Former 'Anonymous Hacker' Tells CBS THIS MORNING: 'There Is No Security'

Former "Anonymous" computer systems hacker turned FBI informant Hector Monsegur, also known as Sabu, in his first television interview told CBS THIS MORNING Co-host CHARLIE ROSE that "In all reality there is no security," even amongst the security firms that the United States government employs.

"Hackers could break right into the airport. The phone systems, obviously. The water supply systems, shut them down," said Monsegur, in the interview which was broadcast today on CBS THIS MORNING (7:00-9:00 AM).

Monsegur told Rose that attacks by "Anonymous" hackers "should be an inspiration to the American government to focus on our infrastructure. We have a sickening reliance on security contractors. The companies that Edward Snowden worked for. Who will guard the guards, Charlie? Our security, the people we pay for, the people we hire with tax dollars, are not really secure themselves."

A partial transcript and follow video of the interview is below.

HECTOR MONSEGUR: Tinkering with the system and learning how it functioned, I was able to escape. Escape from the current situation we were going through.

CHARLIE ROSE: So you were self-taught?

MONSEGUR: Absolutely. You know everybody around me were into something, but it wasn't computers.

From the moment Hector Monsegur got his hands on a used desktop, he had a passion for computers. But for the boy raised by his grandmother in this New York City housing project, it was the Internet that provided a gateway to something bigger.

ROSE: How did you learn about hacking?

MONSEGUR: We were poor. So I needed to find a way that would be cheap or free so that I could be able to access the internet without being a burden to my grandmother.



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