Nareen Melkonian
Mar 6, 2012

Hacker gone informant: FBI arrests four major hackers with the help of a convict

Five major hackers from two continents were arrested on Tuesday with the help of a formerly arrested hacker, Hector Xavier Monsegur. Monsegur, known as “Sabu” online, became an informant for the FBI and helped them crack what seems to be this major case. The American hacker arrested in Chicago, Jeremy Hammond, is suspected to be the mastermind behind the breaching of Stratfor, a US security company, last December. When LulzSec hackers group, which is responsible for numerous high caliber attacks, hacked into Stratfor, over 5 million company emails, customer credit cards and other information were seized. Hammond was always affiliated with Anonymous hackers group, but after further investigation officials believe they have taken down one of the top leaders of LulzSec. Now, WikiLeaks, the famous site that publicizes top secret information, has begun publishing Stratfor’s private data.