Interpol attacks hacks
Operation Unmask in Anonymous faceoff
A haul of suspected hackers allegedly linked to the Anonymous cabal has been hauled in by a wide ranging Interpol operation named ‘Operation Unmask’. Interpol announced that it has collared 25 suspected hackers across four countries in Latin America and Europe.
The agency boasted that 250 items of IT equipment and mobile phones were also seized during, searches of 40 premises across 15 cities during the operation, as well as payment cards and cash, as part of a continuing investigation into the funding of illegal activities carried out by the suspected hackers.
Those arrested are are aged 17 to 40, Interpol said.
“This operation shows that crime in the virtual world does have real consequences for those involved, and that the Internet cannot be seen as a safe haven for criminal activity, no matter where it originates or where it is targeted,” said Bernd Rossbach, acting Interpol executive director of Police Services.
The covert operation was launched in mid-February following a series of coordinated cyber-attacks originating from Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain against the Colombian Ministry of Defence and presidential websites, as well as Chile’s Endesa electricity company and its National Library, among others.
The swoop comes days after Wikileaks unveiled a massive document dump of e-mails obtained from Stratfor which, if accurate, illuminate systemic corruption and insider trading.
Wikileaks claimed the emails also demonstrate the US government’s campaign against it, claiming that the Stratfor documents include “more than 4,000 emails mentioning Wikileaks or Julian Assange”.
It's widely assumed that the Stratfor documents were copied by Anonymous, which claimed credit for gaining access to the company's e-mail system in December. ®
Hacking bad, sex trafficking,mmm alright
Amazing how quickly Interpol can work together with individual contries and pull in hackers who threaten corporations and Government corruption but somehow can't seem to touch International drug cartels, sex traffickers, corporate tax evasion, etc.
Just shows as long as what you do harms the ordinary people, your safe, even think about trying to protect your own rights, off to jail sonny.
Drink more Fluoride and it won't seem so bad. Now get back to work, slaves.
Re: Re: 25 out of how many
On the contrary I think Interpol and rest of the intelligence services are complete muppets for releasing information about arrests. Every time they brag about it, all the seem to do is help anon recruit more people to the cause and give them another reason to go seeking retribution.
I also think they cut off a valuable source of intel, they should be online impersonating those people they have arrested to gleam more info and track down more sources but instead they prefer to blow their trumpets about how they caught 25 hackers.
Their current methods are more akin to when the mafia were a big problem, law enforcement constantly bragged about removing a few people only to find the ranks filled out even more and with more dangerous people.