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Three members of Anonymous arrested in Spain

Jun 10

Last updated: 11:15 GMT+1

Spanish Police have just released a screenshot dated May 18 showing a number of targets attacked by the Anonymous group, including Spain’s Central Electoral Board and the Police Corps website. You can see the screenshot here.

The Spanish Police have announced on Twitter the arrest of “three leaders of the Anonymous group in Spain.” These arrests have taken place in Barcelona, Alicante and Almeria. According to police sources, the alleged Anonymous members were decision makers and were involved in the recent attacks. Also, police agents have seized one of the servers used in many of the attacks in Gijon (Northern Spain).

First, I’d like to congratulate the Spanish police for the arrests. We are all glad to see law enforcement efforts finally paying off and stopping criminals from getting away with their crimes. However, I am very much afraid that the fact that the ‘main leaders of the Anonymous group’ in Spain are now under arrest does not mean the group will cease its activities. We must bear in mind that Anonymous is a highly anarchic organization with no strict hierarchy. I am sure these people have taken part in the attacks -as claimed by the police-, but there is no evidence that they are actually the leaders of the group. Remember that Anonymous makes decisions collectively and they normally set actions and objectives through forums and general voting.

We are very likely to see some kind of retaliation actions from Anonymous over the next few hours, as they are used to getting away with their actions and these arrests are surely very bad news for them

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  1. nope.jpg says:

    They talking actual leaders or just 3 kids who downloaded loic?

  2. JC says:

    They detained these people for being admins of a server with an IRC chat were allegedly there were conversations about DDos attacks. They have been released with unknown public charges yet. Some informations linking them to an attempt to hand over information to basque terrorists seems false. Police criminalised internet nicknames as terrorists aliases. These informations are heavily linked to recent protests on the streets by Spanish youth against corruption of Spanish politicians and lack of a true democracy. More info here:

    https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/2011_Spanish_protests

    and here (this one in Spanish only, about the poor media coverage of official channels from the arrest. Try Google translate)

    http://www.enriquedans.com/2011/06/mascaradas-desinformacion-y-realidades-paralelas.html

    Also it has been reported that around 19:00 Spanish time (11th of June 2011) the web address of the national police http://www.policia.es was not reachable due to a successful DDos attack.

  3. JC says:

    The press conference also became a trending topic on Twitter with the hashtag #cupulasinexistentes (non existent leaders) referring to the poor knowledge shown by police about the real origins of Anonymous. Many jokes included The Police Academy franchise and Naked Gun with links similar to these:

    http://yfrog.com/h4wn6rcj as the original picture
    http://twitpic.com/59jiek as one of the many modified versions

  4. SilverFox says:

    Spanish police is plenty of idiots and psykopaths.. and now we see pandalabs is as stupid as they are. Lots of fags everywhere!!

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