A bloody nose for Anonymous

The arrest of six senior hackers this week has undeniably knocked the wind out Anonymous’ sails but the blow is unlikely to shut the group down for good.

In turning one of its best-known hackers into an informant and breaking open the highest profile elements of the "Anonymous" movement, authorities have dealt a serious blow to a group they found a growing irritant.

But as the broader "Anonymous" label - complete with its iconic Guy Fawkes mask imagery - is used by ever more disparate causes worldwide, it may be all but impossible to shut it down for good.

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