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Anonymous Hijacks Federal Website, Threatens DOJ Document Dump

Fuse/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Activists from the hacker collective known as Anonymous assumed control over the homepage of a Department of Justice agency on Saturday morning.

In a manifesto left on the defaced page, the group demanded reform to the American justice system and what the activists said are threats to the free flow of information.

The lengthy essay largely mirrors previous demands from Anonymous, but this time the group also cited the recent suicide of Reddit co-founder and activist Aaron Swartz as has having “crossed a line” for the group. Swartz was facing up to 35 years in prison on computer fraud charges.

Prosecutors said he had stolen thousands of digital scientific and academic journal articles from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the goal of disseminating them for free.

Anonymous says Swartz was “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.”

“There must be a return to proportionality of punishment with respect to actual harm caused,” it reads, also mentioning recent arrests of Anonymous associates by the FBI.

In their statement, the hackers say they targeted the homepage of the Federal Sentencing Commission for “symbolic” reasons.

The group claimed that if their demands were not met they would release a trove of embarrassing internal Justice Department documents to media outlets. Anonymous named the files after Supreme Court justices and provided links to them, but the links yielded dead-ends of mostly offline sites.

The file names use an “.aes256″ suffix, denoting a common encryption protocol. The same system was used to encrypt the Wikileaks Afghan war documents before their release.

As of press time, the commission webpage had been taken down.

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Sen. Grassley’s Twitter Account Hacked by SOPA Protesters

SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Twitter account was hacked Monday by the group “Anonymous,” which is protesting the anti-piracy bills being considered in Congress.

The Senator’s account tweeted, “Dear Iowans, vote against ACTA, SOPA, and PIPA, because this man, Chuck Grassley, wants YOUR internet censored and all of that BS.”

Then a few minutes later, more hacked tweets: “And yes, I am an Anonymous follower,” his twitter account posted, “uh-oh looks like Chuck is online too.”

Grassley is a supporter of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The group Anonymous has protested the bill fiercely, targeting websites of members of Congress who have supported the bill.

Called “OpDonkeyPunch,” the group claims on their chat rooms and on Twitter they are mounting the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on members of Congress, following last week’s coordinated Internet blackout on some websites like Wikipedia against the bills.

Grassley’s office confirmed that his twitter account was hacked while the Senator, who posts tweets directly from his blackberry himself, was traveling from Iowa to Washington, D.C.

Last week Grassley reversed his support for the Senate’s anti-piracy bill, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), stating that while there needs to be a way to stem Internet piracy the Senate bill needs “substantial changes.” In light of last week’s protests and numerous senators pulling their support, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Friday delayed a vote on the bill in order to resolve the problems with the bill.

All erroneous hacked tweets have been since deleted from the Senator’s account.

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