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CISPA bill returns…now that they killed Aaron Swartz

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says the new version of the controversial cybersecurity bill will include “tight limitation on what kind of information is shared.” This summer, when Edward Snowden dropped his bombshell about PRISM, the NSA’s vast Internet spying program, the House had recently passed a bill called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). Widely criticized by privacy advocates, CISPA aimed to beef ... Read More »

FOIA request reveals govt had 14,500 pages of documents on dead activist Aaron Swartz, here’s the first 104 pages

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For the first 104 pages of the file on activist Aaron Swartz click here. After half-a-year of delays and roadblocks, the U.S Secret Service today released the first 104 pages of agency documents about the late coder and activist Aaron Swartz, including a brief report on Swartz’s suicide less than three months before his scheduled trial. “On 1/11/13, Aaron Swartz ... Read More »

Aaron Swartz wasn’t depressed before death, fiancée says

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The fiancée of Aaron Swartz, the US political activist and computer prodigy who was found hanged in his New York apartment earlier this year, says he was far from being depressed in the days leading to his suspicious death. In an interview with the British weekly The Observer, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman said that Swartz had proposed to her only a month ... Read More »

Aaron Swartz files reveal how FBI tracked internet activist

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Firedoglake blogger Daniel Wright publishes once-classified FBI documents that show extent of agency’s investigation into Swartz. A blogger has published once-classified FBI files that show how the agency tracked and collected information on internet activist Aaron Swartz. Swartz, who killed himself in January aged 26, had previously requested his files and posted them on his blog, but some new documents and redactions are ... Read More »

Federal Reserve hacked by Anonymous, 4000 bankers details published

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The US Federal Reserve bank has confirmed one of its internal websites was broken into by hackers after the hacktivist group Anonymous was claimed to have stolen details of more than 4,000 bank executives. “The Federal Reserve system is aware that information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product,” a spokeswoman for the US central bank said. “Exposure was ... Read More »

Anonymous hacks US sentencing website in retaliation for Aaron Swartz’ death

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Hacktivist movement Anonymous has hijacked the US Sentencing Commission website as a personal vendetta to retaliate against the justice system that threatened to imprison web activist Aaron Swartz, who recently committed suicide, for decades. The website was hacked early Saturday and a message was placed saying that “a line was crossed” when Swartz killed himself two weeks ago. “Two weeks ago today, ... Read More »

The internet genius who stopped SOPA Aaron Swartz found dead; was this brilliant internet revolutionary ‘taken out?’

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Adding to the list of mysterious deaths that have happened over the last few days, internet visionary and brilliant internet activist Aaron Swartz was found dead yesterday. Swartz, only 26 years old, was the co-founder of Reddit.com, the co-creator of RSS technology, and the key activist who achieved a stunning defeat of the freedom-crushing SOPA / PIPA bills in the ... Read More »