Federal authorities in the United States have won a six month delay in sentencing for the notorious LulzSec hacker known as "Sabu," citing the New York City man's continued cooperation with law enforcement.
A court document filed Tuesday in the US District Court and signed by Assistant US Attorney James Pastore, Jr. asks the government to adjourn scheduled sentencing for the 28 year-old Hector Xavier Monsegur for six months "in light of the defendant's ongoing cooperation with the Government."
Monsegur approved of the request, which was signed by his attorneys. His sentencing is now scheduled for February 22, 2013, according to the document.
Federal authorities arrested Monsegur at his apartment in a New York City public housing project on June 7, 2011 following a lengthy investigation of a string of attacks dubbed "Operation Payback" against Visa, MasterCard and PayPal.
He reached a plea deal with law enforcement on August 4 of last year and agreed to cooperate with the government, providing "detailed information about LulzSec" and others affiliated with the group.
As Sabu, Monsegur railed against the US government and federal authorities. By all accounts, however, he has been a superlative source for the FBI and other law enforcement agencies which used his knowledge of the group to build cases against the loose collection of hackers.
Monsegur then helped send Cleary back to jail in June after the 19 year-old broke the terms of his parole by contacting Monsegur online.
Ironically, Monsegur now owes his freedom to the good graces of federal law enforcement.
It is not clear what the US Attorney's Office will recommend at Monsegur's sentencing. He has pleaded guilty to 12 criminal charges and could face 124 years in prison should he receive the maximum allowed sentence for each charge.
The reign of LulzSec
Here's just a short summary of just some of the hacks, internet attacks and indeed arrests associated with the LulzSec gang during 2011:
- LulzSec suspect pleads not guilty to Sony Pictures website hack. If convicted, Cody Kretsinger, from Phoenix, Arizona, could face up to 15 years in prison.
- LulzSec hacking suspect 'Topiary' arrested in the Shetland Islands. A court was later told that alleged hacker Jake Davis had 750,000 passwords in his possession.
- LulzSec and Anonymous hacker suspects arrested by US, UK and Dutch authorities.
- Britain's leading tabloid, The Sun was hacked, and replaced with a bogus story announcing the death of Rupert Murdoch. In addition, readers who had participated in the newspapers' competitions had their personal details exposed.
- FBI searches LulzSec suspect's home in Hamilton, Ohio.
- EA Games resets users' passwords following LulzSec hack.
- The end of LulzSec? Hacking group says it is disbanding, after 50 days of attacks.
- Ryan Cleary charged with DDoS attacks - SOCA (Britain's Serious Organised Crime Agency) and other websites in the firing line.
- SOCA website scalp claimed by LulzSec in apparent DDoS attack.
- CIA website brought down by DDoS attack, LulzSec hackers claim responsibility.
- EVE Online and other gaming websites hit by LulzSec DDoS attack.
- LulzSec attacks US Senate and Bethesda Softworks.
- 26,000 sex website passwords exposed by LulzSec.
- Hackers steal Fox TV passwords, deface Twitter and LinkedIn pages.