Accused LulzSec member pleads guilty to hacking Sony:
Accused LulzSec hacker Cody Kretsinger pled guilty today in a federal court in Los Angeles, California, to felony charges associated with the breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment that occurred in mid-2011. Kretsinger went by the moniker "Recursion" and testified that he took part in a SQL injection attack on the Sony Pictures site, and stole personal information from thousands of people registered with the site. He also testified that he gave that personal information to other members of LulzSec to post publically.
The courts charged 24-year-old Kretsinger with "conspiracy" and "unauthorized impairment of a protected computer." He was arrested in Arizona in late September, and has since been living with his parents in Illinois. Kretsinger’s confession is a reversal of an earlier not guilty plea.
Although the plea deal is under seal at the moment, Kretsinger could face up to 15 years in prison but will likely serve a much shorter sentence than that, according to Reuters. His sentencing is scheduled for July 26.
Other LulzSec hackers, including "Sabu"—the hacker infamous for his February confession that he'd been informing on his LulzSec compatriots since mid-2011—and "Topiary" have faced similar charges for a range of attacks on websites associated with institutions including HBGary Federal and intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting. Sony Pictures Entertainment claims the attack that Kretsinger assisted ultimately cost the company over $600,000 in damages. This charge is separate from other attacks against Sony, including one that forced it to take its PlayStation Network offline for 40 days.
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