Reddit co-founder charged with hacking MIT

Summary:Aaron Swartz, co-founder of popular social sharing site Reddit, has been indicted on charges of stealing millions of documents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Aaron Swartz, co-founder of popular social sharing site Reddit, has been indicted on charges of stealing millions of documents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Swartz left Reddit in 2007.

The charges, filed by the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and unsealed on Tuesday, allege that Swartz broke into a restricted area of MIT and accessed its computer network to steal over four million documents from the JSTOR academic paper service.

According to the New York Times the charges include "wire fraud, computer fraud, obtaining infrmation from a protected computer and criminal forgeiture."

For more on this story, read Reddit co-founder charged with hacking MIT on ZDNet UK.

Topics: Security, Social Enterprise

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