One of the reclusive leaders of the infamous and disbanded LulzSec hacking group gave an online interview in which he spoke candidly about life as a wanted online criminal, the achievements and future of his former group and his fears that one of his colleagues will eventually bring him down.
In the interview, part of an ongoing "Ask Me Anything" thread on Reddit, Sabu revealed that he is married, speaks three languages fluently — English, Spanish and German — and began as a self-taught hacker in 2000. Although his answers are not necessarily the truth, it appears Sabu is Puerto Rican, 30 years old and lives in New York City.
In fact, Sabu may not fit the stereotypical "hacker" mold. He said he enjoys working on cars, playing music and spending time with his family. "I'm loving life a lot this year," he said. "I barely have time for ops [hacker operations] like I used to."
So what keeps a 30-year-old happily married man dedicated to the shadowy underground world of hacktivism? Sabu, also a member of Anonymous, said he's driven by one all-encompassing idea. "Revolution runs through my veins and it's thicker than blood," he said.
It was that same idea that lit the fire under LulzSec and led to its notable hacks against everyone from the U.S. Senate, the CIA and Nintendo to PBS, Fox.com and government websites in Brazil and Britain.
LulzSec, Sabu said, succeeded in exposing "the sad state of security across the media, social, government online environments."
Although it officially disbanded in late June — the group returned a month later to hack The Sun's website and leak employee names in retaliation for Rupert Murdoch's sanctioned voicemail hacking — Sabu said LulzSec still has a cache of sensitive documents from major corporations, including more emails from The Sun it is storing on Chinese servers, as well as information stolen from HSBC and "a few other banks."
LulzSec has "lots of interesting dumps we're sitting on due to timing," Sabu said.
Though he admitted he's "on the run," Sabu is less worried about law enforcement finding him than he is of one of his former LulzSec colleagues ratting him out.
"The ironic twist will be that my own friends will take me down, and not these idiots who hide behind the patriot veil," he said, referring to the The Jester, a pro-American hacker who constantly goads Sabu and other Anonymous members on Twitter.
If he manages to evade detection and arrest, Sabu said he plans to turn his efforts to education and hopes to one day "publish a couple of books." As far as Anonymous, Sabu doesn’t see the group or its ideology ending.
"I see it spawning many organizations and political parties," he said. " This movement is real. No longer an Internet meme. We are a Legion."