Alleged Anonymous members arrested in Ireland

Two more alleged Anonymous members have been arrested yesterday in Ireland in connection to the January defacement of the website belonging to the Fine Gael political party.

The website was compromised just before the general election, and its main page was made to sport the Anonymous logo and contained the following text:

“Nothing is safe, you put your faith in this political party and they take no measures to protect you. They offer you free speech yet they censor your voice. WAKE UP!”

The defacement was “owned” by “Raepsauce” and “Palladium”.

After a while, it was discovered that the attackers have not only defaced the website, but also stolen a file containing personal information of some 2,000 registered users, including their email addresses, mobile phone numbers and IP addresses.

According to the Silicon Republic, the two youngsters were arrested at separate addresses: one in Galway and the other in Birr, Co Offaly. If is to be believed, the arrested man from Birr is the son of independent Offaly County councillor John Carroll.

Both houses were searched by the Garda’s Computer Crime Investigation Unit, who seized computers and portable storage devices for further forensic examination.

The two suspects have been detained for questioning, but were released today without charge.

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