Police in Italy and Switzerland this week raided more than 30 homes as part of an overall effort to crack down on high-profile cyber attacks claimed by hacktivist collective Anonymous, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Since last December, police have nabbed more than 40 individuals in Europe with alleged ties to Anonymous. In the U.S., the FBI is continuing an investigation that has involved dozens of searches over recent months, including last week’s raid of the home of an Ohio man believed to have links to Lulz Security.
Italian police said they suspect some 20 people are behind denial-of-service attacks, and Tuesday’s searches included the home of a 26-year-old man who goes by the nickname “Phre” and lives in Switzerland. Police have identified him as a leader of Anonymous’ Italian cell, WSJ said.
Antonio Apruzzese, director of the Italy’s postal and telecommunications police, told newspaper la Repubblica that Anonymous’ actions had created serious economic damages, having targeted various Italian businesses, InformationWeek reported.