A series of raids across the UK have led to the arrest of five men in connection with the recent attacks on high profile websites by the group known as simply “Anonymous” they are believed to have attacked the websites runs by Amazon, Mastercard and PayPal with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
A DDoS attack is where the website is literally bombarded with so much traffic that the servers cannot handle all of the requests, eventually it get too much to handle and the site just crashes taking it offline.
According to the Anonymous group they are not hackers, they are merely average internet users that have seen how badly Julian Assange and his whistle blowing site Wikileaks have treated by the authorities and the media.
Those arrested following an investigation by the Central e-Crime Unit included three teenagers aged 15, 16 and 19! As well as two men, aged 20 and 26. the coordinated arrest that took place at 0700 GMT this morning in connection with offences under the Computer Misuse Act, in the West Midlands, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey and London areas.