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Lulzsec hacker gets a year's porridge for Sony attack

Cody Kretsinger disputed hacking charges
Fri Apr 19 2013, 11:32

A UNITED STATES District Court in California has handed Cody Kretsinger a year in prison and six months' community service for his part in the Lulzsec web security attacks on Sony.

Kretsinger, 23 at the time of his arrest in 2011, and from Phoenix, Arizona was charged with conspiracy to impair an unauthorized impairment of a protected computer.

Initially he pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and unauthorised computer impairment relating to an attack on a Sony Pictures Entertainment film studio in Europe, but by April last year he had entered a guilty plea.

The attack on Sony saw the Lulzsec offshoot of Anonymous publish the names, birth dates, addresses, emails, phone numbers and passwords of people who had entered contests on the firm's websites.

It was part of a string of attacks on the Japanese gaming company in 2011. At that time Sony said that around one million user details had been exposed and that it was cooperating fully with the authorities.

At the time of his arrest Kretsinger was threatened with a sentence of 15 years in prison, but according to a Reuters report he will serve a year in prison followed by 1,000 hours of community service.

Kretsinger used the online moniker Recursion. In his indictment we learned that the FBI managed to identify him by using VPN logs from the web proxy provider He allegedly had used that service to attempt a series of SQL attacks against the firm.

According to the Huffington Post Kretsinger was also ordered to pay $605,663 in restitution to Sony. µ


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