Hacker Receives One-Year Prison Sentence for Sony Breach
April 19, 2013 9:35 AM
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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
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
last summer for his part in the Sony breach.
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RE: And when...
4/19/2013 10:25:47 AM
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.
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