Surveillance footage that busted Aaron Swartz released

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Aaron Swartz, the young technologist who committed suicide while facing hefty federal charges for downloading millions of academic articles from JSTOR, was undone through surveillance footage.A video, which caught Swartz with a hard drive in an MIT wiring closet — from where he accessed the vast article trove — prompted a federal probe which eventually led to the open-data activist facing charges under the dangerously broad Computer Fraud and Abuses Act (despite the fact that the purported victim, JSTOR, did not want to bring charges.Wired’s Kevin Poulsen reported on Thursday that he has obtained the footage via FOIA (it can be viewed here on Wired’s site). In the brief but fateful video, Swartz is seen entering the wiring closet, removing a small hard drive from his backpack, kneeling down out of shot and then hurriedly leaving a few minutes later. As Poulsen notes:Continue Reading…

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