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Sunday, May 25, 2014

A prominent hacker, Hector Xavier Monsegur, set to be sentenced in federal court this week for breaking into numerous computer systems worldwide has provided a trove of information to the authorities, allowing them to disrupt at least 300 cyberattacks on targets that included the United States military, Congress, the federal courts, NASA and private companies, according to a newly filed government court document. Monsegur also helped the authorities dismantle a particularly aggressive cell of the hacking collective Anonymous, leading to the arrest of eight of its members in Europe and the United States, including Jeremy Hammond, who the Federal Bureau of Investigation said was its top "cybercriminal target," the document said.

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Monsegur provided an extraordinary window on the activities of LulzSec, which he and five other members of Anonymous had created. The memo describes LulzSec as a "tightly knit group of hackers" who worked as a team with "complementary, specialized skills that enabled them to gain unauthorized access to computer systems, damage and exploit those systems, and publicize their hacking activities."

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Lulzsec and Anon are basically the only "freedom fighters" we have on the internet. Hope this traitor gets what's coming to him in prison.

#1 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-05-25 05:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

The memo said that LulzSec had developed an "action plan to destroy evidence and disband if the group determined that any of its members had been arrested, or were out of touch," and it credits Mr. Monsegur for agreeing so quickly to cooperate after being confronted by the bureau. Had he delayed his decision and remained offline for an extended period, the document said, "it is likely that much of the evidence regarding LulzSec's activities would have been destroyed."

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-05-25 05:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

according to a recent prison interview with Mr. Hammond as well as logs of Internet chats between him and Mr. Monsegur, which were submitted to the court in Mr. Hammond's case, Mr. Monsegur seemed to have played a more active role in directing some of the attacks. In the chat logs, Mr. Monsegur directed Mr. Hammond to hack numerous foreign websites, and closely monitored whether Mr. Hammond had success in gaining access to the sites.

#3 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-05-25 05:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

The guy needs a crotch kick and a head blow to the face. 'nuff said.

#4 | Posted by coyote at 2014-05-25 09:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

If their claim is true Anonymous did do one thing good.

Their claim is that they hacked into Karl Rove's secret vote changing software tunnels and prevented a replay of 2004, They claimed that they had been monitoring the testing of the vote changing software for two weeks.

The astonished look on Karl Rove's face that night and Rove's incredulous meltdown on the air would seem to back up that claim.

I will give Anonymous kudos for that, at least.

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-05-26 10:02 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Snitches get stitches... unless it's a bunch of script kiddies.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-05-26 02:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

At least two of the hackers arrested were 15 and 16 years old.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-05-26 02:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

If their claim is true Anonymous did do one thing good.
Their claim is that they hacked into Karl Rove's secret vote changing software tunnels and prevented a replay of 2004, They claimed that they had been monitoring the testing of the vote changing software for two weeks.
The astonished look on Karl Rove's face that night and Rove's incredulous meltdown on the air would seem to back up that claim.
I will give Anonymous kudos for that, at least.
#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-05-26 10:02 AM | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Precisely why those damnable devices are still in use.

BushCo not only contracted for these machines, but secretly "update" them and then they magically flip votes solely in Democrat districts. Chance? Hardly.

Silverstream wasn't even investigated, what chance do we have for maintaining an actual Democracy?

#8 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-05-26 02:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

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