US cyber arrests seen leading to more hackers

By REUTERS
July 22, 2011 02:12

 
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WASHINGTON - The FBI's arrest this week of 16 people who allegedly participated in high-profile cyber attacks is providing a treasure trove of information and will lead to further arrests, a US law enforcement official told Reuters on Thursday.

The crackdown -- on members of the group Anonymous -- was the biggest reaction so far by US authorities to a string of cyber attacks, and was meant to serve as a deterrent to others who may be considering joining the cause.

The arrests spanned nine states and the District of Columbia. FBI agents also executed more than 35 search warrants, seizing computers and other records. Those arrested could try to strike plea agreements offering to provide information to win more lenient treatment.

Some private cybersecurity specialists have questioned whether the raids will have much lasting impact.

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