According to the FBI, you're looking at Sabu, the head of LulzSec, and the de facto King of Anonymous—easily the most notorious and influential hacker alive today. One thing: he just turned in his people to the police.
Infamous hacking group LulzSec may have sealed its fate after logging into its website using a router based in Britain, where alleged member Ryan Cleary would later be arrested.
The group signed up for a free account with CloudFlare, a service that optimises the speed of websites and mitigates attacks levelled against them. The sign-up occurred within hours of a hack of US news service PBS, where LulzSec posted a fake story.
The notorious LulzSec announced the existence of LulzSecurity.com in a simple tweet on June 2, 2011. Within minutes that website was taken down by other hackers. However, less than an hour later LulzSec was back, and this time the site stayed up, at least until its announced "retirement" about three weeks later. What changed during that hour?
These days if you are a hardened political revolutionary, you’re just as likely to be a computer geek as someone who gets shoved around by cops at a street protest.
That’s largely thanks to the rise of Anonymous, a brand of hacktivism that has also taken Brazil by storm over the last year.
In secretive online chat rooms, away from the glare of police, small groups of elite hackers plot attacks against multi-national corporations and governments.
But in a quest to expose what they see as a conspiracy of high-level corruption, the hackers – affiliated to cyber-activist network Anonymous – have in recent months expanded their targets, becoming increasingly unpredictable and callous in the process.