For the past year, Hector “Sabu” Monsegur has quietly been working as the lead penetration tester for the small Seattle security firm Rhino Security Labs, managing a six-person team that breaks into clients’ networks to demonstrate vulnerabilities and help the firms patch them. The job marks his turn to full-time cybersecurity work after a much higher profile career as the brash de facto leader of a hacktivist team breaching targets almost daily—including Sony, PBS, and Newscorp, as well as security firms like HBGary and Mantech. When he was caught, he followed that rampage with a stint as an FBI informant, helping the agency to prevent some of the same kinds of cyberattacks he’d helped orchestrate, and then spent seven months in prison after taking a plea deal. Now his new white-hat hacking position is putting to the test whether companies will allow one of the world’s most notorious hackers, reformed or not, to attack their networks—and whether the cybersecurity industry will accept as one of its own someone who not so long ago was eviscerating security firms like the one that now employs him.
Anonymous’ Most Notorious Hacker Is Back, and He’s Gone Legit
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