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  • Infamous international hacking group LulzSec brought down by own leader

    This is from FOX News so take it with a grain of salt.

    Law enforcement agents on two continents swooped in on top members of the infamous computer hacking group LulzSec early this morning, and acting largely on evidence gathered by the organization’s brazen leader -- who sources say has been secretly working for the government for months -- arrested three and charged two more with conspiracy.

    Charges against four of the five were based on a conspiracy case filed in New York federal court, FoxNews.com has learned. An indictment charging the suspects, who include two men from Great Britain, two from Ireland and an American in Chicago, is expected to be unsealed Tuesday morning in the Southern District of New York.“This is devastating to the organization,” said an FBI official involved with the investigation. “We’re chopping off the head of LulzSec.”

    SUMMARY

    Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka "Sabu," pleaded guilty to the following charges on Aug. 15, 2011:

    COUNT ONE: Conspiracy to Engage in Computer Hacking—Anonymous
    COUNT TWO: Conspiracy to Engage in Computer Hacking—Internet Feds
    COUNT THREE: Conspiracy to Engage in Computer Hacking—LulzSec
    COUNT FOUR: Computer Hacking—Hack of HBGary
    COUNT FIVE: Computer Hacking—Hack of Fox
    COUNT SIX: Computer hacking—Hack of Sony Pictures
    COUNT SEVEN: Computer Hacking—Hack of PBS
    COUNT EIGHT: Computer Hacking—Hack of Infraguard-Atlanta
    COUNT NINE: Computer Hacking in Furtherance of Fraud
    COUNT TEN: Conspiracy to Commit Access Device Fraud
    COUNT ELEVEN: Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud
    COUNT TWELVE: Aggravated Identity Theft


    The offshoot of the loose network of hackers, Anonymous, believed to have caused billions of dollars in damage to governments, international banks and corporations, was allegedly led by a shadowy figure FoxNews.com has identified as Hector Xavier Monsegur. Working under the Internet alias “Sabu,” the unemployed, 28-year-old father of two allegedly commanded a loosely organized, international team of perhaps thousands of hackers from his nerve center in a public housing project on New York’s Lower East Side. After the FBI unmasked Monsegur last June, he became a cooperating witness, sources told FoxNews.com.“They caught him and he was secretly arrested and now works for the FBI,” a source close to Sabu told FoxNews.com.Monsegur pleaded guilty Aug. 15 to 12 hacking-related charges and information documenting his admissions is expected to be unsealed in Southern District Court on Tuesday.

    As a result of Monsegur’s cooperation, which was confirmed by numerous senior-level officials, the remaining top-ranking members of LulzSec were arrested or hit with additional charges Tuesday morning. The five charged in the LulzSec conspiracy indictment expected to be unsealed were identified by sources as: Ryan Ackroyd, aka “Kayla” and Jake Davis, aka “Topiary,” both of London; Darren Martyn, aka “pwnsauce” and Donncha O’Cearrbhail, aka “palladium,” both of Ireland; and Jeremy Hammond aka “Anarchaos,” of Chicago.Hammond was arrested on access device fraud and hacking charges and is believed to have been the main person behind the devastating December hack on U.S. security company Stratfor. Millions of emails were stolen and then published on Wikileaks; credit card numbers and other confidential information were also stolen, law enforcement sources told FoxNews.com.This is devastating to the organization.

    - Senior FBI official

    The sources said Hammond will be charged in a separate indictment, and they described him as a member of Anonymous.The others are all suspected members of LulzSec, the group that has wreaked havoc on U.S. and foreign government agencies, including the CIA and FBI, numerous defense contractors, financial and governmental entities and corporations including Fox and Sony.Ackroyd, who is suspected of using the online handle “Kayla,” is alleged to be Monsegur’s top deputy. Among other things, Kayla identified vulnerabilities in the U.S. Senate’s computer systems and passed the information on to Sabu. Kayla was expected to be taken into custody on Tuesday.A spokeswoman for the Southern District and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara declined comment.Monsegur’s attorney did not return FoxNews.com’s repeated requests for comment.

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    Comments 8 Comments
    1. SonsOfLiberty's Avatar
      SonsOfLiberty -
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17270822

      It's legit and you need to work on your formatting.
    1. brilman's Avatar
      brilman -
      All I can say after reading, seems Age?
    1. xznutz's Avatar
      xznutz -
      tutorials?
    1. logistics's Avatar
      logistics -
      So if this guy was the leader and he was working with/for the gov wouldnt be telling the haxker what and when to do the hacking and if so wouldnt that be entrapment if a goverment "spy" were enlisting skilled ppl to take part in illegal activities?
    1. IdolEyes787's Avatar
      IdolEyes787 -
      Unbelievable. I would have sworn that somebody who hides behind a computer screen while trying to screw with society for laughs would have been a man of supreme principle.
      Now you've just gone and shattered my conception of the Universe.
    1. bobbintb's Avatar
      bobbintb -
      Quote Originally Posted by SonsOfLiberty View Post
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17270822

      It's legit and you need to work on your formatting.
      yea i know. i was in a rush at work so i didnt notice the horrible formatting until after i submitted it. my apologies.
    1. Funkin''s Avatar
      Funkin' -
      Darren Martyn, aka “pwnsauce”
      This douche deserved to be arrested simply for having this username.
    1. xavier12's Avatar
      xavier12 -
      ip man...