It was only a matter of time before members of the various active hacking groups were brought to justice and in a major take down the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced that they have arrested 14 members of the hacker group Anonymous.
FBI agents stormed the domiciles of the hackers, arresting them for various acts including the attack on PayPal’s website which the group claimed to have initiated.
In related hacking arrests two individuals outside of the group were arrested on Tuesday in the U.S. and five others were taken into custody in Europe.
Arrests occurred in:
Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio.
FBI agents seized computers and other digital and paper records from the homes they raided.
Apart from the Paypal attack Anonymous has claimed hacks on the Motion Picture Association of America, the Church of Scientology, MasterCard and Visa.
The group is also suspected of being involved in cyber attacks against Fox News, Sony and the Arizona Department of Corrections among others.
When all was said and done 35 separate warrants were issued to the FBI and the group plans to continue their take down efforts against various hacking groups who target online businesses and governmental organizations.