LulzSec Hackers Nabbed, Thanks to Own Leader
Hector Xavier Monsegur turned witness after the FBI got him
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2012 9:59 AM CST
Turned in by their own leader...   (?dusk-photography)

(Newser) – In a twist that sounds custom-made for the movies, agents in the US and UK arrested three LulzSec hackers this morning—thanks to information dished out by their very own leader. Fox News reports that Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka Sabu, turned FBI witness in June after the bureau tracked him to a NYC public housing project. "They caught him and he was secretly arrested and now works for the FBI," says a source, and that fact will apparently be backed up today, when court documents related to his Aug. 15 guilty plea are released.

The evidence Monsegur provided allowed agents to arrest the hackers and charge two more with conspiracy. Those charged—a Chicagoan, two men from Ireland, and two Brits—are apparently members of the group's upper echelons. American Jeremy Hammond, aka Anarchaos, is thought to be the central figure behind the December hack on Stratfor. Sources say he's actually a member of Anonymous, while the others are believed to belong to LulzSec. "This is devastating to the organization,” says an FBI official. “We’re chopping off the head of LulzSec.”

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Mar 8, 2012 4:56 AM CST
"This is devastating to the organization,” says an FBI official. “We’re chopping off the head of LulzSec.” FBI dumbfuck braggarts and bucketmouths. These guys have more heads than hydra FBI. You are not chopping off THE head, you are chopping off ONE OF THE MANY and now you've got the others pissed off. Watch THIS SPACE for more FBI website shutdowns. And you can call me..................Mr Joshua
Mar 7, 2012 12:32 AM CST
So I had to Google just what LulzSec did to be arrested and it says that they hacked corporations like SONY as a prank and to draw attention to SONY's firewall vulnerabilities. Forgive me if I don't have all my facts straight but shouldn't corporations be thanking hacker groups like that for proving there is weak computer security? And shouldn't the FBI be spending more of our U.S. tax dollars hunting murderers? I am furious that private corporations are commanding our FBI. The FBI is a government organization not a corporate arm. If I wouldn't bother to comment if I wasn't conscientious. Instead I'm on many watch lists due to my comments. Another waist of tax dollars. SHAPE UP AMERICA!
Mar 6, 2012 12:49 PM CST
So rather than use a little fish to catch a big fish, they use a big fish to catch some small ones? Dumbasses.