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Anonymous members arrested over PayPal hacking

Anonymous - police swoop
Anonymous - police swoop

Members of Anonymous have been arrested over allegations that they were part of a DDoS attack on PayPal.

There isn't a day when Anonymous or its brethren LulzSec aren't in the news, but this time it is because 14 alleged members of the collective have been apprehended and their details released in a press statement.

The arrests were made in a number of countries, including the US, the Netherlands and the UK.

The member arrested in Britain has been named as Tflow, a 16-year-old male who is said to be a former member of LulzSec. The age of the people arrested range from 16 to 42.

Arrested development

The reason PayPal was a target of hackers in late 2010 was due to the online payment company announcing it was to stop processing money sent to Wikileaks.

Alongside PayPal, Mastercard and Visa was also the targeted.

This isn't the first time that members of Anonymous have been arrested. In June, arrests were made in Spain and over 30 members were detained in Turkey over charges of 'hacktivism'.

Anonymous announced this week that it was creating its own social network, after members of the group were kicked off of Google+.

After today's announcement, it may be some time before all its members can join the service.

Via Wired