In ‘Anonymous’ Raids, Feds Work From List of Top 1,000 Protesters

(wired.com) It turns out there’s a method behind the FBI’s raids of suspected Anonymous members around the country. The bureau is working from  list, provided by PayPal, of the 1,000 internet IP addresses responsible for the most protest traffic during Anonymous’ DDoS attacks against PayPal last December.

FBI agents served 40 search warrants in January on people suspected of hosing down PayPal during  ”Operation Payback” —  Anonymous’ retaliatory attack against companies who blacklisted WikiLeaks. On July 19, the feds charged the first 14 defendants under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and raided an additional 35 suspects for evidence.

An FBI affidavit first published Tuesday by an NBC affiliate in Dallas lays out how the FBI decided on its targets, and suggests the bureau may have  plenty more.

Read more: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/07/op_payback/

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  1. FBI targets 12 ‘Anonymous’ hacktivists over Koch Industries cyber attack

    As part of an ongoing investigation into “coordinated cyber attacks against major companies and organizations” by members of the hacktivist collective “Anonymous,” the FBI is investigating 12 individuals suspected of participating in cyber attacks against business websites operated by Koch Industries…

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/07/26/fbi-targets-12-anonymous-hacktivists-over-koch-industries-cyber-attack/

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