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Reddit co-founder charged with hacking MIT

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.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.
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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.

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."

Aaron Swartz left Reddit in 2007 and is listed as director of a nonprofit political action group, Demand Progress. He was also a fellow at Harvard University's Centre for Ethics, according to the indictment.

Cambridge Day speculates that the JSTOR documents may have been used by Swartz as part of a study he conducted on 441,170 law review articles.

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