The arrests include four people in Spain, ten in Argentina, six in Chile and five in Colombia as part of a worldwide sweep carried out as part of Interpol operation “Exposure.”
After Interpol announced the attacks, its website failed to load, a fact acknowledged by Anonymous on Twitter with the message interpol.int DOWN. The Spanish police website also failed to load after it announced police had arrested four people in the country as part of the international action.
Spanish police said the four suspects were accused of carrying out denial of service attacks, defacing the websites of political parties, institutions and companies, as well as publishing personal information relating to high-profile figures.
One of those arrested was a 16-year-old girl, who was allegedly part of international “sector 404,” a hacking group which is believed to be linked to the attacks claimed by Anonymous. Police said the girl had been released to the custody of her parents. Two of the others had been detained, while the third was released on bail, police said.
Personally, I have to admit… I hope that those arrested are not part of Anonymous. No, I don’t condone hacking… as a rule. But there are always exceptions to every rule, and this is one of them. I’ve experienced quite a bit of guilty pleasure when Anonymous has taken down certain sites. Sometimes, well, Karma just can be a bitch.