Accused LulzSec Hacker Pleads Guilty


Cody Kretsinger today pleaded guilty to felony charges associated with LulzSec's breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2011.

"'I joined LulzSec, your honor, at which point we gained access to the Sony Pictures website,' Kretsinger told the judge after entering his guilty plea," writes Tom's Guide's Kevin Parrish.

"Kretsinger went by the moniker 'Recursion' and testified that he took part in a SQL injection attack on the Sony Pictures site, and stole personal information from thousands of people registered with the site," writes Ars Technica's Megan Guess. "He also testified that he gave that personal information to other members of LulzSec to post publically."

"He and other LulzSec hackers, including those known as 'Sabu' and 'Topiary,' stole the personal information of thousands of people after launching an ... attack on the website, and ultimately caused Sony Pictures Entertainment more than $600,000 in damages," The Hacker News reports.

"The FBI arrested Kretsinger, a 23-year-old Phoenix resident, in September 2011," writes's Mark Hachman. "He was charged with conspiracy and the unauthorized impairment of a protected computer."

"While assistant US Attorney Eric Vandevelde would not comment on whether Kretsinger was cooperating with authorities in exchange for leniency in sentencing, he did acknowledge that 'Recursion' would probably receive substantially less than the 15-year maximum sentence he faces," writes TG Daily's Trent Nouveau.