21 Alleged Hackers Arrested in Tuesday Sting

Fourteen were arrested by the FBI on charges related to alleged involvement in a cyber attack on PayPal’s website in late 2010, as part of an action claimed by the hacking group Anonymous

Following a string of high profile cyber attacks on major companies and organizations, 21 individuals were arrested Tuesday on cyber crime allegations. This included 16 arrests in the US and five in Europe.

Fourteen of these individuals were arrested by the FBI on charges related to alleged involvement in a cyber attack on PayPal’s website in late 2010, as part of an action claimed by the hacking group Anonymous. These arrests were made in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio.

Two additional individuals were arrested in the US on cyber-related charges.

Also Tuesday, the UK’s Metropolitan Police Service arrested one person and the Dutch National Police Agency arrested four individuals for alleged cyber crimes.

FBI agents also executed more than 35 search warrants throughout the US on Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation into coordinated cyber attacks against major companies and organizations, according to the Department of Justice and the FBI.

A series of high profile security breaches this past year included an April attack on Sony's PlayStation Network that compromised the personal information of more than 77 million customers worldwide.

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