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Second LulzSec member indicted, allegedly for attacks on Sony Pictures

August 28, 2012 |  5:37 pm

A second member of the global hacking group LulzSec surrendered Tuesday to federal authorities after being charged for his alleged role in a series of attacks last year targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer systems, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Tuesday.

Raynaldo Rivera, 20, is named in a federal grand jury indictment in Los Angeles that charged him with two counts including conspiracy and the unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. The indictment was returned Aug. 22 but unsealed Tuesday.

A resident of Tempe, Ariz., Rivera surrendered Tuesday morning to FBI agents in Phoenix. If convicted, he faces a statutory maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Federal authorities allege the Sony computers were compromised between May 27 and June 2, 2011, by a group of hackers, known as "LulzSec" or "Lulz Security." The group's members anonymously claimed responsibility for the attack known as an "SQL Injection," a hacking technique used to steal information off a database. 

Rivera, who allegedly used names including "neuron" and "royal,"  is accused of using a proxy server to remain anonymous or hide his Internet Protocol -- or IP -- address, federal authorities said.

The indictment also alleges that Rivera and co-conspirators -- including defendant Cody Kretsinger, who was indicted in September 2011 in connection with the same intrusion -- obtained confidential data from Sony Pictures' computers. Federal authorities alleged that Rivera stole personal information that was published on the LulzSec website and its Twitter account.

Kretsinger pleaded guilty in April and is set to appear in court Oct. 25 for sentencing before U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt.

The investigation was carried out by the Electronic Crimes Task Force in Los Angeles, which includes the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the U.S. attorney's office, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office and the California Highway Patrol. 

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--Andrew Blankstein 

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