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5 members of Anonymous arrested in UK for DDoS attacks

Posted at 28 January 2011 00:00 CET by wconeybeer

We haven’t seen much in the way of legal trouble for Anonymous members since early December when a Dutch teen was arrested for his part in the WikiLeaks defense attacks against MasterCard and other companies that had refused services related to the website, but that doesn’t mean that authorities haven’t been hard at work for the past six weeks.

On Thursday, five more Anonymous members were detained by British police in a series of early morning raids. London’s Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has released a statement confirming that two adult males and three teenage boys were arrested for allegedly violating the Computer Misuse Act of 1990 as a result of an ongoing international investigation into the group’s activities.

“The five males aged 15, 16, 19, 20 and 26 are being held after a series of coordinated arrests at residential addresses. The arrests are in relation to recent and ongoing ‘distributed denial of service’ attacks (DDoS) by an online group calling themselves ‘Anonymous’,” the MPS statement says. “They are part of an ongoing MPS investigation into Anonymous which began last year following criminal allegations of DDoS attacks by the group against several companies. This investigation is being carried out in conjunction with international law enforcement agencies in Europe and the US.”

Although it was not specified which companies the five detained males are accused of attacking, these arrests are also thought to be connected to the Wikileaks-related DDoS strikes.

These guys may be looking at more than just a “slap on the wrist” if convicted. British law states that “any unauthorized act in relation to a computer” is a criminal offense, which can carry an $8000 fine and up to 10 years in jail.

This should serve as a reminder that while the intention of staging this type of activism may be to help an organization or group of people in need, there are very real and serious legal consequences that can result. The large network of people involved, along with identity masking software can make you more difficult for authorities to track down, but there’s still a possibility of being singled out and identified. I predict that we will see many more of these types of arrests over the next several months as the international investigations continue.

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MyCE Resident
Posted on: 28 Jan 11 02:13
    Hmmmmmmm.................. I don't see anything about where it says the MPAA RIAA heads or their
    hired DDOS-ing flunky's have been arrested for their part in DDOS-ing sites as they are the ones who
    started the whole DDOS war.

    Instead they get a pat on the back for taking the sites down and the hired head of the organized crime
    ring RIAA..... lawyer Donald Verrilli gets promoted by President Obama to become the US Solicitor General
    for the fight against Internet piracy shouldn't he be in jail for his part in the DDOS attacks too???

    Big Brother was supposed to be here in 1984 but he didn't make it all the way so look out for 2014 instead
    as Big Brother will see your every move and know your every thought.
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 28 Jan 11 04:13
      So would that be big brother, or big brutha', or big bro. Yo, what it is, what it was, what it could be!! That's right!
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 28 Jan 11 11:20
        Originally Posted by Zathros
        So would that be big brother, or big brutha', or big bro. Yo, what it is, what it was, what it could be!! That's right!
        LOL!!!! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ right on brutha' my main man now pass that doobie
        on over here and don't bogart it
        Posted on: 28 Jan 11 18:42
          We used to say, "Those who make the money make the rules". Now we should be saying, "Those who have the money have no rules".
          Dedicated DoMi groupie
          Posted on: 29 Jan 11 13:29
            Shouldn't this article read: "5 alleged members of Anonymous arrested in UK for DDoS attacks"?
            MyCE Resident Commenter
            Posted on: 31 Jan 11 18:07
              Originally Posted by iamrocket
              Shouldn't this article read: "5 alleged members of Anonymous arrested in UK for DDoS attacks"?
              MyCE Member
              Posted on: 03 Mar 11 21:23
                I believe Anon should devise a "virus" that people could "accidentally" upload and then people who support them can claim I didn't do it, must have been an infection. Because some of us who support the fight, don't have the coding skills necessary to help, or financial resources.

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