Nearly Three Dozen Anonymous Members Arrested in Spain and Turkey

Pulkit Chandna

With each cyber attack, authorities around the world are coming under increasing pressure to crack down on hackers and "hacktivist" groups. Last week, the global crackdown against the nebulous hacktivist group Anonymous saw the arrest of nearly three dozen alleged Anonymous members in Spain and Turkey.

First came the arrests of three of the top Anonymous members in Spain . The National Police Corps of Spain announced the arrests  in a press release on Friday and claimed that  it had dismantled the organization’s top leadership in the country. Top brass or not, the arrests seemed to have absolutely no impact on the irrepressible group’s ability to strike at will. Anonymous struck back the following day with Operation Policia (#OpPolicia) , a successful DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack against the official website of Spain’s national police.

In a press release issued immediately after the arrests in Spain, Anonymous denied that the Spanish authorities had detained the group’s top leaders in that country: “There are no leaders of Anonymous. Anonymous is not based on personal distinction.”

Those arrested in Spain are alleged to have attacked “websites of the Playstation Store, BBVA, Bankia, ENEL and the governments of Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Chile, Colombia and New Zealand.”

The group has also been on the offensive against the Turkish government in recent times for its “inexcusable” acts of censorship. It took down several government websites on Thursday to protest the Turkish government’s plan to implement a new Internet filtering system. But the authorities wasted little time in detaining 32 people in connection with the attacks on government websites . The arrests were made on Saturday across 12 cities Turkish cities.

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