wealthwire.com / By Brianna Panzica / Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
Hacker group Anonymous has started to move its cyber attacks up through high levels of government.
Earlier this year, the group got into the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission after the suicide of Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, who was under investigation for lifting articles from JSTOR, a scholarly journal archive.
This attack was the group’s protest against Swartz’s charges, which many believe worsened his depression and caused his suicide.
His father agrees. He delivered a haunting statement at his son’s funeral:
“Aaron did not commit suicide but was killed by the government. Someone who made the world a better place was pushed to his death by the government.”
Anonymous took this to heart. It, too, sees the government as responsible for Swartz’s death, and an attack on a hacker like Swartz might as well be an attack on the group.
Rumors began swirling in the last few days that Anonymous had gone a step further, gaining access to the Federal Reserves website. For a while they were just that: rumors. But yesterday the Fed responded.