LulzSec Hacker Who Breached Sony Pictures Website Gets One Year in Prison

LulzSec Hacker Who Breached Sony Pictures Website Gets One Year in Prison

posted Wednesday Apr 17, 2013 by Nicholas DiMeo

LulzSec Hacker Who Breached Sony Pictures Website Gets One Year in Prison

LulzSec, the group responsible for part of the Sony server breach in June of 2011, is in the news again this week. The hacker Recursion, or legally known as Cody Kretsinger, pleaded guilty in April of last year for conspiracy and illegal impairment of a protected computer. He told the court that he was the one responsible for accessing the Sony Pictures website and then passing the information over to the heads of LulzSec, who then posted the data on Twitter and LulzSec's website. One year later, and it's time for sentencing.

Thom Mrozek, the spokesman for the US Attorney's Office in Los Angeles, said that the 25-year-old has been sentenced to a year in prison and then home detention immediately after his time served. Kretsinger was additionally sentenced to serve 1,000 hours of community service upon his release from jail. Mrozek also said that Recursion, along with LulzSec as a whole, has cost Sony over $600,000, and with his guilty plea, he will have to pay $605,663 in restitution. No word on if Kretsinger's punishment has been reduced from him agreeing to work with authorities to give up others who are part of the organization as well.

This all comes on the heels of one of the leaders of Anonymous, Sabu, being caught by the FBI and the agency being able to flip him to provide information of other guilty parties in exchange for a lesser sentence. Sabu pleaded guilty to several charged all related to hacking and then gave up the names and addresses of those he knew were directly related to other Anonymous operations. Hector Monsegur, his real name, faces up to 124 years in prison for all of his wrongdoings, however because of the agreement, he is said to only serve a portion of that upon sentencing. His final hearing will be in August of this year, a year after his original sentence hearing was scheduled, only to be adjourned twice.

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