NEW YORK (AP) -- Two Americans charged with being part of a hacker group that launched attacks on big corporations, media outlets and government agencies came from families with their share of discord.
Neighbors of New York City hacker Hector Xavier Monsegur say he was raising his two young nieces after his father and an aunt were jailed for drug dealing.
The mother of Chicago hacker Jeremy Hammond says her son had a good heart but couldn't stop himself from using his computer skills to "get the goat of America." She says he wants to end capitalism.
Hammond's father and mother split up when he was a child. His mother counts herself as a tea party supporter.
Monsegur and Hammond have acknowledged hacking.
Associated Press writer Raphael Satter contributed to this report from London. Don Babwin reported from Chicago.