Hackers who claim to be members of the hacktivist group Anonymous have targeted a US Government website. Early on Saturday, hackers embedded a video clip on the US Sentencing Commission's website, referencing the death of Aaron Swartz as the reason for the attack. The perpetrators of this hack called it "Operation Last Resort".
Aaron Swartz committed suicide just over two weeks ago. He was facing charges of illegally downloading academic papers using MIT’s networks. His federal trial was scheduled to be held next month and, if found guilty, Mr Swartz could have faced up to 35 years in prison.
In the video embed, Anonymous released a statement saying that a 'line was crossed' two weeks ago, referring to Swartz's suicide.
"Two weeks ago today, Aaron Swartz was killed," the statement said. "Killed because he faced an impossible choice. Killed because he was forced into playing a game he could not win."
The statement also suggested that Anonymous hackers would make encryption keys public to files that could embarrass federal employees including a number of US judges.
Anonymous has targeted government webites in both the USA and the UK in the past. Last week, two British men were jailed for taking part in the group's attacks on PayPal.