Raynaldo Rivera, Alleged LulzSec Hacker, Now Second Valley Man Arrested in Sony Hacking
A second Valley man has been arrested and accused by the feds of hacking into Sony Pictures' computer systems as an alleged member of the hacking group Lulzsec.
Raynaldo Rivera, a 20-year-old Tempe resident, is accused in the same attacks as Cody Kretsinger, the Phoenix man who was arrested by the feds in September, according to the FBI.
Sony's computer security apparently sucks since we have to clarify which hack of Sony the feds are talking about -- Rivera and Kretsinger are accused of obtaining the names, birth dates, addresses, emails, and passwords of people who entered Sony contests online, all of which were eventually published by LulzSec.
Rivera used to work at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe -- the same school that Kretsinger was the student of the month early last year.
The feds allege the men used a "SQL injection attack" for the break-in, which is very common, and not incredibly difficult (according to nerds).
Kretsinger has since pleaded guilty to federal charges, and is scheduled to be sentenced in October. He faces a maximum of 15 years, although his plea means that's not likely to happen.
Rivera faces the same maximum sentence if convicted on charges of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer, according to the FBI. He turned himself to the FBI in Phoenix yesterday.
LulzSec is the same hacking group that claimed responsibility for hacking into the Arizona Department of Public Safety's computer system, but neither Rivera nor Kretsinger have been charged or linked to that attack.
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