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jimmij0770 writes "Three people accused of being behind cyberattacks on the Sony PlayStation store, the Egyptian government and other targets have been arrested in Spain. Quoting: 'Spanish National Police announced the arrests Friday in a statement that alleged the three in custody are leaders of the Spanish section of Anonymous, a loose-knit international activist group that has claimed attacks on companies such as Visa and MasterCard and on government websites. At least one spokesperson for the group had denied responsibility for the attacks on Sony through its AnonOps blog. ... The statement said police began their investigation in October 2010 following a complaint of a denial of service attack on Spain's Ministry of Culture. They analyzed more than two million lines of chat logs and web pages used by the hackers in order to find the three people who were arrested.'"
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Three Arrested For Sony/Egypt Hacks

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    silly cops i am the leader duh
  • Idiots (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 10, 2011 @01:44PM (#36403306)
    I wish the media would hurry up and realize how stupid they sound saying "leaders of anonymous."
    • Re:Idiots (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 10, 2011 @01:50PM (#36403412)
      What's stupid is continuing to pretend "Anonymous" is really just a few unconnected anonymous individuals working independently.
    • by marcansoft (727665) <hector @ m a r c a n s o f t.com> on Friday June 10, 2011 @02:07PM (#36403602) Homepage

      That's basically what makes them "leaders of Anonymous", according to the police. Supposedly one of them ran an IRC server at home and the three were IRC operators. That's all. There's even a hilarious police screenshot [yfrog.com] featuring an IRC client and three huge red arrows. Because everyone knows that huge red arrows means they're the Bad Guys.

      They're blaming some of the playstation store DDoS attacks on them (which Anonymous did take responsibility for), as well as DDoSing the SGAE (spanish RIAA) and some government websites as a response to recent legislation and social unrest. None of this has nothing to do with the PSN breach, it was just the usual Anonymous DDoS modus operandi.

      New IRC server up in three, two, ... oh, wait, they probably set one up within minutes, certainly before Slashdot managed to pick up the story.

      All of this seems to be a useless operation just so they can claim that they got *someone* for some of the DDoS attacks on government sites. Even the police knows this isn't going to stop anything, they're just making it look like some big breakthrough to appease the "victims" of the attacks.

      They're charging them with a violation that could get them one to three years in prison. So, for now they're free (you don't get preventative imprisonment for that kind of charge), and I'd say there's a pretty good chance they'll end up dropping the charges due to lack of evidence.

      • by ShaunC (203807)

        Interesting, I wonder if they've paid for that copy of mIRC.

      • Because everyone knows that huge red arrows means they're the Bad Guys.

        I have been conditioned to believe that huge red arrow means a hunter is trying to kill the person under it.... :P

      • They're charging them with a violation that could get them one to three years in prison. So, for now they're free (you don't get preventative imprisonment for that kind of charge), and I'd say there's a pretty good chance they'll end up dropping the charges due to lack of evidence.

        Or they will go to prison and get ass raped. I know I wouldn't be sleeping well at night...

        • by pjt33 (739471)

          Spain is a civilised country. The Inquisition has moved to the USA.

      • So they show: http://a.yfrog.com/img614/4012/cg4eai.jpg [yfrog.com] and then they're running Tor and uTorrent, I wonder what Torrents they're downloading whilst using Paint to put in big red arrows on an IRC chat? I wonder what the burning coliseum icon is?
      • by Anonymous Coward

        The DDoS was a retaliation for Sony accusing "Anonymous" of the Playstation Network breach. It's really quite hilarious that the authorities haven't picked up on that. Anonymous has never been in the business of trading credit card numbers and the like, and they probably never will be. They just have a couple ideas regarding "justice," usually involving defending kids that they think were bullied (or cats.. don't post pictures of a cat you harmed on /b/). If you target them, they think that you're bully

    • by Anonymous Coward

      But they never said that. They said leaders of the "Spanish section" of Anonymous.
      You are just skipping out words you don't want to read for... whatever weird reason you have.

      They could very well be leaders of a group of Anonymous activists from Spain.
      They might even go after the lesser members at some point too, but you always take the leaders out to destroy most things.

      There are very obvious signs of leadership in most loose groups. That includes Anonymous.
      Most likely that most commands of attack are gi

    • by DrXym (126579)

      I wish the media would hurry up and realize how stupid they sound saying "leaders of anonymous."

      Someone holds the keys and coordinates attacks. Pretending that there is no one in the middle absurd. Pretending that there isn't an inner circle of occasional participants is doubly absurd. It may well be that the further out you go the more amorphous things become (i.e. all the morons volunteering to run LOIC) but there is definitely people in the middle who could be classified as and are ringleaders.

    • by mortonda (5175)

      I'm waiting for a round of Sparticus-like "I'm the leader of anonymous!"

  • I get this sinking feeling that the three will be released due to insufficient evidence. But then again, this is the Spanish inquisition... nobody expects the Spanish inquisition.

    • The fact that one of them ran an IRC server involved in coordination of attacks out of his home I'd say at least one of the three arrested isn't very bright and I wouldn't be surprised if at least one of them goes to jail.

    • They're already free - the charges they're pushing aren't enough to warrant preventative imprisonment.

    • by Orffen (1994222)

      Yes, I too think this one suspect and his accomplice... no, two guys and their-- three men will be promptly released. Wait, I'm going to come in again.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    is the Higgs boson!

  • by Wannabe Code Monkey (638617) on Friday June 10, 2011 @01:51PM (#36403418)

    Three people accused of being behind cyberattacks on the Sony PlayStation store, the Egyptian government and other targets have been arrested in Spain.

    Really? Three people, along with the Egyptian government and other targets have been arrested in Spain? What was the Egyptian government doing in Spain? Was is on a vacation? That must have made quite the arrest.

    Hint, this would have been much clearer:

    Three people have been arrested in Spain for cyberattacks targeting the Sony PlayStation store, the Egyptian government, and others.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Even worse is the fact that TFA reads "Accused not involved in April PlayStation Network intrusion".

    • fixing summary +5000

      editor -5000

  • video (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    surreal speech from the spanish police about the operation: http://www.rtve.es/noticias/20110610/anonymous-va-seguir-pero-hemos-desmantelado-principal-servidor-espana/438788.shtml they compare anonymouse with al qaeda.. and they justify the sophisticated skills of the hackers with arguments like "they use wifi networks".. it looks like a monty python film..

    • Re:video (Score:4, Informative)

      by rbollinger (1922546) on Friday June 10, 2011 @02:07PM (#36403612)
      Is there more in the video that's not in the article? Because your comment is a way off:

      Aunque las acciones llevadas a cabo en la red pudieran "parecer trastadas", considera Vázquez, constituyen un auténtico "peligro". No en vano, "la OTAN considera estos 'ciberataques' una verdadera amenaza junto con Al Qaeda", recuerda el comisario de la BIT.

      Google Translated:

      Although the actions undertaken in the network would " seem pranks "believes Vazquez, are a real "danger" . Not surprisingly, "NATO considers this 'cyber' a real threat along with Al Qaeda," says the curator of the BIT.

      Basically it says NATO considers cyber attacks to be a real threat, just like Al Qaeda is a real threat. I don't see the Spanish Police saying anything that equates these hackers to AQ.

  • I know that the script kiddie running the application on his PC is just as guilty as the author of the tool, but wouldnt it be wiser to to find the one(dev or dev team) who commands the horde(script kiddie collective)?

    An arrest is an arrest i guess. As long as law enforcement has something they'll run with it.
    • Isn't LOIC one of the preferred tools of Anonymous? It shouldn't be that difficult to track down the developers. The project has both SourceForge and Github accounts.

      • I hate that I cannot edit comments. I'm not saying that the developers of LOIC are involved with Anonymous, but your suggestion was to take down the tools. Granted, you could argue that the tools in of themselves aren't illegal. I could see a tool like LOIC being used for DDoS and security testing of your own network.

      • by Cogita (1119237)

        Isn't LOIC one of the preferred tools of Anonymous? It shouldn't be that difficult to track down the developers. The project has both SourceForge and Github accounts.

        Isn't it a valid tool for stress testing websites developed by several individuals collectively? Sounds like you want to blame the creator of dynamite because some people use it to blow up bridges. Just because a tool can be used for a wrong purpose doesn't mean we blame the maker. Blame those who use it that way.

        • Are you saying we'll get another set of Nobel Awards if we run horrible articles on the author of LOIC? </completelymissingthepoint>

    • I guess I am missing the point. I was under the impression that they modified their tools to suit the needs of a particular attack
  • Huh.. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by laxguy (1179231) on Friday June 10, 2011 @02:01PM (#36403538)
    Why is it that no one is discussing the article, or the implications of the arrests.. everyone is commenting on how you can't name the leader of Anonymous..

    Just because you think you know what Anonymous is, doesn't mean that everyone else does.. it's easier to say there is a "leader" than to explain what it really is..not to mention that fact that they are doing this to themselves. When they start releasing statements and using Twitter and shit, someone is in charge of those things, hence the "leader" tag.

    Lets try talking about the article instead of pretending we're cool enough to know how Anonymous works.
    • by blair1q (305137)

      It's a valid argument.

      Anonymous doesn't have "a leader". It has a communications trope, and the "leader" of any particular act taken in its name is whoever gets the ball rolling within that trope and causes those taking action to choose to attribute it to Anonymous.

      Anonymous also doesn't really have "a future". Anonymity on the Internet isn't real. It's more like obscurity than anonymity. You can be tracked and located, and that's getting easier. Obscurity, however, only really works if you don't put a

    • by esocid (946821)
      From my point of view, everyone is discussing the article. Yes, I did RTFA. They stated the three arrested are "leaders of the Spanish section of anonymous." Just because certain people are more active than others doesn't make them leaders. This is just another "tubes" moment where governments have no idea about what goes on in the technological world. The article also stated that no charges have been made, which leads me to believe that this was an order from somewhere high, because someone isn't happy, an
      • by laxguy (1179231)

        From my point of view, everyone is discussing the article. Yes, I did RTFA. They stated the three arrested are "leaders of the Spanish section of anonymous." Just because certain people are more active than others doesn't make them leaders. This is just another "tubes" moment where governments have no idea about what goes on in the technological world. The article also stated that no charges have been made, which leads me to believe that this was an order from somewhere high, because someone isn't happy, and wanted to send a message. The thing with anonymous organizations is that anyone can claim to be in them, create twitter groups, and send out "press releases." Everyone is on topic because the topic is the targeting of the "leadership" of anonymous, in this case the Spanish section, whatever that means. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

        If they're more active than others it seems reasonable to think they could be the leaders of the attack.. since you know.. they're doing it..
        I feel as though everyone is nit-picking the article over it's wording when it was created by someone not necessarily "in the loop" on the terms of the internet, I don't think you can really hold that against them. They arrested three people that were Spanish and actively taking part in Anonymous's action. Why wouldn't you call it the Spanish section of anonymous? It

    • I appreciate your point, but do realize that comments telling the /. editors how to correct submission grammar also get modded +4 Insightful. (#36403418)
      Grammar nazis are nerds too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4vf8N6GpdM [youtube.com]

  • by mykos (1627575) on Friday June 10, 2011 @02:01PM (#36403540)
    A few scapegoats who may not even be connected to the actual hackers are going to prison because governments want appear to be capable of capturing them.
    • Who said they're going to prison. It's Spain, not China, and while I don't know the Spanish legal system, I assume they adhere to principles like presumption of innocence. This will all get sorted out in court and will only prove how much the police and media are ignorant of the subject matter.
  • Countries doing the bidding of foreign corporations. I don't expect these 'terrerists' to get much in the way of true justice - assuming they're not just fall guys.
  • No really! Can YOU prove they expected this raid?! Just sayin'...

  • What the hell? Now even the people submitting articles aren't reading them. Or even the entire title. Here is the full title:

    'Anonymous' cyberattack arrests made in Spain
    Accused not involved in April PlayStation Network intrusion

  • "Three people accused of being behind cyberattacks on the Sony PlayStation store, the Egyptian government and other targets have been arrested in Spain. "

    They arrested 3 people, the Egyptian Government, and other targets, while they were in Spain?.. odd.. must have been there on holiday? I mean I know the Egyptian government isn't as stable as it once was... oh well.

  • If they didn't want to get arrested, they should have secured their servers.

  • How many were arrested when Sony rootkitted the computers of their customers?

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