Federal prosecutors in Boston Monday officially dropped hacking charges against cyberactivist Aaron Swartz, who authorities said committed suicide last week.
Swartz had been facing charges for hacking into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's JSTOR archive system and downloading more than 4 million items he planned to distribute free on file-sharing websites.
He was found hanged in his apartment in New York's Brooklyn borough Friday. A document filed in U.S. District Court officially dropped the charges against him, The Boston Globe reported.
The computer hacker group Anonymous hacked into MIT's webpage Sunday after RSS co-founder's suicide. Hayley Tsukayama from Washington Post writes about the group's messages rallying for the repair of intellectual property laws.
Hackers from Anonymous on Sunday claimed credit for posting messages to Massachusetts Institute of Technology websites commemorating the life of RSS co-founder Aaron Swartz and calling for an overhaul of computer crime laws.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced today it will conduct an internal investigation of the university's role in the circumstances that led to the suicide Friday of Internet activist Aaron Swartz.
Swartz, 26, was arrested in July 2011 and accused of stealing 4 million documents from MIT and Jstor, an archive of scientific journals and academic papers. Authorities claimed he broke into a restricted-access computer wiring closet at MIT and accessed that network without authorization.
It's not the first time a building was turned into a giant representation of the video game Tetris, as even in 2000 a Brown University group pulled off a similar stunt on the 10-story Sciences Library, but in that case they had permission of the university; not so in this case.
Hackers turned the Massachusetts Institute of Tehnology's (MIT) Green Building into a huge, glorified - and playable - Tetris game. Also known as Building 54, the building houses MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science.