A SECOND HACKER has been sent to prison for stealing data from Sony computers.
Neuron, or Raynaldo Rivera, 21, of Chandler, Arizona was sentenced to a year and a day in prison followed by 13 months of home detention, 1,000 hours of community service and a rather large $605,663 in restitution.
Rivera will serve this time and pay this money for his role in a 2011 attack on Sony that lead to the sharing of just under 140,000 of its customers' details. Rivera pleaded guilty last October.
Cody Andrew Kretsinger, who used the name Recursion was sentenced earlier for his role in the attack and received a similar sentence. According to the FBI the men were members of Lulzsec.
Although he had been threatened with as long as 15 years in prison, Kretsinger will serve a year. Like Neuron he must pay over $600,000 in restitution.
The attack on Sony was an infamous one and saw the Japanese firm suspend many of its online services for weeks on end.
Sony has been fined by the UK Information Commissioner's Office for not having protected its users data. Its fine was less than half of Rivera's and Kretsinger's restitution amounts, and it did not appeal against the £250,000 bill.
Sony said that it decided not to pursue an appeal because it would reveal information about its security practices.
"After careful consideration we are withdrawing our appeal. This decision reflects our commitment to protect the confidentiality of our network security from disclosures in the course of the proceeding. We continue to disagree with the decision on the merits," a spokesperson said. µ
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