FBI arrests suspect over Sony hacking

Sep 22, 2011
Gamers and show attendees play video games at the Sony Playstation booth in Los Angeles, California, June 2011. The FBI on Thursday arrested a member of the LulzSec hacking group suspected over a massive cyberattack earlier this year on Japanese electronics giant Sony, officials said.

The FBI on Thursday arrested a member of the LulzSec hacking group suspected over a massive cyberattack earlier this year on Japanese electronics giant Sony, officials said.

FBI agents arrested the suspect, named as Cody Kretsinger, 23, of Phoenix, Arizona, "without incident," said US Attorney in Los Angeles Andre Birotte and Steven Martinez, head of the ’s Los Angeles office.

Kretsinger was due in court in Phoenix, Arizona during the day, when authorities will request that he be transferred to Los Angeles to face prosecution, they said in a joint statement.

He has been charged with conspiracy and the unauthorized impairment of a protected computer, and could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted, they said.

Sony's PlayStation Network, Qriocity music streaming service and Sony Online Entertainment were targeted by hackers beginning in April in cyberattacks that resulted in one of the biggest data breaches since the advent of the Internet.

Over 100 million accounts were affected and said it could not rule out that millions of credit card numbers may have been compromised. It has since restored its online services.

The cyberattacks threatened to cause deep damage to Sony's brand image and the company's efforts to link its gadgets to an online network of games, movies and music.

Explore further: China's Xiaomi raises more than $1 bn in funding

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Former US official to head cybersecurity at Sony

Sep 06, 2011

Japanese electronics giant Sony, which suffered a huge data breach this year, named a former top US Department of Homeland Security official on Tuesday to lead its cybersecurity efforts.

More Sony websites hacked, 8,500 Greek accounts hit

May 24, 2011

Sony on Tuesday said its websites in three countries had been hacked with 8,500 Greek user accounts compromised, in a blow to efforts to restore confidence after a huge data breach affecting millions.

Facebook hires iPhone, PS3 hacker 'Geohot'

Jun 29, 2011

Facebook confirmed on Wednesday that it has hired George Hotz, a celebrated hacker known as "GeoHot" who was sued by Sony for hacking the Japanese company's PlayStation 3 game console.

Hackers claim another Sony attack

Jun 07, 2011

Hackers claimed to have staged another attack on Japanese electronics giant Sony, publishing online a file containing source code for the Sony Computer Entertainment Developer Network.

Recommended for you

China's Xiaomi raises more than $1 bn in funding

4 hours ago

China's top smartphone seller Xiaomi Corp. is raising more than $1 billion in a fresh round of funding, a move which would raise its valuation above $45 billion, a report said Sunday.

Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan

Dec 20, 2014

Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business.

Sony faces 4th ex-employee lawsuit over hack

Dec 20, 2014

A former director of technology for Sony Pictures Entertainment has sued the company over the data breach that resulted in the online posting of his private financial and personal information.

Sony tells AFP it still plans movie release

Dec 20, 2014

Sony Pictures boss Michael Lynton denied Friday the Hollywood studio has "caved" by canceling the release of "The Interview," and said it still hoped to release the controversial film.

2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision

Dec 19, 2014

When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but ...

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

DiverseByDesign
not rated yet Sep 22, 2011
Guess that means Geohot is off the hook eh?
Uzza
not rated yet Sep 23, 2011
A quite misleading article.
He was not arrested on suspicion of hacking the Playstation Network, but for hacking Sony Pictures.
That's a big difference.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.