After getting arrested by the FBI last June, Hector Xavier Monsegur aka "Sabu" — leader of the
Louise Boat hacker group LulzSec that rained terror on the CIA, Fox and Sony has apparently been forced into helping the agency catch his ex-fellow hackers and Anonymous members.
According to a Fox News, the end is near for many members of Anonymous. With Sabu's help, the FBI's just arrested three and charged two for conspiracy:
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.
There's likely more where that came from. Why did the former leader of LulzSec turn into a snitch? The unemployed 28-year-old had no other choice but to work with the FBI: because of his kids.
That's right, the father of two is cooperating with the FBI because he didn't want to end up in the slammer away from his kids:
"It was because of his kids," one of the two agents recalled. "He'd do anything for his kids. He didn't want to go away to prison and leave them. That's how we got him."
But how did the leader of LulzSec get caught so easily? Laziness. Always careful to cover his tracks, Sabu forgot to mask his IP address in an IRC chatroom and that's how agents tracked him down. FBI officials say that the self-taught hacker is "extremely intelligent" and could do wonders in the security sector if it wasn't for his laziness:
"Sabu could be making millions of bucks heading the IT security department of a major company," a law enforcement official said. "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.
Anonymous is no doubt unhappy with Sabu right now. It's not easy to rally hacktivists to your causes especially when one of the most prolific hackers is now essentially a traitor. Will there be retaliation? We don't know, but something tells us this is just the calm before the real storm hits.