Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sony Computers:Suspected hacker arrested in Sony computers breach

A suspected member of the clandestine hacking collection LulzSec was arrested in Arizona on Thursday on complaints of taking part in an extensive computer breach of the Sony Pictures Entertainment film studio, the FBI said.

A federal grand jury indictment returned the month and unsealed on Thursday trusted Cody Kretsinger, 23, amongst conspiracy and the unauthorized impairment of a protected computer in connection providing the attack in May and June.

The nine-page indictment said Kretsinger and co-conspirators obtained confidential information from Sony Pictures' computer systems using an "SQL injection" attack against its website, a system commonly spent by hackers to exploit vulnerabilities and steal information.

Kretsinger, who went by the moniker "recursion," helped submit information he and his co-conspirators stole according to Sony on LulzSec's website and announced the intrusion via the hacking group's Twitter account, the indictment said.

The extent of damage caused by the breach of the studio's computer network is presently under investigation, the FBI said.

LulzSec, an underground group too known as Lulz Security, at the phase published the names, birth dates, addresses, emails, phone numbers and passwords of thousands of shoppers who had entered contests promoted by Sony.

"From a single injection we accessed EVERYTHING," the hacking group said in a statement at the time. "Why do you put such faith in a company that allows itself to become open to these easy attacks."

Hackers previously had accessed personal hints on 77 million PlayStation Network and Qriocity accounts, 90 per cent of which were users in North America and Europe, in what was then the biggest such security breach in history.

Other high-profile businesses targeted by cyber attacks included Lockheed Martin and Google.

Sony officials declined immediate comment on Thursday's arrest.

LulzSec is reputed to be affiliated with the distant hackers collective identified Anonymous, which has claimed responsibility for cyber fits on municipal and private institutions close to the world.

Kretsinger, who was to take home an initial court appearance before a U.S. magistrate in Phoenix on Thursday, faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted.

The government is requesting the present he be removed to Los Angeles, where Sony Pictures' computer system is located and where the case against him has been filed.
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