Suspected LulzSec Member Arrested for Sony Pictures Hack
August 29, 2012 4:39 PM
The arrested is a 20-year-old Arizona resident who could face up to a 15 year prison sentence
A hacker that is a suspected
member of LulzSec was arrested
this week on charges related to a Sony Pictures Entertainment breach.
Raynaldo Rivera, 20, was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday, which was six days after a federal grand jury in California released an indictment that charged him with unauthorized impairment of a protected computer and conspiracy. Rivera is suspected of adopting nicknames on the Internet like "royal," "neuron" and "wildicv" and using a proxy server to cover up his IP address, thus concealing his identity.
More specifically, the indictment says Rivera
broke into Sony Pictures' computer systems
in May and June 2011 and stole important information, which was then posted publicly on LulzSec's website and announced on its Twitter. LulzSec managed to publish the names, addresses, birth dates, emails, passwords and phone numbers of Sony customers that entered company-promoted contests. The breach, which hit Sony's pocket for $600,000, was meant to exploit security flaws in Sony's systems.
"From a single injection
we accessed EVERYTHING
," said LulzSec at the time of the hack. "Why do you put such faith in a company that allows itself to become open to these simple attacks?"
The indictment added that an SQL injection attack was used to commit the breach, which is a hack completed by using portions of SQL statements in a Web form entry field in order to make the Web site accept a new rogue SQL command to the database.
This is the second accused LulzSec member to be arrested in the Sony Pictures breach. The first was Cody Kretsinger, 24, who pleaded guilty to his role in the Sony breach back in April.
If Rivera is convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.
"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes
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