Prime LulzSec members arrested, group chief reportedly acted as informant
4 Principal Members of “Nameless” and “LulzSec” Charged with Pc Hacking and Fifth Member Pleads Responsible; “AntiSec” Member additionally Charged with Stealing Confidential Info from Roughly 860,000 Shoppers and Subscribers of Stratfor
U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace March 06, 2012
5 pc hackers in america and overseas have been charged right now, and a sixth pled responsible, for pc hacking and different crimes. The six hackers recognized themselves as aligned with the group Nameless, which is a unfastened confederation of pc hackers and others, and/or offshoot teams associated to Nameless, together with “Web Feds,” “LulzSec,” and “AntiSec.”
RYAN ACKROYD, a/okay/a “kayla,” a/okay/a “lol,” a/okay/a “lolspoon”; JAKE DAVIS, a/okay/a “topiary,” a/okay/a “atopiary”; DARREN MARTYN, a/okay/a “pwnsauce,” a/okay/a “raepsauce,” a/okay/a “networkkitten”; and DONNCHA O’CEARRBHAIL, a/okay/a “palladium,” who recognized themselves as members of Nameless, Web Feds, and/or LulzSec, have been charged in an indictment unsealed at this time in Manhattan federal courtroom with pc hacking conspiracy involving the hacks of Fox Broadcasting Firm, Sony Footage Leisure, and the Public Broadcasting Service (“PBS”). O’CEARRBHAIL can also be charged in a separate legal grievance with deliberately disclosing an unlawfully intercepted wire communication.
HECTOR XAVIER MONSEGUR, a/okay/a “Sabu,” a/okay/a “Xavier DeLeon,” a/okay/a “Leon,” who additionally recognized himself as a member of Nameless, Web Feds, and LulzSec, pled responsible on August 15, 2011 in U.S. District Courtroom to a 12-rely info charging him with pc hacking conspiracies and different crimes. MONSEGUR’S info and responsible plea have been unsealed at this time. The crimes to which MONSEGUR pled responsible embrace pc hacking conspiracy costs initially filed within the Southern District of New York. He additionally pled responsible to the next fees: a substantive hacking cost initially filed by the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace within the Japanese District of California associated to the hacks of HBGary, Inc. and HBGary Federal LLC; a substantive hacking cost initially filed by the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace within the Central District of California associated to the hack of Sony Footage Leisure and Fox Broadcasting Firm; a substantive hacking cost initially filed by the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace within the Northern District of Georgia associated to the hack of Infragard Members Alliance; and a substantive hacking cost initially filed by the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace within the Japanese District of Virginia associated to the hack of PBS, all of which have been transferred to the Southern District of New York, pursuant to Rule 20 of the Federal Guidelines of Felony Process, in coordination with the Pc Crime and Mental Property Part (“CCIPS”) within the Justice Division’s Felony Division.
Late yesterday, JEREMY HAMMOND, a/okay/a “Anarchaos,” a/okay/a “sup_g,” a/okay/a “burn,” a/okay/a “yohoho,” a/okay/a “POW,” a/okay/a “tylerknowsthis,” a/okay/a “crediblethreat,” who recognized himself as a member of AntiSec, was arrested in Chicago, Illinois and charged in a legal grievance with crimes referring to the December 2011 hack of Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (“Stratfor”), a worldwide intelligence agency in Austin, Texas, which can have affected roughly 860,000 victims. In publicizing the Stratfor hack, members of AntiSec reaffirmed their connection to Nameless and different associated teams, together with LulzSec. For instance, AntiSec members revealed a doc with hyperlinks to the stolen Stratfor knowledge titled, “Nameless Lulzxmas rooting you proud” on a file sharing web site.
The next allegations are based mostly on the indictment, the knowledge, the complaints, and statements made at MONSEGUR’s responsible plea:
Hacks by Nameless, Web Feds, and LulzSec
Since at the very least 2008, Nameless has been a unfastened confederation of pc hackers and others. MONSEGUR and different members of Nameless took duty for a lot of cyber assaults between December 2010 and June 2011, together with denial of service (“DoS”) assaults towards the web sites of Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal, as retaliation for the refusal of those corporations to course of donations to Wikileaks, in addition to hacks or DoS assaults on overseas authorities pc methods.
Between December 2010 and Might 2011, members of Web Feds equally waged a deliberate marketing campaign of on-line destruction, intimidation, and criminality. Members of Web Feds engaged in a collection of cyber assaults that included breaking into pc techniques, stealing confidential info, publicly disclosing stolen confidential info, hijacking victims’ e-mail and Twitter accounts, and defacing victims’ Web web sites. Particularly, ACKROYD, DAVIS, MARTYN, O’CEARRBHAIL, and MONSEGUR, as members of InternetFeds, conspired to commit pc hacks together with: the hack of the web site of Advantageous Gael, a political social gathering in Eire; the hack of pc techniques utilized by safety companies HBGary, Inc. and its affiliate HBGary Federal, LLC, from which Web Feds stole confidential knowledge pertaining to eighty,000 consumer accounts; and the hack of pc methods utilized by Fox Broadcasting Firm, from which Web Feds stole confidential knowledge referring to greater than 70,000 potential contestants on “X-Issue,” a Fox tv present.
In Might 2011, following the publicity that that they had generated because of their hacks, together with these of Effective Gael and HBGary, ACKROYD, DAVIS, MARTYN, and MONSEGUR shaped and have become the principal members of a brand new hacking group referred to as “Lulz Safety” or “LulzSec.” Like Web Feds, LulzSec undertook a marketing campaign of malicious cyber assaults on the web sites and pc methods of varied enterprise and governmental entities in america and all through the world. Particularly, ACKROYD, DAVIS, MARTYN, and MONSEGUR, as members of LulzSec, conspired to commit pc hacks together with the hacks of pc methods utilized by the PBS, in retaliation for what LulzSec perceived to be unfavorable information protection in an episode of the information program “Frontline”; Sony Footage Leisure, during which LulzSec stole confidential knowledge regarding roughly one hundred,000 customers of Sony’s web site; and Bethesda Softworks, a online game firm based mostly in Maryland, during which LulzSec stole confidential info for about 200,000 customers of Bethesda’s web site.
The Stratfor Hack
In December 2011, HAMMOND conspired to hack into pc techniques utilized by Stratfor, a personal agency that gives governments and others with unbiased geopolitical evaluation. HAMMOND and his co-conspirators, as members of AntiSec, stole confidential info from these pc techniques, together with Stratfor staff’ e-mails in addition to account info for about 860,000 Stratfor subscribers or shoppers. HAMMOND and his co-conspirators stole bank card info for about 60,000 bank card customers and used a few of the stolen knowledge to make unauthorized costs exceeding $seven hundred,000. HAMMOND and his co-conspirators additionally publicly disclosed a few of the confidential info that they had stolen.
The Hack of Worldwide Regulation Enforcement
In January 2012, O’CEARRBHAIL hacked into the private e-mail account of an officer with Eire’s nationwide police service, the An Garda Siochana (the “Garda”). As a result of the Garda officer had forwarded work e-mails to a private account, O’CEARRBHAIL discovered details about how you can entry a convention name that the Garda, the FBI, and different regulation enforcement businesses have been planning to carry on January 17, 2012 relating to worldwide investigations of Nameless and different hacking teams. O’CEARRBHAIL then accessed and secretly recorded the January 17 worldwide regulation enforcement convention name, after which disseminated the illegally-obtained recording to others.
MONSEGUR, 28, of New York, New York, pled responsible to 3 counts of pc hacking conspiracy, 5 counts of pc hacking, one rely of pc hacking in furtherance of fraud, one rely of conspiracy to commit entry system fraud, one rely of conspiracy to commit financial institution fraud, and one rely of aggravated id theft. He faces a most sentence of 124 years and 6 months in jail.
ACKROYD, 23, of Doncaster, United Kingdom; DAVIS, 29, of Lerwick, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom; and MARTYN, 25, of Galway, Eire, every are charged with two counts of pc hacking conspiracy. Every conspiracy rely carries a most sentence of 10 years in jail.
O’CEARRBHAIL, 19, of Birr, Eire, is charged within the indictment with one rely of pc hacking conspiracy, for which he faces 10 years in jail. He’s additionally charged within the grievance with one rely of deliberately disclosing an unlawfully intercepted wire communication, for which he faces a most sentence of 5 years in jail.
HAMMOND, 27, of Chicago, Illinois, is charged with one rely of pc hacking conspiracy, one rely of pc hacking, and one rely of conspiracy to commit entry system fraud. Every rely carries a most sentence of 10 years in jail.
DAVIS is individually dealing with legal fees in the UK, which stay pending, and ACKROYD is being interviewed right now by the Police Central e-crime Unit in the UK. O’CEARRBHAIL was arrested right now by the Garda.
The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace for the Southern District of New York. The investigation was initiated and led by the FBI, and its New York Cyber Crime Activity Pressure, which is a federal, state, and native regulation enforcement process pressure combating cybercrime, with help from the PCeU; a unit of New Scotland Yard’s Specialist Crime Directorate, SCD6; the Garda; the Legal Division’s CCIPS; and the U.S. Attorneys’ Workplaces for the Japanese District of California, the Central District of California, the Northern District of Georgia, and the Japanese District of Virginia; in addition to the Legal Division’s Workplace of Worldwide Affairs.
The fees contained within the indictment and complaints are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed harmless until and till confirmed responsible.