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FBI Moves on Anonymous in New York and California

FBI agents in New York have searched homes in Brooklyn and in two communities on Long Island, and agents in California have made an as yet unspecified number of arrests as part of an ongoing investigation into the activities of the amorphous hacking group Anonymous.

I’ve spoken with contacts at three FBI field offices — one here in New York, one in Los Angeles and another in San Francisco. I’m told that in New York search warrants were executed on homes in Brooklyn and in the towns of Baldwin and Merrick on Long Island. A source familiar with the investigation says that IP addresses that have come under scrutiny in the course of the investigation have led agents to search those addresses, but that no arrests have yet been made in New York.

Agents in California have made arrests, though the number and the names of those arrested have not yet been released. Additionally, Fox News is reporting that the FBI made arrests related to the investigation this morning in Florida and New Jersey, and that as many as a dozen people have been arrested in the operation nationwide. Obviously more information will be forthcoming as the situation develops.

The investigation is related specifically to the distributed denial-of-service attacks that were carried out last year and early this year against several companies in the U.S. The attacks were in sympathy with Wikileaks, which had just started disclosing its cache of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables. Visa, the credit card company, was one of its victims.

The group has grown recently as it absorbed another group of hackers calling itself LulzSec, which had harassed Sony in response to its lawsuits against a person who reverse engineered the security on the Playstation gaming console.

Arrests of Anonymous members have previously been reported in the U.K. , in Turkey and in Spain.

Fox has some raw video from the scene where one of the search warrants was executed on Long Island today. It’s below.


[Image and video via Fox News]


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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