The U.K. recently charged two men and arrested two more on Thursday that are allegedly connected with hacktivist groups Anonymous and Lulz Security.
The two men arrested Thursday night are being detained at police stations in South Yorkshire and are suspected of conducting DDOS attacks as well as hacking law enforcement and government websites. Police said the men are believed to have used the online identity “Kayla” which was allegedly instrumental in the hacking attack against HBGary.
The arrests come amid a trans-Atlantic crackdown on Anonymous and its supporters. Dozens of arrests linked to the international hacking collective have been made in recent weeks, including a cross-country FBI sting earlier this summer in which 14 alleged cybercriminals were arrested.
Earlier on Thursday, U.K. police said two other men were charged for computer related offenses. Christopher Jan Weatherhead, 20, of Northampton, and Ashley Rhodes, 26, are scheduled to appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court next Wednesday. Both men were arrested on Jan. 27, according to a police spokesman on Friday.