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Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka Sabu, LulzSec hacker Top members of the infamous computer hacking group LulzSec have been arrested and charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigations. The FBI New York field office has confirmed the charges and said a court appearance is set for Tuesday.
*This is pathetic. *Actually, it’s less pathetic than it looks, because when Assange got busted his best pal in prison was his Mom, and Assange is 40 years old. via SANS
<img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-38713" title="antisec graffiti" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2012/03/6105814759_dedbb41446_b-660x880.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="880" /> On the heels of 25 arrests of Spanish-speaking anons last week, Anonymous was rocked Tuesday by the news that Hector Xavier Monsegur, the legal name of prominent antisec known as Sabu, has been cooperating with the FBI to hunt down other anon hackers from Lulzsec and Antisec. The chatter on the anon IRC servers and anon-associated Twitter accounts ranged Tuesday from denial about Sabu’s involvement to outrage and hatred for Monsegur. One who worked with Sabu as part of Antisec, the miltant and pranksterish arm of Anonymous, described themselves as “emotionally devastated” and “shocked” by the news. “Sabu was in my opinion a great guy. I was woken up today with the message that the arrests happened.
<img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-35714" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial;" title="Lulzsec-hackers" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2012/01/Lulzsec-hackers-300x296.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="296" /> A top LulzSec leader turned informant last year after he was secretly arrested, providing information to law enforcement that led to the arrests Tuesday of other top members of the hacking group, including one alleged to be deeply involved in December’s Stratfor hack, federal authorities said Tuesday. Hector Xavier Monsegur, a 28-year-old New Yorker who used the online name “Sabu,” has been working undercover for the feds since the FBI arrested him without fanfare last June, a story first reported by Fox News . Monsegur provided agents with information that helped them arrest several suspects on Tuesday, including two men from Great Britain, two from Ireland and an American in Chicago.
As FBI and Scotland Yard investigators recently plotted out a strategy for tracking suspects linked to Anonymous, little did they know that members of the group were eavesdropping on their conference call and recording their plans. The online vigilante group has released a 17-minute clip of a Jan. 17 conference call between investigators discussing evidence gathered against members of the group as well as upcoming plans for arrests. The group also released an e-mail sent out by an FBI agent to law enforcement agents around the world with a phone number and password for accessing the conference call. The FBI has confirmed to the Associated Press that the recording is authentic . AnonymousIRC, a Twitter account purporting to be connected to the group, sent out a tweet on Friday with a link to an audio recording of the call, followed later by a message that read, “The FBI might be curious how we’re able to continuously read their internal comms for some time now.”
It’s hard to report on Anonymous. It’s a non-organization of pranksters-turned-activists-turned-hackers-turned-hot-mess-of-law-enforcement-drama — a story that is hard to get, and hard to write. To work with a secretive and hunted group requires making many non-obvious choices.
A British citizen accused of hacking a number of Hollywood websites has vowed to challenge any possible extradition to the United States. 20-year-old Ryan Cleary - who stands accused of targeting PBS, Sony Pictures and Fox - was indicted yesterday by a US federal grand jury in Los Angeles on multiple counts of computer-related crimes. However, Cleary attorney Karen Todner says her client suffers from Asperger's Syndrome and any initiative to extradite him to the US would be rebuffed. "As yet no decision has been made as to which charges Mr.
The case is likely to add further weight to the case of Gary McKinnon who is currently challenging a US bid to extradite him on charges of hacking into highly sensitive military computers eight years ago. Mr McKinnon, who suffers from autism, admits hacking but claims he was looking for evidence of UFOs. His mother, Janis Sharp, claims that Mr McKinnon would commit suicide if the extradition went ahead. But a recent psychological report suggested Mr McKinnon would be unlikely to take his own life if tried in America. Home Secretary, Theresa May is currently considering his case which is due back before the High Court in July.
Two members of the LulzSec hacking group Monday pleaded guilty to attacking and disabling the Websites of several large organizations, including Central Intelligence Agency, Sony, Fox Entertainment Group, the Arizona State Police and Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA). Ryan Cleary of Wickford, England, pleaded guilty to six of eight charges against him, while Davis, of Lerwick, England, admitted to two of the four charges against him. The duo entered the guilty pleas in Britain's Southwark Crown Court today, according to Bloomberg Businessweek . Both Cleary and Davis still face charges of posting unlawfully obtained data on sites such as PasteBin and Pirate Bay. Two other alleged members of the group, Ryan Ackroyd and an unnamed 17-year-old individual, pleaded not guilty to all charges filed against them, Bloomberg and several British newspapers reported today.
Two members of the computer hacking group LulzSec pleaded guilty to launching distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) in the United Kingdom and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the United States. In London's Southwark Crown Court on Monday, Ryan Cleary, of Wickford, Essex, and Jake Davis, of Lerwick, Shetland, admitted involvement in a string of attacks against several high-profile targets. In addition to SOCA and the CIA, the pair admitted attacking News International, Sony, Nintendo, the Arizona State Police, 20 th Century Fox, HBGary Federal, Infragard, Bethesda, Eve Online, and others.
25 June 2012 Last updated at 13:52 GMT Lulzsec were known for carrying out attacks for the "lulz", a variation of "lol", meaning "laugh out loud" Two members of the computer hacking group Lulzsec have pleaded guilty to charges they attacked several high-profile websites. Ryan Cleary, 19, and Jake Davis, 18, admitted being part of Lulzsec, an offshoot of the Anonymous collective. They and two others - Ryan Ackroyd, 25, and a 17-year-old boy - deny other similar hacking charges.
Ryan Cleary, 19, and Jake Davis, 18, were in court in London yesterday to hear the charges. They also admitted to attacks on websites belonging to Nintendo, the FBI contractor InfraGard and the NHS but denied two other charges relating to posting online unlawfully obtained material in the belief that it could be used to commit crimes. Two other defendants, 25-year-old Ryan Ackroyd and a 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, each faced two charges relating to posting confidential data online. Both denied the charges. The four are accused of involvement in a series of so-called "hacktivist" attacks over a period of more than one year, in which they allegedly flooded websites with requests in order to make them crash. It was revealed in March this year that the group's high-profile leader, Hector Xavier Monsegur, 28, was working as an informant for the FBI for more than six months.
Tuesday saw the news that the FBI had identified and charged six men allegedly behind the hacktivist group LulzSec. Who are the men that the FBI says are behind LulzSec's mayhem? - Arthur Bright , Correspondent 4. Darren Martyn, alleged to be 'Pwnsauce'
Two Irish men were among five arrested as part of investigations into the LulzSec hacking team today. Police in Ireland, the US and UK have taken a total of five men into custody on the foot of information supplied by LulzSec's alleged ringleader Hector Xavier Monsegur (28), aka Sabu, who was arrested last June. According to Fox News Darren "Pwnsauce" Martyn and Donncha "Palladium" O'Cearrbhail have been taken into custody. Also indicted so far are Jake "Topiary" Davis and Ryan "Kayla" Ackroyd of London; and Jeremy "Anarchaos" Hammond of Chicago, who has also been charged in connection with operations by hacktivist collective Anonymous. Davis, a 19-year-old diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, has been under house arrest since August.
19-year old Offaly student Donncha O’Cearrbhail, who goes by the online avatars ‘palladium’, ‘polonium’ and ‘anonsacco’, could spend up to 15 years in prison and face possible extradition to the United States, if successfully convicted of recording a privileged discussion between Scotland Yard and the FBI. He was arrested on Tuesday in Dublin and brought to Terenure Garda Station, where he can be held for 24 hours without charge. The teleconference, which O’Cearrbhail is alleged to have hacked into and recorded on the 17 January using access details obtained from an insecure Garda email account, centred on discussing the online hacking group Annoymous , and cyber crime generally. He is also alleged to have distributed this recording to other individuals.