By Mark Seibel | McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — The FBI said Thursday that it had served more than 40 search warrants throughout the United States as part of an investigation into computer attacks on websites of businesses that stopped providing services in December to WikiLeaks.
The FBI statement announcing the search warrants was the first indication that the U.S. intends to prosecute the so-called "hacktivists" for their actions in support of WikiLeaks.
The search warrants were executed on the same day authorities in Great Britain announced that they had arrested five people in connection with the attacks, which temporarily crippled the websites of Amazon.com, PaylPal, MasterCard, Visa, the Swiss bank PostFinance and others.
FBI officials were unavailable for comment, and the statement did not say who was served or where the searches were conducted. The statement noted that attacks, known as distributed denial of service attacks and which use easily available software to shutdown a computer network by flooding it with millions of requests for information, violate federal law and are punishable by a prison sentence of 10 years.
The statement noted that a group known as "Anonymous" had claimed credit for the attacks. Anonymous is also believed responsible in recent days for attacks on government websites in Tunisia and Egypt.
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There you have it. Justice has been fucking served. Thank goodness. I was wondering when they were going to get those dangerous hackers off the streets. I feel so much better now. Look at the speed in which they rounded them up. The public money they were willing to spend, in order to keep us safe from people who would commit such heinous crimes as 'hacking' a website.
And the crimes, such as genocide, treason, murder, conspiracy to commit murder, terrorism, kidnapping, extortion, theft, larceny, perjury and many more crimes that have been made public by the organisation Wikileaks, have yet to be even discussed by our lawmakers. They are not the least bit interested in doing that when they are kept busy with the continued hunting down and prosecution of real criminals like Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and anyone else that would follow, support or now it seems, even talk to or about, Wikileaks.
Are we surprised that the powerful keepers have reacted with such ferocity against those that would uncover their secrets for all the world to see? These lifetime criminals will do anything to maintain their power. They are already willing to commit any crime and vicious act in order to maintain their hold, why wouldn't they prosecute a few people? It has the dual effect of scaring others, who might be interested in doing the same, to reconsider their actions.
Think about it. Not one person who has been revealed to be a criminal through the release of information, has been prosecuted but every single person who has been found to be in conjunction with Wikileaks, is behind bars or awaiting prosecution. Is that justice? Is that a fair and balanced world, my friends? Think about that next time you can't make your Visa payment because your job has been cut because of 'austerity'. Bank of America and Goldman Sachs just received another $2 billion dollars this week. You can read about it through Wikileaks.
But I would be careful if I were you. You don't know who's watching...