It seems the FBI is not quite finished with one of its most valuable assets, Hector Monsegur (aka Sabu), the former Anonymous and LulzSec member who had his sentencing postponed for a seventh time on Wednesday.
Monsegur was due to appear before Judge Loretta Preska in New York on Thursday, but he has once again had his sentencing postponed, sources told the Daily Beast.
No new date has been set for Monsegur's next court appearance, giving no indication of how long the FBI wants to keep using him. In April, the U.S. attorney had his sentencing adjourned until May 8.
Monsegur is to be punished for crimes associated with the 50 Days of Lulz campaign, in which hackers attacked companies such as Sony and EA as well as law enforcement agencies including the CIA and SOCA. The former Anonymous hacker has already pleaded guilty to 12 criminal charges, including multiple counts of conspiracy to engage in computer hacking, computer hacking in furtherance of fraud, conspiracy to commit access device fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Following his arrest on June 8, 2011, Monsegur has been working with the U.S. authorities. Initially he worked undercover to help identify the other members of LulzSec, eventually leading to the arrest of four members, including three based in the U.K.
He also helped trap Jeremy Hammond, who is currently serving a 10 years for his part in an attack on Stratfor, a global intelligence gathering company.
Since it was revealed that Monsegur was an FBI informant in March 2012, it is unclear what he has been helping the FBI with. Some suggested Sabu was involved in helping the FBI track down and arrest Ross Ulbricht, the man charged with running the underground drug marketplace Silk Road under the name Dread Pirate Roberts.
He has also been implicated in helping the FBI attack foreign governments including Brazil, Iran and Syria.
by David Gilbert, Tech Editor at IBTimes UK