As Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka “Sabu” a 28-year old unemployed father of two from New York’s Lower East Side still has his freedom, the last member’s of the hacktivist group LulzSec will be sentenced on May 14.
On August 15 2011, “Sabu” pleaded guilty to several hacking charges and agreed to cooperate with the FBI.
Mustafa Al-Bassam, aka “Tflow” now 18, was arrested by London Metropolitan Police. The arrest of the then 16-year-old hacker took place on 19 July 2011. He just pleaded out to two counts of hacking.
Ryan Cleary, 21, had pleaded guilty to six counts including that he attacked Pentagon computers operated by the US Air Force.
Jake Davis aka “Topiary” 20, from Shetland, United Kingdom was charged with five counts, including unauthorized access of a computer and conspiracy. He was indicted on conspiracy charges on March 6, 2012. Topiary was responsible for hacking the website of the Westboro Baptist Church during a live interview.
Davis along with Al-Basam pleaded to two counts. Davis ran the LulzSec Twitter account on a daily basis; following the announcement of LulzSec’s dissolution, he deleted all the posts on his Twitter page, except for one, which stated: “You cannot arrest an idea”.
Ryan Ackroyd aka “Kayla” of London, was arrested, and indicted on conspiracy charges on March 6, 2012. “Kayla” reportedly wired 2 CIA agents in an anonymous operation.
Ackroyd faced four charges but pleaded guilty to just one. Prosecutors said they would not pursue the other charges.
Cleary, Al-Bassam and Davis admitted to launching a so-called distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks – something that Ackroyd denied.
He admitted to hacking into computer systems, obtaining confidential data and redirecting legitimate website visitors to sites hosted by the hackers.
He also pleaded guilty to hacking Britain’s National Health Service, the US public broadcaster PBS and 20th Century Fox.
Ackroyd and his three fellow hackers will be sentenced on May 14, Judge Deborah Taylor said.
Also involved in the indictments were:
Jeremy Hammond aka “Anarchaos”of Chicago, he was arrested on access device fraud and hacking charges. He was also charged with a hacking attack on the U.S. security company Stratfor.
Darren Martyn of Ireland, accused of being “pwnsauce”; Donncha O’Cearrbhail of Ireland, accused of being “palladium.