I Smell a Rat…
Hackers beware. There may be rats among you. At least that’s what five hapless hackers found out yesterday when the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) nabbed them with the help of 28-year-old Hector Xavier Monsegur, a/k/a Sabu, a hacker on the FBI’s most wanted list. According to news reports, Monsegur was caught in June and flipped into an informant. With the information he spilled, the FBI, working with international law enforcement agencies, arrested hackers in the United States and Europe. The others arrested were Ryan Ackroyd, Jake Davis, Darren Martyn, Donncha O’Cearrbhail and Jeremy Hammond. Among the hacked targets of Sabu and his ring, allegedly part of the group known as LulzSec, were the U.S. Senate, Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Fox Broadcasting, and PBS.
Time will tell what this means to the larger hacker community, but some believe it’s sent a bit of a panic among those who are members of Anonymous, perhaps the most infamous hacker group. Court papers claim Sabu and the other defendants got their start in Anonymous, described in court papers as a “deliberate campaign of online destruction, intimidation and criminality.” The accusations and arrests apparently created quite a bit of Internet chatter among purported members of Anonymous, some defiantly urging their comrades to unite and stay whatever their course may be while others where more fearful and suggested Anonymous may be infested with more informants and that hard drives should be erased.
I guess you really don’t know who you can trust today, do you?
Doug Wood, We Expert