Arrests made in PlayStation Network hack case

By Steve Watts, Jun 10, 2011 8:30am PDT

Spanish police have arrested three people in connection with the PlayStation Network attacks, the New York Times reports. The suspects are reportedly the local leaders of Anonymous, the "hacktivist" group implicated by Sony for the attacks.

One suspect, a 31-year-old man from Almeria, had a computer server in his apartment that police say was used to attack the PlayStation store, along with a variety of banks, energy companies, and government sites in Spain, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Chile, Columbia, and New Zealand. The police began looking into the case in October after an attack on the Spanish Ministry of Culture.

The other two arrests were in Barcelona and Valencia. Police didn't specify if the suspects were still being held. If they are charged with forming an illegal association to attack public and corporate Web sites, they could face up to three years in prison.

It's unknown if these three arrests represent the only hackers involved in the attack, or if they were the ones leading the charge. Police say the case was made based on over two million lines of chat logs, along with Web pages used by the suspects to direct attacks.

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