Yesterday infamous former LulzSec leader, Hector Xavier Monsegur, also known as “Sabu,” receive a reduced, “time served” sentence (7 months in 2012), some three years after his arrest in June 2011, thereby freeing him from prison. Although he admitted to countless and severe cyber crimes against major global corporations, his sentence was reduced as, following his arrest, he quickly agreed to cooperate with the US government which he did then throughout his incarceration. Under US sentencing guidelines, cyber criminals typically face 259 to 317 months imprisonment.
Wired.com reports that Monsegur provided “crucial, detailed information regarding computer intrusions committed by (hacking) groups, including how the attacks occurred, which members were involved, and how the computer systems were exploited once breached.” This “contributed directly to the identification, prosecution and conviction of eight of his major co-conspirators,” including fellow LulzSec members based in the UK: Ryan Ackroyd, aka “Kayla” of Doncaster; Jake Davis, aka “Topiary” of London; and Mustafa Al-Bassam, aka “T-Flow.”
Monsegur's information is said to have proved invaluable, potentially preventing millions in losses by also identifying vulnerabilities in critical infrastructures across the globe, such as utility and energy companies and government organisations. It is suggested that public knowledge of Monsegur's cooperation, which led to severe threats to Monsegur and to his family, may have contributed to the leniency of his sentence.