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Members of the hacker group Anonymous targeted the U.S. Department of Justice and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently in retaliation for the death of Aaron Swartz, a 26-year-old Internet activist and programmer who took his own life in January after illegally downloading millions of academic documents from the university. Swartz believed the documents should be freely distributed, especially since many were funded with public money. He was prosecuted and faced decades in prison — a punishment that many considered too severe for the infraction.