Leader of hacker group Anonymous arrested in Texas

  • A self-proclaimed leader of the computer hacking group Anonymous was arrested by police authorities in Dallas on Thursday.

    "He was arrested and brought in for booking about 11 pm last night," said a Dallas County Sheriff's spokesperson.

    It is not yet known why Barrett Brown, 31, was arrested as there was no offense listed on the booking sheet. Brown has been turned over to the FBI.

    A Twitter account for California law firm Leiderman Devine stated it would defend Brown at a hearing later on Thursday, adding that he had been detained on charges of "threatening a federal agent."

    Anonymous has claimed responsibility for carrying out attacks against the CIA, Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency, Mexican government websites and the national police in Ireland.

    Past victims have also included Rupert Murdoch's UK newspaper arm News International, Fox Broadcasting and Sony Pictures Entertainment.