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Anonymous Attacks Kremlin Website After Putin's Inauguration

JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- The hacker group Anonymous has struck again, this time targeting the Kremlin's website just days after Vladimir Putin's inauguration.

The site was down for about an hour on Wednesday.  Anonymous claimed responsibility, saying it targeted Russian government websites in solidarity with the country's opposition movement.  The group had vowed to take down the sites last Friday.

The Russian news agency Interfax reported that a spokesman for the Kremlin’s Internet service confirmed that the site was under attack and that other government sites had been affected as well.

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Anonymous Lashes Out at Chinese Government

JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The loose hacking collective Anonymous claimed Thursday it was behind a mass attack on Chinese websites in which the front pages of some of the websites were replaced with a threatening message to the Chinese government and instructions to the Chinese people on how to beat the government's censorship.

Through their Anonymous China twitter feed, the hacking group announced the attack and claimed it hit a total of nearly 500 sites -- including a handful of sites that appeared to be government domains.

"Dear Chinese government, you are not infallible, today websites are hacked, tomorrow it will be your vile regime that will fall," the Anonymous message on the sites reads both in English and Chinese.

The message also claimed Anonymous stood with the Chinese people and provided instructions on how to use free anti-censorship programs. "We must all fight for your freedom," it said.

As of this report, several of the government sites were still down but others had apparently been restored.

"China and all World we are just getting started," Anonymous China said on Twitter.

Anonymous, a loosely affiliated group of so-called hackivists, has drawn the ire from governments around the world for their anti-establishment tactics, which have included defacing websites including, attacking major financial institutions like Mastercard and Paypal and even listening in on an FBI-Scotland Yard conference call about anti-Anonymous operations.

The group was dealt a blow by law enforcement last month when it was revealed that a high-profile member of the Anonymous sub-group LulzSec, Hector Monsegur known online as "Sabu," had been working with authorities for months, resulting in the arrest of five of his cyber comrades, believed by law enforcement to be some of the most sophisticated hackers in the world.

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Anonymous Hacks Syria's Ministry of Defense Website

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Syrian protesters got an unexpected show of support on Monday from a group of activist hackers who have cracked some very high-profile computer systems in the past, including those belonging to Visa, MasterCard, the CIA, and PayPal.

The group Anonymous took over Syria's official Ministry of Defense website for a few hours early Monday morning, redesigning the homepage and posting videos of Syrian military brutality against civilians.  The hackers also left a message in both Arabic and English.

Addressing the Syrian people, the group wrote: "The world stands with you against the brutal regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Know that time and history are on your side -- tyrants use violence because they have nothing else, and the more violent they are, the more fragile they become."

The message came a day after nearly 60 Syrian pro-democracy protesters were reportedly gunned down, marking one of the worst days of violence since President Bashar Al-Assad launched his military crackdown.

Anonymous went on to tell the Syrian people: "All tyrants will fall, and thanks to your bravery Bashar Al-Assad is next."

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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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Police Arrest Five in Connection to 'Anonymous' Web Attacks

Photo Courtesy - Joe Raedle/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Police in England made five arrests Thursday morning in connection to web attacks carried out last month supporting the leak of top secret documents by WikiLeaks.

According to police, three males, ages 15, 16 and 19, and two men, ages 20 and 26, were arrested around 7 a.m. local time.  Metropolitan police, in conjunction with European and international law enforcement agencies, made the arrests in London, Surrey, West Midlands, Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire.

The five males are believed to be part of the online group called Anonymous that hacked into and crippled the websites of Mastercard, PayPal and other companies that pulled their financial support of WikiLeaks.

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