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Spanish Police Website Suffers Outage, Anonymous Takes Responsibility

Anonymous has taken down the website belonging to the Spanish police department after the arrest of three members belonging to its Spanish division.

The Spanish National Police revealed that their website was down for a brief time frame but the department’s operations were not harmed.

“A website can collapse if too many people try to access it at once. I cannot confirm the link with the Anonymous group,” a police spokesperson told BBC News (opens in new tab), however, Anonymous quickly took responsibility for the attack.

The group said that the attack on the website was a “direct response to the Friday arrests of three individuals alleged to be associated with acts of cyber civil disobedience attributed to Anonymous”.

Anonymous also revealed that the persons arrested were not a part of its core group in Spain but they were members nonetheless.

The Spanish police had arrested three individual members of the group. The police said that one of them owned a server that was used to mount an attack on the Sony PlayStation store but ruled out the possibility that the Anon members were a part of a more sophisticated attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network.

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