Infamous hacker “Sabu”, real name Hector Xavier Monsegur, has walked away from prison as a free man with time served and one year supervised probation, thanks to becoming an FBI informant in tackling cyber attacks.
Monsegur had previously been considered one of the forerunners of LulzSec and was looking at up to 20 years in prison for his cyber attacks, which included hits on sites of Sony, PBS and Fox to name a few. He was arrested in 2011 over attacks that occurred in 2010.
The FBI described the hacker-turned-informant as invaluable to scuppering numerous cyber attacks but Monsegur now faces severe backlash from his former peers, who have called him a “snitch” and “traitor” online.
The AP reported upon his release:
“I’m not the same person as four years ago,” said Monsegur, who was arrested in June 2011 and pleaded guilty two months later.