Spanish police today arrested three suspected members of Anonymous on charges of cyber attacking targets including Sony, governments, businesses and financial institutions, Reuters reports.
The suspects had been involved in the recent denial-of-service attack on Sony’s PlayStation online gaming store, as well as other cyber attacks on Spanish banks and Italian energy group Enel, the police said in a statement obtained by Reuters.
Describing the loose coalition of hackers, the police said Anonymous is structured in independent cells and makes thousands of simultaneous attacks using zombie computers around the world.
“This is why NATO considers them a threat to the military alliance,” the police said. “They are even capable of collapsing a country’s administrative structure.”
The police launched their investigation last October, after hackers crippled the Spanish Ministry of Culture’s website to protest Spanish legislation increasing punishments for illegal downloads, The New York Times reported.