29 Aug 2012

LulzSec Member Behind 2011 Sony Pictures Hack under Arrest, Faces 15 Years in Prison

Raynaldo Rivera, a 20-year-old from Tempe, Arizona, surrendered to the FBI on Tuesday and is now awaiting trial on account of a series of SQL injection-based attacks against Sony Pictures perpetrated in May-June last year, as reported by itworld.com.

The man was indicted by a grand jury for “conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer”, according to an FBI press release. Rivera is accused of hacking into several Sony Pictures websites and of illegally accessing passwords to more than 1 million Sony user accounts as well as Sony staff information and several other types of data in the company’s databases.

Rivera, a member of former underground hacking group LulzSec, worked under aliases including “neuron”, royal” and “wildicv”, and passed the stolen info to other group members who would then make it public on the @LulzSec Twitter account.

LulzSec leader Hector Xavier Monsegur, also known as “Sabu,” bought some time in court as his sentence was postponed on account of his cooperation with the authorities. Cody Kretsinger, Rivera’s alleged accomplice in a Sony data leak that took place on June 2, 2011, has been on trial since April and his sentence is due in October.