With the cooperation of former Anonymous member Hector Monsegur, aka Sabu, the FBI gained information that led to the arrests of five Anonymous members. Monsegur pleaded guilty in 2011 to hacking charges filed after attacks on Sony Pictures, Fox, PBS, InfraGard and HBGary.
Estonian hacker sentenced
In July, Estonian hacker Aleksandr Suvorov was sentenced to seven years in prison, as one of the masterminds behind a Dave & Busters crime spree in which hackers stole roughly 80,000 credit and debit cards numbers at 11 locations of the food chain.
Phishing ring leader sent to prison
Nichole Michelle Merzi of Oceanside, Calif., was sentenced to more than five years in prison in May, having served as a key figure in Operation Phish Phry, which stole more than $1 million through international phishing scams.
While it may always seem like a cat and mouse game, the cat catches up every once in a while. Here are what we believe are the top 3 law enforcement actions of the year.