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LulzSec Sony hacker Neuron gets 13 months of home detention and $605,663 bill

09 Aug 2013
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A US judge has sentenced the LulzSec hacker Neuron to over one year of home detention for involvement in a cyber attack on Sony Pictures.

United States district judge John A Kronstadt sentenced 21-year-old Arizona resident Raynaldo Rivera, known online as Neuron, to serve 13 months of home detention, perform 1,000 hours of community service and pay $605,663 in restitution for his involvement in a 2011 data-stealing cyber raid on Sony Pictures.

The attack saw the LulzSec hackers illegally access data stored on Sony Pictures' website with a SQL injection, stealing and posting online information including the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for tens of thousands of Sony customers.

Rivera originally pleaded guilty to conspiring to cause damage to a protected computer after participating in the attack on Sony Pictures in October 2012. He is the second US LulzSec member to be sentenced for involvement in the raid. Prior to Rivera, Cody Kretsinger, who operated under the alias Recursion, was sentenced in April to one year and one day in federal prison and to pay the same $605,663 restitution fee.

At the time of publishing Sony had not responded to V3's request for comment on Rivera's sentencing.

The Sony Pictures attack was part of a wider two-month rampage by the loose-knit LulzSec hacking group. The campaign saw them target numerous companies and government groups, including the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). Outside of the US several British youths have also been arrested and sentenced for participating in LulzSec cyber attacks.

Most recently 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. Before this, Ryan Cleary and Jake Davis pleaded guilty to involvement in attacks on several high-profile agency and company websites in July 2012.

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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