Anonymous hacker group blocks police web in revenge attack

Move comes in response to Spanish police's arrest of group leaders

Access to the website of the National Police Force was blocked for several hours on Saturday night and Sunday morning by the cyberactivist organization Anonymous, authorities said. The move was a response to the arrest of three of the group's leaders last Wednesday. The attack began just before midnight Saturday and practically shut down access between 3am and 6am Sunday.

It was also reported that the websites of the Public Service for State Employment and the National Institute of Employment were targeted, although both of these organizations denied any breach of security. The National Police said that the detainees had planned to publish personal details of state security agents on a range of internet pages, including pro-ETA forums.

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Anonymous last week published a missive directed at NATO in which it claimed its "objective is to fight for human rights, freedom of expression and transparency," and denied terrorist links.

The group claims to be made up of "citizens fighting for rights that have been taken away."

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