Thursday April 26, 2018

Hacker Turned Federal Informant Avoids Sentencing

hacking in a suite at clarion

hacking in a suite at clarion (Photo credit: Johan Nilsson)

NYC computer hacker Hector Xavier Monsegur  became an informant in 2011 when he helped the FBI imprison a handful of members of the “Anonymous” movement. Despite pleading guilty to computer hacking, Monsegur’s sentencing has been repeatedly delayed. U.S Attorney James Pastore said that by continuing Monsegur’s bail and allowing him to mitigate harm from cyber attacks he will be able to apprehend “serious cyber criminals.” That being, however, RT writes that it is relatively unlikely that Monsegur will be free to assist federal investigators.

If he is sentenced, Monsegur faces up to 124 years in prison.