Hector “Sabu” Monsegur is the most controversial hacker of this generation and the former defacto head of Anonymous/LulzSec and lastly a high profile Federal informant. Monsegur’s story is more tangled and complicated than many know. He grew up in the projects on the Lower East Side of New York in a family trapped in a world of poverty and drugs. His mother left him when he was young which led to a close relationship with the rest of his family and the eventual adoption of his two nieces whom he raised from when they were little girls. Trying to find a better life for himself and his nieces, Monsegur found that his computer skills could empower him far above his socioeconomic barriers and his 9th grade education – but also led him into the dark world of hacking. Monsegur ruled the “hacktivist” scene breaching targets almost daily – from Nintendo, to News Corp, to PayPal/VISA/Mastercard, to Middle Eastern governments and to the very security firms supposedly protecting against hackers like him. That is until the FBI closed in…
From High School Dropout to Hacker to FBI Informant
Hector Monsegur will take you inside the mind of a hacker. From his first experiences as a blackhat to the hacker’s response to the vulnerabilities exposed in the current pandemic, he will provide unique insight as someone who has been on both sides. He will highlight what he did “right” as a hacker, why it worked then and still works today, then offer his expertise on how hackers are viewing the double-edged sword of the pandemic, and what you can do to help secure your clients’ environments. A Q&A session will follow his presentation, giving you an exclusive opportunity to learn from someone who’s been on the other side.