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Report: FBI Arrests Members of Hacktivist Group Anonymous in Nationwide Crackdown

Anonymous_AntiSec_150.jpgThe Federal Bureau of Investigation has raided the homes of over a dozen alleged “hacktivists” associated with Anonymous in New York, New Jersey, Florida and California this morning, according to Fox News. The main Anonymous Twitter accounts, the group’s primary mode of communication with the world, have been silent but a correlated account @ThaiAnonymous has weighed in on the raids.

“It doesnt matter how many people the ‘FBI’ arrest.. wether they are core members or not.. #anonymous have started something unstoppable.”

Anonymous and related hacker group LulzSec have angered governments across the United States and Europse in recent weeks with an “AntiSec” campaign designed to attack government agencies and contractors. It was just a matter of time before the FBI tracked some members down.


The three homes in New York were located in Long Island, Brooklyn and Baldwin. The Baldwin home allegedly belongs to Giordani Jordan where police spent nearly two hours searching and confiscating computers and electronic accessories, according to Fox News. All suspects are in their late teens to late 20s.

The raids follow an arrest made by Scotland Yard in England last month of 19-year-old Ryan Cleary accused of launching distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) on British agencies. LulzSec admitted that he was associated with the group in a very limited way though was not considered a full member.

Anonymous has claimed responsibility or been implicated in criminal hacking or DDoS attacks on the Central Intelligence Agency, Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton, the state of Arizona, Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and others.

It appears that one of the leaders of Anonymous that goes by the codename of Sabu was not included in the arrests as he just tweeted a YouTube video by Anonymous member/sympathizer @Beast1333 that is a mashup of hip hop music and TV news announcers.


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