Update: FBI arrests 12 in ‘Anonymous’ hackers probe

The raids follow a recent spike in activity by the group

Computerworld, By Jaikumar Vijayan, July 19, 2011

The FBI has reportedly arrested more than 12 people in what appears to be a nationwide crackdown against alleged members of the Anonymous hacking group. News of the arrests in California, New Jersey and Florida was reported today by Fox News and CBS News. Both stories were based on information from unnamed sources. Spokesmen from the FBI’s national office in Washington and from its field offices in San Francisco and New York confirmed to Computerworld that the agency had carried out law enforcement actions related to an ongoing cybercrime investigation. However they would neither confirm nor deny the arrests or name the group that was being investigated. A spokespersons from the FBI’s Washington office and its San Francisco field office hinted that a statement related to today’s action would be released shortly….Today’s FBI raids shouldn’t come as a surprise, said Josh Shaul, CTO of Application Security Inc. “They got a lot of people angry,” he said. “When you play with fire you are going to get burned.” What is unusual, however, is that some Anonymous members appeared to have put little effort into concealing their tracks, he said. “It seems like these folks who got caught were brazen and careless about the way they went about their hacking activity.” http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9218512/Update_FBI_arrests_12_in_Anonymous_hackers_probe

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