DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy have published FBI records pertaining to Anonymous “hacktivist” group LulzSec. The heavily redacted records were released by the FBI on December 6, 2013, in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted on August 9, 2013.
Some highlights include:
– records that discuss “hacktivist” informant activity reference Backtrace Security, a group that purports to be a spinoff of Anonymous, taking an adversarial stance to the political activities of both Anonymous and LulzSec.
One of the goals of Backtrace Security is to put an end to the current incarnation of Anonymous. Backtrace Security has also attempted to identify members of Lulzsec and shut down their operations.
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– records reference the arrest and subsequent informant activity of Hector Xavier Monsegur. Known as “Sabu,” Monsegur was arrested by federal agents in Albany, New York in June of 2011. The records, while heavily redacted, reference Monsegur’s work as an FBI “Confidential Human Source” (CHS) in New York. FBI records also mention a second “hacktivist” CHS obtained by the FBI in Albany in 2011. The records go on to discuss work of New York Confidential Human Sources with the FBI in operations in Tampa, Florida.
The most visible result of Monsegur’s work on behalf of the FBI was the arrest and indictment of Jeremy Hammond. Hammond pled guilty and was sentenced to ten years in federal prison in November for his role in hacking and leaking files belonging to the private security/intelligence firm, Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor).