LulzSec Leaders No Longer Anonymous After Arrests Worldwide

Hacker collective LulzSec spent much of last year causing chaos for gamers and video game companies. Among other exploits, they targeted BioWare, Sony, Nintendo, EVE Online and Minecraft.

LulzSec effectively stopped operations in 2011, after perhaps drawing a little too much attention to themselves from government authorities.

According to the FBI, the head of LulzSec, known online as Sabu, is really Hector Xavier Monsegur, a 28-year-old father of two from New York. And apparently, as a report from Fox News states, he's been informing on LulzSec since being caught last June.

After the FBI unmasked Monsegur last June, he became a cooperating witness, sources told FoxNews.com.

"They caught him and he was secretly arrested and now works for the FBI," a source close to Sabu told FoxNews.com.

Monsegur pleaded guilty Aug. 15 to 12 hacking-related charges and information documenting his admissions is expected to be unsealed in Southern District Court on Tuesday.

The FBI investigation with which Monsegur assisted has resulted in five further arrests today, as law enforcement officials around the world zeroed in on the remaining leadership of LulzSec. According to the same Fox News report, the five persons charged are:

  • Ryan Ackroyd ("Kayla"), from London
  • Jake Davis ("Topiary"), from London
  • Darren Martyn ("pwnsauce"), from Ireland
  • Donncha O'Cearrbhail ("palladium"), from Ireland
  • Jeremy Hammond ("Anarchaos"), from Chicago

The indictment formally charging the five men is expected to be unsealed in court today. The FBI, meanwhile, is reportedly very happy with their work:

"This is devastating to the organisation," said an FBI official involved with the investigation. "We're chopping off the head of LulzSec."

EXCLUSIVE: Infamous international hacking group LulzSec brought down by own leader [Fox News, via Gizmodo]

Top photo: Hector Xavier Monsegur via Fox News

Comments

    Pfft they reap what they sow. About time LulzSec get taken down. Anonymous' turn next please

    There will be many lulz had in prison.

      The other inmates are going to want to have some of that pwnsauce... That is so wrong.

      P.S.

      I love how now my two favorite Pokemon are pictured on a majority of the comment sections now. Good choice!

    I like how American always thinks (to use metaphor) chopping of the head of a hydra will kill it,when in fact it grows back stronger and more angry, just like more dangerous terrorists members will replace ones who have been killed previously these "so called leaders" will just get replaced by the next.

      True, but they still need to try. And the best thing to do is cauterise the wound to prevent a new head growing. How to do that? Showing no one is anonymous and that they can't trust each other is a good start.

      But if you cut the head off a cockroach, it dies slowly of starvation. So is LulzSec a fearsome many headed hydra devouring what it sees? Or is it a cockroach hiding in the dark waiting for something to be left out unprotected?

    Remember this day my friends, for it is the day pwnsauce was finally brought to justice.

    As far as I know, Sabu did a lot of work under Anon. Two birds with one stone.

    About freaking time. I can kinda see some of what Anonymous is trying to achieve, but Lulzsec are just a bunch of stupid jerks who want chaos and anarchy. Good riddance.

    May they be sodomized frequently and painfully during their prison terms.

    As much as I agree its good that these people have been caught, I don't really think any of them will be given a long jail sentence. If anything what'll happen will be similar to what happened with Sabu, have a short jail term if any then go to work for the FBI or equivilent organisations. It's better to have people with these sort of 'skills' working for agencies like this on a very short leash than it is to have their 'talents' rot in a jail cell.

    I think they'll all be given long sentences, otherwise what kind of message are they sending? Hack stuff and come work for the FBI.
    What ever happens to Sabu, I think the life of a snitch in any society isn't a great one. If he is freed, any time he opens an online account etc i imagine he'll be shitting bricks.

      how do you think most hackers get jobs / recognition? =/

    So the fact that the "secret" is out and they are publicly announcing arrests and the lulzsec mole...does that mean that the FBI has no more leads?

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