Feeds

Second LulzSec Sony website hacker starts a year in the cooler

And 21-year-old must do 1,000 hours unpaid work, cough up $600k to media goliath... lulz?

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

A LulzSec hacker has been sentenced to a year in a US jail for hacking Sony Pictures and dumping personal information of 138,000 movie fans online.

Raynaldo Rivera, 21, of Tempe, Arizona, will spend 366 days behind bars, followed by 13 months of house arrest and 1,000 hours of community service for his involvement in the infamous hack.

Rivera was further ordered by US District Judge John Kronstadt to pay $605,663 in compensation to Sony's movie division, a target for hacktivists due to its hardline stance against copyright infringement on file-sharing networks.

The miscreant - known online as “neuron” and a member of hacking crew LulzSec - was sentenced on Thursday after earlier pleading guilty. He admitted compromising Sony's systems in 2011 and leaking swiped personal information with the help of another LulzSec member. The spilled data included the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of tens of thousands of Sony customers.

The hack was pulled off using a SQL injection attack against the entertainment goliath's film website.

That other member of LulzSec was Cody Andrew Kretsinger (AKA “recursion”), who was thrown into a federal jail for a year and a day back in April and fined an equal amount for his part in the crime.

Rivera and Kretsinger studied together at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona. Kretsinger joined LulzSec first before recruiting Rivera, according to prosecutors. Neither were part of the core group of six LulzSec hackers - one of whom, Xavier “Sabu” Monsegur, became an FBI informant.

It's unclear how the FBI-led prosecution of the LulzSec gang caught up with Rivera and Kretsinger, but a tip off by Sabu has to be a possibility. A combination of operational mistakes by the pair and skilled computer forensics is very likely to have played some sort of role.

A Department of Justice statement on Rivera's sentencing can be found here. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold
Ministry of Fun confirms: Yes, we're busy doing nothing
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services
Class action launched on behalf of 100 million iPhone owners
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION
Environmental activist walks free after hoax sent share price over a cliff
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.