Spanish Police Arrest Sony PSN Hacktivists, But It Won't Stop The Attacks: Expert

Author: Kit Eaton

Spain has pulled off a Net security coup and arrested three men suspected of the attacks on Sony's PlayStation Network among others. Those arrested are local Anonymous hacktivists. So cops have essentially whacked a hornet's nest.

Grabbing a few Anonymous members is unlikely to affect the overall online presence of the group, thanks to its international membership and its protective cloak of anonymity. The act may even spur Anonymous to hack more Spanish assets. As Information security expert John D'Arcy (professor it IT management at Notre Dame University) remarked, "This will have little overall impact in terms of the slowing down the hacking group. Historically, hackers have received very light sentences (compared to other convicted felons) and often times these cases get hung up in courts because there is little in terms of legal precedent for computer-type crimes." D'Arcy also noted "many of the folks involved in this hacking group are minors" which, to some degree, protects them from arrest or overly serious legal consequences.

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