Another suspect has been arrested in connection with the 2011 network security breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations announced that Raynaldo Rivera, 20, of Tempe, Arizona, turned himself into authorities in Phoenix. In the statement released by the FBI, it stated that “an indictment unsealed charged Rivera with conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a projected computer.” If convicted, Rivera could face 15 years in prison.
Known as the “neuron” or “royal,” Rivera is accused of the attack on Sony Picture’s Website back in June of 2011. During the SQL injection attack, Rivera allegedly downloaded thousands of names, addresses, emails, birthdays, phone numbers and passwords. The stolen information was then posted the Pastebin. After the attack, the group, LulzSec, went to their Twitter and taunted Sony.
“Hey @Sony, you know we’re making off with a bunch of your internal stuff right now and you haven’t even noticed?” LulzSec tweeted. “Slow and steady, guys.”
“From a single injection we accessed EVERYTHING,” the hackers said in a statement at the time. “Why do you put such faith in a company that allows itself to become open to these simple attacks?”
Though the group bragged that it stole more than a million people’s personal information, a statement from Sony said that the group actually got closer to 37,000. It was said the network security breach cost Sony Pictures Entertainment more than $600,000.
LulzSecurity, aka LulzSec, is branch of the international hacking group called Anonymous. Anonymous has taken credit for such cyber-attacks on several government and private sector websites. LulzSec made a name for themselves in 2010 when they called for a “cyber war” in retaliation for trying to shut down Wikileaks.
Last September, Phoenix resident Cody Kretsinger, was indicted and eventually pled guilty to his part in the cyber-attack in June of this year. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 25. A federal prosecutor said he would likely receive substantially less than the 15-year maximum prison term carried by those offenses.
Another member of LulzSec, Ryan Cleary, 20, was indicted in June by a federal grand jury for his part in the attack on Sony as well as several other media companies.