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July 19, 2011

Suspected 'Anonymous' Hackers Arrested

Authorities in the United States, Britain and the Netherlands have arrested 21 people accused of mounting coordinated cyber attacks against companies and organizations.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday 35 search warrants were executed in New York state and other locations across the United States in connection with the ongoing investigation.

The FBI said it had arrested 14 people for allegedly hacking into the servers of a popular website that manages online payments, Paypal, blocking people from being able to access the site.

The FBI said in a statement the suspects, in connection with a group that calls itself "Anonymous," attacked in retaliation for Paypal suspending the account of the controversial WikiLeaks website.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.