Hacker arrested in NYC cooperated from Day 1

Mar 08, 2012 By DAVID B. CARUSO , Associated Press

(AP) -- An elite computer hacker who stunned fellow Internet saboteurs by becoming an FBI informant didn't put up any resistance when agents first knocked on his door.

Court papers made public Thursday reveal that Hector Xavier Monsegur (HAH'-vee-ehr MAHN'-see-gur) began cooperating with investigators immediately.

FBI agents arrested him at 10:15 p.m. on June 7. By the next day, had told a judge that Monsegur had given them "detailed information" on other hackers.

Over the next few months he worked around the clock with agents to identify cyber-attacks before they happened.

Prosecutors said that by August, he had worked with the FBI to "patch" 150 vulnerabilities in computer systems being eyed by hackers.

Monsegur's cooperation led to being filed against five other hackers this week.

Explore further: White House updating online privacy policy

2 /5 (2 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Authorities: Hackers busted when 1 turns informant (Update 2)

Mar 06, 2012

The shadowy underworld of Internet hackers was rocked Tuesday by news that one of the world's most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals has been an FBI informant for months and helped authorities build a case against five ...

Discord unites elite hackers charged in NY, IL

Mar 08, 2012

At the large public housing project in New York City where he lived, outsiders knew him as a quiet family man. But federal prosecutors say Hector Xavier Monsegur was an Internet saboteur known as Sabu.

FBI in hunt for pro-WikiLeaks hackers: report

Jan 01, 2011

The FBI has joined the hunt for hackers who took down websites like PayPal, after they stopped processing payments to whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, US media reports said Friday.

FBI arrests suspect over Sony hacking

Sep 22, 2011

The FBI on Thursday arrested a member of the LulzSec hacking group suspected over a massive cyberattack earlier this year on Japanese electronics giant Sony, officials said.

'Anonymous' hackers attack Brazilian websites

Jan 22, 2012

The computer hacker group Anonymous attacked websites of Brazil's federal district Saturday as well as one belonging to a Brazilian singer to protest the forced closure of Megaupload.com.

Recommended for you

Researchers uncover likely creator of Bitcoin

2 hours ago

The primary author of the celebrated Bitcoin paper, and therefore probable creator of Bitcoin, is most likely Nick Szabo, a blogger and former George Washington University law professor, according to students ...

White House updating online privacy policy

6 hours ago

A new Obama administration privacy policy out Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites. It also clarifies that ...

Net neutrality balancing act

Apr 17, 2014

Researchers in Italy, writing in the International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management have demonstrated that net neutrality benefits content creator and consumers without compromising provider innovation nor pr ...

User comments : 3

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Skepticus
3 / 5 (2) Mar 08, 2012
An elite computer hacker who stunned fellow Internet saboteurs by becoming an FBI informant didn't put up any resistance when agents first knocked on his door, and threatened him that he would never, ever see his children again if he does not "cooperate".

All FBI agents involved in the raid are trained by Chinese Security on interrogation and coercion methods for the quickest conviction.
hjbasutu
1 / 5 (1) Mar 09, 2012
Skepticus you are really skeptical my friend..
jalmy
1 / 5 (1) Mar 09, 2012
WoW this guy rolled over faster than Linday Lohan after smoking a crack rock.

More news stories

Under some LED bulbs whites aren't 'whiter than white'

For years, companies have been adding whiteners to laundry detergent, paints, plastics, paper and fabrics to make whites look "whiter than white," but now, with a switch away from incandescent and fluorescent lighting, different ...

Vietnam battles fatal measles outbreak

Vietnam is scrambling to contain a deadly outbreak of measles that has killed more than 100 people, mostly young children, and infected thousands more this year, the government said Friday.