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International Raid on LulzSec Facilitated By the Group’s Leader, Working from the Projects on the LES

“We’re chopping off the head of LulzSec.”
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via Fox News

This morning, officials on two continents raided top members of the hacker group LulzSec, an offshoot of Anonymous. According to a Fox News exclusive, the evidence used against them had been gathered by Hector Xavier Monsegur or “Sabu,” who was outed as LulzSec’s leader last June. Sources told Fox that Sabu had been working with the government for months.

Under the alias “Sabu,” Mr. Monsegur, an unemployed, 28-year-old father of two, “allegedly commanded a loosely organized, international team of perhaps thousands hackers from his nerve center in a public housing project on New York’s Lower East Side.”

Mr. Monsegur apparently started working as a cooperating witness when he was identified by the FBI and pleaded guilty to “hacking-related charges” in August, in a case that will be unsealed today.

Officials believe LulzSec is responsible for billions of dollars in damage for malwebolence against the CIA, FBI, defense contractors, Fox, and Sony, among other corporations, international banks, and government entities.

As part of the raid, three men were arrested and two were charged with conspiracy. The indictment was filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York and is expected to be unsealed this morning. Of the five suspects, two men were from Great Britiain, two were from Ireland, and one was from Chicago.

Among those expected to be identified in the indictment, says Fox, are Jeremy Hammond aka “Anarchaos,” of Chicago, Jake Davis, aka “Topiary,” and Ryan Ackroyd, aka “Kayla” of London. Mr. Hammond, reportedly also a member of Anonymous, was allegedly behind the hack on Stratford, the U.S. security firm. Last July, the UK police arrested a 19-year-old believed to be “Topiary,” who was once called LulzSec’s “No. 2.” Mr. Ackroyd, Sabu’s “top deputy,” according to Fox, allegedly found vulnerabilities in the U.S. Senate’s computer systems and sent the intel to Sabu.

“This is devastating to the organization,” said an FBIofficial involved with the investigation. “We’re chopping off the head of LulzSec.”

In sharing theories on why LulzSec, the tech-smart “rocker hackers” disbanded last June, The Week quipped, ‘Why quit while you’re ahead” Reason number one? Getting caught.

In June, LulzSec announced its retirement (after “50 days of lulz”) with the tweet, “What a coincidence. George Orwell was born on this day. (25 June 1903).” Shortly after that, the group jumped back to the Anonymous bandwagon to continue hacking governments under “Operation Anti-Sec.”

We will update you as we learn more.
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