A group of expert hackers who attacked governments and corporations around the globe has been busted after its ringleader â€” one of the world's most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals â€” turned against his comrades and secretly became an informant for the FBI months ago, authorities announced Tuesday.
Five people, including a Chicago man, were charged in court papers unsealed in federal court in New York, and authorities revealed that a sixth person, Hector Xavier Monsegur, a legendary figure known in the hacking underworld as "Sabu," has pleaded guilty in New York, where he lives.
Authorities said it marked the first significant prosecution of major Internet hackers.
According to court papers, members of the group got their start as part of a large worldwide hacking organization known as Anonymous, which authorities said has been operating at least since 2008. Court papers accused Anonymous of a "deliberate campaign of online destruction, intimidation and criminality."