Spain Arrests 3 in Hacker Crackdown

Published on June 10, 2011
by Cassell Bryan-Low

Spanish police have arrested three alleged members of online hacker collective Anonymous as part of a global police crackdown on the group claiming responsibility for computer attacks against a broad range of targets in recent months, from Sony Corp. and MasterCard Inc. to governments, including Spain’s.

The Spanish national police identified the individuals as senior members within Anonymous in Spain. A computer server found in one of the homes was responsible for helping launch attacks against a number of government and corporate websites, according to the police. That included against websites of the Sony Playstation Store, two large Spanish banks, and Italian energy company Enel, as well as of the governments of Egypt, Libya, Iran and elsewhere, the police said.

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