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    Anonymous hacks MIT website, calls for reforms

    Anonymous hacks MIT website, calls for reforms

    WIRE REPORTS
    January 14, 2013 11:36AM
    Updated: January 14, 2013 12:24PM

    MITís website was hacked Sunday by online activist group Anonymous in a tribute to tech whiz Aaron Swartz, who killed himself just weeks before he was to go to trial on charges he stole files from the university, according to the Washington Post and other media reports.

    The attack came hours after President L. Rafael Reif said the university would investigate how its case against Swartz was handled. Anonymous posted a call for reform of Internet law and how such cases are prosecuted.

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    I'm sorry for his family and their grief, and there is certainly an argument about broadening access to this material beyond universities & academics. However, stealing is stealing. Hackers are fundamentally arrogant people who think they are beyond and above the law because what they're doing is "right". The ones that get arrested and dragged into the daylight would seem to be emotionally stunted boys in men's bodies - socially awkward, emotionally immature, and adolescent in their attitudes. Instead of stealing this material, it's a pity Aaron Swartz didn't apply his brains to addressing the issue of access of academic journals that allows the publishers & contributors to be paid for their efforts, whilst keeping prices within the range of a normal subscription.
    - emmi14 , London, 14/1/2013 00:15

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