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|Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:33 pm Post subject: Hacking Group leader was working for FBI
LulzSec leader Sabu was working for us, says FBI
Hacking group leader, identified as Hector Xavier Monsegur, revealed as FBI mole as five other alleged LulzSec members arrested
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.
But the explosive revelation that LulzSec's leader was cooperating with the FBI, even while he was claiming to hate the government, could lead to the arrest of other hackers within the broader Anonymous group. It will also heighten distrust among the more powerful members of the collective – where paranoia about security always runs high anyway.
An FBI official was quoted by Fox News, which broke the story, as saying: "This is devastating to the organisation … we're chopping off the head of LulzSec."
LulzSec span out of Anonymous, the loose hacking collective, around the beginning of 2011, and engaged on a series of hacks into large and small organisations
But tensions within the group became evident from leaked chat logs published in June last year which showed Sabu, as the head of the group, struggling to maintain order as some members of the group worried that they had gone too far in attacking an FBI-affiliated site.
At that time, Sabu was still on the hackers' side – but according to Fox News, the FBI tracked him down, possibly with the help of information gathered by rival hackers such as The Jester, thought to be an ex-US military member who took against LulzSec and its objectives early on. He was one of a number of hackers who connected Sabu with Monsegur last year.
A key clue that Sabu might have been captured came last summer, when his Twitter feed – usually active almost around the clock – suddenly went quiet for roughly two months. Monsegur's final tweet, as Sabu, quoted German revolutionary Rosa Luxembourg: "Die Revolution sagt ich bin, ich war, ich werde sein" – which translated means: "The revolution says I am, I was, I will be."
So the attack on Stratfor was actually carried out by the FBI...
|Bin Laden WAS NOT buried at sea, but flown to the U.S. for cremation at secret location, claims intelligence boss in leaked email
Emails purported to be obtained by hacker group Anonymous dispute White House version of terror leader's final resting place
Believed to be part of 2.7million emails obtained from intelligence analysis group Stratfor and shared with WikiLeaks
Stratfor calls hackers 'thieves' and says some emails may have been forged or altered
Revelations come as FBI arrests key members of hacking group LulzSec, an offshoot of Anonymous
So FBI led the attack on Stratfor that now say "Bin Laden was NOT buried at sea" - r-i-g-h-t!
Trustworthy Freedom Fighter
Joined: 05 Sep 2006
|Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:37 pm Post subject:
|hmm 124 years or work for FBI hmm bit of a no brainer
|LulzSec leader 'Sabu' was FBI informant
By Tom Espiner , 6 March, 2012 19:24
A prominent member of the LulzSec hacking group was an FBI informant, ZDNet UK understands.
'Sabu', whose real name is Hector Xavier Monsegur, began working for the FBI after being arrested in June last year, Fox News said on Tuesday. A law enforcement source confirmed that Monsegur had been a "human source" for the FBI.
Fox Broadcasting was one of the organisations attacked by Monsegur, according to court documents unsealed on Tuesday. Monsegur, who also went by 'Xavier DeLeon' and 'Leon,' was involved in attacks on other organisations including Visa, MasterCard, Paypal, HBGary, Sony, Infragard Members Alliance, PBS, the Tribune Company, and the Tunisian, Algerian, Yemeni, and Zimbabwean governments, according to the documents. Before agreeing to become an informant for the FBI, Monsegur faced a maximum jail term of 124 years and six months in prison.
The Fox hack exposed over 70,000 confidential details of potential 'X Factor' contestants, said the FBI. The Sony hack exposed confidential data on 100,000 users of Sony's website.
Monsegur pleaded guilty to hacking charges on 15 August 2011, according to the document unsealed in the District Court of the Southern District of New York. ZDNet UK understands he was instrumental in helping the FBI and international law enforcement track down members of the LulzSec, Internet Feds, and Anonymous hacking groups.
Twitter accounts associated with Anonymous distanced Sabu from Anonymous operations on Tuesday.
"#Anonymous has grown beyond #LulzSec and @anonymouSabu," said one Tweet from AnonymousIRC.
Monsegur was accused of being an FBI informant in a chatlog posted to Pastebin on August 16, the day after Monsegur pleaded guilty to LulzSec hacking charges. A person with the hacker handle 'Virus' said Sabu had offered money for information on members of Anonymous.
Privacy campaigner Alex Hanff, who is not involved in any of the hacking groups, told ZDNet UK on Tuesday that he had been invited to a chatroom in late January to talk to members of LulzSec about responsible disclosure of documents, including one claiming to be Sabu. Hanff said since January 'Sabu' had become increasingly strident, and had acted like an agent provocateur.
"'Sabu' was talking about literally starting physical attacks," said Hanff. "The agenda was to move to more physical attacks on political targets."
Hanff said that the 'Sabu' from the chat room had endeavoured to agitate impressionable young people into performing acts of real damage over the past months.
"Every time I tried to get Anonymous members to calm down, I was attacked by 'Sabu'," said Hanff. "He was actively pushing the group to become more and more aggressive."
'Sabu' launched an attack against Privacy International servers in response to Hanff trying to calm the situation, Hanff said.
On Tuesday the FBI named five people suspected of involvement in LulzSec, Anonymous, and Internet Feds operations. UK suspect Jake Davis, who is alleged to be LulzSec spokesperson 'Topiary', was named in the indictment unsealed on Tuesday. Davis, from Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, was arrested by UK police in September 2011, and is due to appear at Southwark Crown Court on 11 May for a plea and case management hearing.
Ryan Ackroyd, from Doncaster, who is suspected of being 'Kayla', was interviewed by police from the Metropolitan Police Central eCrime Unit on Tuesday, said the FBI statement.
ZDNet UK understands that UK police interviewed a teenager in July 2011 and Davis in September 2011 on suspicion of being connected with the LulzSec attacks.
FBI conference call hack
One Irishman was arrested on suspicion of being involved in LulzSec hacks on Tuesday, including a hack which recorded a conference call by law enforcement to discuss ongoing LulzSec investigations.
Donncha O'Cearrbhail was arrested by the Irish An Garda Síochána on Tuesday morning at Terenure Garda Station in South Dublin after an investigation into LulzSec by the Garda Fraud Investigation Bureau, a Garda spokesman told ZDNet UK on Tuesday.
"We arrested one male today in relation to hacking," said the spokesman.
O'Cearrbhail is suspected of being behind the publication of a conference call between the FBI, the Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit, and other law enforcement agencies to discuss LulzSec and Anonymous hacking activities. O'Cearrbhail allegedly hacked into the personal email account of a Garda officer, who had been forwarding work emails to a personal account, and recorded the call.
"O'Cearrbhail learned information about how to access a conference call that the Garda, the FBI, and other law enforcement agencies were planning to hold on January 17, 2012 regarding international investigations of Anonymous and other hacking groups," the FBI said in its statement. "O'Cearrbhail then accessed and secretly recorded the January 17 international law enforcement conference call, and then disseminated the illegally-obtained recording to others."
O'Cearrbhail is also suspected of being involved in a hack of the Irish Fine Gael political party.
Darren Martyn, of Galway, was accused in the indictment of being involved as 'pwnsauce' in hacks on Sony, the Bethseda Softworks video game company, and PBS.
Stratfor hack 'netted $700,000'
Late on Monday, Jeremy Hammond was arrested in Chicago on suspicion of being 'Anarchaos' and taking part in a hack on Strafor that may have affected up to 860,000 people, said the FBI. Hammond and other hackers are alleged to have stolen credit card information of 60,000 users of the intelligence company, and is accused of using the data to steal $700,000 (£445,000).
"In publicising the Stratfor hack, members of AntiSec reaffirmed their connection to Anonymous and other related groups, including LulzSec," said the FBI. "For example, AntiSec members published a document with links to the stolen Stratfor data entitled, 'Anonymous Lulzxmas rooting you proud' on a file-sharing website."
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