Fourteen people were arrested in connection with an attack on PayPal and for allegedly being part of the Anonymous group.
According to the US Department of Justice, in total 16 arrests were made, 14 on the PayPal attack charge and two on cyber-related charges. Also, more than 35 search warrants were executed in the US as part of an ongoing investigation into coordinated cyber attacks against major companies and organisations.
In the UK the Metropolitan police service arrested one person. Also, the Dutch national police agency arrested four individuals for alleged related cyber crimes.
Those arrested are accused of conducting an attack on PayPal after the online money transfer hub refused to take donations for WikiLeaks. PayPal was then repeatedly hit by the Anonymous group that said in a statement that it was supporting WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, as he ‘deifies everything we hold dear' as ‘he despises and fights censorship constantly' and he is ‘the prime focus of a global manhunt, in both the physical and virtual realms'.
The defendants in the US are charged with various counts of conspiracy and intentional damage to a protected computer. The charge of intentional damage to a protected computer carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $250,000 (£155,000) fine. Each count of conspiracy carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Also, two charges were made against two American 21-year-old men in connection with LulzSec-related activities. Scott Arciszewski was arrested today by FBI agents on charges of intentional damage to a protected computer. According to the complaint, Arciszewski allegedly accessed the InfraGard website in June without authorisation and uploaded three files and then tweeted about the intrusion and directed visitors to a separate website containing links with instructions on how to exploit the InfraGard website.
Lance Moore was charged with allegedly stealing confidential business information stored on AT&T's servers and posting it on a public file sharing site. According to the New Jersey complaint, customer support contractor Moore exceeded his authorised access to AT&T's servers and downloaded thousands of documents, applications and other files that he is alleged to have posted on a public file hosting site.
LulzSec later publicised that it had obtained confidential AT&T documents and made them publicly available on the internet, these documents were the same ones that Moore had previously uploaded.