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How Sabu Orchestrated the Hack of FBI Contractor ManTech 34

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Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes Weeks after he started working quietly as an FBI informant, Hector Xavier Monsegur, known by his online alias "Sabu," led a cyber attack against one of the bureau's very own IT contractors. In July 2011, at Monsegur's urging, members of AntiSec, an offshoot of the hacking collective Anonymous, took advantage of compromised log-in credentials belonging to a contractor with a top secret security clearance employed at the time by ManTech International.

According to chat logs recorded by Monsegur at the behest of the FBI and obtained by Motherboard, the informant directed hackers to pilfer as much data as possible from ManTech's servers as investigators stood by. Stolen data was published as the third installment of AntiSec's ... collection of leaks intended to embarrass the same federal agency that presided over the hack and others.
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How Sabu Orchestrated the Hack of FBI Contractor ManTech

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  • by jandrese (485) <kensama@vt.edu> on Wednesday June 18, 2014 @12:14PM (#47263615) Homepage Journal
    I guess someone at the FBI was not happy with ManTech? Did ManTech know about the hacks ahead of time? There's so much weird with this story.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      I guess someone at the FBI was not happy with ManTech? Did ManTech know about the hacks ahead of time? There's so much weird with this story.

      Maybe the owners donated to a Tea Party group and the IRS was already busy?

  • Honey Pots (Score:5, Interesting)

    by tomhath (637240) on Wednesday June 18, 2014 @12:21PM (#47263693)
    Several of Anonymous' "hacks" looked a lot like they were stepping into honey pots.
  • by TheCarp (96830) <`ten.tenaprac' `ta' `cjs'> on Wednesday June 18, 2014 @12:45PM (#47263881) Homepage

    So if agents were involved in the plannning, then this hack was a de-facto FBI operation. All of the hackers involved should be paid, not prosecuted; or the FBI agents should ALSO be prosecuted.

    • by Aighearach (97333)

      Grampy, you forgot your meds!

      Hey, but if you find them, look up undercover investigation precedents. It might turn out that this has already been covered by the Courts, and that you're wrong.

      If you want it to be different in the future, it would violate their rights to prosecute them for things that were legal at the time. If you want the rules to be the same for everybody, you don't get very far by tossing out the rights of those you would hold as equal.

      • by TheCarp (96830)

        > Hey, but if you find them, look up undercover investigation precedents. It might turn out that this has already been covered by the Courts, and that you're wrong.

        Or the courts are wrong, which is pretty typical as far as I can tell.

        > If you want the rules to be the same for everybody,

        You mean like, the rules against breaking into other people's systems to damage them and release their data? Doesn't sound like they had a warrant, does sound like they were conspirators.

        If the courts rule this is ok,

    • by rtb61 (674572)

      Worse is they were also targeted minors. Luring them into commuting crimes, provide the tools, providing the knowledge and providing the targets, that is not only entrapment but also child abuse as they were minors. So that FBI not only participated but orchestrated child abuse and then sought to prosecute their victims, to which the courts turned a blind eye in the zeal to prosecute crimes that would never have happened without the FBI involvement. The FBI were off in lah lah land, pursing the global fien

  • I still think old Hector stands an outside shot of eclipsing Benedict Arnold in the history books (assuming we will still be allowed truthful books in the near future).
  • A few cherry picked lines from a chat log and it really looks like Sabu is the mastermind behind everything... or not. Even with this garbage that's being presented out of context it looks like he's just doing what people do on chatters, answering questions and talking crap.

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