Hacker Sabu Freed

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The New York Times reports that hacker Hector Xavier Monsegur, 30, a.k.a. "Sabu," was sentenced today by federal judge Loretta A. Preska to time served (he had spent seven months in prison in 2012) and was allowed to walk free.

Monsegur, whose sentencing had been delayed seven times, had been working as an FBI informant since his arrested in June of 2011. He pled guilty in August of 2011 to 12 counts of hacking conspiracy, identity theft, and other charges.

While federal sentencing guidelines had called for a sentence of up to 26 years, prosecutors had cited his "extraordinary cooperation" with the FBI in requesting leniency. According to prosecutors, Monsegur's cooperation led to the arrests of eight "major co-conspirators," including Jeremy Hammond, who was sentenced on November 15, 2013 to 10 years in prison.

Last month, the New York Times reported that Monsegur had coordinated hundreds of cyber attacks on foreign Web sites while working as an informant for the FBI.

Due to threats from fellow hackers, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told Judge Preska that the government had relocated Monsegur and some members of his family to an undisclosed location.

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