After the arrest of six key members of Lulz Security (LulzSec) thanks to the alleged help of the team’s leader Hector “Sabu” Monsegur, the Internet group Anonymous has decided to respond by hacking another security firm to post its open letter to the man who betrayed the hacker community.
Anonymous elected to hijack the Spanish antivirus site Panda Security, which Anonymous claims helped law enforcement agencies tracked and arrested 25 hackers last month. At the top of the site, the hackers posted a small note to Sabu, expressing intense bitterness at the situation.
“Yeah yeah, we know, Sabu snitched on us. As usually happens FBI menaced him to take his sons away. We understand, but we were your family too. (Remember what you liked to say?)” the post read. “It’s sad and we can’t imagine how it feels having to look at the mirror each morning and see there the guy who shopped their friends to police.”
The parenthesis reference about family refers to how Sabu often called his fellow hackers “brothers” on Twitter. The note continues on with words of support for the arrested members of LulzSec and replied to a comment Panda Security had posted on their site earlier in the day which responded to Sabu’s betrayal revelation.
Just hours before Anonymous defaced the site, Panda Security researcher Luis Corrons blogged about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s success in taking down several hackers with Sabu’s help.
“Really good news. I have just read that LulzSec members have been arrested and that their main head Sabu has been working as an informant for the FBI,” Corrons wrote before suggesting that Anonymous would now only be capable of taking down sites rather than expose confidential data. Naturally, Anonymous did not take the condescending words kindly.
“LOL HE ASKED FOR THE LULZ!!!! HERE IT IS THE LULZ,” Anonymous posted after the Panda Security takedown. “Pandasecurity.com, better known for its [sh*tty] ANTIVIRUS WE HAVE BACKDOORED, has [been] earning money working with law enforcement to lurk and snitch on anonymous activists…yep we know about you. How does it feel to be the spied one?”
Sabu was ousted yesterday after the 28-year-old New York City resident pleaded guilty back in August to an indictment on charges of computer crimes against major corporations such as Visa and Mastercard. Despite choosing to become an informant rather than to be separated from his two young sons, Sabu still faces a maximum sentence of 124 years and six months in prison. According to the statement by the FBI, the work of the arrested six hackers tattled by Sabu affected more than 1 million people.
The full details of Monsegur’s case is anticipated for release Tuesday morning by the Southern District Court of New York.