Police have arrested 25 suspected Anonymous hackers in Europe and Latin America as part of an international sting operation against the hacktivist group.
Operation Unmask was launched in mid-February by Interpol, in response to a series of co-ordinated cyber-attacks originating in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain.
The arrests were made in raids on 40 premises across 15 cities, and resulted in the seizure of 350 items including computer equipment and mobile phones, with those arrested aged between 17 and 40.
Bernd Rossbach, acting Interpol executive director of police services, said the arrests were evidence the authorities have the ability to tackle those attempting to hide online while causing disruption.
“This operation shows that crime in the virtual world does have real consequences for those involved, and that the internet cannot be seen as a safe haven for criminal activity, no matter where it originates or where it is targeted,” he said.
The attacks in question were launched against the Colombia Ministry of Defence and against Chile's national library and the country's largest electricity company, Endesa.
In response, Anonymous is believed to have launched attacks against Interpol's website, temporarily bringing it down, reported the The Guardian.
Anonymous recently promised to step up its campaign against what it perceives to be corrupt businesses and governments, threatening to launch attacks these organisations every Friday.
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