Arrested LulzSec hacker pleads not guilty
The man from Arizona, who was arrested due to his alleged involvement in an extensive security breach of the Sony Pictures Entertainment, has pleaded not guilty. Cody Kretsinger, 23, from Arizona, was arrested by the FBI on September 2 for allegedly hacking a protected computer and stealing classified information of Sony Pictures Entertainment studio. Reuters reported, "A suspected member of the clandestine hacking group LulzSec was arrested in Arizona on Thursday on charges of taking part in an extensive computer breach of the Sony Pictures Entertainment film studio, the FBI said.”
The indictment, which was unsealed last month in U.S. District Court, Los Angeles, accused Kretsinger of being a member of the infamous, now defunct Lulz Security hacker group, and having used proxy services to gain unauthorized access to Sony Pictures Entertainment systems. The indictment said that Kentsinger used an "SQL injection", widely used by hackers, to steal confidential information belonging to Sony Pictures Entertainment. The confidential information he is believed to have stolen included the personal information of more than 100,000 users.
LulzSec is a hacker group that has been in the news for quite a while now for claiming responsibility for a slew of hacking attacks on the websites of some high profile organizations. The group carried out a string of attacks on the CIA, the U.S. Senate, PBS, Sony, and a few gaming sites. After 50 days of misadventures, the group decided to quit. If found guilty; Kretsinger, who remained unavailable for comment, could be sentenced for 15 years of imprisonment.