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Search Warrants Executed for 'Anonymous' Attackers

FBI agents yesterday executed more than 40 search warrants throughout the United States as part of an ongoing investigation into recent coordinated cyber attacks against major companies and organizations.

According to a press release by the bureau, Anonymous has claimed responsibility for these distributed denial of service attack, saying the attacks were conducted in protest of the companies' and organizations' actions. The attacks were facilitated by the software tools the group makes available for free download on the Internet.

The FBI is working with its international law enforcement partners and others to mitigate these threats, including authorities in Europe. The National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance also is providing assistance, and major Internet security software providers have instituted updates so they will detect the Low Orbit Ion Canon tools used in these attacks.

The U.K.’s  Metropolitan Police Service yesterday arrested five people for their alleged role in the attacks.

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