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Former Coworkers Dish on Sabu, the LulzSec Leader Turned FBI Snitch


Among the illuminating factoids unearthed about LulzSec hacker turned FBI informant Hector Xavier Monsegur, one struck us as particularly interesting.

“Sabu,” as his Anon cohorts knew him, used to work at Manhattan-based Open Plans, a technology non-profit focused on using open data and software to improve transportation systems. According to Gizmodo, Mr. Monsegur used his work email address (xavier@openplans.org) to register domain names, a move both patently unprofessional and kind of silly.

Luckily, this minor security slip up turned out to be our gain. We contacted two of Sabu’s former coworkers at Open Plans, who agreed to fill us in on what it was like to work with the most infamous snitch on the Internet. Read More

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New Hackers ‘The Consortium’ Introduce Themselves With Hack of Porn Site Digital Playground


The F.B.I. may have snagged LulzSec by turning top hacker Sabu (Hector Xavier Monsegur) but if they thought that would put paid to hacking groups looking to make their bones, they were wrong. Welcome The Consortium, and their filleting of the porn site, Digital Playground. The Consortium didn’t just cull passwords and emails of site admins, affiliates and users, they also discovered Digital Playground stored the credit card numbers of some 72,000 users in plain text. However if Digital Playground had your credit card for some reason, don’t worry, The Consortium claims they play fair: Read More

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LulzSec Leader Sabu ‘Literally Worked Around the Clock’ To Snitch On His Fellow Hackers

via Fox News

Now that court documents have been unsealed, new details have emerged about Hector Xavier Monsegur, better known as LulzSec leader “Sabu” whose cooperation with the FBI helped facilitate an international raid on his top deputies earlier this week. Apparently in addition to being kind of a crappy neighbor, prone to noisy wrestling and rapping at the Jacob Riis housing projects on the Lower East Side, Mr. Monsegur was also a pretty willing informant.

Authorities were particularly careful about sealing documents related to Mr. Monsegur’s arrest, noting that many LulzSec members knew his real identity and that hackers monitor public court dockets (how diligent!) and “dox” suspected government informants. Read More

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Anonymous Isn’t Happy LulzSec Leader Sabu Snitched to the FBI: ‘We Were Your Family Too’


Anonymous has responded to the international raid on top members of the short-lived hacker group LulzSec that went down yesterday morning. The crippling indictment, which one FBI official called “devastating to the organization,” was facilitated by evidence from LulzSec leader Hector Xavier Monsegur, the 28-year-old unemployed Lower East Side resident who operates under the handle “Sabu.”

Mr. Monsegur has been cooperating with the FBI since as far back as June and made possible arrests and charges against five of his top LulzSec deputies. In response, Anonymous hacked the website for Panda Security, a Spanish antivirus firm, and exposed passwords of dozens of members of the company’s staff. The group also left a message for Sabu at the top of the defaced site. Read More

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

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. Read More

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Pastebin, Website Popular with Anonymous and LulzSec, Now Being Used by Occupy Wall Street

via Pastebin

The New York Times has an interesting article today about how Pastebin.com, a site that lets you store text for a set period of time without registering your identity, was used by Occupy Wall Street, particularly in its “anarchic” early days. You know, before it set up a media tent and started publishing its own Wall Street journal.

What the Times doesn’t mention, however, is how Pastebin, which was first set up to store snippets of code, subsequently became a haunt for IRC, with hacker groups like Anonymous and LulzSec following. In fact, when someone purporting to be an Anon threatened a “Day of Vengeance” as part of Occupy Wall Street back in September, the “press release” was found on Pastebin. Read More


The Mainstream Media and That Word, ‘Hacker’

Hackers were likely not ski-masked in this case.

Dear Media,

It would seem that you’re struggling with a teensy bit of semantics—namely, the precise meaning of the word “hacker.” Let’s get this sorted out, shall we?

Figure 1 – a cracker

The root of the problem seems to be the distinction between bad hackers and good hackers. Many seem to swallow the qualifier Read More


Hackers Make Fools of Fox on the Fourth

Hackers having fun, unlike Sam Yin.

A group which, smartly preempting the press, is reportedly going by the techie pejorative “Script Kiddies”, hacked into the Fox News Twitter account on independence day and posted a number of disturbing messages about President Obama.

The hacked tweets claimed that President Obama had been murdered, prompting concern from the Secret Service. “BREAKING NEWS: President @BarackObama assassinated. 2 gunshot wounds proved too much. It’s a sad 4th for #america. #obamadead RIP,” began the series.

Fox was locked out of its own account and the disturbing messages remained up for several hours. Eventually some poor, hard working techies had to leave their BBQs and remedy the situation.

In recent months high-profile hacking attacks have become common, to the point where they make an easy and believable scapegoat for a high-profile politician like Anthony Weiner. But, sadly, the incursions are becoming less and less interesting or principled. Read More

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A Former Script Kiddie Puts LulzSec in Perspective

Betabeat team back in the 90s

This a guest post from Brandon Diamond, who blogs at Your Startup Sucks

For one reason or another, everyone on the Internet is talking about LulzSec — the latest and, well… latest cracking sensation. Think Zero Cool meets 4chan for a very twisted, very inappropriate playdate.

Since the whole lulzy affair started, coverage has gradually increased both in frequency and righteousness. And now that LulzSec has since “abandoned ship” (crawling begrudgingly upstairs to bed without Xbox privileges for a week or longer), bloggers everywhere are suddenly locating their respective gonads.

But it’s too little, too late: the attention paid to LulzSec — a group of variously skilled crackers with a proclivity toward anarchy — is disgusting. And dangerous. Read More