UPDATE: Hackers strike back and demand release of arrested

A day after seven people were arrested for alleged connections to hacker group ‘Anonymous Portugal’, another hacker group known as ‘Sudoh4k3rs’ has demanded their immediate release by launching a cyber attack on a webpage of the University of Lisbon.

The hackers accessed the system of the university’s Institute of Social Sciences in the early hours of this morning (February 27) and leaked passwords that grant access to the website’s administration page.

“The cyber attacks on university and governmental entities will continue until they (the seven people arrested) are released,” the group said on its Facebook page.

On the same page, ‘Sudoh4k3rs’ describes itself as a group of “hacktivists” that opposes Portugal’s and the rest of the world’s “corrupt governments” and whose goal it is to “serve the people”.

Their attack comes 24-hours after seven people, aged between 17 and 40, were arrested in the Metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto, suspected of being part of ‘Anonymous Portugal’ and accused of several crimes including cyber terrorism.

One of the detained is Rui Cruz, founder of Portugal’s tugaleaks site (the so-called national equivalent to Wikileaks), reports Correio da Manhã.

Fourteen people have also been named ‘arguidos’ (suspects).

The police investigation, codename C4R3T0S (Caretos), included 24 house searches which led to the confiscation of a number of computer systems which are being investigated.

‘Anonymous Portugal’ has existed since 2011 and the group is said to be responsible for a number of cyber attacks on public and private entities, including the Public and Justice ministries, the official portal of the Attorney General, PSP and GNR police, the Bank of Portugal, Novo Banco, the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon and many others. In all cases, so-called confidential data was leaked onto the internet.

By MICHAEL BRUXO [email protected]