Mar 082012
 

LulzSec Traitor Sabu Was Also a Loud Horrible Neighbor

 

 

Gizmodo News

By Sam Biddle

Mar 8, 2012

LulzSec/Anonymous mastermind Hector “Sabu” Monsegur pissed off a lot of people this week after selling out his entire team to the FBI. But there’s one more person who hated his guts: the downstairs neighbor who filed a complaint with the city of New York. So just how bad a neighbor was he? Read her email.

As we noted during Tuesday’s FBI snitch supernova, Sabu lives in a dilapidated housing project on New York’s Lower East Side. We even visited him! At the time, the Jacob Riis housing complex was silent—but apparently things weren’t always so hushed around apartment 6F: we obtained an email to Manhattan Community Board #3, which oversees Sabu’s home. The guy was a real pain in the ass. Shouting children, barking dogs, screaming, “pounding”—so much noise over two years that his downstairs neighbor claimed she couldn’t sleep and was suffering from heart problems:

Address: 90 Ave D Apt ##

City: New york

State: NY

Zipcode: 10009

Phone: ###-###-####

Email: ################

Address of Problem: 90 Ave D apt 6F New York NY 10009Noise harrassment

Establishment: JACOB RIIS Houses

Nature of Problem: For aproximately two years the neighbors in Apt 6F have been making excessive noise during the evening between the hours of 7 Pm until about 4 AM. They engaged in wrestling on the floor, pounding,rapping and screaming to loud music. not to mention chasing a pitbull around the apartment. Furthermore, there are two young girls in the apt who are awake late in the evening running back and forth around the apt. Thwere are numerous individuals who frequent the above mentioned apt. contributing to the level of noise. I have tried to reason with the primary tenant, Hector Monsegur, only to be told youre bugging….get the F..k out of here I am often wakened in the wee hours of the morning to the chaos, i tap on the ceiling with a broom for them to cease the nonsense only to have all parties involved stomp their feet simultaneously and laugh.I have been aresident of NYCHA for over 28 Years and seldom disturbed the housing authority with any issues. I work 10 Hours per day and only come home to obtain sleep. Unfortunately, I cannot accomplish that. My work and my health have been affected by the neighbors action. I was recentlty in need of emergency assistance at the eye and ear infirmary for the removal of a broken piece of an earplug lodged in my ear. That was my only mean of temporary peace in the evening. I hvae just been told my blood pressure(170/100) is much too high for a person ny age. At what point do i receive some form of intervention. I dont know where else to seek assistance.I have recorded the noisde on different occasions. Please help!

How Often: Monday through Sunday betwwen the hours of 7 PM throug 4 Am. The weekends are more chaotic. Occasionally, the noise would occur during the afternoon hours.

311: Yes

311 Number: ttrere are over 23 copmplaints ######### reported on on #######

Contact Manager: Yes

Contact Result: As per management, tenant was called in the office and letters were issued.

Other Agencies: I made numerous calls to the PSA4. I do not have the dates on hand. However, if needed, I will produce my phone records to reflect.Complaint numbers were not provided at the precicnt.

Who would have guessed there’d be time for wrestling and rapping amid all the DDoS attacks and credit card theft? I called the neighbor up. She didn’t even ask me how I knew any of this, but confirmed that Sabu was indeed an unceasing asshole of a neighbor, though she knew nothing about his personal life and international crime/betrayal operation. She said Hector hasn’t been around since Monday. Interesting timing! Serenity for an old, tired, poor woman might be the one inadvertent pure thing to come out of this criminal shit buffet.

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Mar 082012
 

LulzSec Arrests Hurt Hacker Groups, Anonymous Movement Hard To Kill

 

Huffington Post

By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent

Posted: 03/ 8/2012


 

Anonymous Hackers

 

 

 
LONDON (Reuters) –

In turning one of its best-known hackers into an informant and breaking open the highest profile elements of the “Anonymous” movement, authorities have dealt a serious blow to a group they found a growing irritant.

But as the broader “Anonymous” label – complete with its iconic Guy Fawkes mask imagery – is used by ever more disparate causes worldwide, it may be all but impossible to shut it down for good.

U.S. authorities revealed on Wednesday that leading Anonymous hacker “Sabu” – real name Hector Xavier Monsegur, aged 28 – had been arrested last June in his apartment in a Manhattan housing complex.

According to a newly released court transcript, he agreed to cooperate with authorities in return for likely leniency – helping U.S. prosecutors bring charges against five more men, including two in Britain and two in Ireland. All had also been previously arrested.

“Sabu was seen as a leader,” said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of Finnish security firm f-secure. “Just yesterday people were looking up to him… it’s a very serious blow. It’s probably not going to be the end of Anonymous but it’s going to take a while for them to recover, particularly from the paranoia.”

All six were said to be senior members of LulzSec, an offshoot of Anonymous that took credit for a range of hacking attacks on government and private sector websites. Targets included the CIA, Britain’s Serious Organized Crime Agency, Japan’s Sony Corp and a host of others including in Ireland and Mexico.

Taking inspiration from the hacking and Internet community as well as popular culture – particularly the 2005 film “V for Vendetta” in which a masked hero fights a dystopian government – Anonymous emerged in the middle of the last decade.

Initially focused on fighting attempts at Internet regulation and blocking free illegal downloads, it has since taken on a range of other targets including Scientology and the global banking system. Governments have been a growing target, both Western and in more autocratic states such as China and Iran. Websites have been attacked and occasionally shut down.

But Anonymous – and LulzSec in particular – leapt to much greater prominence in late 2010 when they launched what they described as the “first cyber war” in retaliation for attempts to shut down the Wikileaks website.

They attacked websites such as MasterCard that tried to block payments to Wikileaks after apparent pressure from the US government following the release of thousands of diplomatic cables.

“NO HONOUR AMONG THIEVES”?

“This is probably the end of this particular group,” said Tim Hardy, a British activist and computer scientist who runs the blog “Beyond Clicktivism. ” But… part of the point of Anonymous is that it’s a group that anyone can say they are part of, whether they are attacking a website or wearing a mask outside the Church of Scientology.”

Those masks became an increasingly frequent sight on Western streets in 2011, increasingly adopted by more radical, libertarian and sometimes anarchist elements of European and U.S. protest groups.

They became a frequent sight at demonstrations such as “Occupy Wall Street” and its spin-offs elsewhere in the U.S. and Britain. They were also heavily used by the “indignados” anti-austerity protesters in Spain, where fancy dress shops ran out of stock and had to import them from abroad.

Such popular usage will likely continue, but the loss of some of the movement’s highest profile stars and technical experts will still hurt.

Web forums frequented by Anonymous were frothing with abuse and anger following the arrests on Tuesday. “Sabu” had been occasionally suspected of being a mole, but had continued to operate as an effective leader advising other hackers on the importance of maintaining anonymity and security.

“No honor among thieves,” said Tony Dyhouse, a computer security expert at UK defense firm QinetiQ who has long studied hackers. “Any further (Anonymous) actions are likely to be much more low-key. Fear is in the ranks. However, there will be many that see some of the casualties as martyrs and empty footprints to be filled.”

Computer security experts say the hackers of LulzSec appeared much more technically adept than had been usual for Anonymous, which has often relied on simple – if illegal – software that can be downloaded by any potential hacker regardless of their technical skills.

“FEATHER IN CAP FOR FEDS”

While many of its attacks – often direct denial of service (DDOS) attacks designed to overload websites – were relatively simple, LulzSec penetrated secure commercial systems to steal highly sensitive information.

These included credit card details of users of Sony’s latest PlayStation platform as well as client details and some 5 million e-mails from U.S. specialist geopolitical publisher and sometime private intelligence firm Stratfor. The Stratfor e-mails were then passed on to Wikileaks, which is now publishing them.

U.S. authorities said one of those arrested this week, Jeremy Hammond – a Chicago resident who styled himself “Anarchaos” – had been charged with the Stratfor hack. Another of those arrested, 19-year-old Donncha O’ Cearrbhail, was charged with another recent high profile success – the hacking of a conference call between the FBI and London detectives discussing action against hackers.

“Undoubtedly this is a big feather in the cap for the Feds,” said QinetiQ’s Dyhouse. “But the Scotland Yard/FBI leak shows how simple mistakes can have a huge impact on any operation. Interceptions can be so easy these days.”

Ultimately, Anonymous and LulzSec in particular may have been the victims of their own success and over ambition. Whatever the technical mistakes and personal weaknesses that led to their undoing, security experts say their fate was sealed once they became so high profile that authorities made them a priority.

The success of Anonymous in the last two years may also have itself driven greater emphasis on computer security and fuelled demands for regulation – the opposite of their intent.

Even for a global activist community infused with new energy and political significance in the aftermath of the financial crisis, Anonymous remains controversial and divisive.

While some members may be admired for their actions and beliefs – albeit often varied and extreme – others are seen as simply in it for the “lulz”, the plural of the Internet abbreviation LOL for “laugh out loud”.

“There are those who see them as banner carriers for the revolutionary left,” says Beyond Clicktivism’s Hardy. “But there are also those who see them just as consumerists who don’t want to pay (for)… music and videos.”

(Additional reporting by Georgina Prodhan)

(Reporting By Peter Apps)

(Replaces reference to “leniency” with “likely leniency” in paragraph 4, corrects spelling of suspect in paragraph 20 to Hammond from Hammonds)

 

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Feb 012012
 

Officer Shot in Head in Brooklyn; Full Recovery Is Expected

 

 

The New York Times

By MATT FLEGENHEIMER and CHRISTOPHER MAAG
January 31, 2012

 

Officers swarmed the Bushwick Houses after the shooting.
Photo: Robert Stolarik for The New York Times

 

 

A plainclothes New York City police officer was shot in the face on Tuesday night while pursuing a man at a Brooklyn housing project, but evaded life-threatening injuries in what the mayor called a remarkable stroke of good fortune.

Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly displayed the bullet removed from an officer shot on Tuesday.
Photo: Michael Appleton for The New York Times

 

Crime Scene Location

 

“God, in this case, was kind,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said in a news conference at Bellevue Hospital Center, where doctors removed the bullet from the skull of the officer, Kevin Brennan, 29, a six-year veteran from Long Island. He remained there Tuesday night in critical but stable condition.

Police caught the suspected gunman, Luis Ortiz, in a nearby building hours after he exchanged gunfire with Mr. Brennan, said Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. The officer fired one round, the police said, but Mr. Ortiz was not struck.

During the news conference, Mr. Kelly held the bullet aloft in a plastic container, proclaiming Mr. Brennan “one lucky man.” Mr. Brennan, though passing in and out of consciousness, was expected to make a full recovery, Mr. Bloomberg said.

Mr. Brennan’s young daughter, Mr. Bloomberg said, “has no reason to believe that her daddy wouldn’t be there to see her crawl for the first time, and, in good time, to dance at her wedding.”

Mr. Bloomberg said the episode shone a light on the importance of gun control. “We had too close a brush with death tonight due to illegal guns,” he said.

The shooting occurred about 9 p.m. near 370 Bushwick Avenue, on the first floor of a building in the Bushwick Houses project, in the 90th Precinct. Mr. Brennan and two other officers pursued the suspect in response to a report of a man with a gun, the police said. Mr. Brennan was the first inside the building, Mr. Kelly said.

Around 10 p.m., officers could be seen entering one building. Police dogs were also present. As scores of other officers swarmed the site, helicopters buzzed overhead.

Thomas Tavares, 52, who said he had lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years, said the area had recently enjoyed a period of relative calm. “It used to be really bad — lot of drugs, lot of murders, lot of crime,” he said.

“Things were actually calm around here,” he said as he stood in front of a deli and faced the crime scene, still teeming with officers. “This is crazy, man.”

Gabriel Jones, 46, said he grew up in the project, but moved more than 10 years ago because of safety concerns. He now lives a few blocks north, he said.

“It’s known for muggings, killings, stickups,” said Mr. Jones, who happened upon the scene while walking his pit bull. “I got stuck up here three times myself.”

The episode, he said, proved that little had changed. “It’s sad,” he said, “but it’s not a surprise.”

Al Baker, Joseph Goldstein and Stacey Stowe contributed reporting.

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