Anonymous looks towards a post-Sabu future
Cyber activists associated with Anonymous have responded to the takedown of AntiSec, while issuing a statement about Sabu's role as an FBI informant.
"Yeah, yeah, we know. Sabu snitched on us. As usually happens, FBI menaced him to take his sons away. We understand, but we were your family too," read a communiqué posted to PasteBin.
"It's sad and we can't imagine how it feels having to look at the mirror each morning and see the guy who shopped their friends to the police."
Anonymous sympathizers also moved to execute a hack and extract attack against PandaSecurity.com, after company exec Luis Corrons praised the AntiSec arrests in a blog post on Tuesday.
"Will this mean the end of Anonymous? No," wrote Corrons. "It will mean the end of LulzSec, but Anonymous existed before LulzSec and will continue existing."
Corrons opined that Anonymous would likely be de-clawed without AntiSec, as the collective (supposedly) knows only the "childish tactic" of DDoS and LOIC. Unfortunately for PandaSecurity, the collective seems to have retained enough hacking talent to jack two dozen company subdomains and extract dozens of internal e-mail addresses as well as passwords.
"PandaSecurity has [been] earning money working with Law Enforcement to lurk and snitch on Anonymous activists, [helping to] jail 25 in different countries and they were actively participating in our IRC channels trying to dox many others," Anonymous reps wrote after defacing the security site.
"Aside how clueless they are and how disgusting they look and even how much fun we got when they are trying to sell IT security services that only helps to endanger people even more; they contribute to bring activists to jail. Activists, not even hackers. Common people who are trying desperately to denounce the injustices happening on their countries right now."
As TG Daily previously reported, law enforcement officials on two continents recently busted LulzSec, a hacker group loosely affiliated with Anonymous. The anti LulzSec operation - conducted in Great Britain, Ireland and Chicago - was facilitated by evidence gathered by none other than Sabu (aka Hector Xavier Monsegur), who acted as the de-facto leader of the hacker cell.
"Sabu" was subsequently identified as an unemployed, 28-year-old father of two who allegedly commanded an international team of hackers from a public housing project on New York's Lower East Side. Monsegur apparently became a cooperating witness after the FBI unmasked him in June, when he plead guilty to 12 hacking-related charges.
Monsegur's cooperation led to the eventual bust of LulzSec, with the following five notable hackers being taken into custody: Ryan Ackroyd (Monsegur's top deputy), aka "Kayla" and Jake Davis, aka "Topiary," (previously detained) both of London; Darren Martyn, aka "pwnsauce" and Donncha O'Cearrbhail, aka "palladium," both of Ireland; and Jeremy Hammond aka "Anarchaos," of Chicago.
Hammond - also an alleged member of Anonymous - was arrested on access device fraud and hacking charges. He stands accused of orchestrating the December hack of the US-based Stratfor, which resulted in the theft of millions of e-mails.