Last week suspected members of Anonymous were arrested byInterpol. Today Members of the affiliated group LulzSec aka Lulz Security were arrested.
LulzSec has worked with Anonymous on different occasions and is known for breaking and exposing security flaws of Government and private websites.
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In May of 2011, after breaking into the US broadcaster PBS website, they published a fake story saying that Tupac Shakur, a rapper who died in 1999, was still alive and living in New Zealand.
In June of 2011, they attacked t Sony Pictures Entertainment website and released information of competitors. Later they claimed to cause a disruption onfthe CIA website and after a few days they took the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) website offline.
Sabu is the alias for Hector Xavier Monsegur, the suspected leader of Lulzsec, who was arrested in June of 2011; he has since been cooperating with the FBI. He is a 28 year old unemployed father of two who lived in New York City. The arrest remained a secret and he released information of some of the top members of Lulzsec to the FBI.
On August 15, 2011 Hector Xavier Monsegur pleaded guilty of 12 counts of hacking charges, the records will be unsealed today.
Five members of LulzSec were arrested today after information given by Hector Xavier Monsegur (Sabu) to the FBI. The arrests took place in different parts of the world:
- Darren Martyn, alias “pwnsauce” and Donncha O’Cearrbhail, alias “palladium” were arrested at Ireland.
- Ryan Ackroyd, alias “Kayla” and Jake Davis, alias “Topiary” were arrested at London, England
- Jeremy Hammond alias “Anarchaos” was arrested at Chicago, Illinois.
Jeremy Hammond was arrested on charges of device access fraud and hacking. He was reported as the man responsible for hacking Stratfor (a subscription based provider of geopolitical analysis) website, and this information was later published on WikiLeaks. He has been described as a member of Anonymous.
The indictment charging the other members is expected to be unsealed today in New York.
FBI investigations against LulzSec and Anonymous are very likely to continue, we will likely see the response of the “hacktivists” shortly.