A second suspected member of the LulzSec hacker group has been arrested due to his role in a 2011 network security hack at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Ah, the pieces are finally coming together. Sony can now get their sweet revenge. Raynadlo Rivera, 20, from Tempe, Arizona surrendered to the authorities today in Phoenix, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said in a statement today. An indictment that was unsealed today has charged Rivera with conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. Rivera is facing up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted. Honestly, I hate to be the one to say 15 years is nothing, but to discourage hacking shouldn’t we be putting some more hefty charges on it?
Cody Kretsinger of Phoenix, Arizona, was indicted last September after he was found to be in connection with the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment and has pleaded guilty, the FBI said. Rivera, who is known by his buddies as “neuron” and “royal,” is being accused of his participation in an SQL injection attack on Sony Picture’s website in June of 2011 and downloading thousands of different names, birth dates, addressed, e-mails, phone numbers, and even peoples’ passwords. That’s not the worse of it though. The information was then posted on a site called Pastebin, and the attack was announced on the group’s Twitter feed. The Twitter announcement was a bit much I think. Just goes to show how prideful hackers have been as of late.
The LulzSec hacking group taunted the studio on Twitter by saying it was “beginning of the end” for Sony. I find it funny that both the Anonymous hacking group and the LulzSec hacking group has said this before. Everything’s still fine though. “Hey @Sony, you know we’re making off with a bunch of your internal stuff right now and you haven’t even noticed?” LulzSec tweeted. “Slow and steady, guys.”
The hacking group had boasted on Twitter that it had made off with a lot of personal information for more than a million people, but Sony has recently said the actual number was closer to around 37,000. LulzSec saying they stole that much information is probably what drove the FBI to find the guy so quickly and arrest him speedily. Of course, 37,000 people’s information is still a pretty high number too. Either way, it’s a good thing the FBI was able to target the hacker behind this. I wonder if it was similar to the DotCom invasion in New Zealand where the FBI invaded his mansion. No doubt that were a couple FBI agents, but that would of been a way to really scare the heck out of the hacker.
Is anyone getting tired of all of these hackers yet? It’s starting to get really annoying that a big company can’t keep the consumers information secure when these teenagers decide for some reason that they’re going to steal everyone’s information and “live big.” Or as the hacker group LulzSec puts it, “it’s all for teh lulz.”