Several top members of Anonymous offshoot LulzSec have been arrested, reports Fox. The group's leader, known online as "Sabu" but now identified as Hector Xavier Monsegur, was previously arrested and began cooperating with the FBI as a result.
Monsequr is said to be an unemployed father of two who oversaw the informal band of hackers from a public housing project in New York City.
The offshoot of the loose network of hackers, Anonymous, believed to have caused billions of dollars in damage to governments, international banks and corporations, was allegedly led by a shadowy figure FoxNews.com has identified as Hector Xavier Monsegur. Working under the Internet alias “Sabu,” the unemployed, 28-year-old father of two allegedly commanded a loosely organized, international team of perhaps thousands hackers from his nerve center in a public housing project on New York’s Lower East Side. After the FBI unmasked Monsegur last June, he became a cooperating witness, sources told FoxNews.com. “They caught him and he was secretly arrested and now works for the FBI,” a source close to Sabu told FoxNews.com.
As a result of Monsegur’s cooperation, which was confirmed by numerous senior-level officials, the remaining top-ranking members of LulzSec were arrested or hit with additional charges Tuesday morning. 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.
The others are all suspected members of LulzSec, the group that has wreaked havoc on U.S. and foreign government agencies, including the CIA and FBI, numerous defense contractors, financial and governmental entities and corporations including Fox and Sony.
Given this takedown, members of Anonymous are likely to be on guard. Presumably, some of those arrested will also have information that could prove helpful in penetrating Anonymous. Read full story here.