Former LulzSec Member, Sony Pictures Hacker Issued Prison Sentence

Sony Pictures website and database hacker Cody Andrew Kretsinger will spend one year in federal prison.

Kretsinger was a member of Lulz Security, also known as LulzSec, when he hacked the website in May 2011. His alias was “recursion”.

LulzSec leaked information retrieved from the hack including names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of Sony customers.

Kretsinger was arrested in September 2011 but did not plead guilty for the computer hacking charges until April 2012.

He was sentenced on Thursday to one year and one day in prison, one year home detention, 1,000 hours of community service and $605,663 in restitution at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Former LulzSec member Raynaldo Rivera also pleaded guilty in connection to the May 2011 attack, but to conspiracy charges, back in October 2012. He will be sentenced on May 16 by Judge Kronstadt. His online alias was “neuron”.

The former leader of LulzSec, Hector Xavier Monsegur, online alias “Sabu”, was secretly arrested in June 2011.

He pleaded guilty to 12 counts of federal computer crime and hacking and was en route to be sentenced in August 2012, but he was granted two adjournments.

From then on, Monsegur acted as an FBI informant, and supposedly had a lot to do with other arrests of members of the LulzSec group. He is now scheduled to be sentenced in August 2013.

Monsegur’s crimes have granted him an estimated sentence of 124 years, which he will likely serve only part of due to the role he played in catching other LulzSec hackers for the FBI.

After the Sony Pictures hack, they claimed to be retiring but went on to deface news sites owned by News Corporation with false reports on the death of Rupert Murcoch in July 2011.

During their supposed retirement, a group known as the A-Team posted a list of all of LulzSec’s members’ names.

LulzSec became affiliated with the hacktivist group Anonymous through Operation AntiSec, a joint collaboration between the two groups and other hackers.

LulzSec’s slogan is “Laughing at your security since 2011!”

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