Suspected member of an underground hacking group LulzSec was arrested in Arizona on Thursday for alleged involvement in a vast violation of computer studio Sony Pictures Entertainment movie, the FBI.
A federal grand jury indictment returned this month and unsealed Thursday charges Cody Kretsinger, 23, of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer in connection with the attack in May and June.
Nine-page indictment said Kretsinger and accomplices received confidential information from computer systems Sony Pictures “, using” SQL injection “attack on its website, the technique often used by hackers to exploit vulnerabilities and information theft.
Kretsinger, who went to the nickname of “recursion”, helped to place the information he and his accomplices stole from Sony’s website and announced LulzSec invasion via Twitter account hacking group, the indictment said.
The extent of damage caused by the breach of computer network studio remains under investigation by the FBI.
LulzSec, underground group also known as the lulz security, while the published names, birth dates, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords of thousands of people who entered contests helps to Sony.
“With a single injection, we call everything,” breaking the group said in a statement at the time. ”Why do you put such faith in a company that allows itself to be open to these simple attacks.”
Hackers gained access to previously private information on 77 million PlayStation Network and Qriocity accounts, the vast majority of whom were users in North America and Europe, in what was then the largest such breach of security in history.
Kretsinger, in an initial court appearance in Phoenix on Thursday, was ordered released on bail the Magistrate Judge Lawrence USA Anderson.
But as a condition of his release, Kretsinger was denied the right to use the computer for Internet access, apart from their place of work or travel in any state except Arizona, California and Illinois.
Other high-profile companies targeted by cyber attacks included Lockheed Martin and company Google Inc
Sony officials declined to comment on the arrest on Thursday.
LulzSec, believed to be linked to international collective of hackers called Anonymous, which has claimed responsibility for cyber attacks on government and private institutions throughout the world.
Kretsinger faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted.
The Government proposes that it be removed in Los Angeles, where a computer system Sony Pictures “is located and where the case against him was filed.