Interpol Says Suspected Anonymous Hackers Arrested

Interpol said Tuesday that 25 suspected members of the loose-knit Anonymous hacker movement were arrested in Europe and South America.

The arrests took place in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain.

The suspects are accused of planning coordinated cyberattacks targeting Colombia’s defense ministry and presidential websites, Chile’s Endesa electricity company and national library, as well as other targets.

An ongoing investigation that begun in mid-February led to the seizure of 250 pieces of IT equipment and mobile phones Interpol said.

In Chile’s capital, Subprefect Jamie Jara announced at a news conference that authorities arrested five Chileans and a Colombian. Two of the Chileans are 17-year-old minors.

Prosecutor Marcos Mercado, computer crimes, said the suspects were charged with altering websites, including that of Chile’s National Library, and engaging in denial-of-service attacks on websites of the electricity companies Endesa and Hidroaysen. The charges carry a penalty of 541 days to five years in prison.

“For now, we have not established that they have had any special communications among themselves,” said Jara.

Spanish authorities announced, early Tuesday, the arrest of four suspected Anonymous hackers in connection with attacks on Spanish political party websites. Two servers used by the group in Bulgaria and the Czech Republic have been blocked. The alleged manager of Anonymous’ computer operations in Spain and Latin America, was among those arrested and was identified only by his initials and the aliases “Thunder” and “Pacotron.”

The four are suspected of defacing websites, carrying out denial-of-service attacks and publishing data on police assigned to the royal palace and the premier’s office online.

Interpol is headquartered in Lyon, France. The organization has no powers of arrest or investigation but it helps police forces around the world work together, facilitating intelligence sharing.

A tweet associated with Anonymous’ Brazilian wing posted a message to Interpol.

It read “Interpol, you can’t take Anonymous, It’s an idea.”

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