‘Anonymous’ Hackers Arrested by FBI

Jul 19, 2011 1:46pm

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ABC News’ Jason Ryan (@JasonRyanABC) reports:

Several members of the hacker group Anonymous have been arrested by the FBI, and search warrants have been executed in New York and California, according to several Justice Department and FBI officials. It is unknown whether the arrests have also targeted members of the group Lulzsec, which claims to be affiliated with Anonymous and has been behind several high-profile, cyber-security incidents, including taking down the CIA’s website and a significant breach of Sony’s gaming network.

Recently, members of the group have been sought by the FBI and Scotland Yard as they investigated “Operation Payback,” an effort apparently organized by Anonymous.  “Operation Payback” consisted of  a series of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) that were launched against MasterCard, Visa and PayPal when  the companies broke their ties with WikiLeaks, which affected WikiLeaks ability to raise money after the disclosure of U.S. State Department cables last year.

The cyber attacks against the companies resulted in their Web page being unavailable at times. In recent weeks, the FBI has conducted search warrants in Iowa and Ohio but today’s effort appears to be the most organized crackdown on the group.  

The court documents are sealed and will not be available until later today.

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