Linked by David Adams on Tue 6th Mar 2012 16:47 UTC
Legal The laughs are reportedly over for five top members of the hacker group LulzSec who were arrested on Tuesday and charged as part of a conspiracy case filed in New York federal court. reports that the arrests were part of a multinational sting across the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States on Tuesday morning, and LulzSec leader Hector Xavier Monsegur, who operated online under the alias “Sabu,” provided the Federal Bureau of Investigation with information leading to the arrests.
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RE[2]: Huh
by JoeBuck on Tue 6th Mar 2012 21:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Huh"
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What usually happens in cases like this is that they arrest one member of the group, threaten him with twenty years in jail or more, and then offer to cut it down to a much shorter sentence if he cooperates. So when you read that a leader is "working with the FBI" that doesn't mean he was an agent provocateur all along, but that he was "turned" at some point and allowed to continue to act like a member of the group until they could arrest everyone else.

Anyone engaging in online civil disobedience has to consider the possibility that people they are working with might be government agents and that even people they have known a long time might sell out the group to save themselves.

On the other hand, some of the Anon schemes were so lame (like the tools for DDoS that made no attempt at all to cloak participants) that I wonder if they weren't law enforcement stings from the beginning.

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