Tech | Anonymous attacks the United States Sentencing Commission… With Hilarious Results.

@ECMAG_Dave January 26, 2013 10

Earlier this morning The Hacktivist Collective know as “Anonymous” announced a breach of at the very minimum the servers housing the United States Sentencing Commission.

At the time of press the defacement can still be seen at:  (edit: appears to be down as of 11:52 A.M. cst) and includes the following stirring message related to the recent untimely death of Aaron Schwartz, best know as the technologically gifted co-founder of Reddit.

The message implies that multiple systems have been compromised and that a “WikiLeaks” style system of information payloads have been created, if this holds true the information contained within could be damming towards the current administration as well as the federal legal system in general if released to the public as is threatened in the statement.

In general such attacks are designed to bring to the forefront the topic of the outdated laws in effect that attempt to regulate information.  In this day and age of 100% connectivity, via smartphone, tablet or desktop perhaps the laws that have been in effect for so long have become a bit draconian, perhaps it is time for a changing of the guard as far as the laws that exist which branded a gifted young activist and programmer like Aaron Schwartz as a criminal.

In addition The exploit appears to have made the actual web site:  editable by the public, (edit: appears to be down as of 11:52 A.M. cst) which has led to some pretty funny results, such as the following example:



As an active “citizen of the internet” my chief concern as to attacks and defacement such as this example is that such action rarely leads to rational dialog or positive change, although I do understand the purpose and motivation behind these actions the end result may not be what is desired.  Let us know what you think in the comments below, will actions like this help to bring on reform to out of date laws, or lead to the creation of even stricter controls and regulation?





  1. Rick January 26, 2013 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Brilliant. R.I.P. Aaron

    • nmotion13 January 26, 2013 at 9:33 am - Reply

      its just gonna start more trouble an the laws will get worse now

  2. unclejoe January 26, 2013 at 9:39 am - Reply

    lol I hope ginsburg got the good beer this time

  3. HurDur January 26, 2013 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Something tells me this is only the beginning of this kind of thing.

    It’s 50/50 weather or not this is a honeypot, or a false flag operation designed to allow tighter internet laws to be put into place.

    This can’t end well, trust me, I work for the internets.

    • @ECMAG_Dave January 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      I’ve seen this same opinion echoed quite a bit as to this particular compromise. Seems like a remote possibility at best to me.

  4. regregreggie January 26, 2013 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    great. more of this crap. last thing we need to do is poke the hornets nest.

  5. @ECMAG_Dave January 31, 2013 at 1:26 am - Reply

    By a strange coincidence “The Hornet’s Nest” is the name of a book written by former President Jimmy Carter, about the American Revolutionary War, check it out.

  6. ANONaMouse February 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm - Reply


  7. flylikeag6 April 26, 2013 at 11:43 am - Reply

    they had it coming

  8. jaslpzv May 5, 2013 at 9:53 am - Reply

    the work of amateurs. a simple defacement, nothing to be excited over.

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