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Second member of Lulzsec hacker collective arrested

Surrendered to the FBI in Phoenix on Tuesday
Wed Aug 29 2012, 12:01

A SECOND SUSPECTED MEMBER of the Lulzsec hacker group has been arrested on charges that he took part in a computer security attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Reuters reports that Raynaldo Rivera, 20, of Tempe, Arizona surrendered to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Phoenix on Tuesday, six days after a federal grand jury in Los Angeles unsealed an indictment charging him with conspiracy and unauthorised damage to a protected computer.

The indictment accuses Rivera and co-conspirators of stealing information from Sony Pictures' computer systems using an SQL injection attack against its website in May and June 2011. If convicted, Rivera could face up to 15 years in prison.

Although Rivera is the only person named in the indictment, the FBI said his partners in crime included Cody Kretsinger, 24, another Lulzsec member who pleaded guilty in April to similar charges related to the same attack.

Following the attack on Sony in which thousands of passwords were compromised, Lulzsec, an offshoot of Anonymous, published the names, birth dates, addresses, emails, phone numbers and passwords of people who had entered contests promoted by the Japanese entertainment company.

It took days after Lulzsec's breach for Sony to admit that it had fallen victim to the attack and say it was working with the FBI to track down the culprits.

In June, two other alleged Lulzsec hackers appeared in court and pleaded guilty to charges brought against them. Ryan Cleary, 19, and Jake Davis, 18, both admitted being members of Lulzsec and taking part in denial of service attacks on firms' websites. µ


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