(The Hosting News) – According to various reports, within the past year former hacker turned FBI informant Hector Xavier Monsegur has been helping authorities in the United States track down some key people involved in high profile breaches carried out by notorious hacking groups such as Anonymous and Lulzsec.
In August, Monsegur was charged with his involvement with the hackers but began working with U.S. authorities in order to avoid a stricter punishment. Monsegur’s cooperation helped lead to the arrests of twenty five Anonymous & Lulzsec members during February. Known as Sabu in the hacking community, Monsegur’s work with authorities was later revealed, a notion his former colleagues didn’t take kindly to.
In the latest high profile security breach, hackers successfully breached the website of security firm PandaLabs, according to a report from the Washington Post. Aside from simply crashing the site, the group directly addressed Monsegur and their reasons for being involved in the hacktivist movement commonly referred to as “antisec.” The group also accused the security firm of assisting in the arrests of hacking suspects.
“Antisec is back once again knocking snitches doors cause traison is something we don’t forgive,” stated a message left on the defaced website.
The hackers even addressed Monsegur’s purported reason for cooperating with authorities, a move he apparently made partly based on being able to stay close to his children. “Sabu snitched on us. As usually happens FBI menaced him to take his sons away. We understand, but we were your family too (Remember what you liked to say?),” the message continued.
The hackers also cited the fight for freedom in countries including Iran, Syria, Tunisia and more. “Love to those who fighted for freedom of speech, for a real democracy, for a govt free of corruption, for a free world where we are able to share our knowledge freely,” the hackers’ statement continued.
The breach of PandaLabs follows a Tuesday press release by the FBI in which the agency detailed charges against six hackers including Monsegur. All are young adults either in their twenties or late teens from the United States, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Monsegur himself faces a maximum of more than 124 years in prison for participating in breaches against PBS, Sony, Fox and HBGary. However, it remains to be seen how much his cooperation with authorities will go towards granting him some leniency in the case. Groups such as Anonymous and LulzSec are loosely based and their presence on the web has dramatically increased in recent years.