LulzSec mastermind helps FBI arrest notorious hacktivists

LulzSec mastermind helps FBI arrest notorious hacktivists

Summary: The mastermind behind LulzSec cooperated with law enforcement authorities to identify and arrest other leaders of the notorious hacking group.


Authorities in the U.S. and the U.K. have arrested five men linked to the notorious LulzSec hacking group, including a 28-year-old New Yorker fingered as the mastermind behind several high-profile hacking attacks.

follow Ryan Naraine on twitter According to an FBI indictment (pdf file), Hector Xavier Monsegur was the hacker known as "Sabu" who was an influential member of three hacktivist organizations -- Anonymous, LulsZec and and Internet Feds.  Monsegur (pictured above), cooperated with federal law enforcement authorities to identify and arrest other leaders of the groups, according to a FoxNews report.

The report said Monsegur pleaded guilty on August 15 last year to  12 hacking-related charges, including hacks against Sony, Fox News, the CIA, the FBI and several international government agencies.

The other alleged LulzSec hackers rounded up included Ryan Ackroyd, aka “Kayla” and Jake Davis, aka “Topiary,” both of London; Darren Martyn, aka “pwnsauce” and Donncha O’Cearrbhail, aka “palladium,” both of Ireland; and Jeremy Hammond aka “Anarchaos,” of Chicago.

The report said Hammond is believed to have been the main person behind the December hack on U.S. security company Stratfor.

UPDATE:  Here is the official FBI announcement with the juicy details.

Topics: Government US, Government, Security

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  • LulzSec mastermind helps FBI arrest notorious hacktivists

    I hope that Hector Xavier Monsegur gets every thing he deserves
  • yes, I agree with jesus-fing-wept

    He should immediately get a job with the CIA! That is what he deserves, he needs to teach them how NOT to be vulnerable. It is SO sad how vulnerable every corporation, as well as just about every DOD (Dept. of Defense) entity is when it comes to Computer Security...and none take it seriously. Anyone ready for the entire power grid to go down through an easy hack? It is possible today. Google it.

    • This is a great idea

      This is a good idea. Only, how can we be sure that he won't use his security clearance to find even more breaches in their systems and make them known...
  • what

    He deserves to have his butt tossed in jail and it sure doesn't look like he deserves to be on welfare. I wonder if his mommy knows whats this child has done with his life. Too bad the death penalty is not on the table.....