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In ‘Anonymous’ Raids, Feds Work From List of Top 1,000 Protesters

• Kevin Poulsen via

It turns out there’s a method behind the FBI’s raids of suspected Anonymous members around the country. The bureau is working from  list, provided by PayPal, of the 1,000 internet IP addresses responsible for the most protest traffic during Anonymous’ DDoS attacks against PayPal last December.

FBI agents served 40 search warrants in January on people suspected of hosing down PayPal during  ”Operation Payback” —  Anonymous’ retaliatory attack against companies who blacklisted WikiLeaks. On July 19, the feds charged the first 14 defendants under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and raided an additional 35 suspects for evidence.

An FBI affidavit first published Tuesday by an NBC affiliate in Dallas lays out how the FBI decided on its targets, and suggests the bureau may have  plenty more.

According to the affidavit, by FBI agent Chris Thompson, PayPal security officials were in close contact with the bureau beginning on December 6, two days after PayPal froze WikiLeaks’ donation account and the first day it began receiving serious denial-of-service traffic.  FBI agents began monitoring Anonymous press releases and Twitter postings about Operation Payback, while PayPal collected traffic logs on a Radware intrusion prevention system installed on its network.

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Comment by Joe Tittiger
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The FBI wonderful people who's hit team chopped off the arms and legs of Gordon Kahl (Google the story)  while he was still alive. I would trust them to tell the truth and act in my best interest at all times.

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