(The Hosting News) – Hacking group Anonymous has just suffered a loss. Sixteen people suspected of involvement in the hacking group have been arrested in connection with last December’s breach of PayPal. The suspects come from various areas within the United States.
The news was revealed as an indictment was unsealed yesterday in a San Jose, California U.S. District Court.
It’s suspected that Anonymous carried out the attack as retaliation due to PayPal suspending accounts belonging to WikiLeaks, the international document leaking organization.
Besides being suspected of hacking PayPal, the group has been suspected of carrying out attacks on sites belonging to MasterCard and Visa in the past. Most recently the group was involved with breaches of U.S. military contractor Booz Allen Hamilton and agricultural company Mansanto.
The past couple months have seen prosecutors stepping up their efforts to stop hackers. Anonymous suspects were also recently arrested in Italy and Switzerland.
Meanwhile, this year has marked one of the worst times in history as far as breaches are concerned. Recently, Anonymous and co-hacking group LulzSec have dominated news headlines, succeeding with attacks on top companies and groups. LulzSec, which had announced that it was disbanding recently returned by hacking News Corporation’s British tabloid newspaper The Sun on Monday. Interestingly enough, News Corporation is currently facing its own hacking allegations (concerning voice mails) in the UK regarding its now defunct News of the World publication.
With LulzSec back and Anonymous gaining more attention (despite the arrests), it’s likely that there’s still plenty more news to come concerning the groups’ activities. Both Anonymous and LulzSec have particpated in a movement known as “antiSec,” operating against entities that the groups see as unjust.