LulzSec hacker faces 15 years

The Untouchables have swooped on the home of a man they think was a member of LulzSec, who took part in a computer breach of Sony Pictures.

Cody Kretsinger, 23, from Arizona has been charged with conspiracy and the unauthorised impairment of a protected computer in connection with the attack in May and June.

Reuters, which has seen the nine-page indictment, said Kretsinger and co-conspirators allegedly used an SQL injection attack on the website to gain access to Sony’s servers.

Kretsinger, who went by the handle “recursion,” posted the information he and his co-conspirators nicked from Sony on LulzSec’s website and announced the intrusion via the hacking group’s Twitter account

Sony is still trying to work out how much damage was done in the attack.

At the time LulzSec published the names, birth dates, addresses, e-mails, phone numbers and passwords of thousands of people who had entered contests promoted by Sony, although the data was a little elderly.

The hacking group said it only took a single injection for the Sony site to fall over and for it to get its paws on everything. It commented that people should not put their faith in an outfit which allows itself to become open to simple attacks.

The attack followed another higher-profile raid on 77 million PlayStation Network and Qriocity accounts.

Kretsinger made an initial court appearance in Phoenix and was bailed by US Magistrate Judge Lawrence Anderson. As a condition of his release, Kretsinger was barred from using a computer to access the internet except at his place of employment, or from traveling to any states other than Arizona, California and Illinois.

He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted. Government prosecutors want him moved to Los Angeles, where Sony Pictures’ computer system is located and where the case against him has been filed.