Feds Seek 7-Month Sentence for LulzSec Hacker and Lower East Sider ‘Sabu’
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Anarchism and the Lower East Side go hand in hand, so should we be super surprised that one of the most notorious hackers of our day operated from within the Jacob Riis Houses on Avenue D?
You’ll recall that in June 2011, hacker Hector Xavier Monsegur, an unemployed father of two, was caught by the FBI and quickly turned snitch. The high-ranking capture immediately paid dividends, as “Sabu” was the man who once led the outlaw LulzSec, an offshoot of the notorious Anonymous organization. With the new traitor status, he helped deliver a number of top hackers on a platter and still helps the bureau with his connections.
Sabu will be sentenced tomorrow for his crimes. The government will seek 7-month penalty, citing time served and his immense cooperation in netting other targets. Indeed, it is this close relationship that had previously delayed any sentencing these last few years.
Monsegur, who has long been despised by members of LulzSec for his reported snitching, faced a possible sentence of between 259 and 317 months imprisonment under U.S. sentencing guidelines. But the U.S. Probation Office and prosecutors have asked for a reduced sentence “without regard to the otherwise applicable mandatory minimum sentence in this case” in a motion submitted to the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York on Friday.
A top leader of the hacking group LulzSec, Monsegur turned informant after he was secretly approached by authorities in June 2011, providing information that led to the subsequent arrest of other top members of LuzSec and Anonymous, including Jeremy Hammond, aka “Anarchaos”of Chicago, who was sentenced last year for his role in the hack of private intelligence firm, Stratfor.