On Tuesday, March 6, 2012, law enforcement agents arrested top members of the infamous international computer hacking group Lulz Security (“LulzSec”).
LulzSec has claimed responsibility for hacking into computers used by the entertainment industry, credit card companies, intelligence firms and federal law enforcement agencies including the FBI.
Anonymous – an offshoot of LulzSec – is believed to have caused billions of dollars in damage to governments, international banks and corporations. The U.S. Government has identified Hector Xavier Monsegur as the leader of this group.
Monsegur – working under the alias “Sabu” – allegedly commanded Anonymous from his nerve center in a public housing project on New York’s Lower East Side.
In August 2011, Monsegur pled guilty to computer hacking and aggravated identify theft. Monsegur’s cooperation with the FBI – part of his plea deal – led to the arrest of LulzSec’s lead members. Such members include two men from Great Britain, two from Ireland and an American from Chicago.
The FBI dubbed the arrests as “devastating to the organization” and claims to have “chopp[ed] off the head of LulzSec.”
The five charged in the LulzSec conspiracy indictment expected to be unsealed were identified by sources as: Ryan Ackroyd, aka “Kayla” and Jake Davis, aka “Topiary,” both of London; Darren Martyn, aka “pwnsauce” and Donncha O’Cearrbhail, aka “palladium,” both of Ireland; and Jeremy Hammond aka “Anarchaos,” of Chicago.
Believed to have been the main person behind the December hack on Statfor (a private company providing geopolitical analysis to governments and others), Hammond was arrested on access device fraud and hacking charges. During the hack on Statfor, millions of emails were stolen and then published on Wikileaks. Credit card numbers and other confidential information were also stolen.
Barrett Brown – who has spoken on behalf of Anonymous in past attacks – said the arrests would not slow down the Anonymous movement. Additionally, Brown said that Anonymous hired an army of lawyers last January and is “prepared for a big slug-out.”
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