‘Hack-tivist’ Aaron Swartz commits suicide
Web entrepreneur and political activist Aaron Swartz, who made headlines in 2011 when he was charged with hacking into MIT’s network and mass downloading millions of documents from a subscription-based archive, took his life in Brooklyn in January, according to a statement by his family and partner.
At the time of his death, Swartz faced up to 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine for hacking into the JSTOR archive system on MIT’s network in 2010.
An MIT internal review in July found that the university never “targeted” the Internet activist and committed no wrongdoing.
Swartz, 26, helped develop RSS feeds when he was 14 years old. He also cofounded the social network Reddit and founded the nonprofit political action group Demand Progress.