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: http://www.ussc.gov/ (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In general such attacks are designed to bring to the forefront the topic of the outdated laws in effect that attempt to regulate information.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.
The exploit appears to have made the actual web site: http://www.ussc.gov/index2.cfm 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 Let us know what you think in the comments below, will actions like this help to bring on reform to out of date laws, or lead to the creation of even stricter controls and regulation?