Hacker Turncoat Sabu Gets Easy Sentence

by Admin on May 28, 2014

Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka Sabu, who by the US government’s calculations participated in computer hacker attacks on more than 250 public and private entities at a cost of up to $50m in damages, was released from a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday after the judge saluted his extraordinary cooperation” with the FBI reports The Guardian.

On Twitter, where Mr. Monsegur first gained notoriety as a hacker and later as a federal informant, many denounced him as a “traitor” and a “snitch.”

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Some who felt particularly strongly about his perceived betrayal even linked to websites containing Mr. Monsegur’s Social Security number, the names of his family members and his previous address.

The New York Times explained that many have accused Mr. Monsegur of entrapment including Jacob Appelbaum, the privacy activist and onetime WikiLeaks volunteer. “He would encourage me to do criminal things with him — which I always refused,” Mr. Appelbaum said Saturday in a message posted on Twitter.

As Monsegur begins his year’s supervised release, including close monitoring of his computer use, questions are likely to remain over the nature of his lenient sentence, and particularly his alleged role in spearheading attacks on foreign governments while acting on behalf of the FBI.

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