The inside story of MIT and Aaron Swartz More than a year after Swartz killed himself rather than face prosecution, questions about MIT’s handling of the hacking case persist ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page MIT After a laptop Aaron Swartz was accused of setting up to download JSTOR articles was found in a wiring closet at MIT, investigators left the computer up and running and installed a hidden camera. MIT A series of images taken from video footage allegedly shows Aaron Swartz in a wiring closet at MIT on Jan. 4, 2011. MIT MIT MIT MIT MIT MIT MIT MIT MIT A laptop that was hidden under a box in a wiring closet. Instead of shutting down the laptop, the authorities decided to “leave it up and running for a couple of days while the investigation continues,” a library employee wrote in an e-mail. MIT The server to which the laptop was connected. Swartz allegedly downloaded 80 percent of JSTOR’s archive, 4.8 million articles. MIT The wired connection between the server and the laptop.