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Lulzsec hacker gets a year in jail over Sony hack

A Lulzsec hacker who has pleaded guilty to taking part in a breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment servers has been sentenced yesterday in Los Angeles to a year in prison, followed by home detention.

Cody Kretsinger, a lulzsec hacker who used the online name ‘Recursion’ pleaded guilty to the offenses in April 2012. They were one count of conspiracy and another for unauthorised impairment of a protected computer as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

The 25 year old man was ordered by a U.S. district judge in Los Angeles to perform 1,000 hours of community service after his release from prison. Kretsinger said he gained access to Sony servers and passed over information he found to other members of Lulzsec who then posted it on the groups website and twitter page.

The damage to Sony was said to be $600,000.

Reuters add “Kretsinger’s plea 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.

Prosecutors have declined to say if Kretsinger was also cooperating with authorities in exchange for leniency.

Anonymous and its offshoots, including LulzSec and AntiSec, focused initially on fighting attempts at Internet regulation and the blocking of free illegal downloads, but have since taken on other targets including Scientology and the global banking system.”

Kitguru says: Kretsinger, like others found guilty of these crimes, may end up with a high profile job in network security.

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