25 Alleged Anonymous Members Arrested

Interpol, the global police agency, announced that it has arrested 25 alleged members of the loosely-knit hacking group, Anonymous,  on Tuesday. Just hours afterwards, Interpol’s website went offline; Anonymous announced this on Twitter with the message “interpol.int DOWN.” The Guardian reports that the Interpol site  ”was quickly back up and running but was loading slowly.”

Four were arrested in Spain, 10 in Argentina, six in Chile and five in Colombia as part of an Interpol operation called “Exposure.” The Spanish police are accusing the four suspects of denial of service attacks; defacement of the websites of political parties, institutions and companies including the websites of Spanish political parties, Colombia’s defense ministry and presidential websites and Chile’s Endesa electricity company and national library; and publishing the personal information of various high-profile figures. Among those arrested was a 16-year-old girl who is thought to belong to international “sector 404,” a hacking group believed to be linked to attacks conducted by Anonymous; she has been released to the custody of her parents. Others arrested are still being detained while at least one has been released on bail.

Police also announced that they have blocked two servers in Bulgaria and the Czech Republic used by the group. One of those arrested in Spain is the alleged manager of Anonymous’s computer operations in Spain and Latin America, who goes by the aliases “Thunder” and “Pacotron.”

Anonymous is thought to trace its origins to a “popular United States image messaging board.” Amid global calls for combating online piracy and the “international controversy” that arose after the whistleblower site Wikileaks published thousands of classified documents including diplomatic cables and military intelligence information, Anonymous has “become increasingly politicized,” notes the New York Times.

As New York Times Bits blog observes, Anonymous has stepped up its attacks in the past months. Earlier in February, the group took the C.I.A. Web site offline; the previous week, Anonymous  intercepted a conference call between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Scotland Yard and released a 16-minute recording of the call. Back in August, Anonymous sought to take a Vatican Web site offline, but did not. In 2010, Anonymous brought down the websites of Master Card, Visa and Paypal via distributed denial of service. Hackers associated with Anonymous have been threatening to  “shut the Internet down on March 31” by orchestrating an assault on the servers that carry out switchboard functions for the internet.

The group retained its defiant stance after the arrests. A Twitter account said to belong to a member of Anonymous in Brazil stated that ““Interpol, you can’t take Anonymous. It’s an idea.”


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LD B.3 years ago

Either you, TJD, are most uniformed as to what Anon/LulzSec/AntiSec/etal. are doing and why, or you have a profound lack of respect for the privacy and property rights of others.

Perhaps you'd like to here publish your credit card account nos., along with the corresponding expiry dates, CVC Codes, card holder names, and billing addresses, so that we can all use them before Anon. and its ilk gets there.

TJ D.3 years ago

give me anonymous anyday over the corporate rule and injustice that is taking over the world. freedom of speech is being threatened to the brink of extinction with all of these online spying/piracy bills the various govt.'s are trying to push through. please don't let the internet fall into the hands of the 1% like all of the MSM is now.

LD B.3 years ago

Obviously those here supportive of Anon/LulzSec/etal. are not any of those whose credit card data was stolen, published, and fraudulently used; or, any of those whose unpublished/unlisted telephone nos. were purloined and published, etc..

Anon and its ilk are naught but a band of puerile vandals seeking only self-gratification. They speak and act on the behalf of none but themselves.

Christy Elamma
Christy Elamma3 years ago

Totally agree with Amie! Long Live Anonymous!!! The more the corporate controlled fascist governments try to deny the people of the world their rights, poison the Earth, and steal even the most basic of necessities from the people, there will always be an Anonymous and other groups like them. Wikileaks and Anon are heroes to me!

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S.3 years ago

That's too bad. We need some robin hoods to fight against the monster companies.

David Anderson
David Anderson3 years ago

What do you call 25 incarcerated 'Anonymous' members?

A good start!

Gloria H.
Gloria H.3 years ago

Mike C...my women friends are all getting close to retirement, stressed out from work overloads and every last one of them is going to keep on working...because they are afraid that they will not be able to survive if they don't! Most of them are university graduates...so much for higher education keeping the wolf from the door!

Ron B.
Ron B.3 years ago

As long as there are good people fighting against evil ones, there will always be an "anonymous" spirit on the Earth in one form or another.

Robert O.
Past Member 3 years ago

The man is right. "Anonymous" is here forever, because it is an "idea", and there will always be brave souls who fight injustice.

Amie K.
Amie K.3 years ago

I think Anonymous rocks! They are HEROES for shining a bright light into the dark corners of evil corporations and organizations. I wish there were more of them and/or that I had enough tech skills to join them.