#####Anonymous hacktivists are threatening a massive WikiLeaks-style exposure of sensitive U.S. Department of Justice secrets. Showing their power, they hacked the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC.gov).
The death of Aaron Swartz and the continued unreasonable prosecution of Barret Brown among other hactivists has pushed Anonymous to bolder tactics. “With Aaron’s death we can wait no longer. The time has come to show the United States Department of Justice and its affiliates the true meaning of infiltration.”
While bankers guilty of wire fraud and destroying the U.S. economy are not even prosecuted, Aaron Swartz was facing up to 50+ years in prison and a million fine for downloading too many academic articles. Legal scholars have argued that breaking the “terms of service” of a website, should not carry such harsh penalties. Anonymous is demanding that legislation be passed to no longer consider such violations a felony, and that the DOJ get their priorities straight.
If the Department of Justice does not reform its ways, Anonymous has threatened to start releasing embarrassing and incriminating government secrets.
“The contents are various and we won’t ruin the speculation by revealing them. Suffice it to say, everyone has secrets, and some things are not meant to be public. At a regular interval commencing today, we will choose one media outlet and supply them with heavily redacted partial contents of the file. Any media outlets wishing to be eligible for this program must include within their reporting a means of secure communications.”
Anonymous says there will be “collateral damage” if they are reluctantly forced to expose the information.
For the lulz, Anonymous has also made USSC.gov editable. “Feel free to upload snapshots of your improvements with the hashtag #USSC. Failing that, we find that highlighting large sections and pressing the backspace key has a great therapeutic effect…”