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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Anonymous hacker-turned FBI informant Sabu avoids jail time and WALKS!

Published time: May 27, 2014
Courtroom portrait of Hector "Sabu" Monsegur finished moments ago at his sentencing hearing (Credit: Clark Stoeckley)

After aiding the infiltration of numerous corporate networks and then switching sides to help the FBI thwart the hacktivist group Anonymous, Hector Xavier Monsegur has been sentenced to time served followed by one year of supervised release.

According to Yahoo News, prosecutors in New York on Tuesday officially recounted Monsuegur’s cooperation with the federal government, explaining that the hacker should be “rewarded with leniency” for working with the FBI to stop cyberattacks by Anonymous and its offshoot LulzSec.

Although Monsegur faced decades in prison for originally pleading guilty to his activities, his collaboration with the FBI drastically reduced his sentence and helped him avoid jail time. Prior to the official sentence, prosecutors were pushing for as little as seven months behind bars.

Monsegur – also known by the internet alias, “Sabu” – first came to prominence with Anonymous in 2011, when he began leading LulzSec in a series of cyber operations whose targets included Fox television and PayPal. After gloating online about his group’s accomplishments, such as its ability to obtain private information, the FBI was able to track him down at his home.