Today we learn more about the Internet hacktivist known as Sabu via fresh court documents made public yesterday, which further complicate his persona. As of last week Sabu was just the leader of LulzSec, an Internet hacktivist group. But in just a few days, we've learned he was acting as an FBI informant, who turned in his fellow hackers.The more we find out, the more complicated the man's image gets. So far, these are the many conflicting faces of Hector Xaviar Monsegur a.k.a Sabu.
Sabu the Hacker
Before he started working for the FBI, Sabu got himself in trouble with the government for his hacktivism. "Mr. Monsegur was active in computer and hacking circles as far back as the late 1990s," report The New York Times's N.R. Kleinfeld and Somini Sengupta. Since then he started a group for programmers in 2002, was drawn to Anonymous in 2010, and led spin-off hacker group LulzSec. During that time, he participated in hacks again Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Sony as well as the governments of Tunisia, Yemen, Algeria and Zimbabwe, and the United States Senate, court documents reveal, notes The Times.
Then, he got caught.
Sabu the Model Informant
After his arrest, Sabu "literally worked around the clock" with FBI agents, the documents revealed, notes The Wall Street Journal's Chad Bray. "Since literally the day he was arrested, the defendant has been cooperating with the government proactively," Assistant U.S. Attorney James Pastore said at a secret bail hearing on Aug. 5, 2011, according to a transcript released on Thursday, continues the Journal. And not only did he cooperate, but he was good at it, getting hackers to dole out valuable pieces of information. In the following online chat, spotlighted by Kleinfeld and Sengupta, Sabu tricks fellow hacker Jeremy Hammond to confirm his nickname, Anarchaos.