Reddit Co-Founder Aaron Swartz Charged With Data Theft

The New York Times is reporting that Aaron Swartz, the 24-year-old co-founder of the social news website Reddit, was indicted on Tuesday in Boston on charges that he broke into a restricted computer wiring closet at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, accessed the school's computer network, and copied millions of documents from JSTOR, a digital archive of scientific journals and academic papers, to distribute on file-sharing sites. Not surprisingly, the story of Swartz's arrest is one of the top stories on Reddit right now. If convicted, Swartz could face up to 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine, according to The Times. You can read the full indictment here.

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