21 Suspects Nabbed in Global Investigation of Anonymous

Kara Reeder

The U.S. Department of Justice says the FBI has arrested 16 people believed to be affiliated with the hacking group Anonymous. According to CNET News, one indictment names 14 people accused of attacking PayPal last December for a WikiLeaks snub. Another man was indicted on charges of intentionally damaging a protected computer in the InfraGard attack. In addition, a New Mexico man was indicted for allegedly accessing confidential business information from AT&T servers and posting it publicly. According to the article:

The charge of intentional damage to a protected computer carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; each count of conspiracy carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The UK continues to make arrests of persons believed to be associated with Anonymous and LulzSec. FOXNews.com reports that the Metropolitan Police's E-Crime Unit has arrested a 16-year-old boy, who goes by the online user name Tflow, on suspicion of breaching the Computer Misuse Act. It is believed that he is linked to both Anonymous and LulzSec.


Four other suspects were cuffed in the Netherlands, says The Register. The suspects range in age from 17 to 35. Channel 6 News quotes the prosecutor's office as saying:

The suspects were using the nicknames Ziaolin, Calimero, DutchD3V1L and Time on a private chat channel. Their most important goal was to steal and publish confidential data of government departments and companies ... The hacking group operated under the name AntiSec NL (Anti Security Netherlands).

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