Five males between the ages of 15 and 26 were arrested in Britain. They are suspected of being part of the group of hackers, known as “Anonymous”.
The group supports WikiLeaks and were responsible for the denial of service attacks on websites such as MasterCard, VISA and PayPal.
Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks are where computers flood a server to prevent it from displaying a Web page and is illegal in the UK under the Computer Misuse Act and carry a maximum fine of £5,000.
The term “hacktivists” has been coined as the phrase used to describe these types of groups.
All five men are being held in police custody in Britain. Scotland Yard said, “They are part of an ongoing [Metropolitan police] investigation into Anonymous which began last year following criminal allegations of DDoS [distributed denial of service] attacks by the group against several companies.”