Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City yesterday.
The news was first reported by the MIT newspaper The Tech, citing both his uncle and his attorney. Swartz was 26.
Police had arrested Swartz in July 2011. He was accused of stealing 4 million documents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Jstor, an archive of scientific journals and academic papers. The authorities claimed that he broke into a restricted-access computer wiring closet at MIT and accessed that network without authorization.
Jstor said that the downloaded content included "more than 4 million articles, book reviews, and … Read more