Anonymous has observed for some time now the trajectory of justice in the United States with growing concern. We have marked the departure of this system from the noble ideals in which it was born and enshrined. We have seen the erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights, the usurpation of the rightful authority of courts by the “discretion” or prosecutors. We have seen how the law is wielded less and less to uphold justice, and more and more to exercise control, authority and power in the interests of oppression or personal gain.A message posted to the hacked website of the U.S. Sentencing Commmission • Decrying the death by suicide of internet pioneer Aaron Swartz, whose family and friends have suggested was hounded towards suicide by an especially harsh prosecution being brought against him, for a large-scale downloading and alleged free releasing of academic articles (he faced a possible 35 years in prison, and 13 felony counts). Now, hacker group Anonymous has threatened vengeance over Swartz’s tragic death, having hacked the U.S. Sentencing Commission site and issuing a further threat that they’ve obtained information from secret government networks that they may release in retribution. The incident is being viewed as a “criminal investigation,” according to an FBI executive assistant director, Richard McFeely: “We are always concerned when someone illegally accesses another person’s or government agency’s network.” source
I still can’t get into Gmail. My phone and iPads are down (but are restoring). Apple tells me that the remote wipe is likely irrecoverable without serious forensics. Because I’m a jerk who doesn’t back up data, I’ve lost at more than a year’s worth of photos, emails, documents, and more. And, really, who knows what else. It’s been a @*(!&% night. For now, at least, I’m back on Twitter @mathonan.Wired (and former Gizmodo) writer Mat Honan • Describing the hacking incident he went through last night, in which someone managed to 1) hack his Twitter account, 2) hack the Gizmodo Twitter account, 3) hack his Google accounts and 4) hack his iCloud account, which was then used to do a remote wipe on his iPhone, iPad and MacBook. And no, he didn’t have backups, which sucks, but who expects to have so many parts of their life hacked all at once? There were things he could’ve done to prevent the hacking — two-step authentication on his Google accounts would’ve helped, for example — but it wouldn’t have prevented his devices from getting wiped. Some commenters are expressing thoughts of schadenfreude towards Honan, but we hope he’s holding up OK, considering. Gizmodo’s got a post about what you can learn from Honan’s crappy night.
» But what don’t we know? Rupe’s going to testify: Murdoch, who has seen his considerable British political influence fall since the hacking scandal broke, now plans to return to the UK to testify on his political influence over the years. Last time he did this, Wendy Deng kicked some guy’s pie-throwing butt.
» But it’s not all bad, they say: The Economic Development Administration, a part of the Commerce Department that helps economically-distressed communities, has been stuck working without internet access for roughly three months after a really bad virus forced their network offline. The virus was so strong that it endangered the entire Commerce Department’s intranet. How are the employees coping? Somewhat well — they’re making more phone calls. They’ve rediscovered the fax machine. They go to the post office. “It’s not necessarily something you look forward to in life,” said Philip Paradice Jr., who directs the Atlanta office. “But there’s a certain invigoration that’s come up. We’ve come up with workarounds.” It helps that employees at the Washington office don’t turn over much, meaning that many were around before e-mail existed. Still though … three months?
Uh ohhhhh hai! Sorry about the website, folks. We are working on it!— Emerson College (@EmersonCollege) March 4, 2012
Uh ohhhhh hai! Appears there’s more evidence it’s that kind of night. The site’s back up, but Anthony De Rosa got a screenshot. EDIT: Now they’re claiming they didn’t get hacked, but had a server hiccup.