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Hackers Lash Out at LulzSec Leader Turned ‘Snitch’
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Hackers Lash Out at LulzSec Leader Turned ‘Snitch’

 MARCH 6, 2012, 7:57 PM 

Wednesday 3:51 p.m. | Updated “The federal government is run by a bunch of cowards,” read a post to the Twitter account of The Real Sabu, who added an unkind embellishment to describe the type of cowards he meant.
“Don’t give in to these people,” he added. “Fight back. Stay strong.”

That was Monday.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations announced on Tuesday that the man behind that account, Hector Xavier Monsegur, known online as Sabu among other aliases, had pleaded guilty to computer crimes on Aug. 15, 2011. Mr. Monsegur had been cooperating with law enforcement officials to provide information on the hacking group Lulz Security, according to a report by Fox News that included pictures of a 28-year-old man said to be Mr. Monsegur.

An image said to be of Mr. Monsegur posted on

Before his arrest, Mr. Monsegur appeared to have been the leader of Lulz Security, or LulzSec, a group thought to be closely affiliated with Anonymous, a larger online collective of so-called hacktivists. (These computer activists differ from mainstream cybercriminals in that they describe their attacks as being motivated by ideals rather than financial gain.) Five other members of the group were arrested on Tuesday, as my colleague Somini Sengupta reported.

Hacktivists reacted with anger at Mr. Monsegur almost as soon as the story of his cooperation with the F.B.I. emerged on Tuesday. The Twitter account of WikiLeaks, which has expressed sympathy with Anonymous and LulzSec, described him as a “traitor” soon after the Fox News story was posted.

WikiLeaks        ✔ @wikileaks
Luzsec "leader" Sabu a traitor cooperating with feds, according to FOX … #anonymous #luzsec
3:20 PM - 6 Mar 2012
EXCLUSIVE: Infamous international hacking group LulzSec brought down...
Law enforcement agents on two continents swooped in on top members of the computer hacking group LulzSec early Tuesday, acting largely on evidence gathered by infamous organization’s chief, who...
Fox News @FoxNews

That was followed by a string of updates, under a profane hashtag critical of Mr. Monsegur, from an account affiliated with Anonymous. The posts stressed that actions under the banner of Anonymous would not be halted by the arrests. “You can’t snitch on an idea,” a post read.

Anonymous @YourAnonNews
LulzSec was a group, but Anonymous is a movement. Groups come and go, ideas remain.
5:31 PM - 6 Mar 2012

Anonymous @YourAnonNews
"My loyalty is unquestionable." - @anonymouSabu <--- yeah
6:25 PM - 6 Mar 2012

Anonymous @YourAnonNews
A movement against authority without leaders drives authority insane; they cant break down a movement by corrupting the leader.
6:38 PM - 6 Mar 2012

Anonymous @YourAnonNews
Traitor #Sabu, if convicted, faces a maximum sentence of 124 years and six months in prison: 
6:52 PM - 6 Mar 2012

Anonymous @YourAnonNews
You can't snitch on an idea.
6:59 PM - 6 Mar 2012

Anonymous @YourAnonNews
We are done talking about Sabu. He is a person who is too scared for revolution. We will continue to fight and show that Sabu was no one.
7:02 PM - 6 Mar 2012

Mr. Monsegur’s own Twitter account also came under scrutiny on Tuesday for signs that he had been cooperating with the federal authorities. Indeed, he posted several updates on Monday that touched on dealing with pressure from the authorities, but he appeared to advise others on Twitter against cooperating and not to let others get away with doing so.
These posts had a different ring on Tuesday, as Jeffrey Carr, a computer security expert, observed.
“So you’re telling me,” he asked at one point during a discussion with another Twitter user, “if you get locked up, and your nosey neighbor who dropped the dime on you runs free – you would simply ignore?”
He also wrote at one point on Monday: “The feds at this moment are scouring our lives without warrants. Without judges approval. This needs to change. Asap.”

Fox News reported that Mr. Monsegur, who took his alias from a Staten Island-born professional wrestler, Sabu the Elephant Boy, had been working for the F.B.I. since his arrest last August. A copy of the charges against him, filed on Aug. 15, 2011, was posted on Tuesday.

Less than two months before his arrest, logs of conversations between Sabu and others at LulzSec were leaked to The Guardianafter the group hacked a company affiliated with the F.B.I. Sabu reportedly told those who quit LulzSec in the wake of that attack that they were “not up for the heat.”

“You realize we smacked the FBI today,” he wrote. “This means everyone in here must remain extremely secure.”
Among the details to emerge on Tuesday about Mr. Monsegur’s background: he lived in a public housing project on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Fox News reported. BuzzFeed reported that Mr. Monsegur may have attended one of New York’s elite public high schools.

However school officials said in telephone interviews that he attended Washington Irving High School, a regular Manhattan school, and that he never graduated, leaving in June 2001 at the age of 18 without having accumulated enough credits to move on from the 9th grade.

In 2007, The Times reported on a Monsegur family whose elderly matriarch lived in what appeared to be the same housing project,the Jacob Riis Houses in Manhattan. Her son, Hector Monsegur, then 40-years-old, was prevented from visiting his mother because of a drug conviction in 1997.

It was not immediately clear whether Mr. Monsegur, the hacker arrested on Tuesday, was related. A person in law enforcement told The Times he had been living with his grandmother in the Jacob Riis Houses.