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LulzSec 'Leader' Turns on Fellow Hacktivists, Feds

JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Six members of the suspected computer hacking groups affiliated with Anonymous were charged -- including the suspected ring leader, who directed the entire operation from a Manhattan apartment complex -- after it was revealed one of the group's most high profile members has been working with federal authorities for months. Hector Monsegur, a 28-year-old American believed to use the name "Sabu" on the internet, was arrested by federal agents last year and has been cooperating with law enforcement ever since, officials said. He pleaded guilty last August.

At least four of the five other members of the group were arrested recently based on information provided by Monsegur -- one in Chicago and three overseas, officials said. Each was charged with conspiracy and at least two were to appear in federal court in Lower Manhattan. Federal officials said they expect the arrests to seriously damage LulzSec, an underground group also known as Lulz Security, which is also an offset of the hacking group Anonymous.

Law enforcement sources told ABC News that the six people charged are allegedly among the most sophisticated hackers in the world. The FBI said motives for attacks varied -- for example an attack on credit card companies was based on the refusal by the firms to process contributions to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, and another attack was simply a way of mocking internet security. The investigation began with a tip last June, officials said.

The group and Anonymous have taken credit for carrying out a number of high-profile hacking actions against companies and institutions including the CIA's website, Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency, Japan's Sony Corp and Mexican government websites.

Last month, Anonymous published a recording of a confidential call between FBI agents and London detectives in which the law-enforcement agents discuss action they are taking against hacking.

Anonymous also claimed to be behind the electronic theft of thousands of internal documents from the private intelligence analysis firm Stratfor. In charging documents released Tuesday, federal officials said that the charged co-conspirators had stolen credit card information from Stratfor employees and clients and made some $700,000 in unauthorized charges.

Earlier this week, a Twitter account connected to Sabu continued to rant against federal agents, supposedly while he was working with them.

"The federal government is run by a bunch of f*****g cowards. Don't give in to these people. Fight back. Stay strong," a tweet from Monday reads.

While Anonymous and LulzSec by nature have no official hierarchy, the user known as Sabu was one of the most vocal and prominent members in online communities.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


'Anonymous' Hackers Arrested by FBI

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Several members of the hacker group Anonymous have been arrested by the FBI, and search warrants have been executed in New York and California, according to several Justice Department and FBI officials.

It is unknown if the arrests have also targeted members of Lulzsec group which claims to be affiliated with Anonymous and has been behind several high profile cyber-security incidents including attacks against the CIA’s public website and a massive breach of Sony’s gaming network.

Recently members of the group have been sought by the FBI and Scotland Yard in the UK as they investigated "Operation Payback," an effort apparently organized by Anonymous. “Operation Payback” consisted of a series of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) that were launched against MasterCard, Visa and PayPal when the companies broke their ties with WikiLeaks after it released classified U.S. State Department cables last year. Severing ties with the group impacted WikiLeaks’ ability to raise money, apparently incensing the Anonymous hackers.

The cyber attacks against the companies resulted in their websites becoming unavailable at times.

In recent weeks the FBI has conducted search warrants in Iowa and Ohio but Tuesday’s effort appears to be the most organized crackdown on the group.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


LulzSec Claims Hack of Arizona Dept of Public Safety Computers

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- The group of hackers who has taken credit for cyber attacks against the U.S. Senate, CIA, Sony, and Nintendo added a new website to their list Thursday.

LulzSec claims it hacked into the Arizona Department of Public Safety's computers, gaining access to hundreds of emails, intelligence bulletins, and personal information, which the group leaked.

On its website, the group posted that it is "targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona."

Among the documents leaked are nuclear threat briefings, threats against elected officials, and racial profiling reports.  The addresses, phone numbers, and names of public safety family members were also made public.

LulzSec says it plans to release more documents and information on a weekly basis.

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LulzSec Takes Credit for Hacking CIA Public Website

CIA dot gov(WASHINGTON) -- The CIA's public website couldn't be accessed Wednesday, and hackers claimed responsibility.

The group Lulz Security (LulzSec) appeared to take credit for the hack on Twitter Wednesday.

"Tango down - - for the lulz," the group stated in its Twitter feed.

Similar attacks for which the group has taken credit were reported earlier this week on the U.S. Senate's site.  The group claims it is trying to highlight website weaknesses, though the CIA's classified information is reportedly still secure.

According to cybersecurity officials, LulzSec and Anonymous have also recently attempted to compromise the FBI website.

As of Wednesday night, the CIA website apparently has been restored, but a CIA spokesperson said earlier in the day, "We are looking into the reports."

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