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02 September 2011, 10:22

More arrests of suspected Anonymous/LulzSec members

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Anonymous icon Two men, aged 20 and 24, have been arrested in South Yorkshire and Wiltshire on suspicion of committing offences under the Computer Misuse Act. According to a report in The Guardian, the arrests were part of an operation involving the FBI and an investigation into suspected offences carried out under the online identity of "Kayla" – an identity known for giving interviews with the press and presenting itself as a sixteen year old girl who was involved in the hacking of HBGary.

Police spokesperson Detective Inspector Mark Raymond said the arrests related to a "series of serious computer intrusions and online denial-of-service attacks recently suffered by a number of multi-national companies, public institutions and government and law enforcement agencies in Great Britain and the United States". The two men are being held in custody while police examine a computer seized during the arrests.

In a separate case, two men were charged in connection with online attacks by Anonymous. Christopher Weatherhead, 20, from Northampton and Ashley Rhodes, 26, from Kennington, have been charged with conspiracy to carry out an unauthorised act in relation to a computer. Two others, a 17 year old from Chester and a 22 year old, Peter David Gibson, from Hartlepool have already been charged in relation to the same offence and all four are due to appear at the City of Westminster Magistrates Court on 7 September.


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