August 29, 2012
Second LulzSec Hacker Surrenders After Attacking Sony
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
A second member of the global hacking collective “LulzSec” has surrendered to US authorities for his help in the 2011 attacks on Sony Computer Corp.
20 year-old Raynaldo Rivera of Tempe, Arizona was indicted by a grand jury last week on charges stemming from his participation in the Sony hack, including charges of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. The indictment was returned on August 22, but wasn´t unsealed until Tuesday, when Rivera surrendered to FBI agents. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years of prison time.
According to charges from federal authorities, Rivera and other hackers from the LulzSec hacking collective attacked Sony computers between May 27th and June 2, 2011. Later, the hackers responsible took to Twitter and other online forums to brag about their exploits, detailing how they were able to break into the system with an SQL injection.
According to Reuters, once inside Sony´s computers, the hackers found confidential information of Sony customers who had entered contests hosted by Sony. These hackers then published this confidential information–addresses, birthdays, email addresses, passwords and phone numbers– on their Twitter profile for any and all to see as a sort of trophy of their conquests.
“From a single injection we accessed EVERYTHING,” said some of the hackers shortly after they had hacked into the Sony computers.
“Why do you put such faith in a company that allows itself to become open to these simple attacks?”
According to US authorities, the Sony hack cost the company upwards of $600,000.
To hide his identity, as all hackers do, Rivera called himself “neuron,” “royal,” and even “Wildicv.”
Though the exploit took place over more than a year ago, the federal government has been cracking down on these hackers and even using them to find other hackers in the group who were involved in the Sony hack and other attacks.
In March, FBI officials arrested 5 other hackers from around the world after receiving some help from LulzSec leader, Hector Monsegur.
Monsegur, who was known to these cybercriminals as “Sabu,” had been arrested a few months earlier, but promised to cooperate and provide information about the other hackers´ whereabouts in exchange for leniency in his case. These 5 hackers were said to be a part of the Anonymous hacking collective, a larger hacking group from which LulzSec is an offshoot. In June, 2 of these 5 hackers wrangled by Sabu, Ryan Clearly and Jake Davis, plead guilty in a British court to charges related to the Sony attacks as well as other attacks.
For example, Clearly admitted he had hacked into the US Air Force computers at the Pentagon, altering and installing several files while he was there. Clearly also admitted to building a botnet to carry out future DDoS attacks.
Another Tempe, Arizona resident and cybercriminal, Cody Kretsinger, was also arrested in September 2011 on charges related to the LulzSec attack on Sony computers. This 23-year old college student was charged with one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. He is slated to be sentenced on October 25th.
In the beginning, Anonymous and LulzSec claimed to fight against Internet regulation. Now, the groups seem to attack any group or organization they want, such as the Church of Scientology or banking sites.