Jeremy Hammond, 29, had been sentenced to serve a term of 120 months behind the bars under a mutually agreed plea deal. Moments before the verdict Hammond told the court of Loretta Preska, US District Court Judge, which was packed at that time, that Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) used an undercover informant, Hector Xavier Monsegur of New York who disguised himself under the name “Sabu” on internet, to guide the hacking group ‘Anonymous’ to hack scores of government and other websites.Monsegur had been a prominent member of Anonymous and started cooperating with FBI after his arrest.
“These intrusions, all of which were suggested by Sabu while cooperating with the FBI, affected thousands of domain names and consisted largely of foreign government websites, including those of Turkey, Brazil, Iran —,”
Newly released documents which consist on court files in the case of Hammond and a statement believed to be penned by Hammond himself, confirm Hammond’s allegations of FBI’s involvement in the illegal act.
New York Times published an article on Wednesday for which Times journalist Mark Mazzetti conducted Hammond’s interview in the jail. The article is about FBI’s involvement in the, or behind the, hacking activities of Anonymous.
“Sabu” gave the list of the sites to be hacked to Hammond who then forwarded it to Anonymous. The hacking group then hacked these sites and the results were shared by Hammond with “Sabu” and FBI. However, “Sabu wasn’t getting his hands dirty,” Hammond told the Times.According to Hammond’s unverified sentencing statement, the targeted countries and websites were: “Brazil, Turkey, Syria, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Nigeria, Iran, Slovenia, Greece, Pakistan and others,” including “the Governor of Puerto Rico, the Internal Affairs Division of the Military Police of Brazil, the Official Website of the Crown Prince of Kuwait, the Tax Department of Turkey, the Iranian Academic Center for Education and Cultural Research, the Polish Embassy in the UK and the Ministry of Electricity of Iraq.”
After Times article was published on Wednesday, a document uploaded to Pastebin website provided some additional context.
“In view of NYT’s reporting, we would like to add some additional context to this statement,” the excerpts are prefaced.
An anonymous source confirmed the authenticity of the document to RT early Thursday as it is in confirmation of Hammond’s writing style. Hammond wrote in that document:
“Sabu is not the real issue. What is important is how the FBI used him, and how they may still be using other hacktivists to gather intelligence and illegally break into websites without oversight, accountability or reprisal.”
“In my case, the FBI used Sabu to infiltrate and monitor hundreds of public and private hacker chatrooms where he was able to gain influence within Anonymous by claiming responsibility for hacks carried out by others, bragging to the media with hyperbolic quotes, accusing others of being sellouts and snitches and encouraging hacks into government and corporate websites.”
“He enabled hackers and facilitated hacks by supplying several servers for storage of hacked emails and databases, cracking encrypted password lists, suggesting specific targets and offering step-by-step technical advice to people as they were breaking into systems. Impressionable and less experiences hackers, eager to please a visible Anonymous ‘leader’ would send him their half-finished vulnerability findings; Sabu would then pass this information along to skilled hackers to finish the job.”
These show clear signs of FBI’s involvement and desire to use whatever measure required, legal or illegal, to fight the cyberwar crossing their legitimate boundaries quite often.