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FBI arrest 16 Anonymous members, 14 of which were involved in PayPal cyber attacks

Posted by on 20/07/2011

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Fourteen individuals were arrested earlier this week in a series of raids conducted by the FBI, in conjunction with the recent cyber attacks carried out on the popular e-commerce business PayPal. Two other people were later arrested on other cyber related charges.

The popular phrase “all good things come to an end” once again plays out for a number of members belonging to the popular cyber hacking group Anonymous, after the FBI arrested 14 individuals across several states including Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio. A court in the Northern District of California in San Jose issued the order for the arrest of the PayPal hackers.

PayPal was hacked as a result of them terminating services offered to Wikileaks, the site dedicated to anonymously releasing submissions and leaks of otherwise unavailable documents, including the popular archives such as Cablegate, War Diaries, and the Guantanamo Files. Wikileaks issued statements saying that PayPal was stifling their organization (since users could no longer donate to the cause) and the hacking group Anonymous took it upon themselves to seek retribution for PayPal’s actions. PayPal responded saying that Wikileaks had violated their Terms of Use by illegally releasing government protected documents to the public. Anon was not convinced and conducted a number of DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks on PayPal, which somewhat hindered their online service. They are also charged with conspiring to intentionally damage protected computers at PayPal from the 6th to 10th of December 2010.

The FBI has also issued 35 search warrants in a continued effort to find and arrest more members belonging to the Anonymous group, and being involved in the recent trend of  cyber attacks. The Department of Justice has released the names of the arrested suspects and their online aliases.

Christopher Wayne Cooper, 23, aka “Anthrophobic;” Joshua John Covelli, 26, aka “Absolem” and “Toxic;” Keith Wilson Downey, 26; Mercedes Renee Haefer, 20, aka “No” and “MMMM;” Donald Husband, 29, aka “Ananon;”  Vincent Charles Kershaw, 27, aka “Trivette,” “Triv” and “Reaper;” Ethan Miles, 33; James C. Murphy, 36; Drew Alan Phillips, 26, aka “Drew010;” Jeffrey Puglisi, 28, aka “Jeffer,” “Jefferp” and “Ji;” Daniel Sullivan, 22; Tracy Ann Valenzuela, 42; and Christopher Quang Vo, 22.  One individual’s name has been withheld by the court.

In a separate arrest, Scott Matthew Arciszewski of Florida was taken in on charges of intentional damage to a protected computer. He hacked into the Tampa Bay InfraGard website and uploaded three files, and then tweeted instructions to his followers about how they can also access the system. Lance Moore from Las Cruces, New Mexico, was arrested for stealing confidential business information stored on AT&T’s servers and posting it on a public file sharing site.

All 16 members could face up to 10 years in jail and a fine of $250,000 if found guilty and served the maximum sentence.

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  • Dgmann245

    Not anonymous anymore!!

  • Guest

    Awesome!

  • Strobe21

    There will be copy cats soon to take revenge on Sony im sure. It never really ends.

  • tarbis

    If they can find Bin Laden who don’t use the internet, how much more on these idiots that are frequently online.

  • N/A

    morons. you’re just pissing them off. can’t track down the rest if they destroy your computers first, can you? there’s a LOT more out there than you think… this on top of planning to cut off free tv? it’s like they’re asking to be screwed over.

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