The second U.S. LulzSec hacker implicated in the 2011 attack against Sony Pictures has been sentenced to a year in jail, but also faces another year of house arrest and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
A purported member of the hacktivist group LulzSec pleaded innocent Monday in federal court in Los Angeles to charges of hacking into the systems of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Cody Kretsinger, a.k.a. "recursion," 23, of Arizona is facing one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. He is accused of participating in a weeklong SQL injection attack, ending in early June, on the Sony Pictures site. The compromise resulted in the theft of data belonging to roughly one million users, some of which was publicly posted.
Sony has warned gamers to avoid credential phishing scams after a spate of complaints from PlayStation users that they were locked out of their accounts and that their funds were stolen, the BBC has reported.
Lizard Squad, the group behind attacks on Sony's Playstation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live systems, is now selling a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) tool online that customers can use to attack any online entity.