The authorities have arrested Cody Kretsinger, aged 23 from Arizona. He has been charged with conspiracy and the unauthorised impairment of a protected computer in conjunction with an attack in May and June.
Reuters have reported that Kretsinger was arrested yesterday by the FBI. He was apparently a member of Lulzsec – the well known group of hackers who have been targeting businesses and organisations this year. The indictment was unsealed yesterday in federal court in Los Angeles.
Kretsinger, who used the name ‘Recursion' probed into the Sony Inc. computer systems for vulnerabilities and stole confidential data, which was later posted on a LulzSec website and on the groups Twitter account.
LulzSec are known now to be affiliated with Anonymous, another high profile hacking organisation. They have made very public statements challenging the FBI and they posted a joint ‘security statement' in July.
If Kretsinger is convicted, he could spend up to 15 years in jail according to the FBI report.
The case is U.S. v. Kretsinger, 11-848, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).
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