Tuesday, March 6, 2012

FBI LulzSec Hacker Informant: Hacking Groups Government Black Op?

Brit Dee, Contributing Writer

Five key members of the hacker group LulzSec have today been arrested, with the revelation that the alleged leader of the group has been working for the FBI since mid-2011.

Hector Xavier Monsegur, a 28-year-old Puerto Rican living in New York and known by his nickname "Sabu", was reportedly charged with 12 criminal counts of conspiracy to engage in computer hacking and, according to documents unsealed in a Manhattan court on Tuesday, subsequently pleaded guilty to attacks on the websites of PayPal and Mastercard.

According to The Guardian, charges were filed via a "criminal information" form, meaning that it is likely Monsegur has been cooperating with the government whilst maintaining the pretense of operating as an underground hacker. Following today's arrests, which included two British and two Irish hackers, it appears Monsegur may have betrayed them by turning them over to the FBI, presumably to secure a reduction in his sentence.

LulzSec is linked to the more well-known hacking group, Anonymous, who have been responsible for a series of high-profile attacks on the websites of organizations including the CIA and Britain's Serious Organised Crime Agency. Today's revelation raises questions about how many other hackers associated with LulzSec and Anonymous are actually working as government informants -- and increases suspicions, already voiced in the alternative media, that such loose collectives may unwittingly be helping governments in their efforts to further control and restrict the internet.

At a time when governments are working hard to stifle internet freedoms -- just today, the British government was given the green light to implement the draconian Digital Economy Bill and start implementing sanctions on alleged illegal downloaders -- LulzSec's and Anonymous' attacks provide the authorities with the perfect justification for such laws, as well as the excuse to push through even more restrictive internet legislation.

Beyond causing a relatively minor and short-lived inconvenience to government agencies and corporations, the longer term usefulness and effectiveness of the hacking collectives' attacks is questionable. The public is generally unsympathetic to LulzSec's and Anonymous' attacks due to the inconvenience they cause, the seeming lack of coherence in the groups' aims, and the somewhat juvenile image presented by both groups.

This could create a classic "problem-reaction-solution" situation, where the public reacts to the seemingly chaotic and threateningly anonymous hacking groups by accepting a government solution they may previously have resisted -- stricter regulation of the Internet. It would be grimly ironic if groups proclaiming to fight for internet freedoms were in reality being used as a tool -- infiltrated and steered by the very intelligence agencies they have apparently attacked -- to kill those very freedoms.

This article first appeared at Resistance Radio.

Brit Dee runs an independent online radio station called Resistance Radio, which broadcasts daily news, views and analysis challenging the lies of our corrupt political and financial leaders, and the controlled corporate media, at http://www.resistradio.com


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Anonymous said...

typical. Please everyone just bloody speak your free minds. we can, together help to create a useful democracy that isnt fuelled by greed and corporations.

Anonymous said...

you mean constitutional republic, democracies bleed their people and often crumble from the inside and die.

uninformedLuddite said...

I think that anyone who still believes or ever believed that Lulzsec, Anonymous, Wikileaks, etc worked for the best interests of the world/internet/downtrodden masses needs their heads read.
I know some hacker types and they are dumb enough to fall for this stuff. They are just to restricted in their viewing of the world to see the big picture. A few years ago I finally saw the big picture and it's very fscking ugly.

apeman2502 said...

The FBI supplied the actual explosives for the 1993 bombing of the WTCs. They covered for the other shooters at the JFK assassination. They followeed Hillary's direction to carry out the murders at the WACO fiasco(Bill was absent). They are covering for the 9-11 perps. They are covering for every lie their White House boss tells them to cover.They are covering for every S&B drug shipment. Now this. I think we need a better law enforcement agency.

Anonymous said...

WE are ( or rather were once ) a Constitutional Republic and if you don't know why that is better than ponder this.

In a DEMOCRACY 51% of the people could vote to make BLACKS slaves again !

In a DEMOCRACY 51% could decide anything they want.Actually manipulated into thinking they want or need since your decisions are only as good as your information and the info provided by our Gov is usually BS so all we could make if we wanted to is BS decisions.

So just realize DEMOCRACY instead of REPUBLIC has been an important part of the past 30 years propaganda here in the USA. You can see words like DEMOCRACY and CIVILIAN instead of REPUBLIC & CITIZEN used in all TV, movies and music. This is not by accident that your kids have been brainwashed.

WTC7.org to see implosion of 3rd building on 9/11 not hit by plane. Gov says FIRE, I say BOMBS so go use your own eyes and the brain GOD ( or whoever ) gave you.


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