Anonymous hackers have published 33GB of files allegedly representing the JSTOR files “that Aaron Swartz died to bring to the world.” The hacktivists have published a statement on Pastebin, next to the link which points to the files.“HIS NAME IS Aaron Swartz and he is twenty-six years old. His name is Aaron Swartz, and Aaron Swartz will be twenty-six years old forever because you killed him. HIS NAME IS Aaron Swartz. He is twenty-six years old, and he was part of the fight for internet freedom against people like you,” reads a statement to MIT, Carmen Ortiz and Stephen Heymann.
“HIS NAME IS Aaron Swartz. He is twenty-six years old, and you wanted to use him to prove that the state always wins and that resistance is futile. HIS NAME IS Aaron Swartz. He is twenty-six years old, and you wanted to divide us so that we will turn on each other rather than stand up for our rights.”
The 33 GB leak is apparently part of the Tyler Network, which the hacktivists announced almost one year ago.
The Pastebin paste published by the hacktivists also contains a link to instructions on how to access the Tyler Network.
On the other hand, as Gawker’s Adrian Chen highlights, the files might be the same as the ones published by Wikipedia contributor Gregory Maxwell back in the summer of 2011.
In the meantime, Anonymous has launched Operation Angel (OpAngel). The first phase of this operation focused on ensuring that members of the Westboro Baptist Church would not picket Aaron Swartz’s funerals.
The second phase will focus on getting the US Department of Justice and other government agencies to make some changes to “prevent the kind of unnecessary harassment that Aaron Swartz was victim to.”
Shortly after Swartz's suicide, hacktivists defaced a couple of MIT subdomains, asking for a reform of cybercrime laws.