An Arizona man was arrested today for allegedly stealing data from Sony Pictures Entertainment earlier this year, and two others were indicted on charges of participating in a denial-of-service (DoS) attack that temporarily shut down Santa Cruz County servers late last year.
Cody Andrew Kretsinger, 23, of Phoenix was indicted September 2 by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer, the FBI said in a statement. Kretsinger could not be reached for comment.
It seems you can't keep a top hacker down. After a month's absence, amid rumours that the law had finally caught up with him, Sabu, the leader of notorious 'hacktivist' group, Lulzsec, appears to have returned.
Over the past couple of months, we've seen many instances where hackers have used their expertise to make political or social statements. Do these attacks imply a shift in focus among cybercriminals and a move away from organised crime looking for financial gains?
The four men – Peter David Gibson, 22, Ashley Rhodes, 26, Christopher Weatherhead, 20, and a 17-year-old student – were released on bail after the hearing at Westminster magistrates court on Wednesday morning.
Several men were arrested in Britain on hacking charges over the past week. A 24 year old and 20 year old man were arrested on a charge of conspiring to commit offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.