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Members of the group Anonymous protest during Spain's film Goya Awards ceremony at Teatro Real in Madrid.
Members of the group Anonymous protest during Spain's film Goya Awards ceremony at Teatro Real in Madrid. Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images
The Department of Justice announced today that the FBI had arrested 14 people suspected of being part of the group Anonymous and taking part in last year's cyberattacks on Paypal.
The attacks against the online payment system came after Paypal announced they would no longer process donations made to WikiLeaks. In what the group called "Operation Avenge Assange" the group launched denial of service attacks, which send out so many requests to a server it brings it down and legitimate users are denied service.
The Department of Justice said the arrests took place in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio and they are facing "various counts of conspiracy and intentional damage to a protected computer."
Anonymous has stayed in the news for months, now, taking responsibility for high-profile attacks on sites like Mastercard and Visa. But international authorities have been going after them aggressively recently. British police arrested five in England in January and Spanish police arrested three in connection with an Anonymous attack on Sony.
Most recently, Anonymous joined forces with its lesser known cousin Lulzsec for an operation they are calling "antisec," which they describe as an all out rebellion against government.