Alleged LulzSec Hacker Busted in Phoenix; Faces 15 Years in Prison For Hacking Sony Website

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A Phoenix man was arrested this morning for allegedly being a member -- or former member -- of the computer hacking group LulzSec, which claimed responsibility for the security breach of the Arizona Department of Public Safety's computer system earlier this year.

Cody Kretsinger, 23, was arrested after a grand jury returned an indictment charging him with conspiracy and the unauthorized impairment of a protected computer.

Federal authorities in Los Angeles say Kretsinger, who was living in Tempe at the time, is responsible for hacking into the Sony Pictures Entertainment website and stealing confidential information from the company from May 27 through June 2.

According to the indictment, Kretsinger, who goes by the Internet handle of "recursion," used a proxy server to attempt to hide his Internet Protocol (IP) address as he stole confidential information from Sony and passed it along to other members of LulzSec.

Other members of the hacking group then posted the information on its website after announcing the cyber-attack on the group's Twitter page.

LulzSec is the same group that took responsibility for hacking into the Arizona Department of Public Safety's computer system earlier this year.

In late June, the hackers announced they'd breached the DPS' computer system in protest of SB 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration law, and "the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona."

Read more about the DPS hacking here.

The indictment is only for the hacking of the Sony website and does not include the breach of the DPS' computer system.

The investigation is ongoing, and indictments for other members of the group are expected.

If convicted, Kretsinger faces up to 15 years in prison.

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Mene Tekel
Mene Tekel

15 years is a fucking long time. Why does our constitution prohibit "cruel and unusual punishment" but not EXCESSIVE punishment? How long would he be in prison if he raped or murdered someone? About the same, if not much less. 

Bokankybreath
Bokankybreath

So now we know, Hidemyass gives up their customers... They will probably go out of business soon.

According to HideMyAss.com, “…services such as ours do not exist to hide people from illegal activity. We will cooperate with law enforcement agencies if it has become evident that your account has been used for illegal activities.”

The service stores logs for 30-days when it comes to Website proxy services, and they store the connecting IP address, as well as time stamps for those using the VPN offerings. Emails seeking comment on HideMyAss.com’s level of cooperation with the FBI, as well as to confirm what information was made available, were not returned.

JudgeAndJury
JudgeAndJury

Right. Whoever would use this service is committing some type of criminal offense and counts on the service to not turn over logs to the coppers. So, I see the end of HideMyAss as we know it. They may just change their name or something.

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