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sábado, 11 de junio de 2011

Cops Arrest Three Anonymous Members Allegedly Involved in Sony Hack

Spanish authorities announced Friday they have arrested three members of the hacking group Anonymous in connection to attacks against Sony’s online Playstation network and other sites.

The police said the three, whose identities were not disclosed, carried out the attacks from a server based in one of the suspect’s houses in northern Spain, Reuters said.

Anonymous, a loose-knit collective of online griefers, has denied that it participated in the Sony hack, but has publicly taken credit for attacks against PayPal, Visa and others because those institutions declined to transmit donations to the whistleblower site, WikiLeaks.

The hack against Sony’s Playstation site forced the company to shutter its online gaming service for more than a month. Sony Chairman Howard Stringer said Anonymous had attacked the websites of several Sony divisions.

Anonymous recently declared Sony a target to protest the company’s lawsuit against PlayStation 3 tinkerer George Hotz. Sony claimed an Anonymous calling card was found on one of the compromised servers.

But Anonymous said last month that “online thieves” have framed the group insofar as the attacks on Sony were concerned.

The Spanish police said that Anonymous was responsible for hacks of government sites in Algeria, Iran, Egypt and Libya, in addition to two Spanish banks and an Italian energy concern.

Authorities in the United States are also probing the group.

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