Aaron Swartz charges officially dropped


Federal prosecutors in Boston Monday officially dropped hacking charges against cyberactivist Aaron Swartz, who authorities said committed suicide last week.

Swartz had been facing charges for hacking into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s JSTOR archive system and downloading more than 4 million items he planned to distribute free on file-sharing websites.

He was found hanged in his apartment in New York’s Brooklyn borough Friday. A document filed in U.S. District Court officially dropped the charges against him, The Boston Globe reported.

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