Spain nabs 3 suspected of global cyber attacks

By the Associated Press | June 10, 2011 | 4:42 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested three suspected computer hackers for allegedly belonging to a loose-knit international activist group that has attacked corporate and government websites around the world.

A National Police statement issued Friday identified the three detainees as leaders of the Spanish section of a group that calls itself "Anonymous."

Police said a computer server in one of their homes was used to coordinate and carry out the cyber attacks on targets including two major Spanish banks, the Italian energy company Enel and the governments of Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Chile, Colombia and New Zealand.

The statement said the only other countries to act against "Anonymous" so far are the United States and Britain.