Notorious Hackers Arrested in New York
Members of the online hacker groups “Anonymous” and “LulzSec” were detained and charged after a large investigation into their cybercrimes. The teams that conducted this thorough investigation were from both the Secret Service and the FBI.
Multiple suspects who are considered as some of the most intelligent hackers in the world were arrested in both the USA and Europe.
Hector Xavier Monsegur, who's online handle is “Sabu” pleaded guilty to multiple computer hacking crimes. Part of his plea deal Monsegur decided to cooperate with the government and assisted them in gaining intelligence unto other hacker’s crimes including his former teammates of “Anonymous”.
Bell was originally arrested for the 1978 murder of a marine that attempted to stop Bell from masturbating in front of a group of girls. Bell now claims that he killed girls from ages 12 through 19 between the years 1971 and 1976. He claims that he knew the names of four of the victims and that he does not know the names of the remaining seven, but was able to provide a description. The victims were from Harris, Brazoria, and Galveston counties.
Jake Davis – 29, Darren Martyn – 25, Ryan Ackroyd – 23 and Donncha O’Cearrbhail – 19, have been charged with computer hacking conspiracy in regards to multiple attacks that were taken against Fox Broadcasting, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Sony Picture Entertainment.
O’Cearrbhail is also currently being accused with gaining unauthorized access into an email account owned by an Irish national police officer, and intercepting calls and emails about investigations against “Anonymous”. O’Cearrbhail allegedly recorded the calls and forwarded to the members of “Anonymous” that were being investigated.
Jeremy Hammond – 27, was convicted due to a cyber-attack performed against a Texas Firm. The attack that was conducted in December was estimated to have affected over 860,000 people.
Martyn and O’Cearrbhail and Martyn are both from Ireland, and Hammond is from Chicago according to the indictment.
Davis and Ackroyd are from Great Britain.
Monsegur – 28, has pleaded guilty to 12 counts of computer related hacking crimes.
Monsegur who is also known for being a “rooter”, has claimed responsibility for cyber strikes between December to June of 2011. These attacks included websites for Visa, Mastercard and PayPal.
A DoS (denial of service) attack is when a number of computers flood a IP or website with many requests for information, and the Ip address or website cannot reply fast enough and temporarily is shut down.
Local authorities claim that Monsegur has launched DoS attacks or hacked government systems operated by Tunisia, Zimbabwe, and Yemen.
In late 2011, the “Anonymous” group felt the heat from the investigation, and that is when “LulzSec” was created, and continued to further its online hacking movements.
Cybercrimes are receiving a lot of attention lately as the world becomes more and more centered around the internet.
If you have been the victim of identity theft or some other cybercrime, consult with one of our attorneys specializing in internet law immediately. Contact a criminal defense lawyer in your area today for more information about obtaining legal representation.