Update: News Release from JSTOR
Update: News Release from U.S. DOJ
Direct to the Full Text of the Indictment (via Scribd)
Aaron Swartz, the 24-year-old co-founder of the website Reddit, has been indicted on charges of stealing more than 4m documents from JSTOR, a paid-for archive of scientific journals and papers, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The charges were filed in Boston on Tuesday by an attorney for the district of Massachusetts, and carry a penalty of up to 35 years in prison and a $1m fine.
The prosecution alleges that Swartz broke into restricted areas of MIT starting on 24 September 2010 and continuing on and off until 6 January 2011, and downloaded “a major portion” of JSTOR’s archive. It claimed that his purpose was to distribute the archive through one or more file-sharing sites.
Swartz has been indicted on four counts, of wire fraud, computer fraud, criminal forfeiture and obtaining information from a protected computer.
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Reddit Co-Founder Charged With Data Theft (via NY Times)