Four more arrested over UK hacking allegations

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Security forces combine in battle against LulzSec and Anonymous

Police have rounded up four more suspected hackers in relation to the recent spate of hack attacks under the names of LulzSec and Anonymous.

The arrests came in two separate operations spanning the UK, and were made after a joint operation involving the Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU), the FBI and local police forces.

Two unnamed men - aged 20 and 24 - were arrested in raids in Yorkshire and Wiltshire over a hunt for a hacker known as Kayla, with computer equipment removed and taken for forensic investigation.

We are working to detect and bring before the courts those responsible for these offences, to disrupt such groups, and to deter others thinking of participating in this type of criminal activity

"The arrests relate to our enquiries into a series of serious computer intrusions and online denial-of-service attacks recently suffered by a number of multi-national companies, public institutions and government and law-enforcement agencies in Great Britain and the US,” said detective inspector Mark Raymond from PCeU.

"We are working to detect and bring before the courts those responsible for these offences, to disrupt such groups, and to deter others thinking of participating in this type of criminal activity."

The pair are being held for further questioning.

In a separate case, police have also charged two men – 20-year-old Christopher Jan Weatherhead of Northampton and 26-year-old Londoner Ashley Rhodes – with conspiracy to perform an unauthorised act in relation to a computer and other offences under the Criminal Law Act 1977.

They are due to appear on bail at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on 7 September.

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