Hacking group LulzSec brought down - Report

Fox News says infamous hacking group's leader, "Sabu," arrested in June before working with FBI to locate and arrest other "top members" during international raids this morning.

The infamous hacking group responsible for hitting Sony, Nintendo, Bethesda, Epic, and Mojang has been shut down, according to a Fox News report.

'Sabu,' the alleged face of LulzSec. Photo credit: Fox News.

The report states law enforcement agents on two continents this morning arrested three "top members" of LulzSec (an offshoot of Anonymous) and charged two more with conspiracy. The agents were acting on evidence provided by alleged leader Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka "Sabu," (at right) who reportedly had been working with the government for months.

"This is devastating to the organization," an FBI official involved with the investigation told Fox News. "We're chopping off the head of LulzSec."

Sabu, an unemployed 28-year-old father of two, reportedly commanded a band of LulzSec hackers from a public housing project on the Lower East Side of New York.

According to the report, after Sabu was arrested in June, he cooperated with the FBI, providing information leading to today's arrests. The five charged with connection to LulzSec today were identified by sources as: Ryan Ackroyd, aka "Kayla," and Jake Davis, aka "Topiary," both of London; Darren Martyn, aka "pwnsauce," and Donncha O'Cearrbhail, aka "palladium," both of Ireland; and Jeremy Hammond, aka "Anarchaos," of Chicago.

Sabu pleaded guilty on August 15 to a dozen hacking charges. These included charges of conspiracy to engage in computer hacking, computer hacking, conspiracy to commit access device fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

The charges and other information regarding today's arrests are expected to be officially released by New York's Southern District Court sometime today.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

Discussion

175 comments
deadmonkey76
deadmonkey76

these hackers are no more than theifs and criminals and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and anybody who defends these jackwholes are fing stupid retards who lack no morals respect integrety or trust and should be put down like rabid dogs people like that are nothing more than trailer trash tring to justify criminal behavior way to go duch bags

rarson
rarson

@toaman89 "By your definition it's a blunt instrument; It's designed to keep people living in fear." It's not "by my definition", it's by the very nature of the concept of government. It's a monopoly which maintains its authority through force. Why is one coercive monopoly magically better than another? Do you know what happens when you don't pay your income taxes? They send people with guns to your house. Did you not know this? Never heard of Ed and Elaine Brown? There's really little difference between blind devotion to the state and blind devotion to a deity. It always makes me chuckle when I hear an outspoken atheist vehemently defend the state with the same kind of absurd logic that they chastise theists for using.

toaman89
toaman89

@rarson I wouldn't call it "simple-mindedness" to say that everything the government does is wrong. Since you ended up making the argument, it all depends on what you mean by "the government". By your definition it's a blunt instrument; It's designed to keep people living in fear. When I think of that, Iran comes to mind, and I agree with that. But I have the feeling you're referring to the US government. In which case, I'd have to say that your definition is asinine. I think the person was just being polite.

rarson
rarson

By the way, I feel compelled to address this: "assuming everything the government does is wrong is just pure simple-mindedness" Now that wasn't my argument, and this is completely tangential, but considering that the government asserts its authority over everyone else through the threat of violence, I would actually agree that everything the government does is wrong, because I don't think it's right to threaten people with violence. The real question is why you feel so compelled to defend a coercive monopoly.

rarson
rarson

@WandrianWvlf "Self-regulation can't be trusted." I'm not talking about self-regulation, I'm talking about private regulation. You're obviously not reading what I'm writing. "That's why we have democracy and why I vote." "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to eat for dinner." I think somebody like Ben Franklin or Thomas Jefferson said that. There's a reason why the US wasn't designed to be a direct democracy. "...And because why not: another example of how 'free market' isn't a solution to anything: lolol Reaganomics." "Reaganomics" has nothing to do with free markets.

rarson
rarson

@WandrianWvlf "even as recent as 2008 as reasons why regulation is good thing." Regulation was a major cause of the housing bubble (and subsequent collapse). Banks were encouraged to loan money to people that shouldn't have gotten loans. The government has been doing this in various ways at least since the Fair Housing Act in 1968. "Regulation" itself isn't any better than the organization providing it. The regulation that we have now isn't good, it's bad (that's why the FDA routinely recalls food and drugs), primarily because it doesn't compete. "Again, without government mandated minimum regulations all hell breaks loose" You're absolutely wrong. Every single tank that is built to withstand extreme pressure, whether it's a scuba tank or a 90-ft tall vessel used to make silicon, is made safe through private regulation. There are no government standards for building boilers. But in order to sell them, you better have a National Board stamp on them, or nobody is going to buy any.

rarson
rarson

@WandrianWvlf "No, regulation in and of itself isn't a bad thing." ? I never said it was. "If there were better laws posing stricter regulation..." More government is never the answer to problems created BY government. A lot of people like to give George W. Bush flack to decreasing regulation in the banking industry during his term as president. Only problem is, he didn't, he actually INCREASED it. Regulation doesn't do what you think it does: it benefits established corporations by making it harder for competitors to gain entry in the market (the whole "barriers to entry" thing... you didn't google it yet, did you?). "assuming everything the government does is wrong is just pure simple-mindedness" And putting words in people's mouths to argue against points they never made is called a straw man.. "Free market is not, never was, and never will be a viable solution to anything. Look at the post-slavery era" Apparently you missed this the first time I posted it: "If you think we have a free market in this country, or ever did, then you don't know what a free market is." Are you familiar with Lysander Spooner? He ran the American Mail Company, a private mail carrier that delivered to the door cheaper than the Post Office could, but his business was shut down when the government decided they didn't want to compete with it. He also wrote a bunch of books about free markets and anarchism. You should try reading one.

Wandrian
Wandrian

Self-regulation can't be trusted. That's why we have democracy and why I vote. Now if companies want to make their own internal regulations that exceed government mandated minimums that's really nice, but the fact remains that most simply will not do anything that cuts into their short term profits unless they're forced to even if they do permanent damage to the planet, kill hundreds of people, or screw up their chances of long-term profits in the process. ...And because why not: another example of how "free market" isn't a solution to anything: lolol Reaganomics.

Wandrian
Wandrian

@rarson: No, regulation in and of itself isn't a bad thing. It's corporate-sponsored legislation and regulation that is bad. If there were better laws posing stricter regulations on lobbyists and massive, sweeping finance reform directly affecting lawmakers themselves we wouldn't have to worry about corporate influence on legislation so much. Again, of course the government isn't automatically correct but assuming everything the government does is wrong is just pure simple-mindedness. Free market is not, never was, and never will be a viable solution to anything. Look at the post-slavery era labor camps companies made on American soil up until the 1940s, the numerous financial crises from the 1930s, 1980s, and even as recent as 2008 as reasons why regulation is good thing. Or hell, just take a quick look at the $20,000,000,000 profits Halliburton has made doing nothing since 2001. With worthwhile regulations and punishments for breaching them, this kind of BS wouldn't happen. Again, without government mandated minimum regulations all hell breaks loose: there always have been, always are, and always will be people looking to make a quick buck any way they can regardless of how dirty it is.

rarson
rarson

@WandrianWvlf You don't know what you are talking about. There's absolutely no reason why regulation needs to come from government. A good example of this is the boiler and pressure vessel industry. That water heater in your home? It's safe because of private regulation. Private regulation is also subject to competition; unlike having one monopoly on regulation (ie government), private regulators go out of business when they fail to do their jobs correctly. If government regulation had to compete, the FDA would have gone out of business a LONG time ago (but because it's a government agency, everyone blindly trusts it despite its track record). What you don't seem to understand is that government interference PREVENTS the possibility of a free market. That is, the presence of government creates the possibility for corruption. Big companies LIKE government regulation because they use it to keep out competition (google "barriers to entry"). That's the entire point of lobbying. "it's this same 'free market' you're touting as a solution that [supported] the legislation behind SOPA/PIPA" If you think we have a free market in this country, or ever did, then you don't know what a free market is. Big businesses colluding with government is not a free market.

cards
cards

I agree this news can be read in many places, but faux news is just that faux news. Never ever been real news.

Wandrian
Wandrian

Aw, my bad. I meant to say they were the big supporters, not writers of the legislation. Well, it's similar enough but you get the idea. *hangs head in shame realizing once more that deep pockets write all legislation instead of common sense or good will*

Wandrian
Wandrian

@rarson: "Free market" as a solution is some magical BS cooked up by the folks with the deepest pockets(e.g. Viacom, Activision, ClearChannel, et cetera). It's been seen time and again, if there aren't government regulations forcing companies to *NOT* scam, cheat, steal, and leave security holes then they simply won't because it affects their bottomline in the short-term. Yes, the magical "free market" is THAT shortsighted. Quick reminder: it's this same "free market" you're touting as a solution that wrote the legislation behind SOPA/PIPA and chose to leave easily-exploited holes in security for the sake of their quarterly profits(lolol Sony firing security experts prior to PSN being hacked TWICE). But hey, we're not here to force you to think like us either. You're perfectly free to maintain all the faith in your "free market" magic if you wish to do so.

edant79
edant79

@dawnofhero Yeah, I noticed that to. All it shows is that people base their beliefs on what they prefer as opposed to reality. The media is the media. They act as if Fox News is planning some global takeover in an attempt to eat poor people and shake their babies....its just the stinking news.

msfan1289
msfan1289

yeah lets all lulz and hack everything for the LULz, but ill back stab you in the back once i get caught

emperiox
emperiox

@dawnofhero because Fox is untruthful and has a huge bias against the middle class and poor class. You shouldn't take anything from Fox as fact until you check it out from other sources.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

Jeez, why do people get their shorts in a knot over Fox News? Question: would they have gotten upset if it was CNN, ABC, or NBC who reported the story? "I stopped reading after 'CNN says'." Just curious.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I know I already stated how much I hate duckface a few comments back but I was just scrolling down the news page and saw this story again and I must reiterate how much I ABSOLUTELY HATE DUCKFACE. That is all.

zainus
zainus

Its funny, they are relying on FOX news to give out the facts, you might as well wait at the rear end of a fox and see what comes out ...... wow ..... its s~~t ...... its even scratch and sniff and it smells like s~~t!!!.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Dude, duckface, kill this guy. Ugh, I HATE Duckface.

DoctorTanaka
DoctorTanaka

Oh the boys in the federal pen are gunna love that photo...

VilandasUK
VilandasUK

Hmmmm Why is this on GameSpot anyway???? Don't tell me because Sony and Nintendo were included in the article.

minivirus2
minivirus2

Gald to see some of these so called "hacktivists" being brought down. My only question, if you turned this 'Sabu' into a snitch, wouldn't it be in his best interest to NOT reveal his identity? We're talking about people who can access some pretty devastating infomation, so he could be faced with quite a bit of trouble from the hacking community in the future. Wouldn't this fall under the witness protection realm of law inforcement?

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Syk0_k03r On top of that, free gym, free food and you can come out with qualifications.

jonasas2
jonasas2

government is just going to secretly make them hack or check for flaws in their security... who is stupid enough not to make use of such hackers

Syk0_k03r
Syk0_k03r

death sentence or hard labor maybe? NO we're going to throw you into free housing paid by the taxpayer (prison)! damn politicians

daxlks
daxlks

They should've gone for Zynga

worlock77
worlock77

@Gelugon_baat You clearly have no knowledge of the labor movement of the late 1800s - early 1900s.

kkxtrouble
kkxtrouble

Ok, but half of these huys are just being charged, Usa can't touch the guys in Ireland and England if they are not deported, which i don't see happening. They might be charged in their own countries, but that is other story. And it's very unlikely that this guy commands the whole Lulzsec, if they are anything like Annonymous in terms of organization he may control a branch like it was said here already.

Mondrath
Mondrath

I have one thing to say: Good riddance to bad rubbish!

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

lol well that just explains it all. You'd have to be an idiot, posting a pic of yourself doing a duckface. Book em! All caught hackers should be implanted with a chip to track their every move. Use technology against them, poetic justice.

gix47
gix47

mmm,from Fox News...i have my doubts on all of this..have very little trust when it comes from Fox

pH347m3
pH347m3

Duck face? Life sentence.

Vickman178
Vickman178

The government better not use this as an excuse to control the internet.

felipe_k3
felipe_k3

you do know how to troll don't you gamespot?

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

@worlock77 True, but the difference between a gang and hacker gang is right there, IF he knows their real identity them they will fall, however like Gelugon_baat said "Anonymity is the only shield of hacktivists" several members never give their ID, or they even give a fake one. Besides I hardly doubt this guy is the leader of the hole LulzSec, he might a branch leader but not the leader of the hole thing.

Caer_Death
Caer_Death

@ rarson "I stand by my statement: I'm far more concerned about the government and what it is doing than a bunch of knuckleheads hacking company servers. Maybe instead of wasting money attempting to prosecute these people, they should hire some competent security people... they DO exist. Let these companies handle their own burdens, and stop passing them off to the taxpayer." While I'm no strong supporter of the ethics or practices of many multinational corporations, I feel that this is analogous to someone robbing a bank that's owned by millionaires/billionaires, and the police not caring about finding the guy who robbed them because they had the money and capability to build better security. I know Sony did a pitiful job of protecting their customers info while making sure that the company's info was well protected. Horrible practice, but regardless, after they were attacked (which was really an attack on the customers), justice needs to be served. We can't have an endless stream of cyberterrorists threatening law abiding citizens who are trying to use a legitimate service that they paid for. (PSN is "free", but it's included in the cost of the console)

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

@ supertom221 Same. The fact that they said it makes me seriously question the validity of this news article.

franzito
franzito

Hackers are to be deleted!

emperiox
emperiox

@worlock77 Hehe, not many people know this...least of all conservatives (if they did, they'd probably realise that Fox is just one giant propaganda machine). Anyways, yes he actually came to the USA from Australia and the article I read said that the FBI was also looking into whether or not he bribed an immigration official to speed up the process to become a citizen. He came with a ridiculous amount of money as well. To be honest, all of his assets should be frozen and sold at auction because he technically earned it illegally if he did indeed commit a felony by bribing said official. Sadly, the system is only on the side of the wealthy and not the everyday average joe schmoe. The FBI doesn't exactly care about everybody, and in a decent democracy they would take everything on a case-by-case basis. The ONLY reason the FBI won't arrest Murdoch and seize his assets is because he's rich. So NOBODY should respect the FBI until they start doing their full job.

supertom221
supertom221

"Fox News says...." Stopped reading.

worlock77
worlock77

@emperiox Not sure when Murdoch is alleged to have bribed an official for US citizenship, but he's been a US citizen for nearly 30 years.

worlock77
worlock77

@Gelugon_baat That's an extremely poor understanding of anarchist you've got there. I'm guessing your idea of "anarchists" comes from pop culture depictions of chaotic characters like the Joker. While anarchists may indeed violate the law, practice disobedience and attack institutions it is never without purpose. It was anarchists who brought us, for example, trade unions, minimum wages and the 8 hour work day. All brought about through their disobedience. The kids in Anonymous and especially LulzSec are not anarchists. They're simply brats throwing tantrums and causing as much disruption as they can for no purpose.

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

These morons got caught, and that's good and all, but I can't help but feel kinda wrong about the FBI acting all high about it (when they even have the help of mr posing fish there) and dedicating more resources to this kind of crap than other worse stuff. @emperiox Yeah, that's what I was thinking.

emperiox
emperiox

@mrboone01 Haha yeah, I used to want to work for the FBI tbh (was actually planning on college for it), then I realised how absolutely incompetent the top dogs are. Furthermore, they are complete sellouts. The FBI's job is to protect everyone, not just rich sleazy fatcat bankers and rich people. I have absolutely no respect for the FBI the second they didn't arrest Rupert Murdoch and seize his assets even though they proved that he knew about the phone hacking scandal and that there were allegations that he bribed an official to become a US citizen WHICH IS A CORRUPTION CRIME. Don't even get me started on the fact that they would rather hunt down movie/music/game pirates than to hunt down real hardcore criminals. The FBI is a complete joke.

Spacerac
Spacerac

Anyone else concerned with the fact this loser was successful enough to breed?