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No one but Hector Xavier Monsegur can know why or when he became Sabu, joining the strange and chaotic Internet collective known as Anonymous. But we know the moment he gave Sabu up. On June 7, 2011, federal agents came to his apartment on New York’s Lower East Side and threatened the 28-year-old with an array of charges that could add up to 124 years in prison. So Hector Monsegur, who as Sabu had become a mentor and icon to fellow members of Anonymous, surrendered his online identity to a new, equally faceless and secretive master: the FBI.
For the next eight months, Sabu continued to rage across the Internet as a core member of AntiSec, a blackhat hacking group within Anonymous. He helped to deface government and corporate websites and even helped bring down the private intelligence firm Stratfor—all, apparently, with the FBI’s blessing as it quietly gathered logs on Monsegur’s fellow “anons.” Law enforcement officials later told Fox News that Monsegur was working out of the FBI offices “almost daily” in the weeks after he pleaded guilty in August and then from his own home thereafter, with an agent watching his activity 24 hours a day. Sometimes agents were even posing as Sabu directly.
Originally posted by coven83
This has the feel of a COINTELPRO piece. Wired is know for towing the establishment line so I would remain objective when reading an article. They are just trying to persist with the lie that anon is their to fight TPTB.
Anonymous is a CIA NSA created entity to track and control many well meaning hackers.
Originally posted by PhoenixOD
What do they mean by bring down Stratfor? The company is still running isnt it?
Well that "Sabu" guy certainly didn't sound like a "small timer"... but clearly he's no longer involved in their projects and they all know the lengths the government will go to in order to track them down. Now that they are aware of the tactics used I think it will just make them stronger. They have been much quieter as of late but I don't think they will remain this quiet forever.
The three letter agencies may have infiltrated parts of Anon via some of the small timers they tracked down, but they are by no means controlling the whole thing for their own purposes.