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Spanish police website down after hacker arrests

Spain’s National Police say the international hackers group Anonymous briefly blocked its website on Sunday – in an apparent retaliation for the arrest of three suspected members.

File photo people wearing masks often used by a group that calls itself
File photo people wearing masks often used by a group that calls itself "Anonymous".
Image: AP Photo/Arturo Rodriguez

SPAIN’S NATIONAL POLICE say hackers blocked its website briefly in apparent retaliation for the arrest of three suspected members of the international activist group Anonymous.

Police said Monday the attack happened around 2 am local time on Sunday (midnight GMT) but did not disrupt police computer operations. They said that Anonymous claimed responsibility for it.

On Friday police announced the arrest of three alleged members of the Spanish chapter of Anonymous, which has attacked corporate and government websites around the world.

Police said one of the suspects had a server used to hack into Sony’s online Playstation store but the three detainees were not involved in an April cyber intrusion which affected millions of PlayStation Network users.

- AP

Read more: Three alleged Sony hackers arrested in Spain >

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