Suspected Anonymous Hacker Arrested in Hong Kong

Police in Hong Kong recently arrested a 21-year-old man who had posted warnings on Facebook stating that he intended to hack government Web sites.

“Local cops are not releasing much information except to say that the man was arrested last Friday and later released on bail, with an order to report back in October,” writes The Register’s Phil Muncaster. “He was cuffed after threatening to launch DDoS attacks against seven government sites.”

“The suspect has been released on bail and is due to return to authorities in October,” writes The Next Web’s Jon Russell. “‘The Internet is not a virtual world of lawlessness,’ a Hong Kong police spokesman said on the matter, before confirming that he faces a possible 5-year prison sentence.”

“The man is a member of the global hacker group Anonymous, the South China Morning Post said,” AFP reports. “The group is said to have 20 members in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, which guarantees civil liberties not seen on the mainland, including freedom of speech.”

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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