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In America, rape is evidently considered a less serious crime than hacking now based on the case of Deric Lostutter, the hacktivist better known as KYAnonymous. Lostutter helped expose the cover-up of the infamous Steubenville rape incident, in which a 16-year-old was sexually assaulted by two star football players in the small Ohio town.

Internet activist Aaron Swartz was facing up to 13 felony counts and 50 years in prison at the time of his death. His alleged crime? Pulling millions of academic articles from JSTOR. Swartz’s downloads were criminalized under the federal CFAA, an act designed to prosecute hackers. But as his case demonstrates, you don’t necessarily have to be a hacker to be viewed as one by federal law.

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Hacktivist group Anonymous is going after the former owner of a "revenge porn" site that posted naked photographs of men and women along with their social media accounts. The pictures were often sent by vengeful exes and were published without the people's permission.

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Federal agents nabbed 14 people across the country Tuesday in connection with alleged attacks by the hacker group Anonymous against the websites of numerous corporations, in what looks to be the largest such roundup ever on U.S. soil. (more)

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