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Sentencing delayed for LulzSec boss Sabu

22 Feb 2013
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The LulzSec leader who handed members of the group over to law enforcement has again seen the sentencing for his plea deal delayed.

Hector Monsegnor, better known in the hacking community as "Sabu" was granted another delay in the court's sentencing. He is charged multiple counts of computer misuse and fraud. No reason for the delay was reported.

Sabu first vaulted to fame as one of the primary figures in the LulzSec hacking group and later the Antisec hacktivist campaign. The group was responsible for a number of high-profile breaches including Visa, Mastercard and Fox.

Though he was initially seen as a leader within the group, Sabu soon gained infamy throughout the hacking world when he was reportedly working for the US government to help thwart the group and build cases against other LulzSec members.

The group was ultimately dismantled in a series of police raids and arrests of suspected members.

Sabu has been awaiting sentencing following his 2011 arrest on felony charges. He has been charged by federal authorities on 12 separate counts.

According to court documents made public earlier this month, Monsegur had agreed to a deal to plead guilty on all 12 of the counts filed against him. While the charges carry a cumulative maximum sentence of 124 years, Monsegur's co-operation with law enforcement and his agreement to the plea bargain likely means he will spend little, if any, time behind bars.

In recent months scrutiny has grown around the legal system's treatment of accused hackers and hacktivists, many of home are young and lacking previous criminal records. Calls for reforms were issued in January when Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz committed suicide while awaiting trial on charges of computer misuse.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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