September 2, 2011
Four More Arrested With Ties To Notorious Hacker Groups
Four more people, allegedly involved with the hacker groups Anonymous and LulzSec, have been arrested by the UK police.
The arrests are part of a wider operation involving U.K. law enforcement and the FBI.
Authorities around the world have been rounding up suspects following a wave of attacks by both groups on major corporations and government institutions.
Amazon, PayPal, the CIA, U.S. Senate and the U.K.'s Serious Organized Crime Agency have suffered either intrusions or denial of service attacks.
Police detained 20-year-old Christopher Weatherhead from Northampton and 26-year-old Ashley Rhodes from Kennington in the latest arrests.
The two alleged members of the hacking groups will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on September 7.
Detectives also arrested a 24-year-old from Doncaster and a 20-year-old from Wiltshire for conspiring to commit offenses under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. Authorities believe these two men were central figures in the hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec.
A U.S. court saw 14 suspected Anonymous members appear before a judge in San Jose, California. All of these alleged members denied their involvement on hacking PayPal's website in December 2010.
Anonymous had publicly declared its intent to target PayPal and Amazon for their complicity in isolating Wikileaks after the site released thousands of secret government documents.
PayPal stopped processing donations to Wikileaks, while Amazon kicked the site off its web hosting service.