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FBI Arrests 16 Alleged Anonymous Members

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested 16 people across the United States said to be affiliated with the notorious hacker group Anonymous.

The arrests, which spanned across multiple states, were related to the cyber attack launched against online payment service PayPal for refusing to provide services to controversial whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

Arrests were also carried out in the UK and the Netherlands, as a part of the global crackdown on Anonymous.

According to an article on BBC News (opens in new tab), 14 of the 16 arrests made in the US were related to the attack on PayPal.

“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 US Justice Department said.

The alleged hackers involved in the PayPal attack were arrested in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Washington DC, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio. The remaining two hackers were also arrested on similar charges but different crimes.

In the UK, the Scotland Yard arrested a 16-year-old boy from South London in relation to the attack, on suspicion of breaching the Computer Misuse Act of 1990. Dutch officials also arrested two people in the Netherlands.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.