26 May 2014
Leader of hacktivist group LulzSec, Hecto Xavier "Sabu" Monsegur, will receive a reduced penalty of 7 months in prison for helping US authorities sabotage some 300 hacking attacks, according to itnews.com.
Monsegur, known for his involvement in some high-profile breaches, cooperated with the FBI to prevent other attacks, as well as to help in the prosecution of the SilkRoad black marketplace.
The "extremely valuable and productive" cooperation postponed the hacker’s sentence with 3 years.
LulzSec is allegedly responsible for hacking HB Gary, Fox Television, Sony Pictures, Nintendo and the US Senate, causing damages worth several hundreds of millions of dollars. He also admitted to having taken part in denial of service attacks on PayPal, MasterCard and Visa.
The other six members of the LulzSec group have been arrested, one of them being sentenced to 10 years in prison for his part in leaking millions of emails from intelligence firm Stratfor.