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Developer sabotages his own apps, then claims Aaron Swartz was murdered


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SOURCE: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2022/01/foss-developer-who-nuked-his-apps-embraced-qanon-theory-involving-aaron-swartz/
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The developer who sabotaged two of his own open source code libraries, causing disruptions for thousands of apps that used them, has a colorful past that includes embracing a QAnon theory involving Aaron Swartz, the well-known hacktivist and programmer who died by suicide in 2013.Marak Squires, the author of two JavaScript libraries with more than 21,000 dependent apps and more than 22 million weekly downloads, updated his projects late last week after they remained unchanged for more than a year. The updates contained code to produce an infinite loop that caused dependent apps to spew gibberish, prefaced by the words “Liberty Liberty Liberty.” The update sent developers scrambling as they attempted to fix their malfunctioning apps.Squires provided no reason for the move, but in a readme file accompanying last week’s malicious update, he included the words “What really happened with Aaron Swartz?”At the same time that he included the cryptic Swartz reference in the readme file, Squires also tweeted those same words and included a link to this thread claiming that Swartz was murdered after he discovered child-abuse porn on MIT servers.

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