Interpol’s Web site went down Tuesday just hours after the international police agency announced the arrest of 25 suspected members of the hacking collective Anonymous in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain.
On Twitter, hackers affiliated with Anonymous took credit for the attack and openly encouraged their sympathizers to keep Interpol’s site offline by flooding its servers with traffic.
The attack followed Interpol’s announcement Tuesday that it had arrested suspected Anonymous hackers in an operation it titled Operation Unmask. With cooperation from authorities in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain, Interpol said it seized 250 pieces of technology equipment and mobile phones at 40 premises across 15 cities. Interpol said authorities had seized credit cards and cash from the some of the hackers, which spanned the ages of 17 to 40.