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Discord unites elite hackers charged in NY, IL

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This Wednesday, March 7, 2012 photo shows the building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan where the elite hacker named "Sabu" lived in New York.  The hacker that federal authorities say launched cyber-attacks on big corporations and despotic governments,

This Wednesday, March 7, 2012 photo shows the building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan where the elite hacker named “Sabu” lived in New York. The hacker that federal authorities say launched cyber-attacks on big corporations and despotic governments, then shocked the Web by informing on his accomplices, lived in a shabby public housing project where the elevator stinks of urine, and spent his time away from the Net caring for the children of an imprisoned aunt.

Mary Altaffer, Associated Press

NEW YORK — He's known as a quiet family man at the large public housing project in New York City where he lives. But federal prosecutors say Hector Xavier Monsegur is an Internet saboteur known as Sabu.

Authorities say he hacked into government websites in Tunisia, Yemen and Algeria and helped coordinate attacks on credit card companies after they refused to accept donations to Wikileaks.

They say Monsegur added another layer to the subterfuge by informing on his accomplices after he was caught by the FBI last spring.

His cooperation led to charges filed Tuesday against five people in the United States, Scotland, Ireland and England, including one other American, Jeremy Hammond, a 27-year-old from Chicago.