Early this morning, the FBI searched the New York homes of three young men — ages between late teens to early 20s — suspected of being affiliated with the griefer group Anonymous.
Agents descended upon the Baldwin, NY, home of Giordani Jordan, along with two New York City residences in Long Island and Brooklyn, and removed computers and accessories. Jordan’s gear was apparently used in several Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.
The raid is part of an ongoing investigation centered on Anonymous, a “hacktivist” group well-known for breaches of corporations like Visa and Mastercard. Anonymous’ notoriety mounted when it formed AntiSec along with members of LulzSec, a group that claimed responsibility for high-profile attacks against Sony, the U.S. Senate and the CIA. Tuesday morning, the group tweeted in response to the search: “It doesn’t matter how many people the ‘FBI’ arrest. Whether they are core members or not. #anonymous have started something unstoppable.”
This isn’t the first time authorities have tried to crack down on “cyber terrorists.” Across the globe, agencies have made well over a dozen arrests in places like London, Italy and Switzerland, with suspects ranging in age from 15 to 28.
The search this morning follows AntiSec’s attack of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspapers The Sun and the now-defunct News of the World. The hackers, using a vulnerability in a retired Sun server, posted a fake news story about Murdoch’s death due to a palladium overdose. Now they’ve begun spilling e-mail addresses and phone numbers of several former employees from News International servers. (News International is the UK division of Murdoch’s News Corp.)
One of the targets whose e-mail/password data was released is Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International who is now in the hot seat for her role in the voice mail hacking of young murder victim Milly Dowler, among others. (Then–News of the World editor Brooks may have greenlighted the paper’s alleged access and deletion of the deceased girl’s voice mails in 2002, which lead parents and police to believe the little girl was alive at the time.)