Would Aaron Swartz Have Passed a Background Check?

12 Jan

Luckily we’ll never have to find out…

Internet activist Aaron Swartz commits suicide

The Justice Department charged Swartz with wire fraud, computer fraud, unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer and recklessly damaging a protected computer.

He faced up to 35 years in prison and fine of up to $1 million.

“Stealing is stealing whether you use a computer command or a crowbar, and whether you take documents, data or dollars. It is equally harmful to the victim whether you sell what you have stolen or give it away,” Steven Ricciardi, special agent in charge of the United States Secret Service in New England, said in a statement when Swartz was charged.

Swartz had spoken and written about his struggles with depression since he was a teenager.

Happily for the rest of us, he took his issues out on himself and his family

The Hill


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