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Documents show NY hacker who informed on cohorts was also involved with drug dealing
NEW YORK (AP) ' The American computer hacker who shook the Internet underground by becoming an FBI informant didn't just break the law on the Web. Documents indicate he also carried a gun and was involved in drug dealing.
Court documents show that in exchange for his cooperation, federal prosecutors agreed not to prosecute admitted hacker Hector Xavier Monsegur for a variety of other crimes, including his attempted sale of a pound of marijuana in 2010 and another four pounds in 2003.
They also agreed not to prosecute him for gun possession, purchasing stolen jewelry and running up $15,000 on a former employer's credit card.
Monsegur pleaded guilty to computer crimes in August.
His cooperation with federal agents led to five arrests and the breakup of a feared hacker group called Lulzsec.