Authorities on two continents, reportedly helped out by information from LulzSec’s leader, have charged five people for their involvement with the hacker group.
Several top members of the hacking group LulzSec, which
during a 50-day spree last year targeted various U.S and British government
sites and companies such as Sony with cyber-attacks, are now under arrest or
have been charged following a sweep by law enforcement agencies March 6 in the
United States and Europe.
The five suspects reportedly were charged through indictments
in a conspiracy case filed in federal court in New York. According to a report
the arrests and charges came after the groups leader, identified as Hector
Xavier Monsegur, a New York City resident, cooperated with authorities. He had
been identified in June 2011, and began working with investigators after that,
according to reports. Monsegur allegedly had used the online name Sabu in his
work with LulzSec.
Monsegur, an unemployed 28 year old, reportedly pleaded
guilty in August 2011 to hacking-related charges.
The conspiracy and hacking charges filed March 6 involve
suspects in Chicago, England and Ireland. The indictments are expected to be
unsealed in New York City.
An anonymous FBI official told FoxNews that the indictments
and arrests were devastating to the
organization. Were chopping off the head of LulzSec. Both the FBI and the CIA
were among the victims of LulzSecs activities, which included network
intrusions and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
Those charged under the conspiracy indictments were Jeremy Hammond, or Anarchaos, from Chicago; Ryan
Ackroyd (Kayla) and Jake Davis (Topiary) from London; and Darren Martyn
(pwnsauce) and Donncha OCearrbhail (palladium) from Ireland. According to
reports, Hammond also is a member of the hacking group Anonymouswhich loosely
worked with LulzSec last year and reportedly was a place where some LulzSec
members went when their organization dissolved in the summer of 2011and who
was a key figure in the hacking of Stratfor Global Intelligence, a U.S.-based
security company whose email system was hacked and several million emails
stolen. Some have begun showing up on the whistle-blower site WikiLeaks.
Authorities in both the United States and in Great Britain
have been working together for months to arrest members of LulzSec, which is
short for Lulz Security. Investigators has some success last year, arresting
Ryan Cleary, a teenager from England, in June 2011 and Jake Davis (Topiary),
who authorities said was the spokesman for LulzSec, a month later in Scotland. Davis allegedly was the person behind the various Twitter feeds and press
releases that bragged about LulzSecs activities.