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Chilean Police Arrest 4 Computer Hackers

Police in Chile say they have arrested four people suspected of belonging to an international group that has broken into thousands of government Web sites around the world.

Police said the four Chileans, including two minors, were arrested Monday after an eight-month investigation involving several international intelligence agencies.

The group is suspected of hacking into about 8,000 sites, including those run by the governments of Argentina, Peru, the United States and Venezuela.

Sources say one of the suspects goes by the Internet name of "Net-toxic" and is wanted in several countries. They say a Chilean court has given authorities 90 days to charge the suspects with a crime.

It is unclear how the alleged hackers broke into the sites or what their motives were.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.