Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Hacker group LulzSec brought down from inside: its own chief

In June of last year, hacker group LulzSec retired, but then inexlicably, returned. The reason they first sailed the LulzBoat into the sunset was never revealed, but this could be the reason.

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Six hackers in the United States and abroad, affiliated with LulSec, Anonymous, and Antisec, have been arrested and charged with crimes. These hackers were captured as a result of information given up by Hector Xavier Monsegur, 28, alias "Sabu," the leader of LulzSec, who had been captured last June, the same month the group disbanded. Since then he has been working as a "cooperating witness."

The other five hacker members charged in the LulzSec conspiracy indictment were: Darren Martyn, aka “pwnsauce” and Donncha O’Cearrbhail, aka “palladium,” both of Ireland; Ryan Ackroyd, aka “Kayla” and Jake Davis, aka “Topiary,” both of London; and Jeremy Hammond aka “Anarchaos,” of Chicago.

Topiary was actually identified and arrested in July of last year. Hammond was described as a member of fellow hacker group Anonymous, rather than LulzSec, and is believed to have been the main person behind the December hack on think tank Stratfor, which recently saw a number of emails from the hack leaked by Wikileaks after Anonymous provided the whistleblower site with the data.

An FBI official involved with the investigation said “This is devastating to the organization. We’re chopping off the head of LulzSec.” That is certainly true, in this case, as Sabu "was" the head and Topiary was a high-ranking member, but any hacker group is somewhat like a hydra, in that if you cut off a head, many more may grow to replace it.

These are the first major LulzSec-related arrests since September of last year. Then, Cody Andrew Kretsinger, 23, of Phoenix, Arizona was arrested and charged with hacking into Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer systems.

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