Spain Detains 3 in PlayStation Cyberattacks [New York Times]
On Friday, Spanish police stated that they detained three men who are suspected to have been part of the recent attacks on Sony's PlayStation Network. These men are also being detained as suspects in other cyberattacks on various corporate and government web sites.
The suspects are said to be members of the leadership of the well-known international group of hackers known as Anonymous. Over the years, Anonymous has claimed responsibility for a long list of cyberattacks.
A search of one of the suspect's apartments in the Spanish city of Gijon led to the discovery of a computer server which officials believe was used to attack the Sony PlayStation Network – an attack that compromised the personal data of millions of users and also compromised some users' credit card information.
This server is also believed to have been responsible for attacks to BBVA and Bankia banks in Spain, Enel energy company in Italy, as well as government sites in a number of countries throughout the world.
The three men have been released without bail, but are expected to face charges of forming illegal associations to engage in cyberattacks, which could carry a sentence of up to three years. Sounds like a pretty light sentence, given the havoc they have created. If cyberspace is ever going to be safe, the world is going to have to get serious about enforcing hacking laws.
Sony has declined to comment on the detentions to this point.