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FBI Informant Leads Attacks on Turkish Government

A hacker who turned to being an FBI informant in order to avoid prison has been leading cyber attacks on Turkey.

Hector Xavier Montague, or better know under the alias Sabu, has been working with the FBI since his arrest in 2011 after being charged for cyber crimes. Sabu was looking at getting 20 years in prison but was able to make a deal. During this time Sabu has managed to stop over 300 cyber crimes and also take down 8 of the world’s biggest hackers from anonymous.

Now it seems that he has also been targeting the Turkish government whilst under US supervision. Court documents show that his hacking group, Antisec, teamed up with Redhack, a politically motivated Turkish group. Sabu apparently led the attacks and even recruited Jeremy Hammond who is number one on the FBI cyber crime list. Chat records show Sabu asking Hammond to take down a number of government websites, and to forward any access to Redhack.

When Hammond was able to access the details to more than 10 Turkish government servers, he handed all the details to a Redhack member saying: “Get into the boxes and do what you do”.

The FBI are insisting that all of this was done under the attorney general’s guidelines, but Sabu has been given a one year supervision order for his part and Hammond has been given 10years in prison.

Thanks to Sky for supplying us with this information.

Image courtesy of Tap Scape

Dave Alcock

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