It was a bad day for Italy’s hackers.

Four Arrests and Searches Throughout Italy as Postal Police Swoop on Anonymous Hackers

Arrestees suspected of belonging to criminal hacking ring


It was a bad day for Italy’s hackers. Postal police officers have dismantled a suspected criminal hacking organisationthat exploited the notoriety of the Anonymous movement to launch attacks on the computer systems of key infrastructures, institutional websites and leading companies. Four arrests were made. Investigators believe that those detained are the leaders in Italy of the international Anonymous movement.


ARRESTS – The hackers arrested are thought to be responsible for attacks on websites belonging to the government, the Vatican and Parliament. Four suspects have been placed under house arrest and about ten searches were carried out. Investigators believe that the four detained belong to Anonymous, although they also used the movement’s logo for their own personal purposes. The operation, codenamed Tango Down, was conducted by the postal police’s national centre for cybercrime and the protection of critical infrastructures (CNAIPIC), and coordinated by the Rome public prosecutor’s office.

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