"[On Tuesday,] the AFP arrested and charged a self-proclaimed Australian leader of the internationally renowned computer hacking collective known as LulzSec," said Commander Glen McEwen, the Australian Federal Police's manager for cybercrime operations, kicking off a press conference full of stern warnings.
Matthew Flannery, aka "Aush0k", was charged with three offences relating to his alleged hack of a government computer less than two weeks earlier — a remarkably quick result.
The Australian Federal Police have arrested a Sydney-based IT security professional for hacking a government website.
The self-proclaimed 'leader' of hacker movement LulzSec was arrested by police at his office in Sydney late yesterday and charged with three counts of unauthorised access to a computer system.
A hacker who pleaded guilty last year to taking part in an extensive computer breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment was sentenced on Thursday in Los Angeles to a year in prison, followed by home detention, federal prosecutors said.
Cody Kretsinger, a LulzSec hacker who used the online moniker "Recursion," pleaded guilty in April 2012 to one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
The founder of hacking group Lulzsec, Sabu, has had his sentence postponed in order to continue working with the FBI.
Sabu - real name Hector Xavier Monsegur - encouraged Lulzsec members to hack websites including those of the CIA, Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), Sony Pictures Europe and News International during the summer of 2011. But little did the group's members know that at that time Sabu was a double agent, working with the FBI.
US prosecutors have postponed the sentencing of "Sabu" - real name Hector Xavier Monsegur – who led the LulzSec hacking crew during the summer of 2011 while working as a double agent for the FBI.
Monsegur was due to appear at a Manhattan federal court on Friday for sentencing on ten counts of hacking, one of bank fraud, and one of identity theft, which together carried a maximum penalty of 124 years.