Anonymous claims responsibility for hacking federal website in response to death of Aaron Swartz
— Global Revolution (@GlobalRevLive) January 26, 2013
Anonymous have hacked the US Supreme Courrt’s site and leave a serious message followed by Nyan Cat, because internet. ussc.gov
— Conor Garry (@Conor_Garry) January 26, 2013
Hacktivists identifying themselves as members of Anonymous say they assumed control of the United States Sentencing Commission’s website in retaliation for the death of Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz. Swartz was facing prison time and hefty fines on computer fraud charges when he reportedly took his own life earlier this month.
USSC.gov is currently offline.
— David R. Poindexter (@mtheoryx) January 26, 2013
But Twitter users took screenshots of the hacking, which is part of an operation called #opLastResort or #operationLastResort.
— Misfit Banker (@Bankermonkey) January 26, 2013
— ЯŭƓ˅ƩԀ (@rugvedmandrekar) January 26, 2013
A portion of the message left by the hackers:
Two weeks ago today, a line was crossed. Two weeks ago today, Aaron Swartz was killed. Killed because he faced an impossible choice. 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.
Anonymous immediately convened an emergency council to discuss our response to this tragedy. After much heavy-hearted discussion, the decision was upheld to engage the United States Department of Justice and its associated executive branches in a game of a similar nature, a game in which the only winning move is not to play.
The message also included a threat to “detonate” a “warhead” of Justice Department documents if the government doesn’t rewrite laws to suit Anonymous.
The contents are various and we won’t ruin the speculation by revealing them. Suffice it to say, everyone has secrets, and some things are not meant to be public. At a regular interval commencing today, we will choose one media outlet and supply them with heavily redacted partial contents of the file.
File names on the hacked USSC site appeared to be named after Supreme Court justices.
The links Anonymous posted on ussc.gov seem to suggest they have evidence of insider trading by SCOTUS Justices.
— Erik Pavia (@erikpavia) January 26, 2013
This video was reportedly also uploaded to the hacked USSC site:
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) January 26, 2013
— Mirriam Seddiq (@mirriam71) January 26, 2013