Three suspected 'Anonymous' hackers arrested

Spain's National Police have today announced the arrest of three suspected hackers, who are believed to be leaders of a section of the infamous 'Anonymous' group.

A computer server was apparently found in their home which was used to co-ordinate and launch attacks on several targets, including two major Spanish banks, an Italian energy company and the governments of several countries such as Egypt and New Zealand. Last month the New Zealand government reported outages after receiving threats from the hacking group Anonymous, according to a report by stuff.co.nz.

This is not the first time action has been taken against certain members of the organisation, the United States and the United Kingdom have been known to take a strong stance on those that are unable to protect their identity. However this is the first story of Spain taking on a group of people that are by name, very hard to catch.

The arrests were specifically made in Barcelona, Valencia and the southern city of Almeria. In the police's report though, they've been leading up to this moment for quite some time. Analysing over two million lines of online conversation and webpages since October last year, they finally managed to track down the three individuals.

The hacking group have been known for their threats and attacks, just yesterday Neowin covered a story of their threat to NATO in regards to a crackdown on cybercrime. However incidents previously that have involved many Anonymous users disrupting service of credit card and payment companies amongst various governments, have made them a serious target for crime agencies around the world.

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Recently a article was posted about Piracy and how its changing the world. Believe me, after a while, some activities have some impact in the future, for better of worst.

@Spirit Dave, with all due respect, the "unable to completely become anonymous" isn't true. It's possible, very possible, and even more possible if you hide behind something isn't yours. I know there are lots of logging in almost every device, but with the right knowledge, it is possible.

Changing the world? How is breaking the law helping anyone but Anon? Show me ONE SINGLE CASE where ANY action that Anon has participated in that has done ANYTHING to help ANYONE or done ANYTHING to change the world beyond pleasuring themselves? Spend your time getting lulz by donating food to your local Food Bank or feeding the homeless instead of getting your yah-yah's off!

Oh, including helping ASSange can not be included, because you're not changing the world, just helping-out another criminal - but that works, too, because misery loves company.

WE ARE "PUBLIC" - WE ARE 6 BILLION TO YOUR TEN-THOUSAND, AND WE ARE TIRED OF YOUR PETULANCE. PLEASE GROW A PRE-FRONTAL CORTEX, ANON!

If you are stupid enough to support an international bad citizen like Sony either by buying their stock or their product you deserve to suffer Anon is about changing the world and if you don't get it you should pull the stick out of your butt and look around you at the world the corporations and governments are creating they are stealing more and more of your freedom every day and you idiots sit at your play stations shooting zombies and spouting of about anon and groups like them....

wizardB said,
If you are stupid enough to support an international bad citizen like Sony either by buying their stock or their product you deserve to suffer Anon is about changing the world and if you don't get it you should pull the stick out of your butt and look around you at the world the corporations and governments are creating they are stealing more and more of your freedom every day and you idiots sit at your play stations shooting zombies and spouting of about anon and groups like them....

Shut up you moron.

Most people buy from Sony because they want to play games. Who cares about the politics? Nerds who have nothing better to do with their time, that's who. That's who Anonymous comprises of.

Hardcore Til I Die said,

Shut up you moron.

Most people buy from Sony because they want to play games. Who cares about the politics? Nerds who have nothing better to do with their time, that's who. That's who Anonymous comprises of.

+1 I don't give a **** what people think about Sony... I have a PS3, I paid for it, I like it... I want to be able to use it. I don't need some sad freaks fighting for me to be able to install another OS on the system.. I'm happy with it as it is and what it does.

Hardcore Til I Die said,
Most people buy from Sony because they want to play games. Who cares about the politics?
That's exactly the problem. People only care about their stupid games and don't care about what's going on in the real world. People who care that much about their playstation games deserve to have their money stolen.

kazuyette said,
LOL 3 members only arrested ? ... 30 heads will grow back from this.

Yeah... turtle heads; the rest of anonymous crapping their pants at the thought that they might just get arrested in the real world.

they got greedy..... and sloppy.....

they should have destroyed the server after the first attack..... then build a new one for the next attack.....

mocax said,
they got greedy..... and sloppy.....

they should have destroyed the server after the first attack..... then build a new one for the next attack.....

Wait, are you sad that these criminal losers got caught?

You know what ? The fact that this wont stop the others continuing isn't the issue here. The fact that three freaks of nature are going to cry themselves to sleep in a cell is what makes me laugh. They feel all powerful behind a keyboard, but in the real world, they're nothing. Clearly, they felt powerful because they thought they were anonymous. Which is NEVER the case online. You always leave a trail somewhere, no matter how good you think you are at hiding your tracks. The day ISP's bring in tracking to know where every single user of the service is going online, the better. I have nothing to hide, so it would make me feel more happy knowing the morons who do have something to hide are unable to do it anymore.

Spirit Dave said,
You know what ? The fact that this wont stop the others continuing isn't the issue here. The fact that three freaks of nature are going to cry themselves to sleep in a cell is what makes me laugh. They feel all powerful behind a keyboard, but in the real world, they're nothing. Clearly, they felt powerful because they thought they were anonymous. Which is NEVER the case online. You always leave a trail somewhere, no matter how good you think you are at hiding your tracks. The day ISP's bring in tracking to know where every single user of the service is going online, the better. I have nothing to hide, so it would make me feel more happy knowing the morons who do have something to hide are unable to do it anymore.

My guess is nothing happens to them due to lack of evidence

Spirit Dave said,
I have nothing to hide

your social security number? your financial information? your medical history?

you physical location? your favourite places to hang out? where you do your job?
worst case scenario: passwords? pin numbers? secret answers?

arent those things which you want to hide?


a website shut down can be disasterous to some... some people have their incomes tied to a sale or serivce of a product which is sold of promoted by a website. For example Sony had their system down for a LONG time and lost millions and millions of dollars, which could result in maybe downsides to many people not even connected to the PlayStation site like secretary, investors, stock holders, programmers etc etc... a hack hurts more that just the website itself. It hurts (to varying degrees) anyone that is tied to that site.

Silly cops, really.

They seized one of the servers from anonworld, a small split-off network after the problems on anonops.
They should know better though

u or me can join anon anytime. isnt an organization, its just a bunch of ppl with skills claiming their rights on web. its like paint a wall with some message or do some protest on streets, but w/o the physical implemetion of ppl. shutdown a webpage is a protest. shoudnt harm the server, that wouldnt be a protest and yes an attack.

It's kinda weird how the spanish headlines say that the police claims to have detained the HEADS of the organization in spain. I wouldn't even call it an organization, but oh well.

The word "hackers" in the title should be in 'speech marks' unless Neowins position is that it belive anonymous are really hackers?

Sylar2010 said,
The word "hackers" in the title should be in 'speech marks' unless Neowins position is that it belive anonymous are really hackers?

What are they then? Script Kiddies? Just bunch them all up, it's not like 'hackers' are well-regarded in mainstream society. Lets not waste effort.

Fulcrum said,

What are they then? Script Kiddies? Just bunch them all up, it's not like 'hackers' are well-regarded in mainstream society. Lets not waste effort.


Actually Hacker is an incorrect term in itself, as they are Crackers, not Hackers. Do a little history on Hacking and Cracking, and I can guarantee that over 60% of the people who regularly post in Neowin are Hackers.

greenwizard88 said,
Beneath Anonymous is more than flesh. Beneath Anonymous is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.

You just wasted a really good quote on Anonymous, fail.

greenwizard88 said,
Beneath Anonymous is more than flesh. Beneath Anonymous is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.

Yes, and Anonymous' ideas are garbage. They are hypocrites and liars. And anyone who supports their efforts is a fool. Ignorant and a fool.

ScubaDog said,

Yes, and Anonymous' ideas are garbage. They are hypocrites and liars. And anyone who supports their efforts is a fool. Ignorant and a fool.


It's pleasant that the arrests happened in western Europe. I never really thought of it before, but Anonymous is totally the chavs of the web.

/for the lulz is something you say when you're trolling someone
//for the lulz is not a valid personal philosophy
///anonymous is the knights templar of lulz

Joshie said,

It's pleasant that the arrests happened in western Europe. I never really thought of it before, but Anonymous is totally the chavs of the web.

/for the lulz is something you say when you're trolling someone
//for the lulz is not a valid personal philosophy
///anonymous is the knights templar of lulz


Firstly, Scuba, Anon's ideals are actually quite the opposite of Hypocrisy. They work FOR the people not against it.
Secondly, Joshie you are obviously mixing LulzSecurity with Anonymous. LulzSecurity yes, does it for the lulz. But Anon has actual meanings behind their attacks.

Brennon Miller said,

Firstly, Scuba, Anon's ideals are actually quite the opposite of Hypocrisy. They work FOR the people not against it.
Secondly, Joshie you are obviously mixing LulzSecurity with Anonymous. LulzSecurity yes, does it for the lulz. But Anon has actual meanings behind their attacks.
anynonymous works for the people? hahaha, you really fell for that one?
have you never been on irc? never visted their websites?
its all for the lulz, nothing more.. the rest is all an excuse

"Anonymous has no leaders" is a tired ass old phrase from when /b/ was vamping sites and telling people eBaums did it. It wasn't true then it's not true now. Any group of people who come together for a uniform purpose (DDOS, vamping, etc) at the least have opinion leaders. Just because you don't know their names doesn't make them "Anonymous" it just makes them "some guy on the Internet with the handle <x or y".

pzykotic said,
"Anonymous has no leaders" is a tired ass old phrase from when /b/ was vamping sites and telling people eBaums did it. It wasn't true then it's not true now. Any group of people who come together for a uniform purpose (DDOS, vamping, etc) at the least have opinion leaders. Just because you don't know their names doesn't make them "Anonymous" it just makes them "some guy on the Internet with the handle <x or y".

I agree, people bought into the name a little too much... I guess that movie Hackers had a really profound affect on the emos. Btw I liked that movie.

Suspected>Server Located In Their Homes Which Was Suspected To Co-Ordinate and Launch Attacks.... Yeah like they totally nailed this one and arrested some "leaders" of Anon.. Mhhhm.

LOL Suspected. The title and article don't match. It looks like they actually found proof. Leaders? Highly doubt it. Maybe collaborators or members.

Analysing over two million lines of online conversation and webpages since October last year, they finally managed to track down the three individuals.
That's a pretty big breach of privacy. LOL

Jebadiah said,
LOL Suspected. The title and article don't match. It looks like they actually found proof. Leaders? Highly doubt it. Maybe collaborators or members.

That's a pretty big breach of privacy. LOL

In a lot of countries you are suspected until found guilty in court, even if you have a tape of you doing it made public, you are still suspected until proven in the judicial system

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

In a lot of countries you are suspected until found guilty in court, even if you have a tape of you doing it made public, you are still suspected until proven in the judicial system

Yeah in Spain that applies.

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

In a lot of countries you are suspected until found guilty in court, even if you have a tape of you doing it made public, you are still suspected until proven in the judicial system


Yeah, that's why a babysitter couldn't be arrested here in Brazil even after the parents showing the tape of her attacking the 7 months old baby... She was not arrested because there was no striking... what a fail...
Change their name to: "Anonymous, but not that much"

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

In a lot of countries you are suspected until found guilty in court, even if you have a tape of you doing it made public, you are still suspected until proven in the judicial system

Ah! Good point.
Kirkburn said,
Who said it was private conversations?
I was mainly referring to "webpages", although snooping into personal conversations without explicit permission is a pretty big breach of privacy.

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

In a lot of countries you are suspected until found guilty in court, even if you have a tape of you doing it made public, you are still suspected until proven in the judicial system

Was just about to say that very thing.

Hell you're still a "suspect" until convicted even if you admit committing the offence. Some people are pressured into covering for another etc...