The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has taken into custody an alleged LulzSec member accused of participating in a hacking incident against Sony.
On Tuesday, Raynaldo Rivera, a 20-year-old resident of Tempe, Arizona, surrendered to the FBI in Phoenix on charges of taking part in a computer security breach against Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Almost one week ago, a Los Angeles federal jury opened an indictment that charged him with conspiracy and unauthorized damage to a secure computer system.
Rivera could be behind bars for up to 15 years if found guilty.
While the indictment only mentioned Rivera, the FBI asserted that his collaborators included Cody Kretsinger, 24, the first LulzSec member who surrendered and pleaded guilty to similar charges.
The indictment says Rivera and fellow LulzSec members stole data from Sony Pictures’ in an SQL injection attack against the company’s website in May and June 2011.
After the cyber-attack, LulzSec, an offset of infamous hacker group Anonymous, posted online thousands of names, birthdays, addresses, emails, phone numbers and passwords of individuals who had joined contests sponsored by the Japanese company.
Sony Pictures remained tightlipped for several days before it admitted the data breach, but explained that it worked closely with the FBI to hunt the perpetrators.
Two other alleged LulzSec members, identified as Ryan Cleary, 19, and Jake Davis, 18, came out and pleaded guilty to charges presented against them.
Both teenagers confirmed they are LulzSec hackers who participated in denial-of-service (DoS) attacks against companies’ websites.
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