FBI nabs LulzSec leaders as spokesman Sabu is revealed as informant

Threat of prison turned hacktivist leader, who gathered evidence on colleagues for months


FoxNews is reporting that five remaining leaders and members of the LulzSec hacktivist group were arrested by the FBI this morning with the help of Sabu, a LulzSec member who has been helping the FBI secretly for the past eight months.

Fox identifies Sabu as Hector Xavier Monsegur, 28, an unemployed father of two living in a public housing project on New York's Lower East Side.

Monsegur, according to Fox, worked with the FBI for more than eight months to gather evidence against other members of LulzSec, most of whom were arrested this morning.

    Among those indicted for conspiracy and other hacking-related charges were:
  • Ryan Ackroyd, aka "Kayla" of London;
  • Jake Davis, aka “Topiary,” of London;
  • Darren Martyn, aka "pwnsauce," who lives in Ireland
  • Donncha O’Cearrbhail, aka "palladium," also of Ireland;
  • Jeremy Hammond aka "Anarchaos," of Chicago.

LulzSec was a spin-off group from the Anonymous hacktivist collective, which went on a high-profile campaign over hack attacks designed more for their propaganda value than definable results, though LulzSec'ers frequently posted sensitive or personal information about both members of law-enforcement agencies and of commercial sites its members had cracked.

LulzSec's reign of annoyance ticked off elder members of the hacking community, who regarded them as poseurs and script-kids who attracted trouble for other hackers by choosing targets likely to launch reprisals and bragging about skill they did not have.

"We're just fed up of people thinking anon/lulzsec are hackers when clearly they are just DDoSers and SQLi skids," hacker group TeamPoison tweeted at the time.

Turning Sabu into "a rat'

The FBI "secretly" arrested Sabu in June, according to information given by the FBI to FoxNews, pressured him into pleading guilty to 12 hack-related charges and turned him using the threat of a two-year prison sentence that would force him to pay a higher price than his reluctance to help the FBI build a case against other members of LulzSec.

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