It’s all just for the Lulz, or so LulzSec founder Hector Xavier Monsegur might have thought. That was until he was faced with 124 years of jail time. He pleaded guilty on August 15th, and apparently has been working with the government ever since turning in fellow group members.
Hector, a 28 year old unemployed computer hacker was caught by using his real IP address once in a chat forum, according to Foxnews. Hackers will use proxy servers or spoof IP addresses to avoid detection and it seems the FBI found the one time that he didn’t.
But apparently FBI agents were shocked to find that the leader of the international group apparently lived off of welfare and didn’t live in the greatest neighborhood.
“Sabu could be making millions of bucks heading the IT security department of a major company, but look at him, he’s impoverished, living off public assistance and was forced between turning on his friends and spending a lifetime in jail.
“It’s sad, really,” a law enforcement officer said.
But it does appear that his co-operation is helping law enforcement track down other members. This week, according to the Los Angeles Times, five hackers with ties to the Anonymous/ LulzSec group were arrested:
Late Monday, Jeremy Hammond, also known in hacking circles as “Anarchaos,” was arrested in Chicago and charged in a criminal complaint with crimes relating to the December 2011 hack of Strategic Forecasting Inc. (Stratfor), a global intelligence firm in Austin, Texas. That hacking could have affected approximately 860,000 people, officials said.
Charged on Tuesday were: Ryan Ackroyd, Jake Davis, Darren Martyn and Donncha O’Cearrbhail. All were charged in connection with various hacks allegedly carried out by Anonymous, Internet Feds or LulzSec.
It’s sad that young professionals are wasting their time and lives for what seems like cyber joy riding. If they would use their skills for good, the electronic world would be a much better place.