LulzSec leader joins the Feds (Update: Anonymous responds)

Meet Sabu, the leader of LulzSec and the man behind a string of arrests earlier today that put most of the top members of the infamous antisec group behind bars. “This is devastating to the organization. We’re chopping off the head of LulzSec," an FBI official told Fox News.

Since he was caught in June, Sabu - who's real name is Hector Xavier Monsegur - has been working with the FBI to bring down the organization he built. According to an unnamed source, the following people were arrested or had additional charges brought against them: London's Ryan “Kayla” Ackroyd, and Jake “Topiary" Davis; Darren “pwnsauce” Martyn, and Donncha “palladium" O’Cearrbhail, of Ireland; and Chicago's own Jeremy “Anarchaos,” Hammond.

It was Hammond who was the main man behind last year's attack on Stratfor, which led to tons of personal information and credit cards being released on Wikileaks, and the source said that he would be charged under a separate indictment as a member of Anonymous. Ackroyd and Davis worked together to expose security flaws in the US Senate's computer system.

If it seems like it was just yesterday that Sabu was tweeting obscenities about the government, that's because he was. His betrayal (he seemed so trustworthy!) will no doubt come as a surprise to many, but it's doubtful that it will be quite as devastating to the highly disorganized hacker community as the FBI is hoping. Still, it's definitely a pretty big blow to the morale of a 'group' that had seemed almost invulnerable up until now.

Fox News also revealed some interesting details about the hacker king (we're not stupid enough to call him the 'King of Anonymous' like Fox did). Sabu is a 28 year old father of two, unemployed (he was a former employee of LimeWire) and living off a welfare check in a housing project on New York's Lower East Side, and that's at the root of why he was willing to play snitch. “It was because of his kids,” one of the FBI agents involved in unmasking him said. “He’d do anything for his kids. He didn’t want to go away to prison and leave them. That’s how we got him.”

Someone close to Sabu described him as 'lazy, an underachiever complacent with his lifestyle.' He trained himself to program and hack on his own, and never went to college. But all it took was one slip up to get caught. He logged into an IRC chat room without masking his IP. The FBI bided their time, watching and making a case against him, until they finally struck in June, fearing that he might destroy evidence against him after his identity was briefly but publicly revealed online.

Although he was extremely talented when it came to computers, politics drove Sabu to fight capitalism and the government. “It’s sad, really," an official told Fox. "Sabu could be making millions of bucks heading the IT security department of a major company. But look at him, he’s impoverished, living off public assistance and was forced between turning on his friends and spending a lifetime in jail."

Image via Fox News

Update 4:00 PM EST:

Anonymous has responded via Twitter to the revelation of Sabu's betrayl. Here's a selection of what isn't too vulgar to be reproduced on respectable mediums such as Neowin.





 



 

 

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Apparently having kids is a get out of jail free card. So remember to use that excuse if you ever get arrested over something, and refer to this case as the standard.

He should have his kids taken away for being an unfit parent. What an awful thing to teach your kids, to grow up to be criminals.

milesfromordinary said,
I am so not surprised that he was a welfare recipient living in the projects.
Yeah especially considering that phat diamond in his ear! lol. Probably cz.

They better not be letting this guy off the hook. He is the very person more responsible than anyone else for what went on. He was the lulzsec leader,why should he get off? He even threatened to kill another member if they didn't do what he wanted, from a chat log that was leaked.

Say it ain't so!! He ratted out people to save his own arse? SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE!

Sabu could have started his own "white hat" security company and would have been noticed and probably offered a job in a BIG IT COMPANY. Know of anyone else like that? I can name a few that work for Apple, Microsoft, etc.

He could have also done TECH work to support his kids. Instead he sat in his "GEEK" cave and spent probably 20 hours of his day hacking and chatting. He wasn't contributing to society like he could have instead he leeched off of it and then went after it. I hope he gets a few years of community service at least and some time behind bars. I am sure a lifetime of not being able to own a computer would be a good value add

That photo is the same face on the photo posted last year exposing Sabu by another hacker. Along with his personal info. That's the same time Sabu stopped tweeting for a long while.

The lulzs is on him now.

I think it's funny that whoever Fox was talking to had the gall to think that "Sabu could be making millions of bucks heading the IT security department of a major company. "

How many IT Security departments are made up of people who are self-educated?

Mine company's security dept is made up of educated security experts and former police officers.

dotf said,
I think it's funny that whoever Fox was talking to had the gall to think that "Sabu could be making millions of bucks heading the IT security department of a major company. "

How many IT Security departments are made up of people who are self-educated?

Mine company's security dept is made up of educated security experts and former police officers.

and that's probably why most of them suck

dotf said,
I think it's funny that whoever Fox was talking to had the gall to think that "Sabu could be making millions of bucks heading the IT security department of a major company. "

How many IT Security departments are made up of people who are self-educated?

Mine company's security dept is made up of educated security experts and former police officers.

a part of the problem with most current security officers, they are so stuck on protocol and the law that they really get nothing done and miss holes due to "protocol" being followed... sometimes you need outside hacking firms to step in and find stuff you miss in your processes

primexx said,
and that's probably why most of them suck

I concur, but that is the state of business in North America.
I'm just saying it was daft of someone to think that the person best suited would actually get opportunity.

Sabu is a 28 year old father of two, unemployed (he was a former employee of LimeWire) and living off a welfare check in a housing project on New York's Lower East Side

Anyone else not surprised?

no-sweat said,

Anyone else not surprised?

Look what our welfare money is doing - helping people not need a job so they can do other things, like hacking and releasing innocent people's data.

It's amazing how people like this will try to act tough and stand up to 'the man' when they're anonymous (no pun intended) but they give up all their supposed beliefs to save their own ass the minute they get caught.

t_r_nelson said,
It's amazing how people like this will try to act tough and stand up to 'the man' when they're anonymous (no pun intended) but they give up all their supposed beliefs to save their own ass the minute they get caught.

Sacrificing your children and family is the manly thing to do!

t_r_nelson said,
It's amazing how people like this will try to act tough and stand up to 'the man' when they're anonymous (no pun intended) but they give up all their supposed beliefs to save their own ass the minute they get caught.

You are right sir.

dead.cell said,

Sacrificing your children and family is the manly thing to do!

Shouldn't have been doing it in the first place if he cared about them that much.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
What a backstabbing snake!

i know it's easy for people to say that... but if you where in that spot i am willing to bet the vast majority would not take the jail sentence (especially if it's a lengthy one) especially when they got kids like he does.

WHO'S LULZING NOW HUH??

I'm all for white hat hackers who discover holes and warn companies, just don't release innocent people's details in the process.. <_<

He should've been thinking about his kids before he started all this hacking etc with all that talent he has using it for all the wrong reasons instead of making a huge bank roll legit.

Tender Foot said,
He should've been thinking about his kids before he started all this hacking etc with all that talent he has using it for all the wrong reasons instead of making a huge bank roll legit.

I Agree. what i don't get is if the person is that good to where they could get a high paying job. WHY bother with that stuff as in the end they all get caught as the more people involved the more likely it is for someone to make a small slip up just enough to bring the whole thing crashing down. you see that stuff all of the time as once you become to big and get onto the radar of FBI etc it's basically a matter of time before your caught.

history repeats itself constantly like this. there will be more hackers into the future who never learn their lesson with cases like this. plus i don't think a lot of them realize the penalty for doing that sort of stuff and think it's just a game until they are caught and are up in the court room etc.

p.s. i know they are basically anti-gov and all and many of us are not big fans of the gov but at the end of the day it's not worth messing with this hacking stuff for what little you gain to the penalty's involved. like risk vs reward, it just don't add up.

Tom said,
Inb4 anonymous retaliation.

Yeah, retaliation, they will probably hack his computer and delete all his pirated files lol

causa45 said,

Yeah, retaliation, they will probably hack his computer and delete all his pirated files lol

Or photoshop his face in anger! OHHHHH SNAAAAP!

Exosphere said,

He's the one not in jail, he's not silly.

Might not be in jail but all the hackers now know his name and when his companions get out ("if" im not following the story) they will no doubt want some sort of revenge. If it was one of them he wouldnt want them speaking but because he was a fool "yeh i'll co-op".

causa45 said,
Good to see him working on the right side of the law now!
That's how you see it really?

He's nothing more than a snitch who saved himself. He will probably not be any benefit to society

Rudy said,
That's how you see it really?

He's nothing more than a snitch who saved himself. He will probably not be any benefit to society

that describes the personality of lulz guys pretty much I think... only being the freedom fighter until their anonymity exists; as soon as caught they are just some whiny little boys busted by the big bad policeman

well, lulz the name, lol's what they get

even though this way he'll might have a life that matters - you know, like work, family and such instead of a nice cell shared with an overfriendly guy

Morden said,
as soon as caught they are just some whiny little boys busted by the big bad policeman

It's funny the way people characterize both LulzSec and Anonymous this way. Makes me laugh my ass off when I picture Sony struggling to fix their network after some snot nose little kids kicked their network in the balls.

dead.cell said,

It's funny the way people characterize both LulzSec and Anonymous this way. Makes me laugh my ass off when I picture Sony struggling to fix their network after some snot nose little kids kicked their network in the balls.

its cause they are kiddies... they are all script kiddies who dont know what they are doing... probs 1 or 2 people in each group who know something and they organise it

causa45 said,
Good to see him working on the right side of the law now!

Shame on him.
LulzSec was an important group, like it or not.
I don't know why people hate them so much, it feels right to have a Strong organization other than the governement in the Online World.

SPEhosting said,

its cause they are kiddies... they are all script kiddies who dont know what they are doing... probs 1 or 2 people in each group who know something and they organise it

Which makes it more scary that big companies info (our info) is so easy to get into. I know nothing about picking locks, but if I can break into someone's house with so little knowledge it's fair to assume that their security wasn't worth a dime

dead.cell said,

It's funny the way people characterize both LulzSec and Anonymous this way. Makes me laugh my ass off when I picture Sony struggling to fix their network after some snot nose little kids kicked their network in the balls.

they are script kiddies... ah, and anon with the available-for-everyone downloadable tool... and lol again for that tools name; LOIC: i see some little ass think he is all powerful and holding a big ****ing gun to the head of who the hell cares

boumboqc said,

Shame on him.
LulzSec was an important group, like it or not.
I don't know why people hate them so much, it feels right to have a Strong organization other than the governement in the Online World.

It was nice to know that the government and supporting companies couldn't corrupt things any more without at least a little resistance. 'Tis a shame.

Pygmy_Hippo said,
Which makes it more scary that big companies info (our info) is so easy to get into. I know nothing about picking locks, but if I can break into someone's house with so little knowledge it's fair to assume that their security wasn't worth a dime

This. You can call them all the names you want guys, but it's only making the people they hacked, slammed, and what have you look much much worse by comparison.

This is why I find the insults against them to be humorous. A billion dollar company, government agencies, hell.. even SECURITY companies shouldn't be falling victim to these "kids".