By James Bryce

HACKER collective Anonymous have claimed responsibility for attacks on Spanish telecom giants Movistar and Telefonica over the weekend.

Movistar’s website was down for half an hour at around 5pm on Sunday, although a similar bid to bring down Telefonica’s site was unsuccessful.

Anonymous had announced their intentions earlier in the week in protest at Telefonica’s plans to slash 6,500 jobs in Spain.

The attacks come a fortnight after three people linked to Anonymous were arrested in Spain in connection with attacks on a number of sites including the Spanish national police.