FBI Arrests 16 'Anonymous' Hacking Suspects in Nationwide Sweep
FBI Arrests 16 'Anonymous' Hacking Suspects in Nationwide Sweep

More than a dozen hackers allegedly from Anonymous, the group that claims responsibility for some of the recent attacks on Sony systems, have been arrested. The FBI raided multiple homes in New Jersey, New York, California and Florida in relation to a probe on the group, according to reports Tuesday; the number of people reported arrested varies between 14 and 16.

Within the music industry, Anonymous is probably best known as the group blamed by Sony for its massive PlayStation and Qriocity network outages. Anonymous has denied responsibility. However, the group has claimed responsibility for attacks on Sony web sites in retaliation for taking PlayStation 3 hackers to court. In addition, its members also claimed responsibility for attacks on the web sites of BMI, MPAA, Support Online Hip Hop and AllHipHop.

Last month one person in England was arrested on suspicion of the PlayStation network attack. Separately three people with reported links to Anonymous were arrested in Spain last month for allegedly taking part in attacks on other Sony properties.