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Tag: LulzSec

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Faces New DOJ Indictment That Broadens the Case Against Him

Julian Assange on Fox News

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department announced a new indictment that alleges WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange recruited and conspired with computer hackers to provide information for hacking groups LulzSec and Anonymous.

The superseding indictment broadens the scope of the allegations against Assange but does not include additional charges beyond the 18 counts unsealed last year by the Justice Department.

The indictment accuses Assange of recruiting hackers at conferences and conspiring with other hacking groups to obtain classified information.

“In another communication, Assange told the LulzSec leader that the most impactful release of hacked materials would be from the CIA, NSA, or the New York Times.  WikiLeaks obtained and published emails from a data breach committed against an American intelligence consulting company by an “Anonymous” and LulzSec-affiliated hacker,” the Justice Department says in a news release. “According to that hacker, Assange indirectly asked him to spam that victim company again.”

Assange faces up to 10 years in prison on each count, except for conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Assange is detained in the U.K on an extradition request from the U.S.

Celebrity Hacker Helped Prevent More Than 300 Cyber Attacks As Informant

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has used celebrity hacker “Sabu” to imprison his friends and prevent prevent more than 300 cyber attacks against the U.S. military, NASA and media companies in the past three years, CNN reports.

Hector Monsegur, who used the Sabu moniker online, helped crack down on hacking collectives Anonymous and LulzSec.

In exchange for his help, the government is seeking leniency. Monsegur previously faced up to 26 years in prison for identity theft and credit card fraud.

“Working sometimes literally around the clock, at the direction of law enforcement, Monsegur engaged his co-conspirators in online chats that were critical to confirming their identities and whereabouts,” prosecutors said. “During some of the online chats, at the direction of law enforcement, Monsegur convinced LulzSec members to provide him digital evidence of the hacking activities they claimed to have previously engaged in, such as logs regarding particular criminal hacks.”

Hacker Helped FBI Break Big Case With Anonymous

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By Donna Leinwand Leger
USA TODAY

An influential computer hacker turned FBI informant led investigators to his former accomplices, helping federal agents make their first significant crack into Anonymous, a cybergroup that attacks corporate and government websites.

Four members of the international computer hacking group LulzSec were charged Tuesday with a worldwide conspiracy after the legendary hacker known in Internet circles as Sabu exposed the inner workings of the sophisticated attacks.

LulzSec hackers are allegedly part of a loose confederation of computer saboteurs known as Anonymous, which has “waged a deliberate campaign of online destruction, intimidation and criminality,” according to an indictment made public Tuesday in a federal court in New York.

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How The Feds Turned a Hacker Against His Own (Fox News)

 

Computer Hackers Indicted in Calif., Ariz. and Ohio

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Some have been called criminals and troublemakers, some freedom fighters and political activists. Now, three can assuredly be called indicted.

Two computer hackers affiliated with the hacking collectives LulzSec and Anonymous have been arrested by the FBI, reports Fox News.

Cody Kretsinger, 23, was charged in Phoenix with conspiracy and the unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. Christopher Doyon, 47, was charged in Mountain View, Calif. with conspiracy to cause intentional damage to a protected computer, causing intentional damage to a protected computer and aiding and abetting. Joshua Covelli, a 26-year-old in Fairborn, Ohio, was charged with the same.

According to Fox, the indictments allege that Doyon and Covelli participated in a “distributed denial of service” attack on the computer servers of Santa Cruz County, Calif. in 2010 as part of the People’s Liberation Front, a hacking group associated with Anonymous. The attack took the county computers offline.

Kretsinger is believed to have taken part in the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment using a hacking technique called SQL injection to obtain confidential information from Sony, according to Fox. He is then alleged to have distributed the stolen information on the LulzSec site and on Twitter.

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