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The New York Times reported that:
Hackers who call themselves AnonOpsKorea, a Korean offshoot of Anonymous, said one of their affiliates, using the Twitter handle 1775Sec, was responsible. In a post on Twitter, that individual said the attack was intended to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, the renowned programmer and charismatic technology activist who committed suicide last year while facing a federal trial on charges of hacking into the M.I.T. computer network.
Assuming this was merely a hoax that allowed some hackers credit for their political agenda, it is better than hackers stealing credit card information from retailers like Target.
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