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Spanish national police have arrested three suspected members of the infamous Anonymous hacking crew. The arrests in Barcelona, Alicante and Almeria involve suspects who allegedly had the ability to direct operations for Anonymous, the loosely affiliated hacking crew. Spanish police claim to have disrupted a key cell of the …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pictures or it didn't happen

    OK, here's the police with one of the suspects

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    And next week...

    ...some other bunch of randoms decide to call themselves "Anonymous" and go pissing about with poorly secured systems.

    Ho hum.

    1. Matt Bryant Silver badge

      RE: And next week...

      In this case it appears the Spanish plod were following Twitter conversations between Anonyputzs, probably from info passed to them by the States.

  3. SteveBalmer
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    I'm guessing

    It's only a matter of time before anyone seeding that list of Sonypictures leaked data will also be getting a knock on the door, or anyone that appears on the other "Anonymous" IRC list..

    I see the FBI have already arrested hackers in the US too.

  4. The Fuzzy Wotnot

    Organised group?

    Didn't think Anonymous was really an organised group, it always seemed that it was a handful of troublemakers on forums came up with some bloody stupid idea to annoy someone who had slighted them, they then managed to convince a larger group of sheep like pillocks to folllow them "into battle"?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Anybody can direct Anonymous attacks...

    Hey guys, let's attack <insert name> today.

    Not that hard.

  6. Anonymous Coward

    Usual plod..

    Not that i'm a fan of anonymouse, but....

    "Spanish police claim to have disrupted a key cell of the organisation"

    They really havent been paying attention, have they. Cells? Geez!

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    V for Vendetta.

    AC for Arrested Carnavalist.

  8. Anonymous Coward

    spanish police is incompetent and so were those from anonymous

    They think there is a cell or an organizing group and they've arrested people using mirc without tor on a simple unprotected windows machine. The outcome of this will be more people acting with anonymous (and probably without tor). The notice should be spanish police arrested computer iliterate people participating on Anoymous attacs.

    1. Smokey Joe

      No Tor Heroes (anymore)

      Tor exit nodes tend to be rejected by Anon IRC servers. Keeps the CP out y'see. A VPN would be great, but the majority of Anons have to rely on NickServ and HostServ and a gamble as to the trustworthiness of the ops.

  9. Anonymous Coward

    ... via Twitter, screensots ...

    ... freudian slip ?

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    3 fall and 30 more step up

    see title.

    1. Matt Bryant Silver badge

      RE: 3 fall and 30 more step up

      I think you'll find that's more like "3 go down and 30 that would otherwise get involved in the stupidity suddenly see that it's not all fun and games, think of their careers/liberty, and decide to go do something useful instead."

      1. Anonymous Coward

        Re: Matt Bryant's post

        And *there*, people, is why governments can take all our liberties away and nobody will do anything about it. It is why revolutions are no longer possible. When everyone thinks of their own skin, nobody stands forth to fight and war for our freedoms is lost.

        1. Anonymous Coward

          Re: Governments take all our liberties bla bla bla

          Are you by any chance an unusually articulate 12 year old with no grasp of irony?

        2. Matt Bryant Silver badge

          RE: Re: Matt Bryant's post

          Please, holster that hogwash cannon of yours. What "freedom" was defended by attacking the PSN, other than to try and force corporates to not prevent security holes that morons like the Anonyputzs would use to steal other peoples' cash and online identities? You can whine all you like about historic Sony wrongs like DRM and CD rootkits, but if you don't like Sony's work then don't buy their products and leave the rest of us alone. If the rumours I hear are true, the police Worldwide are not going after the deluded LOIC users, they're targetting the people behind them that hack other peoples' servers to use as DDOS machines, and finding that those same people are using those servers for other crimes like creditcard theft. 30 new idiots can step up all they like, but if the police keep finding the people running the core systems then those 30 are just going to be twiddling their thumbs. And expect the law to come down on those caught like a ton of bricks - prevention is better than a cure, and the authorities will want the message going out loud that cybercrime carries a hefty sentence.

        3. david wilson


          >>"And *there*, people, is why governments can take all our liberties away..."

          Sure, it's the thin end of the wedge/slippery slope argument again..

          Though, turning the argument around, if I *supported* various Anonymous bods breaking the law in supposed pursuance of what *they* want, wouldn't *that* be the first step on a slippery slope to me having to support any amount of illegal action even by people I totally disagreed with?

          >>"It is why revolutions are no longer possible. When everyone thinks of their own skin, nobody stands forth to fight "

          That someone might consider it worth taking risks for one or other goal doesn't automatically make that goal worthwhile - any number of people take risks and even die for all manner of stupid reasons and causes, whether it's to show their devotion to one or other mythical being, or to show their teenage mates how hard they are.

          Anonymous aren't really doing anything I would consider worthy of my support even if there was zero risk to me.

          I can understand that they (like any number of wannabe revolutionaries before them) might want to pretend that it's only cowardice that keeps the multitudes from standing up for them, but in reality, fundamental disagreement with their goals or methods are likely to be stronger reasons.

  11. Vincent Ballard


    "The logs don't say but we guess the attacks are a response to proposed legislation to make filesharing illegal in Spain."

    If you asked your Iberian branch then you might get a better guess. Alternatively you could look at that screenshot you linked to. The first massive red arrow points to the text "TARGET || WHY", and that address redirects to an article about the Junta Electoral banning the M-15 camp in the Puerta del Sol.

  12. Oninoshiko


    "the attacks are a response to proposed legislation to make filesharing illegal in Spain."

    What? so they are going to shut off the internet?

    Here's a hint, a web page is a file which is shared (I suppose the argument could be made that a dynamic page isn't). Hell, the Microsoft updater is nothing more then fileshareing (the files in question being patches to windows). I suppose you might still be able to use IRC (provided you don't use DCC, and have a client provided by sneaker-net).

  13. Anonymous Coward

    I'm anonymous...

    ... and so is my wife.

    1. Steve Brooks
      Paris Hilton

      names optional

      "... and so is my wife." Maybe she is, but everybodys seen her!

  14. Asgard

    Hey Spanish police, oh so sorry to ruin your day, but...

    @"Spanish police claim to have disrupted a key cell of the organisation."

    WTF is a key cell? Anonymous are loosely affiliated, I.e. no key central order. So any claim by the Spanish police to be disrupting "a key cell" in Anonymous is an intentionally false blatantly PR rhetoric way of lyingly implying they have had a big destructive central effect on Anonymous, when in reality, it'll have no such effect.

  15. Anonymous Coward

    They forgot one...

    I "left" anonymous as soon as the raids on WikiLeaks haters began but I do recall the Spanish Ministry of Culture's website was taken down as well about some copyright issue. It even made national news. Feels good man.jpg.

  16. James Woods


    I guess it's easy to poke fun at a bunch of kids on a website viewed by the masses but really what's worthy about the post.

    When will the police cuff the world bankers? The real criminals for whose actions unlike the children of 'anonops' will impact your life.

    1. Matt Bryant Silver badge

      RE: tee

      "....When will the police cuff the world bankers? The real criminals...." I see your another one of those that swallowed that political excuse for poor regulation and thoughtless economic policy. Fact is the "bankers" (whcih ones, the investment bankers, the traders, at the moment you're about as vague as when Hitler blamed all Germany's problems on the Jewish bankers) all worked to rules and policies set by SOCIALIST governments, especially in the failing Euro states like Greece, Portugal and Spain. Even the US had a Democrat majority in both houses setting economic policy under Bush. Funny how people like you want to blame Bush for the US crash when he's on record warning about the dangers of the Democrat mortgage policies which led to the economic crash. Open your eyes and stop just unquestioningly swallowing whatever the politicians are peddling.

  17. Winkypop Silver badge

    Title goes here

    The blame in Spain

    Falls mainly on the lame.

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