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In Case You Missed This... Hacker Collective Anonymous Hits US Government Site - PCWolrd

Hacker collective Anonymous hits US government site
Martyn Williams - PCWorld
Jan 27, 2013 3:36



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Hackers working under the name of the Anonymous hacktivist collective hit a U.S. government website on Saturday, replacing its home page with a 1,340 word text detailing its frustrations with the way the American legal system works and a threat to release "secrets" gathered from U.S. government websites. The website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which establishes sentencing policies for the federal court system, was offline for much of Saturday as a result of the attack.

"This mornings cyber attack on the Commissions website www.ussc.gov brought it down temporarily, but the site now has been restored," the commission said in a brief statement issued on Saturday evening. "The Commissions publications, training materials, and federal sentencing statistics are again readily accessible to visitors to the site."

The site and timing of the attack was not random, according to the message that replaced the home page before it was taken offline. "Two weeks ago today, a line was crossed," the message read. "Two weeks ago today, Aaron Swartz was killed. Killed because he faced an impossible choice. Killed because he was forced into playing a game he could not win -- a twisted and distorted perversion of justice -- a game where the only winning move was not to play."

Swartz committed suicide in New York on Jan. 11, apparently over an upcoming trial on computer intrusion, wire fraud and data theft charges that carried a maximum penalty of 35 years in jail. The charges stem from allegations that Swartz stole millions of scholarly articles and documents from the JSTOR database with the intention of making them available online at no charge. His suicide sparked outrage among the hacktivist community, much of which blamed the prosecution of the case and potential penalties he faced as directly contributing to his death.

"This website was chosen due to the symbolic nature of its purpose -- the federal sentencing guidelines which enable prosecutors to cheat citizens of their constitutionally guaranteed right to a fair trial, by a jury of their peers -- the federal sentencing guidelines which are in clear violation of the 8th amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishments," the message on the hacked website read.

The message went on to say that the group had infiltrated numerous U.S. government websites and gathered material it judged would be embarrassing if released. "We have enough fissile material for multiple warheads. Today we are launching the first of these. Operation Last Resort has begun..."


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More: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2026500/hacker-collective-anonymous-hits-us-government-site.html

Related Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022262127

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WillyT Jan 2013 OP
graham4anything Jan 2013 #1
WillyT Jan 2013 #2
idwiyo Jan 2013 #4
WillyT Jan 2013 #7
idwiyo Jan 2013 #11
WillyT Jan 2013 #12
graham4anything Jan 2013 #16
WillyT Jan 2013 #17
graham4anything Jan 2013 #18
WillyT Jan 2013 #21
graham4anything Jan 2013 #22
RedCappedBandit Jan 2013 #13
Demo_Chris Jan 2013 #14
MyNameGoesHere Jan 2013 #15
idwiyo Jan 2013 #3
bluestate10 Jan 2013 #5
RandiFan1290 Jan 2013 #6
bluestate10 Jan 2013 #8
2pooped2pop Jan 2013 #9
idwiyo Jan 2013 #10
graham4anything Jan 2013 #19
2pooped2pop Jan 2013 #23
graham4anything Jan 2013 #24
2pooped2pop Jan 2013 #25
RandiFan1290 Jan 2013 #26
graham4anything Jan 2013 #27
loyalsister Jan 2013 #20

Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 04:31 PM

1. we didn't miss it as there is a long thread. This is akin to a toddler having a tantrum

 

and will say again

this is like a toddler not wanting his dinner, so he tosses it on the floor and then demands either give more or I shall have a fit

rightwing extremist anarchist terrorist conspiracy theorist tantrum

as it costs the government millions in wasted time, this directly is costing the 99%
because the brat is having a little tantrum

waaaaaaaaaaa

waaaaaaaaaaa

waaaaaaaaaaa

blackmail is still blackmail
extortion is still blackmail

and as any parent knows a tantrum is not rewarded positively, but with a time-out

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 04:50 PM

2. I Think It's The U.S. Government Throwing The Tantrum...

The timeline that ensued is below, with other significant dates included...

December 23, 2010: David House blogs about Manning’s treatment, effectively fact-checking DOD’s claims.

December 27, 2010: Swartz FOIAs the recording of House’s visit to Manning, which would have captured Manning describing in his own words how he was being treated.

December 29, 2010: Initial response on Manning brig FOIA.

January 4, 2011: MIT finds Swartz’ computer. Secret Service takes over the investigation.

January 6, 2011: Swartz arrested.

January 7, 2011: Twitter administrative subpoena to several WikiLeaks team members revealed.

January 17, 2011: Protest outside of Quantico for Manning.

January 18, 2011: Manning placed on suicide risk.

January 20, 2011: Swartz’ Manning brig FOIA transfered to Quantico CO.

February 1, 2011: Quantico tells Swartz Manning brig FOIA needs to go to Army Criminal Investigative Service.

February 9, 2011: Swartz FOIAs ACIS for Manning brig information.

February 9, 2011: Secret Service obtains warrant to search Swartz’ hardware and apartment, followed by a warrant to search his office.

February 9, 2011: WSJ reports WikiLeaks investigation cannot prove Assange induced Manning to leak documents.

February 11, 2011: Secret Service searches Swartz’ house and office, but not the hardware primarily implicated in the crime purportedly being investigated.

February 22, 2011: Warrants on Swartz’ hardware expire.

February 24, 2011: Secret Service obtains new warrant for hardware. Initial response from ACIS to Manning brig FOIA.


February 28, 2011: ACIS responds to Swartz’ Manning FOIA, stating,

… the requested documents are part of an ongoing Army court-martial litigation and are not releasable to the public at this time. This request will be closed. Please submit your request at a later time.

March 2, 2011: Swartz responds to this rejection:

On the 28th of February, the US Army’s Freedom of Information Act Officer declined to release documents I requested under FOIA/PA because they “are part of an ongoing Army court-martial litigation.”

Being part of ongoing litigation is not a valid exemption to the FOIA or the Privacy Act.

There are narrow exemptions for certain types of release that interfere with law enforcement activities, but the Army has not claimed these exemptions nor explained why they apply. Furthermore, the normal procedure is to collect the documents and then evaluate them to see whether any portions of them qualify for the exemption. It appears the Army did not collect documents in response to my request at all, so I do not see how it could have evaluated them.

I therefore appeal my request in its entirety.

March 3, 2011: ACIS admits Swartz is correct:

You are absolutely correct and I want to apologize for sending you the wrong information. This request is being sent to the Initial Denial Office (IDA) today. Please give them a couple of days to receive it.

March 4, 2011; ACIS sends another letter:

Because this request has been denied this request is being sent to the Initial Denial Office (IDA).

March 11, 2011: PJ Crowley criticizes Manning’s “ridiculous, counterproductive, and stupid” treatment at event at MIT. Jake Tapper asks Obama about Crowley’s comment at press conference.

March 13, 2011: White House forces PJ Crowley to resign for criticizing treatment of Manning.

March 18, 2011: ACIS rejects his request, citing an ongoing investigation.

April 19, 2011: DOD announces Manning will be moved to Leavenworth.


From: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022262127


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Response to WillyT (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 04:56 PM

4. graham4anything is on the roll today. Fascinating to watch, really.

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Response to idwiyo (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 05:11 PM

7. I Guess So... Hope He/She Is Gonna Be Alright...

"rightwing extremist anarchist terrorist conspiracy theorist tantrum"







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Response to WillyT (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 07:24 PM

11. Yeah, that quote is good but did you see the "first they came for the rich..."?

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Response to idwiyo (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 08:12 PM

12. Yeah... LOL !!!






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Response to WillyT (Reply #12)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 09:52 PM

16. While your quotes about Franklin are one thing, what about Jefferson's hypocricy?

 

Thomas Jefferson wrote "All are created equal"
oh wait, NO he didn't

He wrote "All men are created equal"

He did not mention women, nor did he mention anyone that did not look or act like him.

Since in 2013, the 2nd now trumps the 1st and the only thing people who own guns care about in the 4th is that they are not looked into

you tell me.

There are many angles being played, and everyone has one.

There are only two sides
but the lines of the sides have shifted.

BTW, just wondering, have you seen the cover of Time Magazine that just came out?
I am impressed by it.
I don't recall the last time Joe Biden made the cover of Time.

Joe Biden looks stunning. Don't you think?

and Robin Williams is and was the best and quickest ad lib comic ever

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #16)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 09:58 PM

17. Um... I Know It's A Small Thing... But You Do Realize You Are Responding In The Wrong Thread ???

There THIS thread... the one you are in... and then there is THIS thread... the one with the Franklin quote: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022270514

Are you gonna be alright ???


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Response to WillyT (Reply #17)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:13 PM

18. I am not perfect, but then no human is. Do you remember Mark Rudd?

 

threads blend together sometimes as they are all the same thing just with different specifics in different contexts and have been for decades now

except that this is not the 1960s and what was acceptable back then, has new rules now
and with new rules comes new responsiblities to act within the new laws.

and what seemed a good thing to do back then, you must admit, so many of the superstar
protesters back then who lasted, said there might have been better ways of doing things back then.

I personally happened to admire Mark Rudd back then.(edit to add-and still do).
He has a website now, not sure how current it was updated(it appears to be about a year or so), but is relevant to the current times.
He has some interesting things to say about the 1960s he was part of, and today(where he is still part of it.)

His views on President Obama after his first election are especially interesting and should be listened to.

also amazingly accurate are his views on what I like to say (my words, not his)
that 10% of something is a lot better than 100% of nothing

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #18)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:29 PM

21. O... Kay...

But... you must be talking about some other form of discussion...

Because I'm pretty sure the Internet was not around in those days...




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Response to WillyT (Reply #21)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:47 PM

22. obviously. Used to be parks, the village, readings(poetry,etc.) any place where people gathered

 

People weren't online

they were(OMG) in person conversing.
(You would find I was the same person then I am now, and am not saying things to be arrogant or contrary.)

One thing you had back then is that people who you might think were your enemy, were not thought of so absolute as they are today

(and yes, I am referring to Mike Bloomberg.)

I was a major fan of John V. Lindsay, and you have to understand what the press and all did to him by the time he left office.

(and back then there were 4 major parties in NYC, and they included the liberal and conservative party along with the democratic and republican party.
But republicans then were not Bush republicans, some of them were just as liberal.

John Lindsay was charasmatic as they came, and ran for president in 1972 as a democratic candidate(and while most don't remember, he got more votes than George McGovern did in the few primaries he was in, but dropped out early on).

John Lindsay also kept NYC from burning during the riots, by personally going up to Harlem, where he was extremely popular, and walked the streets and in doing so, unlike most other cities that summer, there was no riot.

Also there was never a better fan of unions in public office than he was.
However, that led to the bad press by the years after he left office with everyone saying he bankrupted NYC.

It has led to someone just as liberal in his personal life, who of course some here hate
(Bloomberg), but he can't successfully run the city like Lindsay did because of the way the publicity went in the years after Lindsay(if that makes sense).

but in the 60s, there would not have been this absolute hatred from the protesters of a Mike Bloomberg.
They would work together for the betterment of America.

but I do know that is a foreign thought in this day of absolutes.

It is why I like what Mark Rudd said about how smart President Obama is, because while some say he is going right, in actuallity is he going left, but knows the limits of what he can get
and takes that which one can get

and doesn't overreach.

It is why president Obama is so successful.none have been better at this game either.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 08:17 PM

13. ...

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 09:35 PM

14. Wat?

 

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 09:42 PM

15. You sound pissed that toddlers

continually have more successful protest than grownups. I want them to throw more tantrums.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 04:52 PM

3. K&R there is another thread about it but more the better. :)

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 04:59 PM

5. Hackers have picked a bad fight. The hackers involved will be exposed and tracked down.

The fundamental belief that the hackers attacking is that they can hide from an entity that has infinite resources and can control their ISPs at a drop of a hat is a foolish thought that will get slapped out of their heads.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 05:01 PM

6. Ralph Nader must pay for this!!

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Response to RandiFan1290 (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 05:55 PM

8. Ralph Nader? Who is that? nt

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Response to RandiFan1290 (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 07:09 PM

9. lol, the batman fan has not even Nadered yet.

but I know what you are saying.

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Response to 2pooped2pop (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 07:20 PM

10. Any minute now!

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Response to 2pooped2pop (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:25 PM

19. I am an ADAM WEST fan. The current one is the Dark Knight, not Batman.

 

I am sure most would agree, Adam West would defeat Christian Bale in a one on one match.
even today.
While the current one is contemplating the one and only Batman is going
wam
pow
zowie
kebang and he defeated more villians



but actually George Reeves as Superman was the best.
George Reeves' Superman was a good parable for the racism that was rampant at the times
and his fight

Superman worked on the same side as Inspector Henderson, and btw, the Dark Knight worked in tandem with Commissioner Gordon and was not a vigillante, though he was just human and had no extra super powers as any other super hero did)
They both were not doing anything but helping.

Have the people who put down the last Dark Knight movie, actually seen the movie?
The comments seem like the ones who never saw the great Zero Dark Thirty and thought that movie was pro-torture, when 100% it was anti-torture and it showed it.
People should see the movies.
I know though, that it is scary going to a movie theatre anymore after what happened, but then download it or whatever one can do without going. I myself like the big screen, as the artists intent was for it to be shown on a big screen in a theatre as a communal experience.

being that you mentioned it.
Otherwise would not have brought it up here.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #19)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 06:49 AM

23. u were saying how great the Dark Knight was before.

I'm afraid this batman is on our side.

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Response to 2pooped2pop (Reply #23)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 07:08 AM

24. I thought everyone on DU is on the same side anyhow-democratic party

 

I don't stereotype and I don't play absolutism either

I like say, Zbig. B.
yeah, I know, someone said he was at a bobthebuildermeeting or whatever they are called.

everyone who ate breakfast or lunch is a person who eats too.

stereotyping is bad.

democratic party is good.

some here don't like Mike Bloomberg. I like him and I like that he IS a liberal democratic person from Mass. and always was and will
Getting elected and doing a job has nothing to do with a person.
He was poorer than John Edwards but never whined. He went bankrupt, then he and his company hit it big. And he is giving it all away.
And he is leading the charge against the NRA and against guns.
If you note the cover of Time Magazine, he is standing next to Vice President Biden.
That means he is on my side.
also-
I love Eric Holder and Barack Obama and Deval Patrick.
One cannot like one and not the others. They are all Chicago, which is my kind of town,
and always was. It is a GOOD place to be from and not a bad one, try as the teapartylibertarian3rdparty people try to make it.

And I wish the Cubs would win once. But that doesn't mean I am a fan of Jimmy Qualls though.
sighhhhhhhhhh. One of the worst things about 1969 aside from what they did to Ted Kennedy, was Tom Seaver's perfect game broken up by a nobody.

one should work with for positive goals
because a cup half filled tastes alot better than an empty one

and V was rightwing and or anarchistic. The V mask stands for rightwing or anarchy.

BTW-it was a gun and a bullet that killed Batman's parents.

Superman can't be hurt by the NRA personally, but when they murder someone, Superman cries human tears.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #24)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 07:35 AM

25. wow, and I thought I was bad to drone on.

wow, just wow.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #24)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 07:39 AM

26. Bloomberg was a democrat, then a repub

Now independent.

He's not a "liberal democratic person" He's just another jackass that goes whichever way the wind blows.

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Response to RandiFan1290 (Reply #26)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 08:47 AM

27. Who has given millions and millions to ALL liberal causes in charity.The #1 enviornmentalist

 

btw, Nader used to like the environment, til he conspired to keep Al Gore out of the white house.

Bloomberg was FOR the environment before Al Gore was.

he is a liberal democratic person.

a winner gets seated by winning
sometimes the two don't mesh

in the 1970s, he would have won ON THE LIBERAL LINE, which was back then in NYC
it was liberal/conservative more than dem/repub.

but that doesn't exist anymore in NYC.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:25 PM

20. Seriously?

"Two weeks ago today, Aaron Swartz was killed. Killed because he faced an impossible choice. Killed because he was forced into playing a game he could not win -- a twisted and distorted perversion of justice -- a game where the only winning move was not to play."
The man killed himself. Lies and distortions only damage their credibility further.

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