Interpol arrests suspected 'Anonymous' hackers
A masked member of 'Anonymous' hacks the French presidential Elysee Palace website in this photo dated January 20.
February 29th, 2012
02:01 AM ET

Interpol arrests suspected 'Anonymous' hackers

Police in Europe and South America have arrested 25 alleged members of the "Anonymous" hacking group, Interpol said, amid a suspected attack on its own website by the group's supporters.

The arrests include four people in Spain, ten in Argentina, six in Chile and five in Colombia as part of a worldwide sweep carried out as part of Interpol operation "Exposure."

After Interpol announced the attacks, its website failed to load, a fact acknowledged by Anonymous on Twitter with the message DOWN.

The Spanish police website also failed to load after it announced police had arrested four people in the country as part of the international action

Spanish police said the four suspects were accused of carrying out denial of service attacks, defacing the websites of political parties, institutions and companies, as well as publishing personal information relating to high-profile figures.

One of those arrested was a 16-year-old girl, who was allegedly part of international "sector 404," a hacking group which is believed to be linked to the attacks claimed by Anonymous. Police said the girl had been released to the custody of her parents.

Two of the others had been detained, while the third was released on bail, police said.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    Wikileaks weeps.

    I'm just kidding folks.
    I know there is no evidence the two are connected.
    *Hate* those masks.

    February 29, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. just eye

    If sending pings are illegal then we are should be in jail.

    February 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. seebofubar

    There's still some space left in Guantanamo!

    February 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Eleanor Bridges, Sebring, Florida, USA

    re: Previous Comment: seebofubar

    There's still some space left in Guantanamo!

    I love it! I hope they catch them, "bigTime", and make them suffer. I constantly have to send stuff to, for phishing (fishing) trying to get my password and user ID

    Interpol, FBI, CIA, Scotland Yard, etc, keep up the good work!

    February 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |