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Anonymous claims responsibility for hacking federal website in response to death of Aaron Swartz

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BREAKING: Anonymous video posted on ussc.gov (w www) says large encrypted files posted have dirt on govt officials #opLastResort

— 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.

And ussc.gov is offline: downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ussc.gov So it begins.

— 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.

USSC.GOVWow. instagr.am/p/U9EXqIFRnv/

— Misfit Banker (@Bankermonkey) January 26, 2013

#Anonymous hacks ussc.gov on 26/01/2013 in protest for #AaronSchwartz‘s death. Image 2/8. twitter.com/rugvedmandreka…

— 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:

Screencap Of Anonymous Hack Of USSC.gov Website Announcing The Release Of A Huge Trove Of Classified Data | freze.it/1mT

— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) January 26, 2013

This is what you get when you google ussc.govlockerz.com/s/279500057

— Mirriam Seddiq (@mirriam71) January 26, 2013

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/01/26/anonymous-takes-credit-for-hacking-federal-website-in-response-to-death-of-aaron-swartz/

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