Arizona man arrested for hacking Sony Pictures

News by Dan Raywood

A man was arrested last night in connection with LulzSec- and Anonymous-led attacks.

A man was arrested last night in connection with LulzSec and Anonymous-led attacks.

According to Reuters, Cody Kretsinger was arrested in Arizona on Thursday on a charge of attacking Sony Pictures Entertainment's website. He was charged with conspiracy and the unauthorised impairment of a protected computer using an SQL injection attack against the site.

Kretsinger, who used the name ‘Recursion', is accused of helping to post on the LulzSec website the confidential records of people who had entered contests promoted by Sony, and announcing the intrusion via its Twitter account. The records of 150,000 people included their names, birth dates, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords.

Kretsinger faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted.

According to The Register, two other men have been arrested on a charge of participating in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on websites belonging to the County of Santa Cruz.

According to an indictment filed in the federal court in San Jose, Christoper Doyon and Joshua John Covelli carried out the attacks in retribution for the enforcement of a law prohibiting overnight camping within the Santa Cruz city limits.

Both men were allegedly members of the People's Liberation Front, an Anonymous splinter group, and allegedly used the High Orbit Ion Cannon to bombard the Santa Cruz County servers. Covelli was one of 13 people previously charged with participating in the Anonymous-organised DDoS against PayPal in December.

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