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How FBI Informant Sabu Helped Anonymous Hack Brazil 59

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Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes 'A year after leaked files exposed the National Security Agency's efforts to spy on citizens and companies in Brazil, previously unpublished chat logs obtained by Motherboard reveal that while under the FBI's supervision, Hector Xavier Monsegur, widely known by his online persona, "Sabu," facilitated attacks that affected Brazilian websites.The operation raises questions about how the FBI uses global Internet vulnerabilities during cybercrime investigations, how it works with informants, and how it shares information with other police and intelligence agencies.

After his arrest in mid-2011, Monsegur continued to organize cyber attacks while working for the FBI. According to documents and interviews, Monsegur passed targets and exploits to hackers to disrupt government and corporate servers in Brazil and several other countries. Details about his work as a federal informant have been kept mostly secret, aired only in closed-door hearings and in redacted documents that include chat logs between Monsegur and other hackers. The chat logs remain under seal due to a protective order upheld in court, but in April, they and other court documents were obtained by journalists at Motherboard and the Daily Dot.'
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How FBI Informant Sabu Helped Anonymous Hack Brazil

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  • Snitch (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 05, 2014 @07:57PM (#47176139)

    Someday someone will get him back just for the lulz

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 05, 2014 @08:03PM (#47176153)

    Using Anonymous as a by-proxy hacking tool. Brilliant! I'm surprised the NSA hasn't...

    oh crap

  • by aod7br (573614) on Thursday June 05, 2014 @09:05PM (#47176387)
    Attacking GOVERMENT servers under FBI guidance??? WTF is an internal north american police agency doing messing with brazilian goverment sites?? Omg, long time I dont care to login in slashdot to post something, but here it is:
    VA SE FUDER US goverment
    Fucking with my country supporting a military coup and keeping those murderers in power for 30 years wasnt enough? You are trying AGAIN to undermine a democratic goverment just because we have a non automatic alignment policy with the US on foreign affairs? Just because we supported democraticaly ELECTED Chaves and others in south america? All american authorities should be considered persona non grata in Brazil, and ALL US goverment agents related to FBI and NSA should be imediately ARRESTED in brazillian soil. I am tired of american goverment double face with friendly nations
  • by TubeSteak (669689) on Thursday June 05, 2014 @09:41PM (#47176517) Journal

    [dailydot.com]

    From here, the sequence of events is relatively undisputed. With Hammond equipped and as FBI agents reportedly watched on, AntiSec began plundering Stratforâ(TM)s financial information and personal records. Monsegur convinced Hammond and others to unknowingly transfer âoemultiple gigabytes of confidential dataâ to one of the FBIâ(TM)s servers. That included the roughly 60,000 credit card numbers and records for Stratfor customers that Hammond was ultimately charged with stealing.

    This is going to piss off a lot of very powerful people who were on that customer & credit card list.

  • by pla (258480) on Thursday June 05, 2014 @11:05PM (#47176837) Journal
    Seriously, WTF, US government agencies? Did I miss the announcement of "opposite decade"?

    We have the DoJ obstructing justice by intentionally destroying evidence;
    we have the BATF running guns to Mexican cartels;
    we have ICE taking captured illegals out of local police custody and setting them loose on the streets;
    we have the NSA spying on the single target off limits to them, with a true patriot under asylum in fucking Russia for pointing that out...

    And now we have the FBI coordinating cyberattacks on the government of another country?

    Can we just stop pretending, and admit the government has absolutely no interest whatsoever in obeying the will of We The People?

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