Lulzsec is reeling after it has been revealed that one of its leaders has been turning in its members to the FBI.
Hector Xavier Monsegur, a 28-year-old New Yorker who allegedly used the online name “Sabu,” was secretly arrested last June. At the time the police were trumpeting this person as being the mastermind behind Lulzsec.
However, they gave him a deal whereby he would help them identify his friends in Lulzsec. According to Wired, Monsegur provided agents with information that helped them arrest several suspects on Tuesday, including two men from Great Britain, two from Ireland and an American in Chicago.
A spokesman for the untouchables crowed that Lulzsec must be devastated because it was officially headless.
Monsegur led the loosely organised group of hackers from his apartment. After his arrest he reportedly pleaded guilty on 15 August to 12 hacking-related charges.
As a result of Monsegur’s arrest, the FBI was able to bring in Ryan Ackroyd, aka “Kayla,” Jake Davis, aka “Topiary,” from London; Darren Martyn, aka “pwnsauce,” and Donncha O’Cearrbhail, aka “palladium,” from Ireland; and Jeremy Hammond, aka “Anarchaos,” from Chicago.
Hammond allegedly works with Anonymous and is believed to be involved in the hacking of US security company Stratfor last December.
This data of more than five million company e-mails started making its way to WikiLeaks.
Wired said that Ackroyd was Monsegur’s top deputy and was responsible for uncovering vulnerabilities in the U.S. Senate’s computer systems.