US hacker-FBI informant walks free

NEW YORK: The founder of an offshoot of the shadowy hacker group Anonymous, who directed hundreds of cyber attacks before turning FBI informant, walked free Tuesday after getting a symbolic seven-month sentence. Hector Xavier Monsegur, 30, better known by his screen name “Sabu,” was first arrested in 2011 and had already served seven months in jail before being released on bail in December 2012. Monsegur founded a group called “LulzSec,” an offshoot of the loosely organized hacker community known as Anonymous, which carried out hundreds of cyber attacks on corporations and foreign governments, including one against the security firm Stratfor. The original charges could have landed him in prison for decades but the government asked for him to be exempt from even a mandatory minimum sentence given his “extraordinary cooperation.” 

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