The UK’s Metropolitan Police service arrested five men today who the belive have been involved in the recent series of pro-WikiLeaks attacks on major web destinations.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said that the arrests are in relation to “recent and ongoing distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks by an online group calling themselves ‘Anonymous’.”
The DDoS attacks were made on companies including Amazon, PayPal and Mastercard, after each in turn withdrew support from WikiLeaks funding methods. Each company had been looking to distance themselves from the controversial site, under increasing international pressure following the leaks of thousands of sesnitive diplomatic communications.
The five men, aged between 15 and 26 are bieng held under the Computer Misuse Act.