Supporters of Anonymous hacker and self-styled online anarchist, Jeremy Hammond, are circulating this online petition aimed at cajoling authorities into granting the 28-year-old leniency. Hammond pled guilty this morning to participating in the December 2011 hacking of online publication Stratfor.
Four individuals accused of being members of Anonymous and participating in “Operation Tango Down” have been arrested in Italy.
According to AFP, the four are being accused of various attacks in Italy, including a DDoS against the Vatican and the parliamentary Website.
The Postal Police – responsible for enforcement of communications law – carried out 12 raids across Italy, according to this report in Gazetta del Sud.
Several hacktivist groups are planning to launch attacks against the government agencies and other organizations from the US. The campaign has been dubbed “OpUSA” and it is scheduled to take place on May 7.
Several websites have already been breached, and some of the participating collectives have released threatening statements.
While the hackers prepare for the operation, the United States’ Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has created a confidential note to help the agency’s partners in taking measures against the attacks.
News agency Thomson Reuters has fired Matthew Keys a month after federal prosecutors accused the social media editor of conspiring with the hacktivist group Anonymous to break into the Los Angeles Times Web site.
Keys announced the development Monday morning on his Twitter account, saying he had just learned of his dismissal and that his union would file a grievance:
International hacktivist group Anonymous is looking to go legit – at least with the way it looks to share news and information. The controversial hacking collective has launched a website for crowd-sourced news.
The group has announced Your Anon News (or YAN), named after the group’s Twitter handle. The news venture looks to move some of the group’s content away from its Twitter and Tumblr feeds, where Anonymous has traditionally made announcements and linked to articles.