Anonymous-related probe leads FBI to search three New York homes [Updated]
Agents from the FBI's New York office searched three homes Tuesday morning in the latest move related to the agency's investigation of the hacker group Anonymous.
Search warrants for two homes on Long Island and another in Brooklyn were executed about 6 a.m. Eastern time, said Adrienne Senatore, spokeswoman for the office.
The searches, Senatore said, were focused on systems that had been identified as allegedly having being used in coordinated denial-of-service attacks against several companies.
No arrests were made during the searches and Senatore could not confirm if any evidence was collected. The FBI will issue a news release with more information later Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the agency's main press office said.
[Updated at 11:51 a.m.: The FBI confirmed that arrests were made in other parts of the country in relation to the investigation. The bureau's Los Angeles and New Jersey offices also acknowledged their own "law-enforcement activity" regarding the case, and national FBI headquarters confirmed that the Tampa office had been involved.]
Arrests may have been made in other parts of the country, implied a Twitter user who goes by the name @ThaiAnonymous and who claimed to be a part of the hactivist group.
"It doesnt matter how many people the 'FBI' arrest.. wether they are core members or not.. #anonymous have started something unstoppable," according to a tweet that appeared on the account not long after the searches occurred.
The Anonymous-related searches came a day after the group along with other hackers, notably the group LulzSec, spent the day defacing British websites belonging to media company News Corp., including the homepage of the tabloid the Sun.
-- Salvador Rodriguez
Image: Screen shot of a tweet from a Twitter user who claims to involved with the hacker group Anonymous. Credit: Twitter