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FBI Executes Searches in WikiLeaks Cyber Attack Probe

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) – Both the FBI and Scotland Yard executed search warrants Thursday in relation to cyber attacks that targeted major  corporations on behalf of WikiLeaks.

In a statement, the FBI said that more than 40 search warrants were served in the U.S. In the United Kingdom, police arrested five people for their alleged role in the attacks. 

WikiLeaks has claimed that they have no official connection to the group that calls itself “Anonymous” and carried out cyber attacks that crippled websites such as those for Visa, MasterCard and PayPal.

The FBI has reiterated that such cyber attacks, known as distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS), are illegal and carry with them a prison sentence of up to 10 years and potential civil action.

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