Anonymous takes down security firm's website, vows to fight on after arrests

Panda Security says hack of PandaLabs did not breach company's internal network

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Prior to the attack, PandaLabs technical director Luis Corrons had posted a blog titled "Where is the Lulz Now" praising Tuesday's arrests.

The attack on Panda Labs comes less than 24 hours after the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York said it had arrested five prominent members of Anonymous and a splinter group LulzSec in raids in the U.K. and in Chicago. Among those arrested was an individual who is alleged to have been responsible for the Christmas Day hacks against security intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor).

Each of the individuals was indicted on computer hacking charges and faces a maximum of 20 to 30 years in prison if convicted.

The arrests were made with the help of Hector Monsegur, a New York native who was the leader of LulzSec before being arrested last year. Monsegur, who also used the handle "Sabu," pleaded guilty in August to 12 hacking charges and faces up to 124 years in prison. After his arrest, Sabu agreed to help the FBI go after other members of LulzSec and Anonymous in the hopes of receiving a reduced sentence.

The attackers of Panda's website this morning chided Monsegur for being a snitch. "Traison (sic) is something we don't forgive," the message noted. "Yeah Yeah we know...Sabu snitched on us. As usually happens FBI menaced him to take his sons away we understood."

The attackers noted that the arrests might well mean the end of LulzSec, but not of Anonymous. "Anonymous existed before LulzSec and will continue existing," the message read.

Analysts lauded the FBI's efforts in nabbing the alleged Anonymous hackers but had expressed doubt over the long-term impact it would have on the group's activities.

The arrests show that it is going to be increasingly hard for Anonymous to act with the kind impunity they have shown in the past, Rich Mogull, an analyst with Securois, had said. "But there's no way to predict where this will go," he noted.

Jaikumar Vijayan covers data security and privacy issues, financial services security and e-voting for Computerworld. Follow Jaikumar on Twitter at @jaivijayan or subscribe to Jaikumar's RSS feed . His e-mail address is jvijayan@computerworld.com.

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