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.
But Twitter users took screenshots of the hacking, which is part of an operation called #opLastResort or #operationLastResort.
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.
This video was reportedly also uploaded to the hacked USSC site: