Sabu was a model informant, spied all night on LulzSec

Hector Xavier Monsegur, also known by his hacker handle "Sabu," was a model informant who worked around the clock to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation nab his fellow LulzSec hackers, according to court documents that were made public Thursday, reports The Wall Street Journal.

"Since literally the day [Monsegur] was arrested, the defendant has been cooperating with the government proactively," Assistant U.S. Attorney James Pastore said at a secret bail hearing on Aug. 5, 2011, according to a transcript released on Thursday. Monsegur even stayed up all night sometimes, communicating with his co-conspirators in LulzSec to help the government build cases against them, according to the transcript.

Monsegur was arrested at 10:15 pm on June 7, 2011, and placed under supervision by FBI agents shortly after that. His file was then sealed by a judge in order to obfuscate Monsegur's status as a government mole from his fellow LulzSec members, who were known to monitor public court dockets.

Prosecutors in the case said that Monsegur agreed to cooperate at "a significant amount of personal risk" to himself. Monsegur was closely monitored throughout the investigation with software that tracked his online activity and with video surveillance inside his home.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the information that Monsegur gathered while working as an informant helped federal agents thwart more than 300 attacks that were planned by other hackers. Additionally, charges were brought against six men as announced on Tuesday. Monsegur's identity as "Sabu" was publicly revealed after those charges were made.

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Way to fight the power bro. What happened to all this "you'll never catch me alive coppers"?

The guy was a bum and I thought it was hilarious that they kept denying his identity when someone in Anonymous revealed his identity.

Davo said,
...I thought it was hilarious that they kept denying his identity when someone in Anonymous revealed his identity.
Backtrace was made up of ex-Anons, but they misspelled his name. A-Team also misspelled his name. And because they both completely wiffed on other lulzsec members, nobody believed they got Sabu right. Jester got it right a few months later, but he's never been an Anon.

And that my friends is why you never should play the bad games without proper security in place on your end to save your a**...

That guy has probably been able to catch lots of emails that got registered/logged into from unproxied/vpn'ed (just one of the keys that you need) connections belonging to his fellow suspects.

HAH!

Darwin 1
"look at me i'm such a leet hacker... oh whoops!" guys 0

If you want to play the hacker game, attend security class first!

GS:mac

Colin McGregor said,
$1000 says all the little script kiddy turds that got busted talked like a canary after calling their mommys to come get them from jail.

Canaries don't talk.

Relativity_17 said,

Canaries don't talk.

Hey, it's just like a screen door on a battleship. Now make like a tree and get out of here...

when you have 2 kids that will go to foster homes if you go to jail , you dont have to many choises.
Then again ... he shouldnt have done it in the first place ...

drotaru said,
when you have 2 kids that will go to foster homes if you go to jail , you dont have to many choises.
Then again ... he shouldnt have done it in the first place ...

He still deserves to go to jail, though. It would be a shame for his kids but unfortunately that is a problem that happens often in life.

drotaru said,
you dont have to many choises.

Yes, its that question: How many you would kill in order to save your own life? For some answer would be "All humans, because I had no choice" .

Good. He might be scum but at least he helped stop other immature hackers. I don't have a problem with white hat hacking but there are certain principals to be followed which is called 'responsible disclosure', what they did was anything but responsible, they were not white hat and needed to be stopped.

Simon- said,
Good. He might be scum but at least he helped stop other immature hackers. I don't have a problem with white hat hacking but there are certain principals to be followed which is called 'responsible disclosure', what they did was anything but responsible, they were not white hat and needed to be stopped.

They aren't hackers nor is anon. No hacker is never going public and saying "oh i hacked the feds" etc. Even making statments like that on twitter and facebook? C'mon you can use hundreds of proxies that won't help you anymore you'll still be traced down by the real "hackers" working for feds.

Simon- said,
Good. He might be scum but at least he helped stop other immature hackers. I don't have a problem with white hat hacking but there are certain principals to be followed which is called 'responsible disclosure', what they did was anything but responsible, they were not white hat and needed to be stopped.

Yeah.. he started it all... he was the supposed "mastermind".. and who ever followed him .. got jailed.
Way to go.
He should have his head chopped off.

NightSt@lk3r said,
Was not a fan of the way lulzsec went about there business, but also cant stand snitches, he will get whats coming to him.

You can't stand people who report criminals, in order to help make society a safer place? Why?

Callum said,
You can't stand people who report criminals, in order to help make society a safer place? Why?
Indeed. I really, really dislike how being an informant to the police is implied to be something bad.

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