Members of "Anonymous" Hacker Group Arrested
The police arrested sixteen suspected members of the Anonymous hacker group.
Whatever you may think of their politics, the group committed crimes and their members should be arrested and prosecuted. I just hope we don’t get a media flurry about how they were some sort of cyber super criminals. Near as I can tell, they were just garden variety hackers who were lucky and caught a media wave.
EDITED TO ADD (7/19): I understand that the particular people arrested are innocent until proven guilty—hence my use of the word “suspected” in the first sentence—but there doesn’t seem any question that members of the group claimed credit for criminal cyber attacks. I suppose I could have said “the group allegedly committed crimes,” but that seemed overly cautious.
And yes, I agree that calling them a “group” is probably giving them more organizational credit than they have.
EDITED TO ADD (7/25): Last December, Richard Stallman wrote about the Anonymous group and their actions as a form of protest.
EDITED TO ADD (8/12): Department of Justice press release on the arrests.