US attorney Bharara set free hacker who led attacks on Turkish gov’t
Ragip Soylu and Yunus Paksoy report:
U.S. attorney Preet Bharara, who has been at the top of the agenda recently in Turkey due to his arrest of Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab, had prepared an indictment and set free an FBI informant who orchestrated cyberattacks on the Turkish government.
Hector Xavier Monsegur, also known as Sabu, was a hacktivist when he was caught by the FBI in June 2011 and given a choice to collaborate in taking down the network of other hacktivists. Having begun his tenure as an FBI informant, Sabu proved to be an efficient asset for the FBI by playing a key role in the arrest of Jeremy Hammond, a wanted hacker working for Anonymous at the time.
Sabu recruited other hackers and carried out attacks on Turkish government websites in 2011 and 2012. AntiSec, Sabu’s hacktivist group, became close with a group of Turkish hackers, RedHack, and launched attacks on the aforementioned websites. RedHack hackers sent special thanks to AntiSec on the pages of websites that they hacked. The two groups cooperated in taking down Turkish government websites at the time.
Read more on Daily Sabah.
None of the above seems to have anything to do with the recent leak of 50 million Turkish citizens’ identity information, which, if the government is to be believed, was a 2009 incident involving data from 2008.
Is the Turkish government just looking to deflect attention? Or what am I missing here? Why are attacks in 2013 news now?