Last year on January 11, a 26-year-old, young hacker, Reddit co-founder and the digital Activist, Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide.
He found dead in his Brooklyn, New York apartment, where he had hanged himself.
Swartz was indicted by a federal grand jury in July 2011, accused of hacking the MIT JSTOR database and stealing over four million documents with the intent to distribute them. He could have prison for 50 years and $4 million in fines by the Court, but before that he committed suicide in fear. Swartz’s father, Robert, later blamed the MIT and the judiciary system for his son’s death.
On the first Anniversary of Aaron Swartz, today the Anonymous group of hackers defaced the sub-domain of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) website (http://cogen.mit.edu/) for about an hour as part of #OPLASTRESORT. Defacement page was titled ‘THE DAY WE FIGHT BACK’. The message posted on it, “Remember The Day We Fight Back, Remember. We Never Forget, We Never Surrender, Expect Us.”
The attack on the website of MIT is a part of the tragic suicide of hacker Aaron Swartz to give him tribute.
It was the MIT’s role in the federal prosecution against an activist, which ultimately led to him committing suicide, but the U.S Government has not learned anything and they are planning to make laws stricter against hackers.
Recently, The Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman ‘Patrick Leahy’ reintroduced a revamped version of the “Personal Data Privacy and Security Act” for tough criminal penalties for hackers. The new bill suggests 20 years in prison, rather than 10 years (currently) and also recommending to give same penalties for the hackers who even attempt to hack the systems, but doesn’t succeed.