Several men were arrested in Britain on hacking charges over the past week.
A 24 year old and 20 year old man were arrested on a charge of conspiring to commit offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
The Metropolitan police confirmed that the arrests were as part of an ongoing investigation in collaboration with the FBI, South Yorkshire Police and other law enforcement bodies in the UK and overseas.
The arrests were related to the activities of the hacktivist groups Anonymous and LulzSec, specifically connected with suspected offences conducted under the cover of the online identity 'Kayla'.
The Kayla identity presented as a giggly 16-year-old girl and declined to use Skype to confirm an adolescent female voice.
Alongside the likes of Sabu, Topiary and Tflow, Kayla was considered to have been one of the key figures in the LulzSec hacking gang.
DI Mark Raymond from the Police Central e-crime Unit, said: “The arrests relate to our enquiries into a series of serious computer intrusions and online denial-of-service attacks recently suffered by a number of multi-national companies, public institutions and government and law enforcement agencies in Great Britain and the United States."
“We are working to detect and bring before the courts those responsible for these offences, to disrupt such groups, and to deter others thinking of participating in this type of criminal activity.”
The Metropolitan police also announced the arrest of two British men this week.
It confirmed that Christopher Weatherhead from Northampton and Ashley Rhodes from London were charged with conspiracy to do an unauthorised act in relation to a computer, with intent to impair the operation of any computer or prevent or hinder access to any programme or data held in a computer or to impair the operation of any such programme or the reliability of such data.
Previously a 17-year-old from Chester and Peter Gibson, a student from Hartlepool, were charged with the same offence.
Two Irish men were also arrested in connection with hacking Fine Gael political party in January.
According to RTE News, the operation was linked to investigations into the Anonymous group.
It was later revealed by breakingnews.ie that one man was Donncha Carroll, the son of Offaly County councillor John Carroll. The two men were later released without charge.