FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids over PayPal attacks

FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids over PayPal attacks

Summary: The FBI made 14 arrests nationwide after raiding a series of homes across the U.S. in connection a sweep designed to dent the Anonymous hacking group.

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Updated throughout: The Federal Bureau of Investigation has made 14 arrests nationwide after raiding a series of homes across the U.S. in connection a sweep designed to dent the Anonymous hacking group. Two others were arrested on separate charges.

According to CBS News, the FBI sweep was a major operation in New York, California, New Jersey and Florida.

Agents seized computers and associated gear. It appears that these alleged hackers have carried out denial of service attacks on companies.

What's unclear is whether the adults arrested have anything to do with leading Anonymous, a distributed group. In a statement, the Department of Justice said an attack on PayPal is what was the trigger for the raids. The DOJ also said that there were arrests internationally. Here's a key excerpt from a statement:

The 14 individuals were arrested in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio on charges contained in an indictment unsealed today in the Northern District of California in San Jose. In addition, two individuals were arrested on similar charges in two separate complaints filed in the Middle District of Florida and the District of New Jersey. Also today, FBI agents executed more than 35 search warrants throughout the United States as part of an ongoing investigation into coordinated cyber attacks against major companies and organizations. Finally, the United Kingdom’s Metropolitan Police Service arrested one person and the Dutch National Police Agency arrested four individuals today for alleged related cyber crimes.

According to the San Jose indictment, in late November 2010, WikiLeaks released a large amount of classified U.S. State Department cables on its website. Citing violations of the PayPal terms of service, and in response to WikiLeaks’ release of the classified cables, PayPal suspended WikiLeaks’ accounts so that WikiLeaks could no longer receive donations via PayPal. WikiLeaks’ website declared that PayPal’s action “tried to economically strangle WikiLeaks.”

As noted previously, Anonymous members are widely distributed. The challenge in rounding up the network is casting a wide enough net to garner the intelligence needed to go after larger fish.

Here are the folks arrested on Tuesday:

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.

Separately, Scott Matthew Arciszewski, 21, was arrested in Florida and charged for accessing the InfraGard website and network. Lance Moore, 21, of Las Cruces, N.M., was charged in New Jersey for allegedly stealing data from AT&T's network.

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  • I guess they just found out that it's not so much fun, anymore

    when you find out you're not as Anonymous as you thought you where.
    William Pharaoh
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    ZekWoo
    • RE: FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids

      @ZekWoo
      Why would you give them a break? Hacking into companies networks and launching DOS attacks not only stifles business for the company and could cause privacy breaches, but the cost of the attacks to the company and the cost of preventing the next one are passed down to us, the consumers.
      MichaelWells
      • RE: FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids

        @MichaelWells
        Only if you use the service they are hacking. I think the idea is to discourage people from using the services at all.
        hawks5999
      • RE: FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids

        @MichaelWells Exactly, couldn't have summed this up better myself. <a href="http://www.ehireacar.com">Hire a Car</a>
        molly83
  • RE: FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids

    Root them out and toss them in super max forever. No access to electronics of any type either.
    Bill4
    • RE: FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids

      @Bill4
      Doubt it. Every 20-something on this list will be working for NSA/CIA for life with nice salaries and pensions. In 10 years they'll be making the rounds of security seminars, etc. Ironically, whether they go to supermax or NSA, you will be paying for them with tax dollars for the rest of your life. Enjoy.
      hawks5999
      • RE: FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids

        @hawks5999
        Considering they are script kiddies, and did NOT write ANY of the exploits they are using, I highly doubt that.
        DeusXMachina
  • HHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

    HHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA
    Who's laughing now butt boys to be HAHAHAAAHHAHAHA.
    Give them a break?? HAHAHHAHAHAH Not going to happen looser unless of course some of them squeal like little piggies on some top members HAHAHAHHAH.
    Stan57
    • RE: FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids

      @Stan57 <br>There are no "top members"<br>They have no names.<br>Anonymous means the right to anonymity.<br>We should all have that right.<br>Using a name (as the guys in this article clearly did) would mean they are not anonymous.<br>If no one has a name, then who do you follow?<br>you don't it's just a chaos call "hey everyone go here" while one person executes his own little personal attack. The rest are just there to break stuff, or look around, or leave dirty messages.It's not a group coordinated attack. it's just a mas of holy hell, while each person tries to do the coolest crap.<br>Picture a riot... someone in the street gets away with a tv others break windows and some, just jump around making noise adding to the chaos, and even the little scrawny guys participate. Just to be there.<br>Same thing with anon.<br>Just because these guys may have been there, doesn't mean they know in the slightest bit as to what was actually going on. Only way to know is to check some log.<br>The ones that did the most damage, were most likely untraceable.<br><br>Why was this reported as spam? because it makes sense of the chaos????
      TruXter
  • RE: FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids

    No bail warrants they're going to prison with hardcocre criminals. I wonder how anonymous they will feel when they have pen0rs in their mouths.

    LULZ indeed.
    John PAsquale
    • RE: FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids

      @John PAsquale
      lulz and a-99 are not the same. Get it straight.
      hawks5999
      • RE: FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids

        @hawks5999 <br>There is really only one thing I can say at this point:<br><br>LULZ PEN0Rs<br><br>Seriously I hope they like the taste. I think a fair analogy would be drug mules. The stupid pack animals get arrested and thrown in prison.
        John PAsquale
  • RE: FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids

    I wonder how many members of anonymous realized they were up against the people who (probably) wrote Stuxnet?
    dpeterson68@...
    • RE: FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids

      @dpeterson68@...
      It's the challenge.
      Kevin mitnick , went down in flames when they realized who he was and where on the internet he was.
      TruXter
  • RE: FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids

    Lives are ruined, for What?
    ITOdeed
    • RE: FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids

      @ITOdeed <br>You're absolutely right... Why did these alleged members of Anonymous make the decision to throw away their futures by allegedly participating in these criminal activities? Do they actually believe that attacks on companies such as PayPal could actually bring about any positive change in the world?
      lfmorrison
      • RE: FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids

        @lfmorrison the positive change for these guys will be their future employment by paypal and others as security officers. The only really poor judgement here is the 42 year old. She's done.
        hawks5999
      • RE: FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids

        @ hawks5999<br>And again, this is just not true. Hackers in the 80s got jobs. They don't anymore, they get thrown in prison, and when released, are not allowed near computers for a LONG time.
        DeusXMachina
  • RE: FBI makes 14 arrests in Anonymous raids

    always use 7 proxies
    generatedname@...