Young Computer Genius Commits Suicide After Threat of Facing 35 Years in Jail
Aaron Swartz was a computer genius that created reddit.com and the RSS feed. The NY Post is reporting that the police are investigating whether he committed suicide over the weekend.
The new generation of computer geeks want to be ‘computer anarchists’, because they believe that all information should be public and free. My best advice for them is to take a law class before they do something stupid. I have a feeling that Aaron Swartz was inspired by another idiot, Julian Assange of Wikileaks.
Maybe Assange will follow Swartz’s lead and kill himself next? I believe that he is still hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
What was in MIT’s computers that Swartz wanted to make public? Obviously some sensitive government material, because he was arrested by the Secret Service while trying to flee the scene by bicycle. The photo above was posted on The Smoking Gun and it was from a security camera that caught Swartz entering a basement where the MIT computer network was located
Someone left this comment on The Smoking Gun about the strict sentence for cyber crimes as compared to other crimes:
30 yrs for cyber crime; much much less for sexual assault(5-25), home invasion(10-25), kidnapping(1-25), Possessing child pornography(5-20). I think something is a little skewed here, when a computer crime is treated as worse than violence against people. Maybe I’m missing something, but something is wrong with this picture.
Go to thesmokinggun.com for more….this was an interesting story.
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