Two Alleged Anonymous Hackers Arrested in Cambodia

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The Phnom Penh Post reports that two alleged members of Anonymous Cambodia were arrested on April 7, 2014, following an eight-month investigation conducted by the Cambodian National Police in cooperation with the FBI (h/t Softpedia).

Bun King Mongkolpanha, a.k.a. "Black Cyber" or "Machine," and Chu Songheng, a.k.a. "Zoro," are both 21-year-old students at Phnom Penh's SETEC Institute.

They've been charged with computer hacking in connection with attacks on Cambodian government Web sites in the fall of 2013, and face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to 4 million riel ($1,000).

Black Cyber claimed responsibility for knocking the National Election Committee's Web site offline for about 12 hours. In an interview with the Phnom Penh Post, he said at the time, "The Cambodian government by itself won't catch us. But they might if they collaborate with other agencies like from around the world, like the FBI, CIA or NSA."

Ou Phannarith, director of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications' ICT security department, told the Post that the arrests are the first time local hackers have been arrested for targeting government sites. "This shows us that our authority [has] enough capacity to crack down on cybercrime in the Kingdom," he said.