FBI Executes 40 Warrants Tied to Pro-WikiLeaks Cyber-Attacks
Authorities continue their campaign to catch people involved in a spate of denial-of-service attacks against companies that cut ties with WikiLeaks.The FBI executed 40 search warrants across the country Jan. 27 as part of an ongoing investigation into distributed denial-of-service attacks launched in "Operation Payback." The raids came the same day U.K. authorities arrested five people believed to be tied to the loosely affiliated group Anonymous, which has taken credit for the attacks. The suspects in the U.K. range in age from 15 to 26, and were picked up after being tied to the attacks.
The goal of Operation Payback was to retaliate against companies or institutions that cut ties to WikiLeaks or were viewed as enemies of the whistle-blower site. The effort impacted a number of high-profile companies, including PayPal and MasterCard, as well as targets such as the Swedish prosecutor's office and PostFinance, a financial institution in Switzerland that closed an account belonging to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.