DHAKA: Hackers claiming to be from the activist group Anonymous have hacked a US government website in response to the death of Aaron Swartz.
Activists embedded a video statement on the homepage of the United States Sentencing Commission, an agency of the US government.
The statement referred to the death of Swartz, an internet activist who apparently killed himself in January.
`Two weeks ago today, a line was crossed,` the statement said.
`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.`
Swartz, who was 26, was facing hacking charges and is believed to have taken his own life.
His federal trial was due to be held next month. If found guilty, he could have faced up to 35 years in prison.
Following his death, Swartz`s family released a statement blaming `intimidation` and `prosecutorial overreach` from the criminal justice system.
BDST: 0217 HRS, JAN 27, 2013
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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