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Aaron Swartz secret service documents released in 104-page batch

Aaron Swartz secret service documents released in 104-page batch

The beginning of 2013 was marked with the unfortunate suicide of Aaron Swartz, an action said to be the result of legal pressure from MIT and the Department of Justice following his hacking of the JSTOR academic journal system. In March, it was promised that MIT would release documents related to the case. It has been six months, and now the Secret Service has released the first 104 of a massive 14,500 pages.

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MIT Aaron Swartz documents release declared: sans names and details

MIT Aaron Swartz documents release declared: sans names and details

This year started off on a sad note with the suicide of the man known as Aaron Swartz, made famous for his development of Reddit and Demand Progress. His death is said to have been due to massive legal pressure put on by the Department of Justice and MIT after it was discovered that he'd hacked into the academic journal system known as JSTOR, releasing documents to the public that otherwise would have been limited to students and academics of all sorts still under the payment plan required by the system. Today it's been announced that MIT will release until-now locked-down documents related to the case.

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Xbox hacker “bunnie” Huang makes book free in Aaron Swartz tribute

Xbox hacker “bunnie” Huang makes book free in Aaron Swartz tribute

Xbox hacker and EFF Pioneer Award winner Andrew "bunnie" Huang has waded into the Aaron Swartz controversy, making his ebook Hacking the Xbox free to highlight the important role tinkerers and explorers play. The book, which details Huang's exploits of the original Xbox console, and subsequent legal battle with Microsoft, was first published in 2003, and had a troubled release with the first publisher pulling out at the last minute over fears of courtroom reprisals.

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Aaron Swartz named as possible WikiLeaks source

Aaron Swartz named as possible WikiLeaks source

Many people have commented on the Aaron Swartz case that came to a close when the 26-year-old Internet activist committed suicide earlier this month, but now WikiLeaks has chimed in with a series of very interesting tweets. Over the weekend, the WikiLeaks Twitter account posted four tweets that detail the website's relationship with Swartz. Through these tweets, we find out that not only did Swartz assist the website, but he also may have been a source.

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US Attorney defends Aaron Swartz prosecution, denies huge penalty threats

US Attorney defends Aaron Swartz prosecution, denies huge penalty threats

The US Attorney overseeing Aaron Swartz's trial has responded to criticisms of the prosecution and allegations that it prompted Swartz's suicide, arguing that the likely outcome of the case was far less dramatic than the $1m fine and 35 year prison term rumored. In an official statement, US Attorney Carmen Ortiz opens by extending "heartfelt sympathy" for Swartz's family and friends, but insists that not only did the prosecutors involved take on "the difficult task of enforcing a law they had taken an oath to uphold, and did so reasonably" but that Swartz was offered a far more lenient plee bargain than has widely been suggested.

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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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Aaron Swartz case dismissed posthumously by US District Court

Aaron Swartz case dismissed posthumously by US District Court

Though it's not the posthumous complete reprieve from the crimes he'd been accused of that his followers, friends, and family had wished for, Aaron Swartz's court case has been dismissed due to his death. The man known as Aaron Swartz was found to have ended his own life just this past week, his legacy of pushing for freedom of information appearing very much to be living on in his wake. The announcement this week from the US District Court stops the case that accused Swartz of involvement in the theft of digital documents from JSTOR, a journal archive, a case where he faced decades in prison time if found guilty.

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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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