Anonymous Hackers in FBI Arrests
July 22, 2011
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After months of AntiSec activity, which as been barely tolerated by the authorities and courted by the media, may well have stepped over the mark when they took over the Fox News political twitter account and announced the assassination of the US president. It raised the ire of the FBI who have recently been trying to crack down on the groups activities.
Fox News reported first that suspected group members were arrested on Tuesday in Florida, New Jersey and California. The raid was described as a “major” operation and that arrests have been made across the country. 14 arrests were originally reported with two additional arrests were made with regard to separate criminal complaints that were filed in Newark and Tampa.
Anonymous and Lulzsec, which police believe are connected, issued a joint statement on Thursday to the FBI following a number of arrests of people with suspected involvement in the groups.
“We are not scared any more,” said the Anonymous statement. “Your threats to arrest us are meaningless to us as you cannot arrest an idea. Any attempt to do so will make your citizens more angry until they will roar in one gigantic choir. It is our mission to help these people and there is nothing — absolutely nothing — you can possibly to do make us stop.”
Despite some security experts questioning whether these arrests will have any lasting effect, law enforcement maintains that they are gathering a “treasure trove” of information that may lead to further arrests.
Unfortunately, these crimes are often thought of as being mostly harmless by those that are taking part and hiding behind anonymity makes them feel secure that they won’t get caught. Many don’t realise the risks of prison time and prosecutors are very likely to go for severe penalties. Those arrested, if convicted, could face up to 10 years in prison for trying to gain access to a protected computer.