Arik Hesseldahl

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Turkey Arrests 32 Alleged Members of Anonymous, Days After Arrests in Spain

Police in Turkey say they have arrested 32 people who are accused of being connected to the computer attacks carried out by the amorphous, Wikileaks-supporting group Anonymous, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The arrests come only three days after police in Spain arrested three alleged members of the group in that country, apparently finding one of the servers used in the attacks in one of the houses raided. Anonymous retaliated in typical fashion, launching a distributed denial-of-service attack against the Web site of the Spanish National Police.

Anonymous stands accused of attacking the Web site of Turkey’s board of elections right before national elections held there Sunday. The group is also said to have attacked the Web site of the Turkish Directorate of Telecommunications in protest over Internet censorship. The ruling AK Party plans to introduce a new filtering system that the country’s Internet users will be required to use.

France and Spain aren’t the only European countries who have arrested alleged members of Anonymous. In January, police in the United Kingdom arrested five people ranging in age from 15 to 26 in an early morning raid following attacks against Mastercard and PayPal among others.

And if all that weren’t enough hacker news for you, LulzSec, the mysterious group that has been hacking Sony Web sites right, left and center, is still on the loose. Having made a Web security start-up famous in the course of its self-styled campaign of chaos, or what it would call lulz, over the weekend it released 26,000 user names and passwords to an adult site. Today it took to taunting game publisher Bethesda Softworks via its Twitter feed. The company just released a new game, Brink , and the group hinted that its next exploit will have something to do with that game.

Bethesda, we broke into your site over two months ago. We’ve had all of your Brink users for weeks. Please fix your junk, thanks! ^_^
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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik