LulzSec hackers 'brought down' by own leader

Summary:Infamous hacking group LulzSec, while disbanding over eight months ago, has finally been brought to its knees, as its leader allegedly informed the authorities of its members.

Members of LulzSec, the infamous hacking collective loosely associated with Anonymous, have finally been arrested after more than eight months evading U.S. and European law enforcement agencies.

According to FOX News, which broke the story, the leader of the group --- known as Sabu --- allegedly informed U.S. law enforcement of his fellow comrades' names.

28-year-old New York resident Hector Xavier Monsegur, as is his real name, is believed to be the leader of the most prolific hacking group the world has ever seen.

And that's saying something.

To date, three have been arrested and two charged with conspiracy, including two from the UK where they both face trial, another two from Ireland and a fifth from Chicago.

According to the report, Monsegur began co-operating with the authorities after the FBI discovered his identity. Additional charges have been brought against a number of alleged LulzSec members, including Ryan Ackroyd ("Kayla") and Jake Davis ("Topiary"), who are both from the UK, along with Ireland-residents Darren Martyn ("pwnsauce”) and Donncha O’Cearrbhail ("palladium"), and Anonymous member Jeremy Hammond ("Anarchaos") who lives in Chicago.

It is understood that the court files relating to LulzSec members are to be unsealed later today, where the details of the ongoing transatlantic law enforcement case will be made public.

The group has been behind some of the most prolific online attacks the Web has seen in years. Some of the group's hacking attempts has resulted in vast leaks of data, and even increased Wikileaks' portfolio of secret documents.

The group has successfully leaked gigabytes of law enforcement data and released over 90,000 military email profiles, all under the heading of #AntiSec, or Operation: Anti-Security, a movement that sought to exploit the poor security in a number of high profile servers and websites.

It has set the CIA, the FBI, and other intelligence services in its crosshairs, and even hit consumers where it hurts, in what was described as "F**k FBI Friday". Yet ironically, the man who helped spearhead such a campaign was working out of the local FBI office to catch his accomplices, a source who knows Monsegur said.

British SOCA officials and police officers along with FBI agents were thought to have been collaborating a transatlantic effort in bringing the hacking group to its knees. That is when Anonymous struck and accessed and recorded a conference call between the two law enforcement agencies, and posted it on YouTube.

The group disbanded after 50 days of hacking and leaking data.

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Topics: Security

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Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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