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Hacker groups Anonymous and LulzSec, which had 16 of their alleged members arrested this week in the U.S. by the FBI, don’t usually respond to statements written or made about them. But when the FBI’s deputy assistant director gave an interview to NPR saying those arrests send “a message that chaos on the Internet is unacceptable,” the hacking collective erupted, with a statement of its own:
We are not scared any more. Your threats to arrest us are meaningless to us as you cannot arrest an idea. Any attempt to do so will make your citizens more angry until they will roar in one gigantic choir. It is our mission to help these people and there is nothing — absolutely nothing — you can possibly to do make us stop.
In the NPR interview that aired Wednesday, Steven Chabinsky, of the FBI said that even if “hackers can be believed to have social causes, it’s entirely unacceptable to break into websites and commit unlawful acts.”