It's not always true that crime doesn't pay, because if that's the way it was, there would be a lot less people breaking the law. The problem for criminals is that payback's a bitch if you get caught, as did several LulzSec (Lulz Security) members who fessed up to hacking various companies and organizations, such as Sony, 20th Century Fox, Nintendo, and even the CIA, to name just a few of their targets.
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.
Young activists fess up to series of hacker attacks.
Ryan Ackroyd, a 26-year-old from South Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to a single count of a computer-related hacking charge, according to a report in U.K.'s The Guardian newspaper. Ackroyd admitted in court to being involved with hactivist organization Lulz Security, otherwise known as LulzSec, and to plotting a series of attacks on websites such as 20th Century Fox, Sony, Nintendo, News International, Arizona state police in the U.S., and other targets.
Though it's been relatively quiet lately, the high profile hacking organization known as Lulz Security (LulzSec) spent much of last summer stirring up trouble on the Internet, often times at the expense of innocent users who happened to be customers of whichever organization the cyber scoundrels were targeting. The FBI hasn't forgotten about all the illegal activity that took place, and related to the infamous Sony breach, federal authorities arrested a second suspected LulzSec member in the U.S.
Cody Kretsinger, the 24-year-old who hid behind his online handle "Recursion," may end up facing jail time for his participation in an organized security breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment last year. There's no need to call Kretsinger an "alleged" hacker, he readily admitted his role in the hack attack, and it's now up to a California judge to decide how much time he'll spend behind bars, if any.
Remember LulzSec, the jolly jackasses responsible for so much hacking havoc last summer? So does the FBI; they've rounded up five alleged LulzSec members in the U.S., England and Ireland this morning. LulzSec's 50 day reign of terror almost seemed story-like at times -- and like many good yarns, this one ends with a twist. Reports say the Lulz Boat has sunk thanks to the betrayal of "Sabu," the group's unofficial leader, who has been secretly working with the government since being arrested back in June.
Accused LulsSec hacker Cody Kretsinger has plead not guilty to charges including conspiracy, and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. Kretsinger, age 23, is alleged to have gone by the name “recursion” in the hacker collective and had a direct hand in the attack on Sony Entertainment Pictures earlier this year that exposed the personal details of thousands of people.
A 23-year old Arizona man is in FBI custody today charged with breaking into Sony Pictures computer systems as a member of LulzSec. Cody Kretsinger is alleged to have used proxy servers to access Sony’s systems back in May. The FBI is not making any statements, but other search warrants are apparently being executed.
Remember when we told you that British police had rounded up the man they believed was Topiary, the smart-mouthed wise cracker who served as the spokesman for the infamous LulzSec hacking group? Since then, rumors saying that they got the wrong guy have been floating around the Internet. Was the man in custody a dupe framed by the actual Topiary? British police don't think so, and the stuff they found on the Jake Davis' laptop seems pretty damning. But he's still out on bail.
Setting sail on the Lulz Boat with a of glass of wine in one hand and a wide-brimmed top hat protecting him from the harmful UV rays, a hacker might actually start to believe that life is all laffs and SQL injections. Here's a shocker: things aren't quite so sunny in the slam, jackass. British police are the ones lulzing in the Shetland Isles after arresting a 19-year-old man they say is Topiary, the smarmy LulzSec hacker responsible for the group's satirical Tweets.