March 28, 2012, 1:42 PM — It's been a big morning for law enforcement and victims of cybercrime.
Six more alleged members of hacktivist collective Anonymous were arrested in the Dominican Republic Sunday as part of an Interpol project called Operation Unmask, according to an Associated Press story late yesterday.
The four adults in the group have been ordered held in jail for three months while being investigated, which is legal under Dominican laws providing for preventative detention. The fate of the other two is up to a court responsible for minors.
- The four adults, whose ages range between 17 and 40, and their alleged usernames, include:
- Zerohack (Milton Corniell David Jimenez),
- Nmap (Juan Rafael Leonardo Acosta),
- Mot (Cristian de la Rosa Jose de los Santos)
- Frank-Ostia (Robert Reynoso Delgado).
During the first phase of Operation Unmask, which began in mid-February and covers areas of Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain, netted 25 suspects, 250 items of computer equipment from 40 residences in 15 cities, according to the NYT.
Arrests over the weekend were part of a later phase focused on running down alleged Anonymi responsible for attacking government sites in several Latin American countries and Spain, according to the announcement from Interpol.