FBI Raids New York Homes in Hunt for Anonymous Hackers
The FBI is reported to have raided homes in New York and California in connection with DDoS attacks carried out earlier this year by the hacktivist group, Anonymous.
Fox News has reported that the agency arrived to search two homes in Long Island and one in Brooklyn, removing papers and some computer equipment. The FBI is said to have followed up with search warrants at one or more addresses in California later in the day.
It is not yet clear whether anyone will be arrested as part of the investigation, but all the suspects were described by Fox News sources as being in their late teens or early twenties. Only one individual said to live at one of the addresses in New York has been named but his association has not been confirmed.
Getting on top of Anonymous has proved remarkably difficult for such a high-profile group, despite arrests by UK and US in January, further arrests in Spain, and an even larger raid in Turkey last month. It could be that Anonymous is simply too loose, dispersed and evolving to be stopped quickly by law enforcement.
Also in June, teen Ryan Cleary was arrested for being involved in DDoS attacks launched by LulzSec, a separate entity loosely associated with Anonymous.
Coincidentally, after a month out of the news, LulzSec yesterday launched a web redirection attack on websites run by British newspapers controlled by News International, owners of Fox News.
Not coincidentally, but perhaps ironically, thousands of miles away the head of News International, Rupert Murdoch, faced a committee of British parliamentarians to account for phone phreaking attacks allegedly carried out by journalists working for his company.