US Sentencing Commission targeted by Anonymous

One of the Federal entities that helps shape prison sentencing policy has been hacked by the on-line protest group Anonymous.

The group says it targeted the US Sentencing Commission not because of its role in implementing controversial mandatory minimum, but in retaliation for the Federal government’s prosecution of Aaron Schwartz.

Schwartz, a popular figure in the hacking community, faced a maximum prison sentence of 31 years if convicted.  This from Reuters.

“We were aware as soon as it happened and are handling it as a criminal investigation,” [FBI investigator Richard] McFeely said in an emailed statement. “We are always concerned when someone illegally accesses another person’s or government agency’s network.”

USSC is currently taking comments for a drug-related sentencing reform effort, with public input due by March 13, 2013.   You can read more about that here.