How much are you at risk of being held hostage by loss of your own information? What steps have you taken to make sure it doesn’t happen? This week we were given something to think about when hackers claiming ties to the group Anonymous hacked a U.S. government website in response to the death of Aaron Swartz, a well-known internet rights activist. Swartz’s recent suicide is widely thought to be linked to his financial burdens and the likelihood of prison time due to his publicly sharing copy-written academic journals.
Avoiding a Threat
In retaliation for what was perceived as overzealous prosecution, the activists from Anonymous embedded a video statement on the homepage of the United States Sentencing Commission. Among other things the hackers threatened the release of sensitive information relating to a number of U.S. judges. [Read more...]