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March 06, 2012

FBI Starts To Roll Up Hacker Group Thanks To Turncoat Informant

They take down a couple of webpages and steal some emails, you send a bunch of them to prison. That's the federal way.

Hector Monsegur, a 28-year-old American believed to use the name "Sabu" on the internet, was arrested by federal agents last year and has been cooperating with law enforcement ever since, officials said. He pleaded guilty last August, a plea unsealed in federal court in Lower Manhattan today.

Based on information provided by Monsegur, at least four other members of the group were arrested recently -- one in Chicago and three overseas, officials said. Each were charged with conspiracy and at least two will appear in federal court in Lower Manhattan later today.

Federal officials said they expect the arrests to seriously damage LulzSec, an underground group also known as Lulz Security, which is also an offset of the hacking group Anonymous.

You may be a great hacker but the FBI and probably some agencies we don't know much about have a lot more resources. If they want to get you, they will.

Oh...the best part of announcing this? Every hacker is wondering if the the other hackers he's working with on something today is really an FBI informant. That kind of fear is priceless in taking down loosely defined groups like this.


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