Anonymous Retaliates Against Spanish Police for Arrests

June 13, 2011 -

You may recall that late last week Spanish Police arrested three men that they claimed were connected to hacktivist group Anonymous. The police alleged that the trio were responsible for  hacking various web sites associated with Sony, BBVA and Bankia, ENEL, and the governments of Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Chile, Colombia, and New Zealand.

At the time the group's official Twitter account offered an ominous message to law enforcement: "expect us." And so they came and went. The hackers managed to keep www.policia.es offline for about an hour from 2130 GMT on 12 June.

Spanish authorities did not confirm that Anonymous was behind the attack, saying only that the site was offline. But according to a post on a website associated with the hacking group, they have claimed responsibility for the attack. The assault campaign has been dubbed "OpPolicia."

The group also said it had used a popular method for taking down web sites: a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), which hammers a target with an overload of data that usually makes it crash.

Anonymous also denied that the three men that were arrested last week were part of the "core" of the Spanish chapter of the group.

"They did not arrest any core group, because we don't have a core group," said Anonymous in its statement.

Source: BBC


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Re: Anonymous Retaliates Against Spanish Police for Arrests

Is it just me or Anonymous is starting to sound like the old poem Mr. Nobody.

There is a group, they're organized, they keep in contact and plan their moves but by hiding under the assumption that the group is an unknown entity with loosely affiliated individuals. At the end they're just criminals with a computer.

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Oooh, the website down? For a WHOLE hour? That's some apocalyptic stuff right there. Once again, the one-trick ponies can't do anything worthwhile, so they take their little tantrums to get another 15 minutes of fame.

I'd like to know who is making all these official statements saying the men weren't in their core group, if they have no core group.

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Re: Anonymous Retaliates Against Spanish Police for Arrests

For a group with no core, they seem to have a lot of official statements.

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Re: Anonymous Retaliates Against Spanish Police for Arrests

Yeah, because clearly an amorphous grouping of people would make far fewer "official" statements than one with a dedicated spokesperson.

Re: Anonymous Retaliates Against Spanish Police for Arrests

Criminal organizations don't have a dedicated spokesperson. From drug gangs to motorcycle gangs their chapters tend to release "official" statements when one of their members is captured or killed. This is no different.

Re: Anonymous Retaliates Against Spanish Police for Arrests

Government conspiracy to control/censor the internet.

Re: Anonymous Retaliates Against Spanish Police for Arrests

No just law abiding citizens trying to stop some geeks from causing a major nuisance. Who are those hackers trying to impress? Criminals or someone else?

Have they spent too much time playing their fantasy games thinking that they are an almighty being with special powers? It's about time these hackers grew up.

Re: Anonymous Retaliates Against Spanish Police for Arrests

Yes. "geeks". Welcome back to the 80s.

Anyway, arrest != guilt. Read a bit, the case is not expected to hold in court unless the politicians intervene to make an example since they basically have no proof except a single circumstantial one.

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But you're mxing the spanish criminal system with ours. Circumstantial evidence might be enough to prompt an arrest over there but they're still innocent until proven guilt. Also by anonymous attacking the website makes you wonder if there is more to this.

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They didn't get any core members, because there are no core members...

It makes my head hurt, because anyone can be a member of anonymous, so anything anyone does in their name is a member...so if I say I'm a member therefore I am...and if someone assumes I'm a member then I am...I shouldn't have watched that video.

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You can say that you are, but if you don't uphold their ideals and motives, you are only a pretender.

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Re: Anonymous Retaliates Against Spanish Police for Arrests

How dare they arrest a bunch of criminals for breaking the law! (sarcasm) 

Re: Anonymous Retaliates Against Spanish Police for Arrests

Go read about the arrests and the presumption of innocence (yes, they do have that in Spain as well). The whole of the charges against them right now is purely circumstantial and requires a huge leap of faith to even accept.

In other words, they were the op on the channel where people were talking about the ddos on PSN and apparently where many "members" of anonymous spend time. That's it. That's the entirety of the current presented charge against them.

Re: Anonymous Retaliates Against Spanish Police for Arrests

Can't blame them for this one.

What do you do when your opponent has the legal system in their back pocket?   If you don't have the political power to twist the laws the same way they are being twisted to hurt you... one's options are kinda limited.

Re: Anonymous Retaliates Against Spanish Police for Arrests

By that as it may, this is like throwing a rock at an already pissed off hornet's nest.

Re: Anonymous Retaliates Against Spanish Police for Arrests

Question is: Which is which?

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Yes.

 
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