Hacker 'AnonymouSabu' gains an additional six months of freedom

Hector Monsegur, formerly one of the fighters against the government, is now one of their most powerful allies.

Sabu is a name you may have heard mentioned more than a few times, if you're familiar with the internet's hacking fraternity. 'Sabu', or @anonymouSabu as he went on Twitter, was a prominent figure in hacking.

Sabu played a role with LulzSec in the summer of 2011, with such notable events as the leaking of governmental information. Sabu is often seen as the founding member of LulzSec, but his luck eventually ran out when he was arrested, in June 2011. He was found to be a 28-year-old citizen of New York City called Hector Xavier Monsegur.

Overnight he became an FBI supergrass, reporting on everything his allies did. Assistant U.S. attorney James Pastore stated the following at a secret hearing in 2011:

Since literally the day he was arrested, the defendant has been cooperating with the government proactively," sometimes staying up all night engaging in conversations with co-conspirators to help the government build cases against them.

Not everyone would handle things in such a way. Some hackers might feel their debts had been paid once they had provided the details on their allies. Not Sabu, who has continued to cooperate with the government even to this date.

Two hackers with reputations that Sabu managed to snag were Jake Davis, better known as 'Topiary', and Ryan Cleary. Both were charged for their crimes.

Obviously, when you led a group which achieved the notoriety LulzSec did, you're going to have to pay for your crimes. Monsegur's payment is still not over, and it is looking like he'll be due for a jail sentence soon enough. Thanks to his top-class reporting on other hackers, he's won an additional six months of freedom.

Maybe, just maybe, Sabu is going to turn from an online 'freedom fighter' into the scourge of these hacktivists. If it wins him his freedom for an extended period of time it might be an action he would go on to consider. Different sources have painted him as an extremely intelligent individual, so it's possible he'll continue to bargain with the government.

Sentencing for Monsegur has been delayed until February 22nd, 2013, but this could be subject to change again. Sabu's main strength was the fact that nobody identified him as an asset of the government's. He maintained his online persona of an anti-governmental hacker. His penultimate tweet read simply:

The federal government is run by a bunch of ________ cowards. Don't give in to these people. Fight back. Stay strong.

Other hackers were quick to turn on him, calling him both a 'turncoat' and a 'snitch' for his actions. Snitching has been the difference for Sabu, and as a foster parent of two children, he has his justification.

Source: Sophos Naked Security

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If you want to be the tough guy hacktivist do the time , If you don't stay out of trouble. Hope he gets the crap beaten out of him in prison just for some lulz. Learn him to keep his fat mouth shut. I bet The Jester is still laughing about this lol

Remember kids if you don't want to go to jail....behave yourself

seanseany said,
If you want to be the tough guy hacktivist do the time , If you don't stay out of trouble. Hope he gets the crap beaten out of him in prison just for some lulz. Learn him to keep his fat mouth shut. I bet The Jester is still laughing about this lol

Remember kids if you don't want to go to jail....behave yourself


This This fool Sabu probably already understands he should keeps his big fat mouth shut, he made allot of enemies Hope he burns. Hypocrite douche

Lets leak information of others BUT NOT MY INFO!...cant say it enough... hypocrites.

seanseany said,

Remember kids if you don't want to go to jail....behave yourself

OR

when you get caught just rat everyone out..

who knows maybe you can shoot for paid informant too
many times this has happened. Mafia cases, Hells Angels etc
You can run around like a thug and collect rat money.

lol these are keyboard cowboys. They hide behind a keyboard doing stupid things and saying its for the greater good. EVERY single one of them will squeal the second they are caught.

simplezz said,
Disgusting snitch. If he had a shred of decency, he would have faced the charges like a man.

Boohoo. Someone needs to leak out all the dirty laundry of the government. People you elect shouldn't keep anything from you.

Ambroos said,

Boohoo. Someone needs to leak out all the dirty laundry of the government. People you elect shouldn't keep anything from you.

then why arent you posting under your full name here but as an alias/nickname?
Not all information NEEDS to be leaked. There's a good reason why people and governments keep information hidden from the rest of the world.
Same with Assange, he was crying to leak info to the world, but he himself keeps as much private as he possibly can..... Hypocrites f*cking hypocrites, your a hypocrite too!

With the current unstable world and our 'western enemies' we should take care that the info does not fall int he wrong hands maybe?

Regardlessly, you think info should be freely obtained, I'd love to know your real name, home adres, bank account number and your relatives plaese.

Shadowzz said,

then why arent you posting under your full name here but as an alias/nickname?
Not all information NEEDS to be leaked. There's a good reason why people and governments keep information hidden from the rest of the world.
Same with Assange, he was crying to leak info to the world, but he himself keeps as much private as he possibly can..... Hypocrites f*cking hypocrites, your a hypocrite too!

With the current unstable world and our 'western enemies' we should take care that the info does not fall int he wrong hands maybe?

Regardlessly, you think info should be freely obtained, I'd love to know your real name, home adres, bank account number and your relatives plaese.


I am posting under my real name. Ambroos Vaes is my real name.

Oh dear. What happened to his cause? His justice that he felt he was helping to achieve? Now he's cooperating with the government. What a loser

Spirit Dave said,
Oh dear. What happened to his cause? His justice that he felt he was helping to achieve? Now he's cooperating with the government. What a loser

They may have harrassed him or even his family. They're federals he's dealing with.

If given a choice, would you rather stand up for yourself and your family, or "fellows" from the Internet?

I'm not saying he's done the right or the wrong thing, I'm no person to judge. I just thought that calling him a loser shows a bit of lack of perspective.

Marcin Kurek said,

They may have harrassed him or even his family. They're federals he's dealing with.

If given a choice, would you rather stand up for yourself and your family, or "fellows" from the Internet?

I'm not saying he's done the right or the wrong thing, I'm no person to judge. I just thought that calling him a loser shows a bit of lack of perspective.

You know why I called him a loser? Because he was a monstrous idiot to get involved in the first place and rant about how powerful him and his silly little group were. Well, the tables have turned and he will be utterly sh**ting himself ... and I for one am finding his downfall quite funny

Marcin Kurek said,

They may have harrassed him or even his family. They're federals he's dealing with.

If given a choice, would you rather stand up for yourself and your family, or "fellows" from the Internet?

I'm not saying he's done the right or the wrong thing, I'm no person to judge. I just thought that calling him a loser shows a bit of lack of perspective.

He should have thought about that when he was acting a prick then shouldn't he ? Having a family is not a get out of jail free card !