Interpol has reportedly arrested 25 individuals across four countries for allegedly being associated with the infamous hacktivist group Anonymous.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Interpol disclosed that the suspected Anonymous members were arrested in Chile, Colombia, Spain as well as Argentina. It further revealed that the arrests were made as a part of the Operation Unmask which saw national law enforcement agencies taking a lead role under the guidance of the Latin American Working Group of Experts on Information Technology Crime division of the Interpol.
The suspects - aged between 17 and 40, have been charged with conspiring a co-ordinated cyber onslaught against government institutions including Colombia's presidential website as well as the defence ministry network.
However, the agency has not drawn any conclusion yet, over whether or not the suspects were communicating amongst themselves for planning the attack.
"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," Bernd Rossbach, acting Interpol executive director of police services, stated, as reported by The Inquirer.