February 29, 2012
Interpol Arrests 25 Hackers, Anonymous Strikes Back
The international police organization Interpol says that it has arrested 25 individual who it believes are connected to the notorious hacker organization known as Anonymous.
The suspects range from 17- to 40-years old, said the agency, and were arrested mostly in Latin American countries.
According to the Associated Press, the international hacker-hunt is part of an initiative known as “Operation Unmask” which was launched earlier this month is response to attacks on several high-profile government websites that included the Columbian Ministry of Defense, the Chilean National Library and the president´s official website.
In an official statement, executive director of Interpol Bernd Rossbach stated: “This operation shows that crime in the virtual world does have real consequences for those involved, and that the Internet cannot be seen as a safe haven for criminal activity, no matter where it originates or where it is targeted.”
Interpol worked with local law enforcement officials to arrest suspects in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain. Police also confiscated credit cards, mobile phones and computer equipment in hopes of making additional inroads into the clandestine hacker network.
Anonymous was quick to launch a counter-offensive, crashing Interpol´s website shortly after they the agency released its press statement regarding the arrests.
In the course of the past year, Anonymous´ attacks have been increasingly political in nature, frequently challenging government organizations and large multi-national companies that it sees as corrupt or inimical to civil liberties.
In an interview this week with the tech-news website CNET, one member of Anonymous said that the loosely-knit digital activist organization still has a few tricks up its sleeve.
“There are future operations planned in the way of everything from campaign finance reform, to elections, to infosec [information security] and much, much more, stay tuned,” said the unnamed hacker. “Expect us.”
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