The Internet’s Own Boy: Remembering Aaron Swartz (#SXSW)

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 3:17 pm

At the beginning of 2013, the Internet lost one of its most radical, most pioneering minds when Aaron Swartz took his own life. In just 26 years, Swartz pioneered technologies like RSS syndication and the Creative Commons (both of which are in daily use here at Firedoglake), was a founder at Reddit, and led a successful fight against the destructive proposed Internet legislation SOPA. The Internet’s Own Boy, the new documentary from Brian Knappenberger (We Are Legion), is the story of his life and death.


Government: Jeremy Hammond Is ‘Computer Hacking Recidivist,’ Sentence Him to 10 Years in Prison

By: Thursday November 14, 2013 8:00 am

An activist, who pled guilty to violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) while hacking into the private intelligence firm, Stratfor, in May, will be sentenced in a federal court in New York tomorrow.

Jeremy Hammond worked with Anonymous to hack into Stratfor and release information from the firm. The material was eventually by published by WikiLeaks.

Indictment Reveals US Government Computers Hacked For Personnel Data

By: Monday October 28, 2013 10:47 am

Today in New Jersey, US Attorney Paul Fishman brought charges against a man for hacking into government computers in order to steal information on government employees. The man now arrested and indicted, Lauri Love, said the purpose of the hack and theft was to “disrupt the operations and infrastructure of the United States government.” Love is a native of England but was arrested in New Jersey.

NSA Spying Scandal Causes Uproar In France and Mexico

By: Monday October 21, 2013 2:32 pm

The NSA spying scandal is causing an uproar in capitals around the world as revelations surface that the US intelligence agency has been spying on citizens of friendly countries in France and Mexico. In France the US ambassador was summoned to explain why French telephone data was recorded by the NSA between December and January of this year. The allegation was published in France’s paper of record Le Monde.

Federal Grand Jury Indicts 13 Members of Anonymous for Allegedly Engaging in ‘Worldwide Conspiracy’

By: Friday October 4, 2013 6:35 am

A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia has indicted thirteen members of the hacktivist group, Anonymous, for their alleged participation in a “worldwide conspiracy” that involved “cyber attacks,” including “attacks” on companies that would not process donation to the media organization, WikiLeaks.

The indictment charges them with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by “knowingly” causing the “transmission of a program, information, code or command and, as a result of such conduct, intentionally” causing “damage without authorization, to a protected computer.”

NSA Hacked Al Jazeera for News Sources

By: Tuesday September 3, 2013 7:55 am

According to documents released by Edward Snowden, the NSA hacked into secured communications of journalists and executives at Al Jazeera. Part of the hack was designed to reveal the identity of sources that spoke with Al Jazeera journalists.

DOJ Official Who Destroyed Evidence of Sexual Orientation Discrimination Gets 1 Day in Jail

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 11:25 am

As we celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision on DOMA let’s not forget about what happened earlier this week when Scott Bloch was sentenced to a meager one day in jail. Bloch was deputy director to the Department of Justice’s Task Force for Faith-based and Community Initiatives, as well as Special Counsel at the United States Office of Special Counsel (OSC) during the Bush Administration. Bloch opposed the “homosexual agenda” and led the OSC to hire other lawyers that shared his view and would act accordingly.

House Judiciary Committee Offers Worse Version of CFAA

By: Wednesday March 27, 2013 10:20 am

In the wake of Aaron Swartz’s death there has been a renewed effort to reform the Computer Fraud And Abuse Act (CFAA); one such effort being Aaron’s law. But some in Congress, rather than reforming the law, are looking to make it even worse.

Barrett Brown’s Mother Targeted, Faces Years In Jail

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 1:05 pm

Barrett Brown’s epic rant that lead to his incarceration was brought on by the FBI targeting his family, specifically his mother. Now it seems government has vindictively delivered on its barbarous threat to attack families.

Embarass AT&T: 3 Years, Rape Someone: 1 Year

By: Friday March 22, 2013 11:35 am

As we head into the weekend lets look back to two prominent cases that had their sentences handed down and what that may mean for the current state of justice in America.

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