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Lulzsec Sony hacker given one year jail sentence

19 Apr 2013
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A Lulzsec hacker who took part in the computer attacks on Sony Picture Entertainment in 2011 has been sentenced to a year in jail for his involvement. Cody Kretsinger, who operated under the alias Recursion, pleaded guilty to the attacks last year.

On Thursday a US district judge sentenced Kretsinger to one year in jail to be followed by 1,000 hours community service, according to a report from Reuters.

Sony claimed the attacks by Lulzsec cost it $600,000 in damages after attackers were able to gain access to the firm’s website and pass on information via websites and services like Twitter.

The jail time represents another win for the authorities in the tussle between the online hacktivist movement and those affected. Earlier this month UK Lulzsec member Ryan Ackroyd, 26, pleaded guilty to carrying out an unauthorised act to impair the operation of a computer, contrary to the Criminal Law Act 1977.

The Lulzsec movement was effectively ended when the ring-leader Sabu, real name Hector Xavier Monsegur, was turned by the FBI and gave details on the others involved in the online collective, thereby helping with their arrests and detention by the authorities.

Sabu had been scheduled to have his sentencing hearing in February this year, but once again the hacker-turned-informant, saw his date with justice delayed.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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