LulzSec Hacker Receives One-Year Sentence for Sony Shenanigans

Paul Lilly

Sony breach cost the company over $600,000.

A U.S. judge ordered Cody Kretsinger, otherwise known as "Recursion" by his LulzSec cohorts, to serve a year and one day in prison after the hacker pleaded guilty to computer crimes related to an organized breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment last year. As part of Kretsinger's plea bargain, the 25-year-old is also required to perform 1,000 hours of community service, pay Sony $605,663 in restitution, and serve a period of home detention following his time behind bars.

Specifically, Kretsinger pleaded guilty to one charge each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer as part of this plea agreement, Reuters reports .

Kretsinger admitted to hacking the Sony Pictures website via SQL injection and then sharing that information with other LulzSec members, who then posted confidential details of thousands of users to Twitter and its own website.

The breach Kretsinger participated in is separate from the one that caused Sony to take its PlayStation network offline for 40 days in 2011.

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