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LulzSec and Anonymous hacker suspects arrested, Sophos comments

July 2011 by Sophos

Computer crime authorities have arrested a series of suspected hackers in relation to a number of security breaches affecting PayPal, AT&T, Infraguard and others, with attacks supposedly initiated by the notorious "Anonymous" and "LulzSec" hacking groups.

In all, FBI agents executed more than 35 search warrants as part of the co-ordinated investigation. 16 people have been arrested in connection with an internet attack last year against PayPal, and the UK’s PCeU arrested a 16-year-old youth known as "aslowslow" in South London, on suspicion of breaching the Computer Misuse Act. The teenager is allegedly connected to hacks perpetrated by the "LulzSec" and "Anonymous" groups. The Dutch National Police Agency also arrested four individuals for alleged cybercrimes.

"Computer crime authorities will be hoping that they have struck a significant blow against the Anonymous and LulzSec hacking groups, following a series of raids and arrests on both sides of the Atlantic," said Carole Theriault, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "While the arrests are a significant step forward, anyone who believes we have heard the last of the hacktivists is probably going to be sourly disappointed."

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