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Anonymous hacks U.S. Sentencing Commission site after Swartz death

Anonymous hacks U.S. Sentencing Commission site after Swartz death

The death of Aaron Swartz, as many of you already know, is something that has Anonymous upset, and today the hacker collective is doing something about it. Two weeks after Swartz committed suicide, Anonymous has taken over the U.S. Sentencing Commission's website, leaving a message for visitors and threatening to release government documents it has uncovered. At the time of this writing, the U.S. Sentencing Commission hasn't made a statement about the attack.

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Researchers use the Internet and anonymous genomes to identify individuals

Researchers use the Internet and anonymous genomes to identify individuals

In a world dominated by the instant availability of digital information, social profiles, and constant connection to the proverbial hivemind, privacy is more of an issue than it has ever been. While many users are ready to pounce on the latest Facebook privacy blunder or diligently request that their data be removed from people search websites, there's one area of privacy that has been all but overlooked: DNA. Researchers at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research demonstrated how they were able to identify anonymous study participants using nothing more than their genomes and the Internet.

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Anonymous forces Westboro Baptist Church out of Aaron Swartz funeral protest

Anonymous forces Westboro Baptist Church out of Aaron Swartz funeral protest

Over the past week we've seen several reactions to the death of freedom of information activist Aaron Swartz, one of the most disturbing being the planned protest of his funeral by the Westboro Baptist Church. It would appear that today the hacktivist collective known as Anonymous has saved the day, having promised action against the WBC if they did, in fact, show up at the funeral in Highland Park, Illinois. The WBC's lawyer has reportedly since contacted local police, stating that the group would not be attending the vigil - and by the looks of it here the day after the event, they did indeed stay away completely, not a one of them showing up.

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Anonymous hacks MIT with Aaron Swartz memorial & manifesto

Anonymous hacks MIT with Aaron Swartz memorial & manifesto

Hack-collective Anonymous broke into MIT's website over the weekend and subverted it into a tribute to open-access activist Aaron Swartz, the internet hero who committed suicide on Friday last week. Describing the $1m lawsuit Swartz faced for hacking into the JSTOR database as "a grotesque miscarriage of justice," Anonymous also called for "reform of computer crime laws," CNET reports, in addition to "a renewed and unwavering commitment to a free and unfettered internet."

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Anonymous wants DDoS attacks to be a legal form of protest

Anonymous wants DDoS attacks to be a legal form of protest

A petition was posted on the White House's website by Anonymous, which is seeking to have DDoS attacks become a legal form of protest. Distributed denial-of-service attacks are not hacking, the group says, but are instead the equivalent of "hitting the refresh button on a webpage." In doing so, the protesters are occupying a digital space much like a protester outside of a physical business.

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Twitter pulls the plug on Anonymous

Twitter pulls the plug on Anonymous

This afternoon, Anonymous's Twitter account went offline to the horror of thousands of followers and supporters who expressed their collective outrage. Turns out the social network pulled the plug on the hackers' account for posting private info. The account came back a while later, with Anonymous sharing the letter it received from Twitter over the incident.

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Anonymous celebrates Guy Fawkes Day with reported PayPal hack [UPDATE]

Anonymous celebrates Guy Fawkes Day with reported PayPal hack [UPDATE]

In case you don't remember, today is Guy Fawkes Day. Anonymous is trying to make sure that you remember the fifth of November, taking to Twitter today to announce that it has hacked PayPal and made off with nearly 28,000 passwords. According to The Next Web, Anonymous posted these passwords (along with usernames and telephone numbers in some cases) to Private Paste, though at the time of this writing the page linked to by the AnonymousPress Twitter account has been taken down. [UPDATE: PayPal responds below.]

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Anonymous turns its attention toward Zynga

Anonymous turns its attention toward Zynga

Zynga has been in the news a lot lately, but the recent layoffs at the beleaguered social games company have caught the attention of more than just the media. Anonymous isn't all too happy with Zynga at the moment, and it's planning to do something about the company's perceived mistreatment of employees come Guy Fawkes Day. It's then, on November 5, that Anonymous plans to complete "operation maZYNGA," an offensive it has apparently already started.

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