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A federal indictment unsealed in Boston on Tuesday morning on charges that the researcher, Aaron Swartz, broke into the computer networks at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to gain access to JSTOR, a nonprofit online service for distributing scholarly articles online, and downloaded 4.8 million articles and other documents — nearly the entire library.
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Sorry if I made any mistakes, this is my first time posting a news story
I am very surprised to not find this story on ocn.

One of the problems surrounding this situation is that DemandProgress emails just say to sign a petition for him, and that he has done NOTHING wrong. My opinion of the origination has went down because of this. Nowhere in the email does it say what he has been indited with, what he actually did, nor are there any links to other sources of information. Very one sided from the organization, but online news sites seem to be doing much better with providing proper un biased information.

Edit: The reason I posted this in tech/science section of news is because it does not fit anywhere else, and the reason Aaron did this was intentions to give out the documents out for free. The documents in question are journal articles, hence the Science/Tech section.
Edited by hak8or - 7/20/11 at 9:04am
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He still had to break into the network to do this... Which is grounds for arrest in it's self.
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He still had to break into the network to do this... Which is grounds for arrest in it's self.
I do not think it is grounds for arrest to break into someone's protected wifi, but I do agree with you concerning the fact that he did do at least one wrong thing.

Nowhere in the email from his organization does it say so, very biased indeed.
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I don't think people understand the law sometimes.

You don't think it's grounds for arrest? Well, that's too bad.. It clearly is grounds for arrest and clearly is illegal. Wifi hacking / wardriving is a growing problem, and while this isn't a direct result of that and a bit different you should still be able to understand why hacking into someone network is grounds for arrest.
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I'm all for his cause, but...

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Beginning in September of last year, according to the indictment, Mr. Swartz used several methods to grab articles, even breaking into a computer-wiring closet on the M.I.T. campus and setting up a laptop with a false identity on the school network for free JSTOR access under the name Gary Host — or when shortened for the e-mail address, “ghost.” When retrieving the computer, he hid his face behind a bicycle helmet, peeking out through the ventilation holes.
You can't do things like that and not expect to get in trouble. However the potential sentence is absurd.
    
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This kid should have known better lol, good luck feigning ignorance.
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I do not think it is grounds for arrest to break into someone's protected wifi, but I do agree with you concerning the fact that he did do at least one wrong thing.

Nowhere in the email from his organization does it say so, very biased indeed.
If it's protected, I'm almost certain that's going to be translated as hacking in the courts...

But it's a moot argument anyway.

Activists are interesting... I wonder how he planned on distributing 4.8 million articles freely anyway. The authors would be bound to find out somehow, and I'm sure there would be a trail right to him.

Seems very ill-planned and executed to me...

Oh well, rare display of human natural selection in action. Hopefully he doesn't find a way to reproduce while in jail.
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Oh well, rare display of human natural selection in action. Hopefully he doesn't find a way to reproduce while in jail.
You could look at it as a rare display of disobedience.

He isn't stupid, he is just very, very motivate for his cause.
    
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You could look at it as a rare display of disobedience.

He isn't stupid, he is just very, very motivate for his cause.
His plan didn't seem very well... planned.

He could be stupid and motivated.
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You could look at it as a rare display of disobedience.

He isn't stupid, he is just very, very motivate for his cause.
The Mona Lisa is free to view after admission, but that doesn't mean it's a smart idea to break into the Louvre to take it... hey since it's free to view right??
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