LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES have arrested two people and charged three others on suspicion of being high up in the Anonymous movement.
According to an unconfirmed report they were pinched after high profile Anonymous member Sabu turned stool pigeon.
The report is exclusively at Fox News and claims that Sabu is a 28 year old unemployed man called Hector Xavier Monsegur. Fox says that he is the mastermind behind Anonymous and Lulzsec but has recently started working for the opposition.
Fox reports that Sabu has been working with law enforcement agents for some time now, since June last year, although this is not confirmed. In the last couple of months, as always, messages from his Twitter account have been thoroughly anti-establishment.
"They caught him and he was secretly arrested and now works for the FBI," a source reportedly close to Sabu told Fox News.
Sabu was deep in the Lulzsec and Anonymous operations, a fact that became clear when he had prior knowledge of the outcome of Ryan Cleary's trial, details that were subsequently heard in a leaked phone call between the FBI and UK police.
At the time security firm F-Secure said that Sabu was clearly ahead of the curve when it came to information about Cleary.
Some of the Anonymous hacktivist collective have reacted to the news and suggested that if Sabu has turned traitor then it will turn on him.
Hector Xavier Monsegur is "Sabu," the unemployed, 28-year-old father of two who allegedly commanded international hacker team LulzSec.— Anonymous Operations (@Anon_Central) March 6, 2012
"The way Sabu & gang took control of Anonops.. anonops gonna retaliate. Also they (anonops) are NOW anonymous if the news is true", says a message from the @Anon_Central Twitter account.
If the suggestions are true, and Sabu was working for the cops, then he could be described as an agent provocateur. He has pushed for more high profile attacks, and has regularly called out firms and individuals in his messages, which could lead to defence claims of entrapment.
We will update with more information as we get it.
The US Attorneys office for the Southern District of New York has released its statement on the arrests, in which it said that six people were arrested for crimes that have affected over one million people.
The arrests include four principal members of Anonymous and Lulzsec, who are charged with computer hacking and one who has pleaded guilty and another who is charged with stealing information from Stratfor.
The statement names some well known Anonymous members including Kayla, named here as Ryan Ackroyd, and Topiary, who is also known as Jake Davis, both of whom are from the UK, and confirms some of what we learned in the earlier FBI call that was leaked.
Sabu, or Hector Xavier Monsegur, is the only one who has pleaded guilty and the statement confirms that he did this in August of last year. It says that he pleaded guilty to crimes including computer hacking and conspiracy over his involvement in attacks including those on HB Gary and Sony.
Sabu faces a maximum sentence of 124 years and six months in prison and Ackroyd faces 10 years. Davis's case is pending in the UK and charges remain pending.
Also charged are Darren Martyn, or "pwnsauce", "raepsauce" and networkkitten", Donncha O'cearrbhail, who goes by the name "palladium", and Jeremy Hammond, who switches between "Anarchaos", "sup_g", "burn", "yohoho", "POW", "tylerknowsthis", and "crediblethreat." µ
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