FBI arrests LulzSec hacker

Hacker charged over attacks on Sony Pictures

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FBI arrests LulzSec hacker LulzSec hacked a number of high profile corporate and government institutions.
By  Mark Sutton Published  September 25, 2011

The FBI has arrested a member of the LulzSec hacking group over its attacks on Sony Pictures earlier this year.

Cody Kretsinger, who goes by the name ‘Recursion', was arrested during a raid on his home in home in Arizona.

Kretsinger has been charged with conspiracy and the unauthorized impairment of a protected computer, and faces a statutory maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

An FBI statement alleges that Kretsinger was involved in the hack on Sony Pictures, and the distribution of information stolen from the company. The statement said that he posted the stolen information on the LulzSec site, and announced the attack via Twitter. He is also alleged to have erased the hard drive of the computer used to attack Sony, in a bid to avoid detection.

Four other raids were conducted looking for members of Anonymous, which has loose affiliations with LulzSec.

LulzSec embarked on a string of high profile attacks between May and July this year, targeting the US Senate, the CIA, the NHS, and Sony, but the group claimed to have disbanded.

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