Monday, March 5, 2012

FBI Makes Key Arrests in LulzSec Case

Five computer hackers in the United States and abroad were arrested and charged with crimes ranging from computer hacking conspiracy, fraud, conspiracy to commit access device fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and other offenses. Those arrested include principle members of "Anonymous" and "LulzSec".

In addition, Hector Xavier Monsegur, also know as "Sabu", "Xavier DeLeon", or "Leon", pled guilty on August 15, 2011 in U.S. District Court to a 12-count information charging him with computer hacking conspiracies and other crimes. His testimony is believed to have led to the arrest of the other members of LulzSec.

Between December 2010 and June 2011, LulzSec claimed responsibility for a series of brazen cyber attacks, including denial of service (Do�?) attacks against the websites of Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal, as retaliation for the refusal of these companies to process donations to Wikileaks, as well as hacks or DoS attacks on foreign government computer systems. Since then, the attacks have continued under other representations.

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