SIX ALLEGED HACKERS thought to belong to the Anonymous hacktivist collective have been arrested in the Dominican Republic.
A statement from the National Police and Attorney General names the suspects as "Anonymous" and says that the dirty half dozen, which includes two minors, are part of an international network of cyber terrorists.
They are accused of hacking various web sites run by Dominican Republic ministries and state bodies as well as international and national companies.
Raids carried out by the National District Attorney's Office, the Directorate Central Criminal Investigations unit and the High Tech Crime unit picked up the accused early on Monday as part of Operation Unmask, an international campaign organised by Interpol.
The named suspects are Cornille Milton Jimenez, or Zerohack, Jean Carlos Acosta Leonardo, Nmap, Cristian de la Rosa de los Santos, Mot, and Robert Delgado Reynoso, Frank_ostia. The two minors are unnamed except by their hacker names, Xtreme and Alvin.
Laptops, desktops, CDs, modems, routers, USB sticks and internet enabled smartphones have all been seized.
The Dominican Republic police said that the arrest of the six is a blow to the Anonymous network. µ
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