FBI Makes Multiple LulzSec Arrests, Aided By Former Leader

Update: The FBI has issued a press release with more details on the arrests made so far. They name names and list all of the charges.

Original Story: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested three people believed to be part of the hacking group LulzSec, according to what an unnamed law enforcement official has told Reuters. According to that same source, charges will be made public against two more individuals. But the most shocking part of the story is that the group's alleged leader has been working with the FBI to cast a net on other members of the group.

LulzSec and Anonymous have taken credit for a number of hacking exploits and security breaches including (but not limited to) the website for PBS, The Escapist web site, Minecraft's servers, Eve Online's servers, and attacks against government and corporate entities such as the CIA, Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency, Japan's Sony Corp, and  the Mexican government.

A Fox News report claims that law enforcement in the U.S. and the U.K. have arrested at least three men and charged two others with conspiracy for their connections to the hacking group. The report notes that two of the men were from the U.K. (Ireland), while the other lives in Chicago.

According to that same report, much of this effort was facilitated by the cooperation of the group's leader: Hector Xavier Monsegur (AKA "Sabu")

"They caught him and he was secretly arrested and now works for the FBI," an unidentified source within the FBI told Fox News.

The Fox News report goes on to claim that the FBI arrested "Sabu" in June. After his arrest, the 28-year-old father of two and New York City resident decided to cut a deal and help the FBI catch other members of the group.

Source: Cnet

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    ecco6t9 says:

    All these groups are government agents out there to portray the internet as a wild west like setting so that the US Government and the office of the President(not necessarily Obama) can control the internet like in other countries.

    Occasionally the FBI and CIA will "arrest" people in order to make it seem like they are doing something. The non agent Anonymous/Lulsec Members are simply pawns being used.

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    ddrfr33k says:

    I seem to recall other "anon" groups stepping up and defacing government websites when other anonymous-allied groups were raided.

    Anyone wanna place bets as to how long it takes for the FBI's website to get taken down?

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    DorthLous says:

    That was one of the major difference between LulzSec and Anonymous. While both have members operating in them, LulzSec had people claiming membership and even control of the group, which is the opposite of Anonymous.

    Anyway, like someone said on /. , the FBI just demonstrated once more the type of hack that they master, aka, meat hack and not computer hack. They have always been extremely good at infiltrating and turning associations' members around.

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