How celebrity hacker 'Sabu' helped feds thwart 300 cyber-attacks
POSTED: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 6:30am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 6:44am
Sabu helped thwart attacks on websites belonging to the U.S. military, NASA and media companies
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The celebrity hacker "Sabu" helped the FBI imprison his friends and stop more than 300 cyber-attacks in the three years since he betrayed several major hacking groups.
That's according to new U.S. government documents that for the first time provide extensive detail about what they call the "extremely valuable and productive" undercover cooperation of Hector Monsegur.
Monsegur used the Sabu moniker online, where he was a member of the hacking collectives Anonymous and LulzSec. He pleaded guilty to charges including identity theft and credit card fraud and is set to be sentenced on Tuesday.
He would face up to 26 years in prison for the $2.5 million in losses connected to his hacks, but the government is seeking leniency -- perhaps no additional prison time beyond seven months he already served.
Prosecutors said his work on behalf of the FBI helped thwart attacks on websites belonging to the U.S. military, NASA and media companies, among others. The FBI relocated him and his family because he received threats for his cooperation, the court documents say.
Monsegur was part of a group of hackers that became notorious in 2011 for breaking into or disabling U.S. government and corporate websites. The Anonymous-affiliated groups LulzSec and Internet Feds targeted sites including PBS, Fox Television, Nintendo and Sony Pictures.