On the heels of several high-profile incidents involving government contractors and the embattled News Corporation, law enforcement agencies around the world recently cracked down on cybercriminals, specifically the notorious Anonymous hacking group.
In all, 14 suspected members of Anonymous have been arrested in America recently, in addition to a 16-year-old U.K. citizen, according to the Daily Mail. Raids on cybercrime suspects have also been carried out in Holland, as global law enforcement are working to stamp out the recent string of internet security incidents.
"Police believe the British teenager may also be involved in LulzSec, a smaller hacking group which splintered from Anonymous in April this year and embarked on a two-month spree of cyber attacks on bodies including the CIA, the U.S. Senate and the U.K.’s Serious Organized Crime Agency," the Daily Mail reported.
In the U.S., the 14 suspects taken into custody – all aged between 20 and 42, according to the newspaper – are alleged to have taken part in a December 2010 attack against PayPal. It's believed that action was taken against the online payments company after it refused to process donations to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
However, the focused assault on the hackers had led some to ask the question if the Federal Bureau of Investigation is defeating cybercriminals or suppressing protest rights. InfoWorld addressed the topic in a recent report.
In the end, the news provider acknowledged that something had to be done, because, ultimately, the situation would have only gotten worse.
"By showing that there are consequences to criminal acts – whether motivated by actual ideals or a joy of disruption and a need for attention – law enforcement is doing what it can to curtail a growing trend of cyber unrest," the report stated.