Former-“Anonymous”-hactivist-turned-FBI-informant Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka "Sabu," has turned to the news media to defend himself against accusations of “snitching” on his colleagues.
Hector Monsegur, aka Sabu, walked free Tuesday with little more than a slap on the wrist. Jeremy Hammond, the whistle-blowing hacker who leaked information about security firm Stratfor, was sentenced to 10 years thanks in part to Monsegur's work as an informant.
U.S. authorities have arrested 20-year-old Raynaldo Rivera of Tempe, Ariz., an alleged member of the hacking group LulzSec, on suspicion of hacking computer systems belonging to Sony Pictures Europe. If convicted, he could face 15 years in prison.
Earlier this month, several members of LulzSec, an offshoot of Anonymous, were charged with hacking, reportedly on the basis of reports from an FBI informer described in the media as a leader of LulzSec, notorious for its exploits against Sony, the CIA, the US Senate, the FBI, Visa, MasterCard and PayPal Earlier this month, several members of LulzSec, an offshoot of Anonymous, were charged with hacking, reportedly on the basis of reports from an FBI informer described in the media as a leader of LulzSec.
You didn't think Anonymous would stand idly by after the arrests of several members of the hacker collective's extended network, did you? Well, it didn't. On Friday, news broke that AntiSec, an Anonymous spinoff group, had struck at two companies in retaliation for the LulzSec bust that happened earlier in the week.
Christmas Day was apparently the perfect day for a little holiday hactivism by the team of international cyber-teurs known collectively as Anonymous, as they rolled out the latest phase of their Operation Anti-Security initiative by cheerfully hacking their way into a security firm in Texas to avail themselves of clients' personal and financial information.
Whatever else might be said about groups like Anonymous and LulzSec -- and the MSM says plenty without saying much -- they don't play Assuming the position of the rogue hacktivist, their members take on big targets in business, government (more) .
The same devices that enabled hackers to sabotage centrifuges at an Iranian nuclear plant last year are being used to control access to jail cells in some of the United States' most important high-security prisons. (more)