Spanish police arrest Anonymous suspects

10 Jun 2011

Police in the Spanish cities of Barcelona, Valencia and Almeria have arrested three people suspected of being part of the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

The three people are said to have been involved in co-ordinating the group’s activity in Spain.

A computer seized from the home of one suspect was used in hacks on Sony, Spanish banks and co-ordinated action in support of WikiLeaks, the whistle-blowing website that published US embassy cables, a statement from Spanish national police said. Anonymous has claimed responsibility for these hacking attacks.

These recent arrests are the result of an investigation involving Spanish cyber police that started in October 2010. Officers sifted through millions of chat logs to pinpoint the co-ordinator of the group’s activities, BBC News Online reports.