LulzSec Hacker ‘Sabu’ Assists In FBI Cyber Crackdown
Ex-Anonymous and LulzSec Hacker Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka “Sabu,” a 28-year-old unemployed male, has been cooperating with the FBI for the past three years successfully disrupting nearly 300 hacking operations against American government assets in a bid to reduce the jail time he needed to serve.
He pleaded guilty to charges which include identity theft and credit card fraud and is set to be sentenced on Tuesday.
The United States Sentencing Guidelines say that Sabu should face up to 26 years in jail for the $2.5 million in losses connected to his cyber attacks, but is seeking a reduced prison duration in return for his cooperation.
Lawyers have stated that he made considerable contribution in helping defend cyber attack on website belonging to the U.S. military, NASA and media companies. He even received death threats from his former crew for his cooperation which made the FBI relocate him and his family to a more secure location.
His assistance helped the FBI capture their most-wanted cyber criminal, Jeremy Hammond, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for his heinous cyber activities.
Court documents report that it all began back in June 2011, when the FBI gave him a small visit at his apart in Manhattan confronting him all about his dirty cyber crimes. Upon seeing no alternative option, he agreed to plea guilty and started working for the FBI as an informant.
“His quick cooperation was key”, the court documents read, because otherwise the hacking group LulzSec would have destroyed all evidence using a unique established protocol if they suspected anything fishy such as members being reported as missing or if they would get arrested.
As an FBI informant, Monsegur managed to successfully engage his former allies in online conversations which involved asking critical information confirming their identities and whereabouts.
During some of the online chats, at the direction of law enforcement, Monsegur convinced LulzSec members to provide him digital evidence of the hacking activities they claimed to have previously engaged in, such as logs regarding particular criminal hacks.
Salty Anonymous members who were clearly not impressed by him ratting his former colleagues hacked a computer-security website and posted an open letter which was addressed directly to Sabu.
“Sabu snitched on us. As usually happens FBI menaced him to take his sons away,” the letter read. “We understand, but we were your family too (remember what you liked to say?) It’s sad and we can’t imagine how it feels having to look at the mirror each morning and see there the guy who shopped their friends to [the] police.”