Turkish police round up 32 suspected Anonymous hackers

The long arm of the law appears tocatching upwithAnonymous, the alleged hacktivist masterminds behind a recent string of denial of service (DoS) attacks againstSony's PlayStation Networkand various other corporate and government websites across the globe. Just days after Spanish police announced the arrest of three suspected Anonymous leaderson Friday, Turkish police today revealed they have detained 32 other people believed to have been involved in Anonymous's online attacks on high profile Turkish websites.

Turkish police were prompted to take action againstAnonymous aftera group of its self-proclaimed membersprotested the country's introduction of internet filtering by overwhelming a number of Turkish government websites. The project, called 'Operation Turkey', was announced formerly beforehand in an Anonymous message which read:

Further implicating Anonymous's in the attacks were boastful claims made on the Anon_Central Twitter feed which listed the status of their ongoing Turkish operation, citing, "Targets: tib.gov.tr, dmi.gov.tr, meb.gov.tr, sgk.gov.tr | Status: down! down! down! down!"

Armed with a clear idea of who were behind the online protests, Turkish police were able to track down suspected Anonymous members by tracing their identities back through the LOIC(Low Orbit Ion Attack) (opens in new tab)program usedto disrupt service on thetargeted government websites.

The 32 suspects, eight of which have been identified as minors, are currently being detained in Ankara.

June 13, 2011

[Source:Reuters (opens in new tab),Naked Security (opens in new tab)]



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