According to a report, just last Tuesday, the FBI arrested about 16 persons, all of which are suspected to be involved with hacker groups Anonymous and LulzSec. As you all probably know, within these past couple of months, numerous incidents of hacking attacks have been conducted which targeted several high profile companies such as Sony and AT&T. These series of arrests were conducted across the United States, which spans from California to New York.
All persons that were arrested are believed to have taken part in various incidences of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on several billion dollar companies. According to a press release of the Justice Department:
In retribution for PayPal’s termination of WikiLeaks’ donation account, a group calling itself Anonymous coordinated and executed distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against PayPal’s computer servers using an open source computer program the group makes available for free download on the Internet.
The FBI raided the homes of these suspected "Anonymous / LulzSec" members including Lance Moore, 21, of Las Cruces, N.M who allegedly stole confidential business information stored on the servers of telecommunication company AT&T and leaking it to the Internet. Another separate arrest was conducted in London involving a 16-year old hacker with the handle "Tflow", which is also related to the US arrests.
They are charged with various counts of conspiracy and intentional damage to a protected computer, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Each count of conspiracy carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
These arrests seems to be just the beginning as the Department of Justice released more than 35 search warrants with regards to the case. As of now, the investigation is ongoing and we are sure to see more arrests in the future.
Anonymous is a hacktivist group that advocates freedom with regards to the Internet and as well as freedom of speech. The group is decentralized but they act in rather coordinated manner. Over the span of couple of months, Anonymous claimed responsibility for attacking Sony and shutting down the company's Playstation Network.
On the other hand, LulzSec is another hacking group who orchestrates attacks towards high profile companies but does it for the lulz (laughter). They claim responsibility for hacking the several companies such as Sony, Nintendo as well as government websites such as the FBI, CIA, Arizona Department of Public Safety and so on. LulzSec have been disbanded and remaining members joined with other Anonymous members in order to form a new group called AntiSec.
With these multiple arrests conducted by the FBI, one can only expect that the hacker group will retaliate soon enough. [via FoxNews]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback