Hector Xavier Monsegur, the traitorous leader of hacker group LulzSec, may have turned over five of his fellow hackers to the Federal Bureau of Investigation — but that doesn’t mean he’s getting off easy. According to an official statement from the FBI, Monsegur faces a maximum sentence of 124 years and six months in prison for a variety of hacking-related crimes.
On August 15, 2011, Monsegur, better known as “Sabu,” pled guilty to 12 counts of computer hacking conspiracies and other crimes. They included the now-infamous hack of security firm HBGary, Inc. and HB Gary Federal LLC; the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Fox Broadcasting Company; the hack of Infraguard Members Alliance (an FBI affiliate group); and the hack of PBS.org, which launched LulzSec into the national consciousness last May.
According to the full indictment, Monsegur has also been blamed for hacking websites of the governments of Tunisia, Yemen and Zimbabwe.
The only other American targeted by the FBI takedown is 27-year-old Jeremy Hammond (aka “Anarchaos,” among other pseudonyms), of Chicago, who is said to have been part of the hacker group AntiSec, which, like LulzSec, is an offshoot of hacktivist collective Anonymous. Hammond has been charged with crimes relating to the December 2011 breach of private intelligence firm Stratfor. Just last week, WikiLeaks released 200 of the 5 million emails obtained in the Stratfor hack. The FBI claims the hack “may have affected approximately 860,000 victims.”
The other four people charged with crimes based on Monsegur’s testimony include Ryan Ackroyd (aka “kayla), and Jake Davis (aka “topiary”), both of whom are from England. Darren Martyn (aka “pwnsauce”) and Donncha O’Cearrbhail (aka “palladium”), both from Ireland, have also been charged.
Hammond, Ackroyd and Martyn each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for their roles in the various hacks. O’Cearrbhail faces 15 years.
In total, the crimes of these six hackers affected more than 1 million people, says the FBI.
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