U.K. police nab 5 Anonymous DDoS suspects

Five men, aged 15 to 26, are taken into custody in England in connection with a probe into Web attacks on companies seen as hindering the activities of WikiLeaks.

Tom Espiner Special to CNET News
Metropolitan Police
Metropolitan Police Service

Police in England have arrested five young men on suspicion of taking part in distributed denial-of-service attacks launched by Anonymous, the group that has targeted corporate sites for attack in defense of WikiLeaks.

The five, aged 15 to 26, were detained at 7am local time today at addresses in the West Midlands, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey, and London, the Metropolitan Police Central eCrime Unit said in a statement. The suspects were taken to local police stations and remain in custody.

The Anonymous group of activists undertook a number of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks last year, using a tool called the Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) to try to overwhelm servers. The group took down Web sites belonging to companies including Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal, in protest at their suspension of donation-payment processing for the WikiLeaks whistle-blowing operation.

Read more of " Anonymous DDoS swoop results in five arrests" at ZDNet UK.