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32 More Anonymous Suspects Arrested

By - Source: Security Week | B 35 comments

32 individuals with suspected ties to Anonymous were arrested in Turkey on Sunday. Meanwhile, Anonymous plans to attack the Federal Reserve on Flag Day.

After three suspects tied to the Anonymous "hacktivist" group were arrested on Friday, the Anatolia news agency – based out of Turkey – claims that local authorities have arrested an additional 32 individuals allegedly linked to the notorious international hackers' group. The suspects were apprehended on Sunday after Ankara police conducted raids across a dozen cities on suspicion of "illegally entering the communications system."

The news follows Anonymous' retaliation against the Spanish Police on Saturday with a DDoS attack against the Spanish National Police website. The group claimed in a message that the three arrests on Friday would have little impact on the organization’s continuing hactivist efforts.

“Regardless of how many times you are told, you refuse to understand," the group declared. "There are no leaders of Anonymous. Anonymous is not based on personal distinction. You have not detained three participants of Anonymous. We have no members and we are not a group of any kind. You have, however, detained three civilians expressing themselves.”

“DDoSing is an act of peaceful protest on the Internet,” the group added. “The activity is no different than sitting peacefully in front of a shop denying entry. Just as is the case with traditional forms of protest.”

Last week Anonymous threatened to disrupt the websites of Turkish government agencies involved with implementing optional internet filters starting on August 22. Turkish internet users will have a choice of four filter packages to choose aimed to protect families from inappropriate material (porn, uncensored news etc). In protest against the censorship, the group kept true to its promise and sent DDoS attacks to Turkey's telecommunications authority and other government agencies, blocking access for several hours.

The Anatolia news agency reports that 8 of the 32 individuals arrested were minors under 18 years of age. One alleged Anonymous member was even a lawyer.

Monday Anonymous said that it plans to launch Operation Empire State Rebellion on Tuesday. This campaign will target the Federal Reserve with DDoS attacks while calling for public protests until Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke steps down from his position. The campaign is timed to coincide with Flag Day here in the States (June 14) which commemorates the adoption of the national flag back in 1777.

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    Anonymous , June 13, 2011 10:54 PM
    dissident - a person who actively challenges an established doctrine, policy, or institution.

    Public Castration is against the law and you are challenging it.

    You are a dissident and are PISSING YOURSELF OFF

    Please visit doctor for Valium prescription before heart attack ensues.
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    bpeglow , June 13, 2011 10:47 PM
    Anonymous didn't steal the credit card info. They only launched DDoS attacks around the same time.
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    guardianangel42 , June 13, 2011 11:21 PM
    The image corruption has begun Anonymous. Take note of who the average person associates you with. Take note of how the average joe views you.

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    bpeglow , June 13, 2011 10:47 PM
    Anonymous didn't steal the credit card info. They only launched DDoS attacks around the same time.
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    meluvcookies , June 13, 2011 10:49 PM
    i hope that the media continues to cover this and other related stories. Whether you agree with lulzsec or not, I think that the social discussion these issues generate is quite productive. Maybe, over time, there will be reforms on all sides that ultimately lead to better security for the average consumer/citizen/human being with internet access...which, in the end, is all I personally care about.

    That said, I can't support any logic that justifies the punishment of average people to make a point about corporate or governmental duplicity
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    Anonymous , June 13, 2011 10:54 PM
    dissident - a person who actively challenges an established doctrine, policy, or institution.

    Public Castration is against the law and you are challenging it.

    You are a dissident and are PISSING YOURSELF OFF

    Please visit doctor for Valium prescription before heart attack ensues.
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    cookoy , June 13, 2011 11:14 PM
    just a bunch of wackos enforcing what they perceived to be good for the public.
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    alidan , June 13, 2011 11:18 PM
    Nightskeeter"DDoSing is an act of peaceful protest on the Internet,” the group added. “The activity is no different than sitting peacefully in front of a shop denying entry. Just as is the case with traditional forms of protest.” No, stealing peoples personal info is not peaceful. It's a crimal act. And it CAN hurt peoples lives.


    yea, fighting cencership, very bad thing...
    besides, anon didnt take the info, it was a third party, we more or less know that now if you keep up with any of the sony news.

    hell i am willing to kill to end cencership, one of the few things i am willing to kill for, compared to that, a ddos attack is peaceful.

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    guardianangel42 , June 13, 2011 11:21 PM
    The image corruption has begun Anonymous. Take note of who the average person associates you with. Take note of how the average joe views you.

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    raurelian , June 14, 2011 12:07 AM
    A few days ago, Codemasters` servers were hacked too and user data was compromised (I don`t understand why Tom`s hasn't reported this yet..; the news is at least 4-5 days old and as important as any other hack news). I wonder if this too has any connection with Anon..

    More info here: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/06/codemasters-hacked/
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    dalethepcman , June 14, 2011 12:22 AM
    raurelianA few days ago, Codemasters` servers were hacked too and user data was compromised (I don`t understand why Tom`s hasn't reported this yet..; the news is at least 4-5 days old and as important as any other hack news)./


    Your right, a video game company like codemasters being hacked is way bigger news than the international monetary fund being hacked.

    Toms really doesn't do weekend uploads. So if you follow Engadget on weekends, you will already know 90% of what Toms has on Monday. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with that, I still enjoy toms. It's just mostly for the user banter, and the constant reminder to never underestimate human stupidity. My apple this, my android that, my microsoft the other thing (sucks, rocks, kicks your thing's ass) It never really gets old.
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    Raidur , June 14, 2011 12:44 AM
    Down with the Fed!
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    Anonymous , June 14, 2011 12:55 AM
    lol, they caught a bunch of kids who participated in the DDoS attack and branded them part of a criminal organization that they will label as Anon, they will interrogate these poor kids only to find out that these poor bastard have no idea who the real organizer behind Anon are, and yet they will claim a strategic victory and proclaim it will set a precedent to deter future transgressions

    .....someone seriously needs to teach the authorities the concept of technology and the internet, cause there is something seriously wrong with the scenario above
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    mcd023 , June 14, 2011 1:23 AM
    peacefully denying entry? howdya figure that? that requires force!
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    RoboTree , June 14, 2011 2:52 AM
    Quote:
    “DDoSing is an act of peaceful protest on the Internet,” the group added. “The activity is no different than sitting peacefully in front of a shop denying entry. Just as is the case with traditional forms of protest.”


    I'm no law expert, but is denying access to a shop legal? And it is different, an attack over the internet allows you to remain, excuse the pun, anonymous. In a real world protest, you have some accountability for your actions. I'm not saying i dont agree with some of the issues they're protesting, but i believe these kinds of actions are leading everyone down a very slippery slope as the world, including vital public infrastructure, are becoming more intertwined with the internet.
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    aoneone , June 14, 2011 3:13 AM
    Yes!!! Anonymous strikes again!

    Take that filthy Government.

    Our Freedom is at jeopardy and poor 'Joe dumba$$' is still being spoon-fed while we are slowly losing our 1st and 4th Amendment rights. This will never end. ^^ Cout
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    Anonymous , June 14, 2011 4:34 AM
    32 people who ran a script without anonymizing their 'net (more puns). Probably ran it from their parents' computers while chatting about it on WoW. Next time Anon releases a ddos script they should include a proxy script... Problem solved.

    I feel bad for the kids who probably have no idea what trouble a double click would get them. Turkey, like the rest of the non-American portion of the planet, has zero qualms about torture and this is probably the last you will hear about these 32 people.
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    Marthian , June 14, 2011 4:48 AM
    who knows if they have anything to do with it or no, I doubt they don't.

    If this goes well, this could put a dent in hacks seeing as how you can AND probably will get caught.
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    Blessedman , June 14, 2011 5:22 AM
    I don't think they had anything to do with it. The rep of anonymous is 100% correct there are no leaders. These are drone machines, stolen and controlled remotely (possibly through wi-fi). So everyone who gets arrested is clueless about what is even going on.

    I am still unsure what I think of any of this. I see the good and the bad, I just fear where they (governments and hackers) try to take things. These actions are being considered acts of war.
    Thoughts of governments spoofing attacks against themselves so that they can declare war legally on other countries is very worrisome.
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