Anonymous PSN Attackers Arrested in Spain

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Anonymous PSN Attackers Arrested in Spain

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Police have "dismantled the Anonymous hacker group in Spain" with the arrest of three alleged local leaders in connection with the April attack on the PlayStation Network.

Spain's National Police said the three men are the "local leadership" of Anonymous, the hacker group blamed for bringing down the PlayStation Network for more than a month beginning in mid-April. A server which was allegedly used in the PSN hack, as well as separate attacks on two Spanish banks, an Italian energy company and government sites in Spain, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Iran and elsewhere, was found in an apartment owned by one of the men, who was arrested "sometime after May 18" in the city of Almería; the other two were detained "recently" in Barcelona and Valencia. All three men are in their 30s.

"Spanish Police dismantle the Anonymous hacker group in Spain. They attacked [the] PlayStation Store," the police reported on its official Twitter feed. "Anonymous has thousands of 'zombie' computers infected all over the world." Anonymous did not comment on the arrests directly but did issue its boilerplate warning that it is legion and should be expected.

The arrests follow an investigation which was actually launched after an attack on Spain's Ministry of Culture website, protesting legislation which imposed tougher punishments for illegal file sharing. The May 18 arrest in Almería that got the ball rolling was prompted by an attack on the Spanish National Electoral Commission ahead of regional and municipal elections. It's not known how much of a role the trio actually played in the attack on the PlayStation Network.

The three men have been released without bail and are expected to be charged with "forming an illegal association to attack public and corporate web sites." If found guilty, they could be sentenced to up to three years in jail.

Source: New York Times

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Huzzah! A good day for the world to see these criminals apprehended!

Only three years?

Well, hackers can't jailbreak their way out of this one

OT: I do hope this the start of something. We really need to catch these people

EDIT: I'm wondering if we'll see a domino effect.

Waiting for Escapists to demand they be punished by prison rape, performed by state-sponsored rapists.

Yeah, good job, Spain. You got ALL of Anon in Spain. Yay!

It saddens me to see the /b/ros getting a hit like this. How they were caught is beyond my comprehension, but I guess next time they won't slip up. I hope they learned something.

Only three years in jail? Should be longer.

Anywho, I wonder how they caught them. Wouldn't it be super fun if they had a way of tracking people down through Proxy servers?

Dust off the Guillotine!Its about time it did something other then take up space!

For bringing PSN down for no reason, these idiots deserve to rot in jail. For bringing down the government websites of Libya, Tunisia, Iran, and Egypt during the Arab uprising, these guys deserve a fucking medal. What? Nothing is ever strictly black and white...

I can only hope that these arrests will indeed help catch those responsible for the PSN attack.

Also, wondering what Anonymous will be doing in response to this.

And here I thought it was said that Anon did not have anything with the PSN attacks to do.

Raiyan 1.0:
Waiting for Escapists to demand they be punished by prison rape, performed by state-sponsored rapists.

Because a crime is a crime, and criminals are criminals. And because I couldn't frag for two whole weeks.

I'm sort of neutral on this issue. They were stupid enough to get caught, so they deserved to.

Phyroxis:
Yeah, good job, Spain. You got ALL of Anon in Spain. Yay!

That was my first thought as well. They think catching three guys dismantles all of Anonymous in their entire country?

Actually, reading through their Twitter, it seems they just really like the word dismantle. Must be a fetish for the guy in charge of the feed.

Three hackers in Spain does not equal the Anon collective there?

Considering Anon is "supposed" to be leaderless too, arresting 3 guys wont really have that much of an effect, aside from perhaps scaring those who know the three a little.

ThatOneJewYouNo:
It saddens me to see the /b/ros getting a hit like this. How they were caught is beyond my comprehension, but I guess next time they won't slip up. I hope they learned something.

They didn't learn anything and they won't as long as they think '7 proxies' is amusing.

To be blunt a proxy is not untraceable. Most proxies will keep a record of requests submitted to them and will normally turn them over on demand if they're based in a country that fancies playing ball with the relevant authorities.

No method of anonymising Internet traffic is untraceable, even TOR is traceable as a load of torrenters recently found out. Anonymous functions because normally they're not worth individually tracing, there's too many and they're all essentially mooks. Now get a more specialised operation and fewer members take part, they become more traceable individually and the point of arresting them grows, especially if they're using a private IRC to organise. One arrest in five thousand is pointless because if he's questioned he'll just point at /b/ and look lost. If you arrest one of ten people you can bet it wasn't organised on a public channel.

Moral of the story? Moralfags aren't noted for a long lifespan.

CM156:
Only three years?

Well, hackers can't jailbreak their way out of this one

OT: I do hope this the start of something. We really need to catch these people

3 years in jail for nerds would be torture. They'll be passed around so much they won't be able to walk straight when they get out.

Random Argument Man:
I'll expect a reaction from Anonymous as some point.

Why? It was my understanding that Anonymous threw these guys under the bus already.

I think it would be odd if Anonymous did react to this considering how much they tried to distance themselves from the PSN attack. Then again with that split that happened recently its more than possible that someone will do one of those videos.

Captcha: terfaim piano

We shall acquire and protect the terfaim piano as if it were any of your other holy relics! Inglip be praised!

Excuuuuuse me princesses, but these people have little to do with the PSN hack, which by the way hasn't been proved to find it's guilty part in Anonymous.

These people were attacking websites of the Spanish goverment after several quite unjustified actions done by said goverment, who are a bunch of corrupt assholes that kneel before banks and markets and sell our rights to the market economy. That said, these people also attacked several websites of the goverments involved in the repression of the Arab Spring revolts. So yes, they have my support, I hope they get released.

The situation in Spain is pretty bad at the moment, corruption is at it's tops and nothing is being done to solve it, Anonymous is one of the groups who is trying to give these assholes on the top a lesson. Why anyone should be happy about this arrest is a mistery to me.

The question is, are these THE guys who did the PSN attack, or are they just people who claim to be anonymous?

If they are the guys who did the PSN attack, good for Spain. But if they are just being arrested for being part of anonymous that is really retarded.

It's impressive how people react to these things. Are you all joking about jail or are american jails as stereotipically awful? :/ Here in Spain it's not like that. At all.

Anyway. These people didn't hack the PSN. They hacked government sites for oppressive and corrupt laws, and other sites from arab governments because of the Arab Spring.

These guys in particular are heroes, not criminals.

They were arrested in SPAAAAAAC-

No wait.

SPAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIINNN!!!

So, are they anons or lulsies? (I understand the lulsies are FROM anon.)

... A police department has a Twitter feed?

This is terrible news indeed.

I hope they keep them in prison so long, by the time they get out they'll be, señors!

I wanna see pics with names. Take away all anonymity. Also that "We are legion threat". you'd think that they would learn that being an internet "Menace" Doesn't translate over to real life. they know your just some pathetic kids who probably can't do anything about using your computer the way other people tell you to little script kiddies.

thethingthatlurks:
For bringing down the government websites of Libya, Tunisia, Iran, and Egypt during the Arab uprising, these guys deserve a fucking medal. What? Nothing is ever strictly black and white...

my thoughts EXACTLY!

Well say good buy to Spain because they won't have internet for a while.

I smell three little scapegoats, and a bunch of big, bad wolves who followed the butthurt corporate's orders.

Seriously now, why three? This kind of coordinate attack would involve more than three hackers, if you're going to round them up. Get them all. Otherwise leave them alone, the worst thing they can do is to arrest a handful without actually dealing with the main problem.

Jailing three of the possible hacker would not solve the problem, but fuel it..... Who am I to judge? People go to jail for more stupid reasons.

Anonymous.
There's that word angain and it pisses me off.
I usualy visit /v and I have to say 4chan is not bad.
The only thing that makes people think of it as a horrible place is /b and the anonymity because honestly everyone's a douche when there are no consequences.

Excuse me, I think that the PSN attacks were with a REASON. To show people how important privacy is. Never give personal data away, that's their message.

Hahahaha, this is hilarious. Oh European governments, you try so hard to be important.

Can someone explain to me how one can arrest the leaders of a leaderless group?

Three years? I'm not saying they should get life without parole, but three years?!

I really hate Anonymous. Their "boilerplate response" only adds to my annoyance.

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