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MIT.edu Hacked in Honor of Aaron Swartz, Allegedly by LulzSec

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Hackers have defaced the MIT.edu website in response to the death of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who was being prosecuted with the cooperation of M.I.T for illegally downloading JSTOR files over the university’s network and uploading them for free use by the public. Mr. Swartz hung himself in his Brooklyn apartment 10 days ago, and a memorial was held for him at Cooper Union in New York on Saturday. Read More

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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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