The website of the United States Sentencing Commission www.ussc.gov has been knocked offline today. According to Google’s cache, the commission “establishes sentencing policies and practices for the Federal courts.” The site “contains reports to Congress, publications, … ”
The attack appears to be a response to the overzealous prosecution of Aaron Swartz by federal prosecutors Carmen Ortiz and Stephen Heymann. Mr. Swartz’s crime? He violated a website’s Terms Of Service. The website’s owner did not wish to press charges, yet Ms. Ortiz indicted Mr. Swartz for crimes which could have locked him behind bars for up to 50 years and cost him up to 4 million dollars in fines, plus legal fees.
Prosecutors’ histories: Aaron Swartz’s Prosecutors Employ Outrageous Bullying Tactics as Standard Operating Procedure
Is this the start of Operation Last Resort by Anonymous? They’ve claimed, “This time there will be change, or there will be chaos.”
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