21 alleged members of the Anonymous hacking collective and its infamous spinoff group, Lulz Security, were arrested in a series of coordinated raids on both U.S. coasts, in the UK, and the Netherlands. This is in connection with Anonymous's Operation Payback DDoS attacks on the perceived enemies of Wikileaks, and LulzSec's attacks on... well, anyone they fancied, it seemed.
- On the one hand, how stupid of these clever hackers, to think they'd get away with their disruptive revenge attacks.
- On The Other Hand, the individuals arrested are innocent -- unless proven guilty.
Plus, today's skateboarding duck: Plants for shoes...
John Leyden jars us awake:
FBI agents arrested 14 people across the US suspected of attacking PayPal's website...in support of WikiLeaks. A further two suspects were arrested and questioned over attacks...on the website of InfraGard...and AT&T. ... In addition, the UK's Police Central eCrime Unit arrested a 16-year-old from South London...over his suspected involvement in hacks. ... The international police round-up also extended to the Netherlands, with the arrest of a further four suspects.
[These] are the latest in a series of arrests of suspected Anonymous and LulzSec members [which] have previously involved authorities in Spain, Turkey and Italy.
Paul Harris adds:
Arrests and raids took place in Florida, California, and New Jersey...aimed at targets suspected to be members of the hacking collective[s]. ... Computers and other equipment were also seized at several addresses...in New York city and Long Island.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan police confirmed that the London arrest was linked to the US operation. He added: "Officers from the Met's computer's E-crime unit arrested a 16 year-old male...on suspicion of breaching the Computer Misuse Act...at an address in south London."
Paul Fisher's anonymous minions scribble thuswise:
Those arrested are accused of conducting an attack on PayPal after the online money transfer hub refused to take donations for WikiLeaks. ...Anonymous...said in a statement that it was supporting WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, as...‘he despises and fights censorship constantly.'
Also, two charges were made against two American 21-year-old men in connection with LulzSec-related activities. Scott Arciszewski...on charges of intentional damage to a protected computer. ... [He] allegedly accessed the InfraGard website in June without authorisation and uploaded three files. ... Lance Moore was charged with allegedly stealing confidential business information stored on AT&T's servers. ... LulzSec later publicised that it had obtained confidential AT&T documents...the same ones that Moore had previously uploaded.
And Tom Espiner tell sus how these things come about:
In January, the [Metropolitan Police Central eCrime Unit] arrested five men suspected of being involved. ... In addition, UK police charged Ryan Cleary over Anonymous attacks in June. ...[I]ntelligence from those arrests and others by the FBI and foreign partner organisations led to Tuesday's raids.
...[I]nternational police forces are co-ordinating an extended operation against Anonymous and LulzSec, and sharing information through Interpol. ... This collaboration has fed into recent investigations into Anonymous in Italy, Spain and Turkey.
But LulzSec is unabashed, reliving past glories:
Fox, X-Factor, Sony Pictures, Sony Music, FBI affiliates, CIA, PBS, Senate, UK Bank Machines, Bethesda, Sun, News of the World; let it flow.
Pron.com, Unveillance, Arizona Police Department, AOL, AT&T, Battlefield Heroes, HackForums, Nato, US Navy, your mother. Who's next?
Out of everything we've ever torn to shreds, HBGary was the most fun.
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