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FBI has been using LulzSec to attack foreign targets

April 25, 2014

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The New York Times have published article based on interviews and the sentencing statement of former LulzSec member Jeremy Hammond. Hammond is serving 10 years sentence for hacking private intelligence company Stratfor. Hammond claims that he and other LulzSec members were given the list of 2000 domains to hack by the informal LulzSec leader Hector Xavier Montsegur, who has been at that time a confidential informant of the FBI. The targets included foreign governments, financial institutions and private companies in countries whose relations to USA are far from ideal such as Iran, Pakistan, Brazil or Syria. It is not clear whether the attacks were directed by the FBI. The sentencing statement of Hammond however claims that “The FBI took advantage of hackers who wanted to help support the Syrian people against the Assad regime, who instead unwittingly provided the U.S. government access to Syrian systems.”

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