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BY JESSICA SIBERT

The FBI arrested top members of the prolific international hacking group “LulzSec” today — thanks to the help of the hackers’ own leader. FBN has more.

“The arrests have largely been on evidence that was gathered with the help of the organization’s leader who apparently was secretly working with the government for months—this is an off-shoot of that big hacking group, Anonymous, so a big arrest there.”

Agents say Hector Xavier Monsegur allegedly commanded the international team of hackers under the nickname “Sabu” — and until the FBI found him last June, a writer for Forbes says Sabu seemed untouchable.

“Despite leading the Anonymous sub-group LulzSec in attacks on dozens of targets while a police investigation ensnared most of the hackers who worked with him, he somehow escaped arrest. Now it’s becoming clearer how he did it: He seems to have been playing both sides of the game.”

One law enforcement official tells Fox News — Sabu, the unemployed father of two who lived in a New York public housing project, was brilliant, but lazy.

“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. It’s sad, really.”

But a writer for Gawker says Sabu should look out — hackers around the world are bound to be upset.

“Who knows how many other Anons Sabu has snitched on. Just last week, he urged hackers to come forward with ‘data to publish (big dumps, source codes, cache of documents, etc).’ Sabu was a linchpin of Anonymous, and there are going to be a lot of worried hackers out there today.”

And a writer for the Atlantic Wire wonders if the FBI even has the right guy.

“Those familiar with the hacker ways will know that doxing (that’s hackerspeak for exposing one’s true identity) can be a very complex game, and this is hardly the first time that someone’s claimed to identify Sabu or other LulzSec leaders…it’s possible they did grab the wrong Sabu or that Sabu is actually the identity of several Anonymous affiliates.”

LulzSec, an abbreviation for Lulz Security, has taken credit for hacking several high profile institutions, including the CIA, FBI, and Stratfor.

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Mar 6, 2012

International Hacking Group Ratted Out By Own Leader

(Image source: Gizmodo)

BY JESSICA SIBERT

The FBI arrested top members of the prolific international hacking group “LulzSec” today — thanks to the help of the hackers’ own leader. FBN has more.

“The arrests have largely been on evidence that was gathered with the help of the organization’s leader who apparently was secretly working with the government for months—this is an off-shoot of that big hacking group, Anonymous, so a big arrest there.”

Agents say Hector Xavier Monsegur allegedly commanded the international team of hackers under the nickname “Sabu” — and until the FBI found him last June, a writer for Forbes says Sabu seemed untouchable.

“Despite leading the Anonymous sub-group LulzSec in attacks on dozens of targets while a police investigation ensnared most of the hackers who worked with him, he somehow escaped arrest. Now it’s becoming clearer how he did it: He seems to have been playing both sides of the game.”

One law enforcement official tells Fox News — Sabu, the unemployed father of two who lived in a New York public housing project, was brilliant, but lazy.

“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. It’s sad, really.”

But a writer for Gawker says Sabu should look out — hackers around the world are bound to be upset.

“Who knows how many other Anons Sabu has snitched on. Just last week, he urged hackers to come forward with ‘data to publish (big dumps, source codes, cache of documents, etc).’ Sabu was a linchpin of Anonymous, and there are going to be a lot of worried hackers out there today.”

And a writer for the Atlantic Wire wonders if the FBI even has the right guy.

“Those familiar with the hacker ways will know that doxing (that’s hackerspeak for exposing one’s true identity) can be a very complex game, and this is hardly the first time that someone’s claimed to identify Sabu or other LulzSec leaders…it’s possible they did grab the wrong Sabu or that Sabu is actually the identity of several Anonymous affiliates.”

LulzSec, an abbreviation for Lulz Security, has taken credit for hacking several high profile institutions, including the CIA, FBI, and Stratfor.

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