Hacktivist group Anonymous uses video games to make a point to the U.S. Government. In response to the death of Reddit co-founder Aaron Schwartz the group launched Operation Last Resort in which they plan to strategically target government sites. This weekend they hacked the U.S. Sentencing Commission website.
They started by posting a video explaining ‘Operation Last Resort’ and the failings of the justice system that many now believe led Aaron Schwartz to become a victim of suicide and has unfairly prosecuted other Anonymous activists. Schwartz was awaiting trial for allegedly hacking into MIT servers and distributing academic papers.
Over the weekend the website ussc.gov was used to host a retro game of ‘Asteroids’ for those with the distributed code. Typing “enter Konami code (with cursor keys) ↑↑↓↓←→←→ B A <Enter>” while on the website turned the virtual government property into a revised version of the classic Atari game. The player blasts away the website outlining the guidelines for sentencing to reveal an image of an Anonymous’ appropriated “Guy Fawkes” mask made up of text reading “We do not forgive. We do not forget.”