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29 February 2012, 11:51

Interpol coordinates arrests of Anonymous hackers

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In a global police action, dubbed Operation Unmask and backed by Interpol, 25 people allegedly connected to the hacker group Anonymous have been arrested by officials. Interpol announced on Tuesday that the suspected hackers were arrested in simultaneous raids in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain. 250 computers and devices belonging to suspects between 17 and 40 years of age were seized on 40 properties in 15 cities.

Operation Unmask had been initiated in the middle of February and is mainly targeting those people alleged to have started attacks on Colombian and Chilean web sites, including the site of the Colombian defence ministry, the Chilean branch of the Spanish utility company Endesa, and the Chilean national library.

In an apparent retaliatory move, several Twitter accounts associated with Anonymous called for a distributed denial of service attack on the Interpol web site. With the attack under way, the site was reportedly down earlier but is currently up.

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