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Sentence marks the third LulzSec hacker to receive prison time

The U.S. federal government is working hard to show that hacking is not a victimless crime and that hackers that cause harm will be caught. One of the biggest hacks that occurred in recent years was the breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment by hackers involved with LulzSec. Authorities caught one hacker, Cody Kretsinger (AKA Recursion); he pled guilty in April 2012.

Kretsinger pled guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of unauthorized impairment of a protected computer as part of the plea arrangement with authorities. He will spend one year in prison followed by home detention. The judge in the case also ordered Kretsinger to perform 1,000 hours of community service after his release from prison.

Kretsinger told federal authorities in the case last year that he gained access to the Sony website and then gave the information he discovered to other members of the LulzSec group. The information was then posted on the hacker group's website and on Twitter.

Prosecutors in the case say that the attack on Sony cost the company over $600,000.
Kretsinger pled guilty to hacking a month after the leader of Anonymous, known as Sabu, pled guilty on hacking-related charges and begin to give up fellow hackers as part of his plea agreement.

Another hacker associated with the attack, a 26-year-old British man who used the hacker alias Kayla, posing as a 16-year-old girl online, was also arrested and pled guilty this week in a British court. Hacker Raynaldo Rivera was arrested last summer for his part in the Sony breach.

Source: Reuters

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And when...
By Motoman on 4/19/2013 9:45:16 AM , Rating: 5
...Sony hacks millions of innocent consumers' PCs with root kit DRM? What happens to them?

Not condoning the actions of this hacker. But it's funny how corporations get away with their rampant abuses of consumers scot-free.

RE: And when...
By johnnycanadian on 4/19/2013 10:23:46 AM , Rating: 2
Do Americans need any more examples to finally realize that their nation is controlled by corporations? The top two DT articles are enough for me: This Sony conviction and CISPA passing the house. It's a sad, sad day.

RE: And when...
By sirbeef on 4/19/2013 10:29:25 AM , Rating: 5
And yet you continue to vote (or not vote) the way you do, not demanding accountability from politicians and relying on the laziness of "my vote doesn't matter."

And I'll wager you continue to support said corporations by consuming their products and services.

So, its a chicken and egg scenario - ultimately the consumers do have the control, but the "costs" of changing things require too much personal effort and sacrifice. So, they'd rather piss and moan on the internet about the state of things instead of actually doing something about it.

It is possible to live subsistence and sustainable life supporting no corporations, but it would be a lonely and spartan existence I doubt many of us would be willing to endure to live up to our ideals.

RE: And when...
By Ish718 on 4/20/2013 8:35:03 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with everything u said except the first sentence. These private entities seem to get there way no matter who's in office...

RE: And when...
By sirbeef on 4/19/2013 10:25:47 AM , Rating: 2
They got the piss sued out of them and ended up settling. Of course the lawyers got the vast majority of whatever money was paid. Being a settlement, the total amount wasn't disclosed but it was likely millions.

Also, installing a rootkit isn't "hacking." Yes, it was bad, and they should have been sued. I'm not condoning that - just saying lets not overdramatize the situation in an incorrect comparison.

Just as an example, the hack of SOE's online services and the resulting long term shutdown cost Sony subscribers and resulted in some layoffs (I have a friend who was laid off from the EQ2 dev team as a direct result of this lost revenue).

Victimless crime indeed.

RE: And when...
By StevoLincolnite on 4/19/2013 10:26:35 AM , Rating: 2
I think it's even sadder he got sent to jail.

Seriously, he gets 3 meals a day, electricity, water, clothes, warm bed, roof etc'. - And it's the taxpayer (Aka. The people) who are paying for him to go to jail.

They should reserve the jail system for crimes against humanity or other extreme wrong-doings, not hacking or downloading illegal songs.
Rather the punishment should fit the crime, just ban him from having internet/computer access for a decade and a hefty fine on top of it, let him pay his taxes.

RE: And when...
By xti on 4/19/2013 11:34:34 AM , Rating: 1
he gets 3 meals a day, electricity, water, clothes, warm bed, roof etc'. - And it's the taxpayer (Aka. The people) who are paying for him to go to jail.

You forgot to mention that he is gonna be someone's girlfriend . Bet you after a date with some tossing of the salad, he will never hack again.

RE: And when...
By SuckRaven on 4/19/2013 12:14:55 PM , Rating: 2
It's the age old game... In case no one has realized it yet. Get into politics, forget your morals and integrity, capitulate to the wishes of anyone who hands you a wad of cash, ad turn around and spit on the public from whence you came.

I we need any more reasons to become politicians or lawyers?

RE: And when...
By xti on 4/19/2013 1:18:06 PM , Rating: 2
gimme cash and i could really care less about others...its the honest truth.

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