Feds Charge Activist with 13 Felonies for Rogue Downloading of Academic Articles
Wired.com, September 18, 2012
Twenty-five year old hack-tivist Aaron Swartz habit of downloading millions of articles from the academic database JSTOR has caught up with him. Aaron surrendering last July after spoofing MAC addresses on MIT’s network and using a scraper to do his work. At the time Aaron was serving as a fellow at Harvard’s Safra Center for Ethics. While Aaron may believe he’s got a case for first amendment rights, his actions blocked other users from the service and brought down JSTOR’s servers on numerous occasions. While information may want to be free, it costs money to keep the servers running.