The Aaron Swartz case
One of the Internet's creative forces, Aaron Swartz in 2011 was charged with hacking into MITs network and downloading millions of documents from a paid archive. He committed suicide in January 2013. Family and friends said his death was inspired, in part, by the forthcoming criminal prosecution, pinning some of the blame for his suicide on US Attorney Carmen Ortiz — a claim Ortiz vehemently denied.
Swartz, a political and Internet activist and cofounder of the website Reddit, committed suicide in January 2013. He was awaiting trial after being charged with wire fraud, computer fraud, unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer, and recklessly damaging a protected computer. Federal prosecutors said Swartz hacked into MITs network and downloaded millions of documents illegally. Swartzs family and friends say the US Attorneys office overzealously prosecuted the case.
The US Attorney for Massachusetts came under fire after Swartzs suicide. Ortiz said she was terribly upset about the suicide, but also defended her offices work. I pride myself in striving to be fair and reasonable, she said. Later, Ortizs husband criticized the Swartz familys statements about Ortiz actions.
The father of the Internet activist has been outspoken in his criticism of the US Attorneys Offices prosecution of his son. In an interview, Robert Swartz also said MIT should release all internal documents related to the court case.
As proposed Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California, it would alter the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to reduce or limit the penalties for violating the law. (6/20/13)
The schools announcement follows a semester of cybersecurity breaches, a hoax report of a gunman on campus, and the murder of an MIT police officer while he was on duty. (6/6/13)
Disclosing names of university officials and others when releasing Swartz-related documents could expose investigators to harassment and retaliation, a judge ruled. (5/13/13)
The filmmaker will release the results under a public domain, Creative Commons license, a choice Swartz long championed. (4/29/13)
About 150 people gathered near South Station to remember Aaron Swartz, some holding signs saying Aarons Law and listening to folk songs like We Shall Overcome. (4/13/13)
In a message to the universitys Academic Council, a school executive wrote that the changes would ensure the safety of our community and the integrity of our campus. (4/3/13)
In a copy of the message, posted by The Tech, the student newspaper, the hoaxer wrote that MIT was taking an important step ... relating to the Aaron Swartz situation. (3/20/13)
The suicide of Aaron Swartz prompted questions about whether officials went too far in enforcing a 27-year-old law regulating computer use. (2/28/13)
A caller who said a gunman was on the MIT campus said the target was MIT's president and that the gunman was motivated by the Aaron Swartz suicide. (2/27/13)
Malamud, a friend of Aaron Swartz, went through the recently released FBI files and filled in some blanks on redactions made by the FBI. (2/25/13)
MIT said starting two days after the death of Swartz, the schools network has suffered outages "that have temporarily affected a number of web services. (2/7/13)
Swartz took his life Jan. 11 in Brooklyn, according to a statement released by family and partner. (1/12/13)
Aaron Swartz, 24, was a fellow at Harvard Universitys Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics when the incidents took place, authorities said. (7/20/11)
Aaron Swartz is one of many young people who found fame, and riches, at a young age. (9/7/07)