(WASHINGTON) -- Several members of the hacker group Anonymous have been arrested by the FBI, and search warrants have been executed in New York and California, according to several Justice Department and FBI officials.
It is unknown if the arrests have also targeted members of Lulzsec group which claims to be affiliated with Anonymous and has been behind several high profile cyber-security incidents including attacks against the CIA’s public website and a massive breach of Sony’s gaming network.
Recently members of the group have been sought by the FBI and Scotland Yard in the UK as they investigated "Operation Payback," an effort apparently organized by Anonymous. “Operation Payback” consisted of a series of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) that were launched against MasterCard, Visa and PayPal when the companies broke their ties with WikiLeaks after it released classified U.S. State Department cables last year. Severing ties with the group impacted WikiLeaks’ ability to raise money, apparently incensing the Anonymous hackers.
The cyber attacks against the companies resulted in their websites becoming unavailable at times.
In recent weeks the FBI has conducted search warrants in Iowa and Ohio but Tuesday’s effort appears to be the most organized crackdown on the group.
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