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LulzSec Hacker Plea In Sony Case

April 6, 2012 by staff 

LulzSec Hacker Plea In Sony Case, Accused LulzSec hacker Cody Kretsinger pleaded guilty on Thursday in federal court in California to taking part in an extensive computer breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Kretsinger, a 24-year-old who used the moniker “Recursion,” pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy and
unauthorized impairment of a protected computer in a deal with prosecutors.

LulzSec, an offshoot of the international hacking group Anonymous, has taken credit for hacking attacks on government and private sector websites.

“I joined LulzSec, your honor, at which point we gained access to the Sony Pictures website,” Kretsinger told the judge after entering his guilty plea.

He testified that he gave the information he got from the Sony site to other members of LulzSec, who then posted it onto the group’s website and on Twitter.

Kretsinger flew from Decatur, Illinois, to Los Angeles for the hearing, and responded to the judge’s questions calmly, with his hands clasped behind his back.

He and other LulzSec hackers, including those known as “Sabu” and “Topiary,” stole the personal information of thousands of people after launching an “SQL injection” attack on the website, and ultimately caused Sony Pictures Entertainment more than $600,000 in damages, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Vandevelde said.

The plea agreement came a month after court documents revealed that Anonymous leader “Sabu,” whose real name is Hector Xavier Monsegur, had pleaded guilty to hacking-related charges and provided the FBI with information on fellow hackers.

U.S. prosecutors and the FBI filed charges last month against five other suspected leaders of the international hacking group, all of whom were members of LulzSec, for computer hacking and other crimes.

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