The statement reads along these lines: Aaron Swartz, who was arrested in January 2011 for downloading millions of documents via the MIT network, was (they believe) the victim of a federal government that made him "play a game he could not win," and therefore he faced an "impossible choice" when given the option of six months of incarceration for his alleged crime--or moving forward with his court trial scheduled for February.
Tragically, Swartz took his own life in his Brooklyn apartment. And there can't be enough said about the terrible tragedy of anyone doing that. But the group angry about the government's judicial system process for prosecuting digital crime isn't making any headway where that's concerned by hijacking the federal sentencing commission site.
The Anonymous hackers can't bring back Swartz; they can't make the US Justice Department bend their knee to their terroristic tactics, and they can't rewrite the laws of the land by resorting to what amounts to a hostage situation of a website. They're trying to right a perceived wrong with a crime. And two wrongs never make a right.
And the worst thing is that they appear to want to remain anonymous per this Gather News story, but based upon law enforcement success thus far in the states and abroad, they will remain anything but if they keep up their online criminal antics against the US Justice Department.
(Child on computer photo credit: Marisa Ravn via Wikimedia.org)