Spanish police arrest 'Anonymous' Sony hackers

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Madrid, Jun 13: After a series of high profile cyber attack on major corporations and institutions, Spanish National Police arrested three hackers in connection with the hacking on Sony's PlayStation Network.

Spanish police arrested three members of the hacker group called Anonymous, which was allegedly behind the attack on Sony services like PlayStation Network, Sony Online Entertainment and Qriocity. In Apr 2010, hackers intruded to Sony PlayStation Network and compromised the personal information of the more than million users.

Following the attack, Sony pulled these services offline and it took nearly one month to resume them. Moreover, another hacking group called 'Lulz Security' also hacked SonyPictures and published online the names, birth dates, addresses, emails, phone numbers and passwords of people who had entered contests promoted by Sony.

According to a report in The New York Times, the Spanish police seized computer server form one of the hacker's home. The report added that the server was responsible for helping launch attacks against a number of government and corporate websites, which included Sony.

Police detained two hackers from Barcelona and the other from Almeria. Police official said that hackers will be charged with illegal association to attack public and corporate Web sites.

The arrest report came amid the surging cyber attack on major corporations and government website. Few days back, International Monetary Fund (IMF) confirmed hacking attempt on their network. Similarly, Citibank also became the victim of cyber attack.

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