According to reports the arrests came after the group’s “senior leader”, Hector Xavier Monsegur “Sabu”, 28, pled guilty to several charges of computer hacking conspiracy and began working with prosecutors, Monsegur is facing a maximum of 124 years behind bars.
The five alleged members arrested were identified as Ryan Ackroyd aka “Kayla” and Jake Davis aka “Topiary” from London, two residents of Ireland, Darren Martyn aka “pwnsauce” and Donncha O’Cearrbhail aka “palladium”, and Jeremy Hammond aka “Anarchaos” from Chicago. According to a FBI press release, all but Davis face charges of computer hacking conspiracy and varoious other charges. Each carries a maximum 10 year prison sentence.
Jeremy Hammond, is named in the report to have been the main person behind the hack on US security company Stratfor last year which resulted in the release of 1,000s of the companies internal e-mails.
According to court papers, Sabu was an “influential member of three hacking organizations Anonymous, Internet Feds and Lulz Security, that were responsible for multiple cyber attacks on various businesses and governments in the United States and the world over.” He allegedly acted as a “rooter,” a computer hacker who identified vulnerabilities in the computer systems of potential victims.
FBI officials involved with the investigation have been quoted as saying “this is devastating to the organization”, and that these arrests are “chopping off the head of LulzSec.”
Following the reports, Anonymous posted on its Twitter feed:
“We are Legion. We do not have a leader nor will we ever. LulzSec was a group, but Anonymous is a movement. Groups come and go, ideas remain”
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