U.S. Swoops Down on Alleged Computer Hackers

Posted in: Legal & Security at 07/03/2012 16:13

U.S. authorities unveiled criminal charges on Tuesday against six people in the U.S. and overseas that they described as important members of a computer hacking group that carried out a series of high-profile online attacks in recent years and stole confidential information from major companies.

The charges are the latest development in a global crackdown on hackers who have undertaken denial-of-service attacks and computer breaches at corporations, banks and government affiliates. Computer hacking groups Anonymous and Lulz Security, a splinter group, have taken credit for many of the incidents.

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Sabu, 28, who was identified by the FBI as Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka Sabu, Xavier DeLeon, and Leon, pled guilty to twelve counts of computing hacking conspiracies and other crimes, including the infamous hacks of HBGary Federal, HBGary, Sony, Fox, and PBS. An indictment filed with the Southern District of New York and released today identifies Monsegur as a so-called "rooter" or hacker who finds vulnerabilities in victims' systems in order to hack them. The indictment says that between around December of 2010 and June 7, 2011, he both exploited them himself or passed them to others to do the same, and provided "infrastructure" to other hackers for launching attacks on victim networks -- and also allegedly performed financial fraud.

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Hector Xavier Monsegur, who operated under the Twitter handle The Real Sabu, was charged with 12 criminal counts of hacking into unauthorized computers, the Justice Department said. He made his guilty plea in August and has apparently been cooperating with law enforcement officials for several months.

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