Published August 22, 2012
Sabu, the world’s most infamous hacker-turned-traitor to his cause, has been given a six-month reprieve for sentencing on 12 counts of violating the law, after his hacker group LulzSec broke into the servers and systems of companies worldwide.
Sabu is the hacker nom de plume of 28-year-old New Yorker Hector Monsegur, an unemployed father of two who allegedly commanded a loosely organized, international team of perhaps thousands of hackers from his nerve center in a public housing project on New York’s Lower East Side.
After the FBI unmasked Monsegur in June of 2011, he became a cooperating witness and helped bring down the crew from within, FoxNews.com exclusively revealed in March.
It was unclear from Tuesday’s court filings whether Monsegur continues to be active online or is simply aiding the government in its prosecutions of those already arrested, according to Wired.
A court filing by U.S. district attorney Preet Bharara to judge Loretta A. Preska said only that Monsegur was cooperating.
"The Government respectfully submits this letter to request a six-month adjournment of the August 22, 2012 sentencing control date set in the above-captioned matter in light of the defendant's ongoing cooperation," the document reads.
The government has not released the details of his plea deal.
For nearly seven months prior to his March indictment, he had been working for the government, betraying his web-crawling minions in basements around the world, according to authorities. Sabu worked to bring down another hacker, Jeremy Hammond, the Chicago-based self-proclaimed anarchist alleged have been behind the Stratfor hack and related Wikileaks dump.
In April, Monsegur was a no-show at his arraignment in Manhattan criminal court, afraid for his personal safety amid “safety concerns and physical threats.”