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Top LulzSec hackers arrested, group leader reportedly working for FBI

The laughs are reportedly over for five top members of the hacker group LulzSec who were arrested on Tuesday and charged as part of a conspiracy case filed in New York federal court. FoxNews.com reports that the arrests were part of a multinational sting across the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States on Tuesday morning, and LulzSec leader Hector Xavier Monsegur, who operated online under the alias “Sabu,” provided the Federal Bureau of Investigation with information leading to the arrests. According to the report, Monsegur has been working with the FBI for months. “This is devastating to the organization,” an FBI official told FoxNews.com. “We’re chopping off the head of LulzSec.” Read on for more.

LulzSec, which became part of the larger hacker collective “Anonymous Operations” last year, has launched a number of high profile cyberattacks since last summer. The group’s first widely reports attacks targeted a number of digital properties belonging to Sony, and more than 1 million accounts were compromised as a result of the group’s efforts.

The group also waged war on the U.S. government, and encouraged other hackers to ”open fire on any government or agency that crosses their path.” This brazen move may have intensified the FBI’s efforts to take down the organization, as a series of arrests were made soon after operation “AntiSec” began.

LulzSec leader Hector Monsegur reportedly pleaded guilty to a dozen hacking-related charges on August 15th last year, and his ensuing cooperation with the FBI’s investigation will likely earn him a reduced sentence. ”They caught him and he was secretly arrested and now works for the FBI,” a unnamed source said to be close to Sabu told FoxNews.com.

The five men arrested on Tuesday as a result of Monsegur’s cooperation include Ryan Ackroyd, aka “Kayla” and Jake Davis, aka “Topiary,” of London, England; Darren Martyn, aka “pwnsauce” and Donncha O’Cearrbhail, aka “palladium,” of Ireland; and Jeremy Hammond aka “Anarchaos,” of Chicago, Illinois. Further details are expected to be released later in the day.

UPDATE: FoxNews.com has published a follow-up piece that takes a closer look at Monsegur and further details his alleged cooperation with the FBI.

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Zach Epstein

March 6th

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‘Anonymous’ hacks two more U.S. government websites

Members from the notorious hacktivist collective “Anonymous Operations” have reportedly claimed responsibility for hacking two more government websites following the takedown of the Central Intelligence Agency’s website last week. The Associated Press on Friday reported that Anonymous had breached the United States Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection business center website as well as a National Consumer Protection Week website. Both sites were temporarily replaced by a “violent German-language video” focused on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. ACTA, which has been signed by a number of countries including the U.S. and Canada, aims to put forth international legal guidelines for fighting piracy. Neither affected agency has confirmed the attacks, but both the FTC business center website and the National Consumer Protection Week website were offline at the time of this writing.

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Zach Epstein

February 17th

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Two additional ‘Anonymous’ hackers charged in UK

Two additional members of Anonymous have been charged in the United Kingdom. The hackers were identified by London’s Metropolitan Police as Christopher Jan Weatherhead (20 years old) and Ashley Rhodes (26 years old), and they were both arrested in January of this year, The Wall Street Journal said. According to London’s Metropolitan Police, Weatherhead and Rhodes are charged with “conspiracy to do an unauthorized act in relation to a computer, with intent to impair the operation of any computer or prevent or hinder access to any program or data held in a computer or to impair the operation of any such program or the reliability of such data.” Rhodes and Weatherhead are out on bail and will appear in court on September 7th. A 22-year old U.K. hacker named Peter David Gibson was also charged for the same crimes on August 22nd. In addition, Jack Davis, a.k.a. Topiary from LulzSec, was arrested and released on bail earlier this month. Anonymous and LulzSec have carried out a number of large-scale DDoS attacks against major corporations, and most recently targeted Apple.

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Todd Haselton

September 1st

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