The Hacker group Anonymous which is in the news for some time for one reason to another – hacked many of the websites worldwide – global police agency, Interpol sweep twenty-five suspected members of the group from both Europe and South America was in response to cyberattacks on government websites in Colombia and Chile.
Interpol said, the sweep, dubbed “Operation Unmask,” was in response to coordinated cyberattacks against government, political, and corporate Web sites in Colombia and Chile. The suspects, whose ages range from 17 to 40, were arrested in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Spain.
“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,” Bernd Rossbach, Interpol’s executive director of police services, said in a statement.
Authorities said they seized 250 items of IT equipment and mobile phones, as well as payment cards and cash, during searches executed on 40 homes and businesses in 15 cities. The international operation was carried out by national law enforcement officers in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain, under the aegis of INTERPOL’s Latin American Working Group of Experts on Information Technology (IT) Crime, which facilitated the sharing of intelligence following operational meetings in the four participating countries.