FBI Golden Boy, Hector Monsegur, formerly known as the Anonymous hacker “Sabu,” is now representing himself as a security researcher, while claiming to be the “defacto head of Anonymous.” Monsegur turned snitch in 2011, ultimately leading to the arrest of multiple Anonymous and LulzSec hackers, including Jeremy Hammond. Now it would appear he’s found himself a comfortable little niche in the cyber-intelligence world.
“I’m not ex-LulzSec. I’m not ex-FBI. I’m a security researcher. Sabu was a character. That man doesn’t exist anymore. The person now in front of you is all about legit business, taking care of his family and paying bills.” – Hector Monsegur
For the readers who are unaware, Monsegur was arrested on June 7, 2011 after hacking into an FBI affiliate. The very next day he agreed to be an informant for the FBI. In fact, so eager was he to save his own skin and please his new government masters, he was referred to as the “model informant,” and was thanked by the judge who oversaw his case for his “extraordinary cooperation.”
Although he denied ratting out his colleagues, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Pastore claimed Monsegur was so motivated in his new role as informant, he would sometimes stay up all night engaging with his co-conspirators to help the government build cases against them. Pastore stated the following:
“Since literally the day he was arrested, the defendant has been cooperating with the government proactively.
“The defendant has literally worked around the clock with federal agents. He has been staying up sometimes all night engaging in conversations with co-conspirators that are helping the government to build cases against those co-conspirators.”
Monsegur infuriated those within the Anonymous movement with his defiance after it was revealed he was a snitch – going as far as to basically laugh in the movement’s face as a cover for what was surely humiliation. And the new image he’s since tried to obtain as some form of patriot and martyr has only worked to further enrage.
On October 3rd at 8:30am, Monsegur will be speaking at the CSX cybersecurity conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC about “the importance of understanding your enemy.” The conference is hosted by ISACA (see WikiLeaks), an international association focused on IT governance and control. According to the conference program, Monsegur is being represented as the “defacto head of Anonymous.”
For the Anons in the DC area; feel free to pay him a visit, and voice your opinions in person.