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Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet Hacktivist.

Swartz was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS, the organization Creative Commons, the website framework web.py and the social news site, Reddit, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami. Swartz's later work focused on sociology, civic awareness and activism.

He helped launch the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2009 to learn more about effective online activism. In 2010 he became a research fellow at Harvard University's Safra Research Lab on Institutional Corruption, directed by Lawrence Lessig.

He founded the online group Demand Progress, known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act. On January 6, 2011, Swartz was arrested by MIT police on state breaking-and-entering charges, after systematically downloading academic journal articles from JSTOR. Federal prosecutors later charged him with two counts of wire fraud and 11 violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, carrying a cumulative maximum penalty of $1 million in fines, 35 years in prison, asset forfeiture, restitution and supervised release.

Two years later, two days after the prosecution denied his lawyer's second offer of a plea bargain, Swartz was found dead in his Brooklyn, New York apartment, where he had hanged himself. In June 2013, Swartz was posthumously inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

Originally, this page was setup to house the FBI File of Aaron Swartz - however, the Secret Service also released a cache of records pertaining to the internet activist.

Below, you will find the original story published by The Black Vault, along with the FBI File, and the records released by the Secret Service thus far.

FBI Records

  1. FBI File of Aaron Swartz [ 25 Pages, 1.77MB ]
  2.  FBI File on the PACER system being compromised, Case #288A-WF-238943 [ 221 Pages, 6.9MB ]

Secret Service Records

  1.  Secret Service Response to Request for Aaron Swartz' Records Part 1 [ 104 Pages, 4.38MB ]
  2.  Secret Service Response to Request for Aaron Swartz' Records Part 2 [ 26 Pages, 1.4MB ]

  3.  Secret Service Response to Request for Aaron Swartz' Records Part 3 [ 379 Pages, 22.59MB ]

  4.  Secret Service Response to Request for Aaron Swartz' Records Part 3 - Spreadsheet [ 4,067 Pages, 7.71MB ]

  5.  Secret Service Response to Request for Aaron Swartz' Records Part 3 - Photographs [ 190 Pages, 29.81MB ]

  6.  Secret Service Response to Request for Aaron Swartz' Records Part 4 [ 1 Page, 131kb ]

  7.  Secret Service Response to Request for Aaron Swartz' Records Part 5 [ 1 Page, 121kb ]

  8.  Secret Service Response to Request for Aaron Swartz' Records Part 6 [ 1 Page, 128kb ]

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     Secret Service Response to Request for Aaron Swartz' Records Part 7 [ 7 Pages, 450kb ]

  10.  Secret Service Response to Request for Aaron Swartz' Records Part 8 [ 237,397 Pages, 424.35MB ]

  11.  Secret Service Response to Request for Aaron Swartz' Records Part 9 [ 90 Pages, 4.21MB ]

  12.  Secret Service Response to Request for Aaron Swartz' Records Part 10 [ 259 Pages, 21.54MB ]

  13.  Secret Service Response to Request for Aaron Swartz' Records Part 11 [ 17 Pages, 930kb ]

  14. Secret Service Response to Request for Aaron Swartz' Records Part 12 (Not yet released by the Secret Service)

  15.  Secret Service Response to Request for Aaron Swartz' Records Part 13 [ 254 Pages, 19.76MB ]

 

The Black Vault Press Releases

 

Details of FBI Probe into Internet Activist Aaron Swartz Released

NORTHRIDGE (BlackVault) – February 19, 2013 – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released the details of a 2009 investigation into internet activist Aaron Swartz to The Black Vault website (http://www.theblackvault.com). Swartz, an internet prodigy and self-made millionaire, was the subject of a probe into the misuse of the “Public Access to Court Electronic Records”, or PACER.PACER0 houses more than 500 million documents from the U.S. district courts, U.S. courts of appeals and the U.S. bankruptcy courts.

According to the Bureau, the Government Printing Office (GPO) realized the computer system that hosted the PACER database was compromised, and a single user session was being used to download millions of pages from the digital archive.Only seventeen libraries were authorized to access the files at that time, but it was believed that Swartz figured out a way to get in from outside those locations, and continually download documents without using the proper channels.

Although the information was in the public domain, the government was to be paid 8 cents per page for any digital copies obtained from the PACER system, and accessed only from the seventeen authorized libraries.But Swartz circumvented the proper channels, and directly accessed the information from the outside.

They estimated that Swartz downloaded more than 18 million documents, and uploaded them to a document sharing site onto the internet for the world to see. The newly release FBI File of Swartz chronicles the FBI investigation into this computer breach from 2009.

The documents detail their search for Swartz and the tracking of his multiple social network pages on Facebook, Linkedin, and even made note of his personal blog.

After his alleged suicide at the young age of 26, Swartz’ supporters believe that there is much more to the story that authorities are not releasing. These documents may shed some light on the investigation, and the relentless pursuit to prosecute him.

 

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