Anonymous Hacker Claims FBI Directed LulzSec Hacks: Sentencing for former LulzSec leader Hector Xavier Monsegur, better known as Sabu, has again been delayed.
Monsegur was scheduled to be sentenced Friday morning in New York federal court. But in a letter to the court, the U.S. attorney general’s office requested that Monsegur’s sentencing be delayed “in light of the defendant’s ongoing cooperation with the government.” His sentencing has now been rescheduled for Oct. 25.
The requested delay has become a pattern, reflecting Monsegur’s continued cooperation with the FBI since he was arrested in June 2011 and turned informer. “Since literally the day he was arrested, the defendant has been cooperating with the government proactively,” U.S. district attorney James Pastore, the prosecuting lawyer, told a judge presiding over a secret August 2011 hearing into the 12 charges filed against Monsegur. “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,” Pastore added.
Monsegur, who faces up to 122.5 years in prison, avoided a trial by pleading guilty to all of the charges filed against him in federal court. Some of those charges relate to launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against PayPal, MasterCard and Visa, as well as accessing servers belonging to Fox, InfraGard Atlanta and PBS.