FBI arrests Lulzsec computer hacker


August 31, 2012

Organisations concerned about vulnerability management and the risk of cyber vandalism will be interested to learn that the FBI has arrested another alleged member of the infamous hacking group Lulzsec.

Raynaldo Rivera, a 20-year-old resident of Tempe, Arizona, is facing charges of conspiracy and the unauthorized impairment of a protected computer that could see him jailed for up to 15 years if found guilty.

The FBI claims that Rivera, who operated under the aliases , used a proxy server in order to block his IP address during the attacks, including one incident which saw confidential information stolen from the servers of Sony Pictures.

Rivera s co-conspirators include Cody Kretsinger, who was arrested in September 2011 for his part in the Sony Pictures security incident.

Lulzsec, purported to be an offshoot of the larger Anonymous collective, claimed responsibility for a number of hacking and denial of service (DDoS) attacks throughout 2011 including high profile incidents against Fox Entertainment, PBS and the Westboro Baptist Church.

The group has been relatively inactive since the arrest of several high profile members, including founder Hector Xavier Monsegur AKA Sabu, who would later become an informant for the FBI and assist in the investigation and subsequent indictment of a number of hackers.

Rivera is scheduled to be sentenced on October 25.

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