The hackers behind the infamous LulzSec group have reportedly been rounded up in a Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) operation after the group's leader, Sabu, became an informant for the agency.
According to Fox News, law enforcement agents made arrests in the UK, Ireland and the US in the early hours of Tuesday morning. All are believed to be connected to the hacking group LulzSec, which embarked on a major hacking spree last year.
“This is devastating to the organisation. We're chopping off the head of LulzSec,” Fox quoted an FBI official involved with the operation as saying.
Fox named those arrested as Hector Xavier Monsegur, identified as “Sabu”; Ryan Ackroyd, aka “Kayla”; Jake Davis aka “Topiary”; Darren Martyn, known as “pwnsauce”; Donncha O'Cearrbhail, called “palladium”; and Jeremy Hammond, aka “Anachaos”.
There has been no comment from the group itself, which had previously said it was disbanding.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police told V3 there had been some movement with the case but that they were not aware of any new arrests having been made in the UK at this stage.
But Twitter has been ablaze with comment, after Fox accused Sabu of having worked for the FBI since last summer and helping the authorities make the other arrests.
Meanwhile, the Twitter account associated with Sabu has remained silent for the past 14 hours.
Earlier yesterday, though, @anonymousSabu composed a tweet railing against those that turn informant for the government.
Without informants or companies bending over+giving up their customer data the feds would be further behind than they are now. Ride up.— The Real Sabu (@anonymouSabu) March 5, 2012
The Metropolitan Police's e-Crime Unit (MPEC) arrested a British teenager, believed to be Topiary, last year.
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