01.20.2013

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General News

Privacy Partner Michael Sussmann was quoted in a front-page New York Times article, "How M.I.T. Ensnared a Hacker, Bucking a Freewheeling Culture," about the suicide of hacker/activist Aaron Swartz, who took his life as his trial for allegedly hacking into the M.I.T. computer network was poised to begin. M.I.T. has come under withering attack for referring the case to law enforcement and for assisting the U.S. Attorney's Office in its prosecution. M.I.T. was the victim and that, without more information, it had to assume any hackers were "the Chinese, even though it’s a 16-year-old with acne." Once the police were called in, the university could not back away from the investigation. "After there’s a referral, victims don’t have the opportunity to change their mind."