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U.K. Police Arrest Man Claiming Ties to ‘Anonymous’ Hacker Group

March 09, 2012

Police in the U.K. arrested a man, who claims to have links to the group Anonymous, on suspicion he hacked the British Pregnancy Advisory Service’s website.

The 27-year-old man, who wasn’t named, is in custody at a West Midlands Police Station, police said in an e-mailed statement today.

“We have taken rapid action to identify and arrest a suspect involved in hacking,” Detective Inspector Mark Raymond from the Midland Police e-Crime unit said in the statement. “This was done to prevent personal details of people who had requested information from the BPAS website being made public.”

Data stolen from the website, which enables people to make personal inquiries about contraception, abortion, pregnancy and testing for sexually transmitted diseases, didn’t contain the medical details of women who received treatment or the reasons they contacted the council, Raymond said.

The U.K. arrest follows a crackdown on Anonymous in the U.S., where some members were among six people charged on March 6, including Hector Xavier Monsegur, who was described as an influential member of the group. The underground hacking movement attracted worldwide attention by defacing the website of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and stealing customer data from Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

To contact the reporter on this story: Joe Schneider in Sydney at jschneider5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Douglas Wong at dwong19@bloomberg.net


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