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Anonymous defaces US government website in memory of Aaron Swartz

Takes over DoJ sentencing website
Mon Jan 28 2013, 12:37
Anonymous hacking group logo

HACKTIVISTS claiming to be Anonymous have defaced a website belonging to the US Department of Justice (DoJ), turning it into a celebration of the life of internet activist Aaron Swartz.

This is the latest in a flurry of activity designed to raise awareness of Swartz's passing and his beliefs, and follows an earlier assault on the MIT. The action comes under the banner of Operation Last Resort.

The defacement of the US Sentencing Commission website hit over the weekend and saw the website's homepage turned over to a message from Anonymous and a video.

The video, embedded below, is accompanied by text that claims that hackers have got their hands on government information, a claim that is echoed on social networking service Twitter.

nyan-cat-on-uspo-website

A second defacement saw another website turned into a playable version of Asteroids. We tried this by going to http://www.miep.uscourts.gov/ and entering what is described as the Konami Code, a series of cursor movements and a couple of key presses.

At the time of writing this presented us with a message, "PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW! End Prosecutorial Overreach!" and the opportunity to fly Nyan cat around the screen and fire lasers.

Op Last Resort is a long term operation that just kicked off this weekend. As well as these hacks supporters are asked to join in a Twitter storm that directs people to a protest video.

Anonymous has promised to release information taken by its hacking exploits, and over the weekend one document was released that claimed to have information from people enrolled in witness protection programmes.

This was dismissed as a hoax by the big players though, and is said to have used two year old leaked information. µ

 

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