LulzSec Leader Outed As FBI Rat

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LulzSec Leader Outed As FBI Rat

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Several "top members" of LulzSec have been arrested by the FBI with the help of the group's leader, who turned informant after being arrested last year.

We haven't heard much about LulzSec in recent months but for awhile last year it was the scourge of the internet, a sort of sugared-up, amoral Anonymous that really was just "doing it for the lulz." Its brief rampage ended as suddenly as it began, but today the group is back in the news thanks to the rather startling revelation that its leader, the man known as Sabu, was flipped by the FBI and became an informant almost a year ago ago.

Sabu has been revealed by the FBI as Hector Xavier Monsegur, and he's been working for the bureau since he was arrested in June 2011. Fox News [via Gizmodo] reported that after pleading guilty to more than ten charges related to his online activities, "he worked almost daily out of FBI offices, helping the feds identify and ultimately take down the other high-level members of LulzSec and Anonymous."

With Sabu's assistance, the FBI has charged five people with various crimes, arresting three so far: Ryan "Kayla" Ackroyd and Jake "Topiary" Davis of the U.K., Darren "pwnsauce" Martyn and Donncha "palladium" O'Cearrbhail of Ireland, and Jeremy "Anarchaos" Hammond of the U.S. Ackroyd is believed to be Monsegur's "top deputy"; Hammond, reportedly also a member of Anonymous, has been charged in a separate indictment for the attack on security and intelligence company Stratfor, which resulted in the loss of credit card information and millions of emails.

Monsegur, described by FoxNews.com as an "unemployed, 28-year-old father of two," apparently flipped on the group in order to avoid being separated from his children. "It was because of his kids. He didn't want to go away to prison and leave them," a law enforcement official said. "That's how we got him."

Regardless of how many more arrests are made because of Monsegur's cooperation, the FBI believes this spells the end of LulzSec. "This is devastating to the organization," another official said. "We're chopping off the head of LulzSec."

Thanks to sleeky01 for the tip.

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Good fucking riddance I say. I really love this, I'll be honest here. Say what you will about his reasons for doing it but the simple fact of the matter is that LulzSec's entire existence was based on a matter of principle, "people should secure their shit." And now at the end of the day we see their leader sacrifice his principles and betray his comrads. Hypocrisy and irony all in one delicious serving.

This story sort of reminds me of Frank Abagnale, Jr's story (or at least Catch Me If You Can, the movie based off of Frank Abagnale, Jr) except for the kids part.

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Oh man this is a good story. I also want to point out that I called this back during the height of the Lulsec crap last year.

Andy Chalk:

Monsegur, described by FoxNews.com as an "unemployed, 28-year-old father of two," apparently flipped on the group in order to avoid being separated from his children. "It was because of his kids. He didn't want to go away to prison and leave them," a law enforcement official said. "That's how we got him."

This is the only thing I don't like. Threatening to leave his children without a father or as orphans is a pretty terrible thing to do.

Also want to point out that his name is freaking awesome.

This is so good it must be fattening.

Just when I started my diet, dammit.

Remember how melodramatic and self-righteous these idiots were, with claims of standing up to a corrupt government and bunch of other nonsense? Yeah, thanks guys. Hacking a bunch of game forums and PBS and releasing all of our personal information sure showed the gummint.

It's like a modern day version of Red Dead Redemption, but with computers and without the assorted badassery.

Upon reading this, I keep thinking of that Halo soundclip "Betrayal".

Sure his betrayal was justify (if he does love his children why did he lead a secret life that is dangerous) but if I were him I would lay very low for a while since I would assume the reamaining members want his guts now.

Silvianoshei:

Andy Chalk:

Monsegur, described by FoxNews.com as an "unemployed, 28-year-old father of two," apparently flipped on the group in order to avoid being separated from his children. "It was because of his kids. He didn't want to go away to prison and leave them," a law enforcement official said. "That's how we got him."

This is the only thing I don't like. Threatening to leave his children without a father or as orphans is a pretty terrible thing to do.

Also want to point out that his name is freaking awesome.

They didnt need to threaten to leave his kids without a dad, he put himself in the position where if he was jailed he would abandon his kids. If he was so concerned with his kids well being then dont commit crimes that could damage your relationship with them.

Silvianoshei:

Andy Chalk:

Monsegur, described by FoxNews.com as an "unemployed, 28-year-old father of two," apparently flipped on the group in order to avoid being separated from his children. "It was because of his kids. He didn't want to go away to prison and leave them," a law enforcement official said. "That's how we got him."

This is the only thing I don't like. Threatening to leave his children without a father or as orphans is a pretty terrible thing to do.

Well...he kinda got himself into all that. It's not like they grabbed a random, innocent guy from the street and blackmailed him.

Anyway, I don't know where I stand with all this. On one hand, I can see what they were trying to do, acting as some sort of vigilante. On the other hand, they DID break the law.

Well, I doubt they'll have he same luck with Anon.

Silvianoshei:

Andy Chalk:

Monsegur, described by FoxNews.com as an "unemployed, 28-year-old father of two," apparently flipped on the group in order to avoid being separated from his children. "It was because of his kids. He didn't want to go away to prison and leave them," a law enforcement official said. "That's how we got him."

This is the only thing I don't like. Threatening to leave his children without a father or as orphans is a pretty terrible thing to do.

Also want to point out that his name is freaking awesome.

This makes no sense to me.

Do you get how crime and punishment works?

Andy Chalk:

Regardless of how many more arrests are made because of Monsegur's cooperation, the FBI believes this spells the end of LulzSec. "This is devastating to the organization," another official said. "We're chopping off the head of LulzSec."

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Good luck with that.

Now the real war will begin.

What a little bitch, ratting out your own people to keep yourself safe.

And playing the, "My poor Children" excuse; should of thought of that before doing it for teh lulz.

Silvianoshei:
This is the only thing I don't like. Threatening to leave his children without a father or as orphans is a pretty terrible thing to do.

If you can't do the time, etc.

Imagine how much more of this we'd see if all the resources being sunk into the Piracy-hunt went to fighting hackers, spammers and other filth that do actual damage and destroy people's lives regularly...

Looks like the FBI got..

*puts on sunglasses*

...The last laugh

The_root_of_all_evil:

Andy Chalk:

Regardless of how many more arrests are made because of Monsegur's cooperation, the FBI believes this spells the end of LulzSec. "This is devastating to the organization," another official said. "We're chopping off the head of LulzSec."

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Good luck with that.

Now the real war will begin.

This. Grabbing a handful of people who might be "leadership" isn't going to stop it. That's like saying "We killed Bin Laden! Terrorism is over!"

maddog015:

This. Grabbing a handful of people who might be "leadership" isn't going to stop it. That's like saying "We killed Bin Laden! Terrorism is over!"

Or even before that...
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Ohh this is hilarious, I cannot stop laughing my arse off.

Bye bye.

You guys need to pick better titles for your articles. I mean come the hell on. Call him an FBI "Informant" not a fugging RAT. That's sounds very disrespectful to a man who had good intentions in doing what he did.

Oh and good riddance to Lulzsec. Didn't they do something to The Escapist a little while back?

You're telling me the leader of LulzSec wasn't a badass hacker righteously standing up to the Man, but a slightly nerdy dad who crumbled at the first whiff of jail time?

What a shock.

There's a reason Anonymous is, well, anonymous. They'd all rat each other out in a heartbeat if they got arrested. Lulzsec kinda forgot that.

Fappy:
Good fucking riddance I say. I really love this, I'll be honest here. Say what you will about his reasons for doing it but the simple fact of the matter is that LulzSec's entire existence was based on a matter of principle, "people should secure their shit." And now at the end of the day we see their leader sacrifice his principles and betray his comrads. Hypocrisy and irony all in one delicious serving.

Whose had the last laugh now :D

I love it when shit like this happens.

The_root_of_all_evil:

maddog015:

This. Grabbing a handful of people who might be "leadership" isn't going to stop it. That's like saying "We killed Bin Laden! Terrorism is over!"

Or even before that...
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I always found this picture rather curious. I don't know how it's possible to so horribly screw up the spelling of the word "Nothing."

Lono Shrugged:

This makes no sense to me.

Do you get how crime and punishment works?

Guess some people missed my point. I understand the whole, "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime" thing. I just think that it's distasteful to come out in public with the details of how you turned an informant. Public humiliation is not synonymous with justice.

I'm not saying that they can't turn people into informants by threatening to lock them up for their crimes. I'm saying it's not such a great thing to talk about how they broke someone using their family publicly.

Bottom line: if someone is willing to help you catch the bad guys in penance for their crimes, what exactly is the point of publicizing how you persuaded them, besides humiliating them?

This is short-sighted US policy. If groups like Anonymous and LulzSec don't expose security flaws in high-value targets, another silent protagonist, e.g. the Chinese, will exploit them.

Also, the fact that the US is trying so hard to crack down on these hacktivists and organizations like Wikileaks reveals how scared shitless they are about these groups leaking sensitive information. I wonder however, since when has it become the goverments job to hide secrets, cover up its tracks and protect corporate interests? I thought a governments job was to rule in the name of the public.

What bugs me is what lulzsec was doing last year was "mostly" harmless and didn't end up actually hurting anyone seriously (at least as far as what was reported, correct me if I'm wrong). They really did seem to be doing it "for the lulz" and most of the time it just involved pointing out the flaws in security systems by stabbing it a few times and then pouring salt into the proverbial wound by gloating about how much their victim sucked at defending themselves. Back alley assault analogies aside, while I never considered them to be a high priority target, I'm not exactly sympathizing with their fate either.

Well this is an interesting turn of events! So does this mean the whole LulzSec thing was just a rouse to draw hackers out in to the open?

At first I thought that it seemed a bit unethical to blackmail someone in to working for the FBI by threatening to take them away from their kids, but I realised if the guy didn't want that to happen then he shouldn't have committed a crime in the first place. As unethical as it seems on the surface for a government agency to blackmail someone (not that it's rare mind you), when you think about it they were actually giving the guy a second chance in return for him bringing other criminals to justice.

Also, fuck LulzSec. I hated them.

Silvianoshei:

Lono Shrugged:

This makes no sense to me.

Do you get how crime and punishment works?

Guess some people missed my point. I understand the whole, "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime" thing. I just think that it's distasteful to come out in public with the details of how you turned an informant. Public humiliation is not synonymous with justice.

I'm not saying that they can't turn people into informants by threatening to lock them up for their crimes. I'm saying it's not such a great thing to talk about how they broke someone using their family publicly.

Bottom line: if someone is willing to help you catch the bad guys in penance for their crimes, what exactly is the point of publicizing how you persuaded them, besides humiliating them?

Because it's a deterrent?

People are less likely to pull this shit if they have kids to look after. Naming and shaming is as much about crime prevention as it is a punishment.

Serves 'em right. Anonymous, for the most part, at least had a message behind what it was doing. They go after things that, in some fashion, express a desire for freedom of information and freedom of people. LulzSec was just a group of idiots out for attention.

FamoFunk:
What a little bitch, ratting out your own people to keep yourself safe.

And playing the, "My poor Children" excuse; should of thought of that before doing it for teh lulz.

This (part 1) and this (part 2).

2. Should've thought of the children first.......

1. Being a snitch. Ugh. Just rubs me the wrong way. Yes it is 'sad' and all, but nothing changes the fact that you just committed one of biggest 'douche' moves possible. Sorry man, betraying your own like that is just something I'm not going to have sympathy for. Should've known what you were getting into before this all happened..

Great! The only thing that bothers me is that the informant goes free.

Fappy:
Good fucking riddance I say. I really love this, I'll be honest here. Say what you will about his reasons for doing it but the simple fact of the matter is that LulzSec's entire existence was based on a matter of principle, "people should secure their shit." And now at the end of the day we see their leader sacrifice his principles and betray his comrads. Hypocrisy and irony all in one delicious serving.

I really don't think it was about any principles at all but more of a "look what we can do because we are bored and have no jobs and nothing else to do" but the principles were a mask to lie to themselves and the World of why they were doing these things.

Its funny that in the logs TeamPoison dug out it was Sabu that kept on telling the others "don't tell anyone".

If he's got 2 children then what the hell was he thinking doing this shit?, instead of wasting time fucking about and stopping me from playing PSN couldn't he go out and apply for a job to care for his children?

What he "masterminded" wasn't something that took 2 minutes, looks like he spent a lot of time on this hobby, put your time to good use instead!.

I expect Anon is going to make that guy and his families life a living hell. He brought it on himself being a government rat. And i will..as we say...Lulz.

The internet might forgot about you but the FBI sure as hell don't.

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