UK police nab 5 Anonymous DDoS suspects

Five men, aged 15 to 26, are taken into custody in England in connection with a probe into Web attacks on companies seen as hindering the activities of WikiLeaks.

U.K. police have arrested five young men on suspicion of taking part in distributed denial-of-service attacks launched by Anonymous, the group that has targeted corporate sites for attack in defence of Wikileaks.
 

The five, who are aged between 15 and 26, were detained at 7am on Thursday at addresses in the West Midlands, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey and London, the Metropolitan Police Central eCrime Unit (PCeU) said in a statement. The suspects were taken to local police stations and remain in custody, the police added.

The Anonymous group of activists undertook a number of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks last year, using a tool called the Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) to try to overwhelm servers. The group successfully took down websites belonging to companies including Visa, MasterCard and PayPal, in protest at their suspension of donation-payment processing for the Wikileaks whistle-blowing operation.

Read more of "Anonymous DDoS swoop results in five arrests" at ZDNet UK.

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