Friday, June 10, 2011

Web Guerilla: Spanish police arrest "Anonymous" activist

They should have been involved in network attacks against governments and companies, so they are in custody: Spanish police have arrested three people allegedly under the flag of Anonymous cyber attacks planned and implemented. Spanish police said on Friday they had arrested three persons who are regarded as the leader of the Spanish Anonymous group.

A server in the home of one of the three arrested had been used for the coordination and execution of attacks on host governments of Egypt, Libya, Iran, Chile, Colombia and New Zealand as well as for attacks on two big Spanish banks and the Italian utility Enel. Those arrested had used complex security measures to conceal their identities.

The Spanish police will have evaluated more than two million lines of chat logs and text on web pages to find out who are the heads of Spain's Anonymous-cutting. The British police had arrested in January, five young men who were suspected to have been involved in cyber attacks out of sympathy for WikiLeaks.

In the Netherlands, a teenager was arrested. In the U.S., the FBI, some supporters of the loosely organized guerrilla network to the track. Anonymous had called for attacks against MasterCard, Visa, Paypal and Amazon, because these companies had withdrawn their support WikiLeaks. The businesses were hit with distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS).

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