Several Senior LulzSec Members Arrested After Leader Helps Police

Brad Chacos

Remember LulzSec, the jolly jackasses responsible for so much hacking havoc last summer ? So does the FBI; they've rounded up five alleged LulzSec members in the U.S., England and Ireland this morning. LulzSec's 50 day reign of terror seemed almost story-like at times -- and like many good yarns, this one ends with a twist. Reports say the Lulz Boat has sunk thanks to the betrayal of "Sabu," the group's unofficial leader, who has been secretly working with the government since being arrested back in June.

Fox News reports that Sabu's real name is Hector Xavier Monsegur; he's an unemployed father of two from New York's Lower East Side. After the FBI quietly pinched him in June, Monsegur reportedly pleaded guilty to 12 separate charges midway through August. His admissions were due to be unsealed this morning, along with charges for four of the five people arrested today.

The five people charged today include: Ryan Ackroyd, aka “Kayla”; Jake Davis, aka “Topiary"; Darren Martyn, aka “pwnsauce”; Donncha O’Cearrbhail, aka “palladium”; and Jeremy Hammond aka “Anarchaos”. Ackroyd and Davis hail from London, Martyn and Cearrbhail live in Ireland, and Hammond was nabbed in Chicago.

You may remember Davis' name from his high-profile arrest back in August . Fox says that Ackroyd was Sabu's right-hand man and responsible for finding vulnerabilities in the Senate's network.

Hammond, meanwhile, is reportedly the man who hacked into Stratfor, the security company whose emails are currently being pored through over on WikiLeaks. Sources told Fox that Hammond was fingered as a member of Anonymous, not LulzSec; he will be indicted separately from the rest.

Update: Here's the FBI press release announcing the arrests and providing more detail.

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