16 people in US arrested following Anonymous raids

Following today's news on the FBI raiding locations of possible members of the Anonymous hacker group in New York State, 16 people in the US have now been arrested in connection to alleged hack attacks by the Anonymous group. News.com reports that in addition to the 16 US arrests, four people were also arrested in the Netherlands and another person in the UK was arrested, according to statements from the US Department of Justice.

Of the 16 people in the US, 14 are accused of hacking into PCs at PayPal after the financial company said it would no longer allow its services to be used to pay for donations to support the Wikileaks web site. Those arrests were made in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, and Ohio. In addition another person was arrested in Florida on charges he tried to hack into the web site of InfraGard, which is linked with the FBI. Finally an arrest was made in New Mexico. That person is accused of hacking into AT&T's servers and then posting publicly "confidential business information" taken from those servers.

Anonymous has gotten a lot of attention in the last several months thanks to its hacks and its denial of service attacks on a number of government organizations and companies, including Sony. It is also accused of being behind the cyber attack on Sony's Playstation Network that caused the company to shut down the service for several weeks this past spring. Anonymous has denied its involvement in this particular cyber attack.

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One of them arrested was "TFlow" and from what I read is one of the higher members of the group. Supposedly he is only 16 and lives in the UK.

And as *always*, Lulzsec denies it every time that they caught anyone. People try to give this illusion that there are no group leaders, which is complete nonsense. As you can clearly see by their posts that they have leaders. Sabu has even threatened to kill other members of his group if they didn't do what he wanted (from chat logs that were posted online). If those members were smart they would rat him out.

Its also stupid how Lulzsec/Anon threatens their "payback" after this happens. As if anything has changed from what they already were doing.

Defendants named include:

* 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
* Christopher Quang Vo, 22
* Scott Matthew Arciszewski, 21
* Lance Moore, 21

Source: http://nakedsecurity.sophos.co...-anonymous-hacker-suspects/

I hope Anonymous will keep updating their twitter from prison too. Can't wait to hear prison life updates from them!

Want the head leader? The US government should put all of the arrested in a room, offer immunity and $100,000 reward to the first one to give the info that leads to the arrest AND conviction of the leader(s).

Done deal.

rippleman said,
Want the head leader? The US government should put all of the arrested in a room, offer immunity and $100,000 reward to the first one to give the info that leads to the arrest AND conviction of the leader(s).

Done deal.

heh not only that.. offer them a job too.. .. hey in this economy might just be the icing on the cake they'd want.. hehe

csfeist said,

heh not only that.. offer them a job too.. .. hey in this economy might just be the icing on the cake they'd want.. hehe


No, the government only offers jobs to real hackers.

The_Decryptor said,
Anonymous doesn't have a leader though, you'd just get 16 different people making up names and saying it was random people.

More like you'd get 16 people telling the FBI that Steve Jobs is their boss, having taken on the role since Billy May passed.

rippleman said,
Want the head leader? The US government should put all of the arrested in a room, offer immunity and $100,000 reward to the first one to give the info that leads to the arrest AND conviction of the leader(s).

Done deal.

"Take me to your leader" still works?

The_Decryptor said,
Anonymous doesn't have a leader though, you'd just get 16 different people making up names and saying it was random people.

Someone has to start the talks...

"alleged" is the key word.... As much i would like see them get shut down.... I really doubt its actually them..just because they have done so much damage and now they get caught? just my 2 cents tho

Twistedsickness said,
"alleged" is the key word.... As much i would like see them get shut down.... I really doubt its actually them..just because they have done so much damage and now they get caught? just my 2 cents tho
That's because there are dozens of more members.. And the smart ones aren't gonna get caught.. these are the ones that have Some game, but no common sense.

Ryoken said,
That's because there are dozens of more members.. And the smart ones aren't gonna get caught.. these are the ones that have Some game, but no common sense.

Yep, these hack group leaders usually had been grew up and trained in secret government facility, but later escaped, now they just can't find use for their skills and ending up hacking websites. It's very hard to catch them cause they were trained to be so. If you want to find more about these peoples you can watch documentary "The Pretender" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115320/

So was it worth the rape in prison Anonymous? They probably like that sort of thing, and were hoping to get caught. LOL

jrolson said,
So was it worth the rape in prison Anonymous? They probably like that sort of thing, and were hoping to get caught. LOL

I will stay tuned for more lulz. Definitely ask them to say hi to Bubba for me....

XIII said,

I will stay tuned for more lulz. Definitely ask them to say hi to Bubba for me....

Heck With Bubba, I am waiting for some Marines to get a hold of them........... Lets see, Marine + Jail = very Bad day for them.

jrolson said,
So was it worth the rape in prison Anonymous? They probably like that sort of thing, and were hoping to get caught. LOL

I hope they have watched these Hollywood prison movies and know that when soup falls down NEVER NEVER bend to take it from the floor! But if they enjoying that kind of things, than they probably would take that soup with wide bend and smile on the face!

jrolson said,
So was it worth the rape in prison Anonymous? They probably like that sort of thing, and were hoping to get caught. LOL
Why does it never fail that somebody will always make this comment? You're ill-informed. Yes that type of behavior does indeed happen but not in every correctional institute. Ever heard of "club fed"? For white collar non-violent criminals? Guess what, no rapists in there. Unless they're violent or someone was hurt, chances are they'll end up in some air-conditioned tiny box with HBO and 3 square meals a day. It most definitely sucks but nothing like what you're talking about.

Tim Dawg said,
Why does it never fail that somebody will always make this comment? You're ill-informed. Yes that type of behavior does indeed happen but not in every correctional institute. Ever heard of "club fed"? For white collar non-violent criminals? Guess what, no rapists in there. Unless they're violent or someone was hurt, chances are they'll end up in some air-conditioned tiny box with HBO and 3 square meals a day. It most definitely sucks but nothing like what you're talking about.

+1 for being an educated, intelligent, fact-based poster.

Tim Dawg said,
Why does it never fail that somebody will always make this comment? You're ill-informed. Yes that type of behavior does indeed happen but not in every correctional institute. Ever heard of "club fed"? For white collar non-violent criminals? Guess what, no rapists in there. Unless they're violent or someone was hurt, chances are they'll end up in some air-conditioned tiny box with HBO and 3 square meals a day. It most definitely sucks but nothing like what you're talking about.

Well, for them to end on one of those institutions, they need to have money to pay expensive lawyers...ad, while I may be mistaken, it doesn't seem to be the case with anonymous and lulzsec (else, they wouldn't be "fighting the system")...

Also, Kevin Mitnick wasn't put on one of those facilities...he spent his time at a maximum security facility. Why do you think these hackers won't be thrown in a high security federal prison?

Tim Dawg said,
Why does it never fail that somebody will always make this comment? You're ill-informed. Yes that type of behavior does indeed happen but not in every correctional institute. Ever heard of "club fed"? For white collar non-violent criminals? Guess what, no rapists in there. Unless they're violent or someone was hurt, chances are they'll end up in some air-conditioned tiny box with HBO and 3 square meals a day. It most definitely sucks but nothing like what you're talking about.

Actually a lot of convinced hackers don't spend in "happy rainbow smile" facility where they brush each other's hair all day, but usually end up in standard federal prison (where rapists walking around with a boner).

jackkk1 said,
Actually a lot of convinced hackers don't spend in "happy rainbow smile" facility where they brush each other's hair all day, but usually end up in standard federal prison (where rapists walking around with a boner).

A clip from "Office Space" comes to mind.

Enron said,
Yo I thought these "anonymous" guys were supposed to stop the Church of Scientology or something?
Yup. And now the Church of Scientology is going after them.

Enron said,
Yo I thought these "anonymous" guys were supposed to stop the Church of Scientology or something?

The marker must be delivered to the church!!

News reports said those arrested today were not leaders but they did participate. I think Anon and Lulz should do what they do and keep their *uckin mouths shut. Every time they mouth off and dare Governments to come after them they expose themselves just a bit more.

I think Anon and Lulz's biggest mistakes are assuming that the CIA, FBI and intelligence agencies of other governments are not smart enough to track them down.

AllMac said,
Anonymous should move to Sudan or Congo. I don't think anyone will want to look for them over there.
Ya a bunch of White nerdy males will be really hard to locate in the Sudan or Congo

AllMac said,
Anonymous should move to Sudan or Congo. I don't think anyone will want to look for them over there.

Well, they may not be arrested in Sudan by the FBI, but the may be getting a Seal team to make them a visit, and, frankly, everyone knows how that ends...

Xerax said,
Good.

Bad. Unless arresting random people who may or may not be in an online group called anonymous who may or may not have helped do anything anonymous did.

De.Bug said,

Bad. Unless arresting random people who may or may not be in an online group called anonymous who may or may not have helped do anything anonymous did.

No, good. The US justice system can't simply convict someone of a crime without proving they actually did it. Chances are, these arrested people will end up confessing for a shorter sentence. They probably did it.

De.Bug said,

Bad. Unless arresting random people who may or may not be in an online group called anonymous who may or may not have helped do anything anonymous did.


You could say that about anyone who gets arrested. These people were clearly arrested for a reason.

Callum said,

You could say that about anyone who gets arrested. These people were clearly arrested for a reason.

They talk to much in IRC channels.

andrewbares said,

No, good. The US justice system can't simply convict someone of a crime without proving they actually did it. Chances are, these arrested people will end up confessing for a shorter sentence. They probably did it.

Casey Anthony. Do you believe in the fail justice system still? Right about now she's partying it up in Mexico!