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Anonymous hacks MIT for Aaron Swartz

When news first spread of Aaron Swartz's suicide, a number of early response articles focused on and lamented the 26-year-old programmer and thinker's struggle with severe depression. A statement released by the Reddit co-founder's family and partner on Sunday directed anger and blame elsewhere: the institutions -- the U.S. government and MIT -- that would see the brilliant technologist and social justice activist jailed for up t0 50 years.

"Aaron's death is not simply a personal tragedy," the statement read, "It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's office and at MIT contributed to his death."

Over the weekend, the thin veins connecting disparate social justice activist and hacker networks have pulsed thick with anger, sadness and a shared desire to fight the conditions that drove Swartz to his death. Anonymous has already struck. The hacker collective broke into MIT's website and replaced the homepage with a tribute, "In Memoriam, Aaron Swartz."

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