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FBI arrests 16 suspects of infamous hacker group ‘Anonymous’ in raids across US

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Today, a sweep through the US by FBI agents in San Francisco and New York have made 16 arrests of suspected individuals connected to the hacker group “Anonymous.”

“Anonymous” caused major headaches for the online gaming community of the Playstation Network by hacking into gamer accounts and accessing user data. As a result PSN was closed for several weeks and caused untold losses in online fees caused by the shutdown.

What Anonymous did
The loose association of hackers belonging to Anonymous was involved in high-profile cyber-attacks against large billion dollar companies such as Visa, Mastercard, AT&T and Fox.com.

The official agenda of Anonymous is to strike back at alleged offenses brought on by corporations against users and to promote a “free Internet.”

Anonymous posted emails and sensitive data from the Arizona police department to the Web in order to protest Arizona’s controversial immigration law (SB1070) which made it a misdemeanor for immigrants to fail to carry proper ID and papers and companies who hired immigrants without proper authorization.

The punishment for hacking

The penalty for hacking varies from state to state and also is dependent on the type and severity of damage done by the hacking activity.

Felony hacking can bring sentences of up to five years plus $10,000 in fines. For the members of Anonymous, the stakes could be much higher.

Source: Fox News

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