Three Spanish men have been arrested as part of the investigation into the Anonymous collective’s recent hack attacks on Sony’s PlayStation Network and related services. The arrests were made in Almeria, Barcelona and Valencia, with a server seized that is thought to be connected to attacks on Sony, but also Spanish banks, an Italian energy company, and various government websites around the world. If charged with ‘forming an illegal association to attack public and corporate websites’, the three could receive prison sentences of up to three years. Anonymous itself has already responded, with a blog post titled ‘V for Spain’ with the words “Expect US.” Separate reports suggest Anonymous is planning a wave of attacks on Spanish police and the electoral board there. However, in separate news, on Friday the European Union’s 27 member states agreed new sanctions on cybercrime, which could see maximum sentences of five years for causing ‘serious damage’ to IT systems. The EU is also setting up a cybercrime unit, attached to its Europol European police agency. Remember the days when Anonymous was mainly a music industry problem? Those days are long gone now.

Source: New York Times – Source: IT Pro – Source: Reuters –

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