all your lulzsec are belong to us - fbi
the fbi claims to have arrested most of the internet hacking crew known as lulzsec, after one of them agreed to become a punk-ass informant, who will hopefully die a snitch's death in nyc soon.
The FBI claims to have struck a major blow against internet hacking after arresting or charging five key members of the LulzSec hacking group and revealing that the head of the group, who went by the nickname "Sabu", has been working for it since the middle of 2011.
Hector Xavier Monsegur, known as Sabu, was charged with 12 criminal counts of conspiracy to engage in computer hacking and other crimes in court papers in Manhattan federal court, after secretly pleading guilty on August 15 to 12 counts of computer hacking conspiracies.
Monsegur, an unemployed 28-year-old Puerto Rican living in New York, pleaded guilty to carrying out online attacks against PayPal and Mastercard, documents unsealed in a Manhattan court on Tuesday shows. The charges were filed via a "criminal information" form, which means the suspect has been cooperating with the government.
Five other people - two in the UK, two in Ireland and one in Chicago - were either arrested or charged by the FBI on Tuesday, details of which were set out in an indictment brought by the US Attorney General's office in New York.
One of the people named in the indictment, Jake Davis, already faces a number of charges in the UK relating to alleged hacking by LulzSec. Also known by his hacker name of "Topiary", Davis, 19, of Lerwick, Shetland, was on Tuesday charged in the US with two counts of computer hacking conspiracy. Ryan Ackroyd - a 23-year-old from Doncaster who is said to have used the names "kayla", "lol" and "lolspoon" - was also charged on two counts of computer hacking conspiracy.
A statement from the US Attorney's office in New York said that Ackroyd was being interviewed on Tuesday by the Met police. Each count of computer hacking conspiracy carries a sentence of up to 10 years in jail.
The two Irish individuals charged are Darren Martyn, 25, of Galway, Ireland, on two charges of computer hacking conspiracy, Donncha O'Cearrbhail, 19, of Birr, Ireland, one one charge of computer hacking conspiracy and one charge of unlawfully intercepted wire communication, which carries a sentence of up to five years. O'Cearrbhail was arrested by the Irish police, the Garda, on Tuesday.
The fifth person charged is Jeremy Hammond, 27, of Chicago, US, who was arrested and charged on Monday in a criminal complaint with crimes relating to the December 2011 "Stratfor" hacking of global intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting.
He is charged with one count of computer hacking conspiracy, one count of computer hacking, and one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud. Each count carries a maximum of 10 years.
LulzSec, a hacking crew of up to 10 people, and the hacking collective Anonymous have taken credit for carrying out a number of high-profile hacking actions against companies and institutions including the CIA, Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency, Japan's Sony Corp and Mexican government websites.
original story from guardian u.k.:
via LulzSec leader Sabu was working for us, says FBI | Technology | guardian.co.uk.
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