Hacktivist group Anonymous takes control of the U.S. Sentencing Commission website in a new campaign called “Operation Last Resort.” The first attack on the website was early Friday (25) morning. The second – successful – attack came around 9pm PST that evening. By 3am PST ussc.gov was down.
Anonymous cited the recent suicide of internet activist Aaron Swartz as a “line that has been crossed.”
We have been watching, and waiting.
Two weeks ago today, a line was crossed. Two weeks ago today, Aaron Swartz was killed. Killed because he faced an impossible choice. 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.
The full defacement message is here.
Anonymous also distributed encrypted government files and left a statement on the website that de-encryption keys would be publicly released if the U.S. government did not comply with Anonymous’ ultimatum demands for legal reform.
Warhead – U S – D O J – L E A – 2013 . A E E 256 is primed and armed. It has been quietly distributed to numerous mirrors over the last few days and is available for download from this website now. We encourage all Anonymous to syndicate this file as widely as possible.
The contents are various and we won’t ruin the speculation by revealing them. Suffice it to say, everyone has secrets, and some things are not meant to be public. At a regular interval commencing today, we will choose one media outlet and supply them with heavily redacted partial contents of the file.