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No More Jail Time: LulzSec's Sabu Sentenced to Time Served
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User Rank: Ninja
5/27/2014 | 10:36:12 PM
Romancing the Hack
While the idea of renegade teams of cyber-warriors may sound appealing, ultimately the classic and safest hackers run solo and silent.  Say what you will about the actual skill-set of LulzSec, their real Achilles heel was the group itself.  With that many official, semi-official and wannabe members, there was bound to be poorly thought-out activities, arrests and sell-outs.

I think more of these bright young minds would be happier on the "white" side of the hack, rather than out there romancing it, when they realize prison, paranoia and the persistence of agencies like the CIA and FBI will no longer be part of their future.  Being in love with tech and with the hack doesn't mean you can't also be in love with your fellow human.  Let's see some more good being done out there; hack a solution to global sex trafficking or famine.
Kelly Jackson Higgins
Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
5/28/2014 | 7:50:38 AM
Re: Romancing the Hack
What was most interesting to me in this case was how quickly Sabu flipped, and also gave up info on other illegal hacks he had done that the the FBI didn't even know about. 
Sara Peters
Sara Peters,
User Rank: Author
5/28/2014 | 3:07:42 PM
Re: Romancing the Hack
@Kelly  Yeah, that struck me too, as long as you choose to believe that he really did flip as quickly and eagerly as they said he did. Still, if you were facing over 20 years in prison, you'd probably want to do whatever you could to lighten your sentence.
User Rank: Ninja
5/28/2014 | 12:17:56 PM
Back online
I wonder if he'll be taking his first tentative steps back online in the next few days. Considering he's rolled over on so many other hackers, he'll have to watch his digital back for a long time to come. Must be pretty nerve racking. 
Kelly Jackson Higgins
Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
5/28/2014 | 12:20:49 PM
Re: Back online
Good point, @Whoopty. He may want/need to stay under the radar for a very long time.
Sara Peters
Sara Peters,
User Rank: Author
5/28/2014 | 3:09:36 PM
Re: Back online
@Whoopty  That's a great point. I wonder if he'll go into witness protection. And I also wonder how good the US marshalls are at the electronic side of witness protection. I mean, if anyone could track down a person who changed their identity, it's a team of criminal hackers.
User Rank: Ninja
5/28/2014 | 4:56:40 PM
Re: Back online
This is a dangerous precedent. Sabu is a criminal, but it has been judged as an hero.
You can trust who has betrayed his beliefs?
We will heve 100, 1000 other SABU in the incoming months ... but they will not mitigate hacktivism cyber threat for sure.
The only way to face hacktivism is to listen their voice ... you cannot arrest an ideology.
User Rank: Ninja
5/28/2014 | 7:06:43 PM
Short time
Not much of a penalty considering the amount of time he was facing and the activities he was involved in. Granted his cooperation was extensive, but seven months doesn't seem like much.


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