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Anon Takes Down Government Site Over Aaron Swartz's Death

In response to the death of Aaron Swartz, activist group Anonymous have hacked a U.S. government website. The group embedded a video statement on the homepage of the United States Sentencing Commission, which is an agency of the U.S. government. However, the website itself has been unavailable since Saturday. The USSC is responsible for issuing guidelines on sentencing for U.S. federal courts.

The statement -- part of an attack dubbed "Operation Last Resort" -- is based on the death of Aaron Swartz, an internet activist (pictured right) who killed himself earlier in January.

"Two weeks ago today, a line was crossed," the statement reads. "Two weeks ago today, Aaron Swartz was killed. Killed because he faced an impossible choice. Killed because he was forced into playing a game he could not win."

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