Top members of the infamous hacker group LulzSec have been arrested following the group's leader, Sabu, apparently giving up the names of his co-hackers.
After being arrested in June 2011, Sabu, was turned from anti-government "hacktivist" to informant, secretly providing information that lead to the tracking down of five more key members of the hacking group he used to lead.
One member, Jake Davis, aka “Topiary,” was arrested shortly after Sabu in the summer of last year while further arrests took place yesterday and this morning. Fox News reports the four further men as being identified by sources as: Ryan Ackroyd, aka “Kayla” of London; Darren Martyn, aka “pwnsauce” and Donncha O’Cearrbhail, aka “palladium,” both of Ireland; and Jeremy Hammond aka “Anarchaos,” of Chicago.
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Meanwhile, Hector Xavier Monsegur, known as Sabu, has been charged with 12 criminal counts of conspiracy to engage in computer hacking, as well as a number of other crimes. Monsegur pleaded guilty to carrying out online attacks against PayPal and Mastercard, according to court reports.
The charges against him were filed in federal court in New York via "a criminal information". Such a document typically means a suspect has likely been cooperating with law enforcement. It is suspected Sabu co-operated with the FBI upon his arrest in return for a lenient sentence that would allow him to return to home to his two young children He has been released on bail.
LulzSec, is a hacking crew believed to be formed of up to 10 people, which are part of the wider Anonymous group. LulzSec formed around the beginning of 2011, and engaged in a series of hacks into large and small organisations.
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