Hacktivist hacker group Anonymous has responded with a call to arms to reports that some of its alleged members have been arrested. Reports earlier this week said that over thirty members of the group had been arrested in Italy and Switzerland and that some might have been rather senior in the group. Anonymous has denied this in a statement on its Anonops news web site.

Here is the press release which was posted yesterday:
A few hours ago, the Italian police announced complaints, arrests and raids against a number of members of Italian anonymous.
The media has spread the news that the entire Italian network of anonymous has been dismantled and the “leader’s” of Italian anonymous was arrested.

Anonymous denies these media reports an reiterates that this is impossible: Anonymous is not been dismantled. Anonymous has no leaders, no structure. All anonymous members operate at the same level. Those arrested are not “dangerous hackers”as the media calls them, but people like you. They have been arrested while peacefully protesting for there and your rights. Our protest will continue louder than ever.

The Italian Anonymous have not fallen because of this cowardly attempt to dismantle them and announce consequences for there actions taken by the police, to demonstrate that anonymous is present and fights on, like it did in the past and will in the future, for the freedom of the internet. Italy anonymous calls all citizens of the internet and the international anonymous: We need you! Let them have it, stronger than ever.

We are Anonymous
We are Legion
We do Not forget
We do not Forgive
Expect Us