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Harvard Student Aaron Swartz Charged, Arrested for Hacking

A former Harvard student and an online activist Aaron Swartz has been charged with computer fraud and stealing documents.

According to tech website PCWorld (opens in new tab), the Federal Court of Massachusetts has charged 24 year old Swartz for hacking into the archive system of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and stealing 4.8 million documents during multiple attempts.

Aaron, who is a programmer as well as an activist for free access to information on the web, has been put up with number of charges including, technology fraud, sneaking into and damaging a protected system.

Swartz also stole documents from JSTOR, a database where scholar research is stored. When both JSTOR and MIT tried to block the illegal access, he tried to get in from different ends.

“Stealing is stealing whether you use a computer command or a crowbar, and whether you take documents, data or dollars. It is equally harmful to the victim, whether you sell what you have stolen or give it away.’’ stated Carmen M. Ortiz US Attorney.

Swartz is the man behind social news website Reddit, RSS and his non profitable organisation Demand Progress. He faces fine up to $1 million or 35 years in jail, if proven guilty.

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