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The sentencing of hacker Hector Xavier Monsegur has been delayed for six months.
"[Yesterday] was the day that Hector Xavier Monsegur, a.k.a. Sabu, Xavier DeLeon, and Leon, was supposed to be sentenced for the 12 counts of computer hacking conspiracies and other crimes he pleaded guilty to, including the infamous hacks of HBGary Federal, HBGary, Sony, Fox, and PBS," writes Dark Reading's Kelly Jackson Higgins.
"Sabu, the hacker who turned informant on the rampaging Anonymous offshoots Antisec and LulzSec, is getting a six-month reprieve from being sentenced on 12 counts of violating federal law, due to his continued cooperation with the feds, prosecutors told a court Tuesday," writes Wired's Ryan Singel. "Hector Xavier Monsegur, a 28-year-old New Yorker who used the online name 'Sabu,' has been working undercover for the feds since the FBI arrested him without fanfare last June. "
"Reports from earlier this year said that he worked tirelessly to help law enforcement with their enquiries, and it looks like he has kept this up ever since," writes The Inquirer's Dave Neal.
"Twelve counts sounds like a lot (and is!), but he's almost certainly getting a good deal from the FBI in exchange for flipping in the first place -- as far as informants go, he's about as sweet as it gets," writes Gizmodo's Sam Biddle. "We'll see in another half a year just how good of a deal he struck."