Second accused LulzSec hacker arrested in US

Second accused LulzSec hacker arrested in US

Summary: A second member of the LulzSec hacking group has been arrested on charges over Sony's computer breach last year.

TOPICS: Security

An alleged second member of the LulzSec hacking group, Raynaldo Rivera, has been arrested on charges over Sony's computer breach which took place last year.

The FBI arrested the twenty year-old on Tuesday. Based in Tempe, Arizona, the alleged member of the hacking group LulzSec surrendered to authorities six days after a federal grand jury in Los Angeles issued an indictment. He is being charged with conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer.


According to the charge, Rivera worked with Cody Kretsinger, who pleaded guilty to hacking charges in April after being arrested last year. Kretsinger is due to be sentenced in October.

Both men have been hunted by authorities in connection to the hacking group posting statements online in June last year, which said it had broken into and stolen over 1 million user accounts on the PlayStation network. LulzSec gained access to data including passwords, email addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth from those who had entered competitions hosted by Sony.

The company was forced to close the network in both the U.S. and Europe for roughly six weeks after the security breach.

The data was gained through an SQL injection, which tricks a server into handing over restricted information. At the time of the breach, Lulzsec members wrote "Why do you put such faith in a company that allows itself to become open to these simple attacks?".

The indictment says that after the break-in occurred, Rivera was part of a team that posted the data onto LulzSec's website and then announced the attack through the group's Twitter account.

According to federal authorities, Rivera apparently used names including "royal" and "wildicv" and set up a proxy server to try and remain anonymous.

Rivera is now being held in custody in Phoenix. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.

Topic: Security

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  • Hacking Sony

    Sony should be grateful and pay his legal fees!

    • Jail time

      I hate Sony too but opening up over a million of it's customers to identity theft has earned this tool a little time in a small cell to get over himself.
  • lulzSec

    I'm not sure if I like lulzSec or not, but their logo always make me smile.
    • Yeah, I'm torn

      ...torn if I like the idea of someone covertly, secretly, maliciously, and without concern for the damage done, illegally accesses private and financial information to THEN sell it for profit and publish it to "punish" a company.

      Police cars sit parked when not in use, should the police be blamed when someone slashes the tires? After all, they did leave the cars out in the open...well behind a fence with concertina wire, but still, its the same thing.
  • What happened to....

    Letting the punishment fit the crime? There are guys who have taken advantage of consumers and defrauded them and their own companies for billions of dollars and get a slap on the wrist, these guys get 15 years of imprisonment and a hefty fine to boot.

    I guess the real message is that if you bother anyone associated with the RIAA or the MPAA, you're going down heavily.

    Let me also say that this doesn't mean I condone LulzSec. I don't. Instead of making Sony pay, they hurt the users--fellow users. They weren't out to punish Sony, they were saying "nah nah, we know more about this system than you do. Stupid gamers" in a better than you attempt at ultimate pwning.

    Had they simply gone after Sony and called it good, I'd try to do more with petitions for judicial leniency on social awareness sites like But ...... well, as a computer user who had multiple friends that were affected and never once harmed Lulz's members, I have better things to do with my time.
  • Not that I care but a few friends were pissed!

    Not sure you guys realize but to the people that use their Playstation religiously this was a complete nightmare not because they were worried someone stole their identity but because they couldn't get online for a week! As far as I know Sony probably lost another million people to Xbox over this crap and I am sure that will be part of the argument... Another one is the fact millions of kids as I am sure probably lost their parents faith in using their credit cards online for their Playstation needs and that added anger too!

    i find it funny that during this time of numerous hacks, the government was pumping out "cloud storage" everything and pushing it like crazy, maybe to gain identifying information in more than one way, or they are just stupid. either way, cloud security will never be secure!!!! based on a semi-recent judge ruling, the government is allowed to use information gathered online as a form of evidence to further investigate a person/s as a "reasonable doubt"; AGAIN.....WHY ARE WE PUTING OUR FAITH IN A SECURITY SYSTEM THAT HAS BEEN BROKEN NUMEROUS TIMES? internet security WILL NEVER be totally secure. keep in mind the first person lulsec group hacked was the LEAD ONLINE SECURITY OFFICER for the United States Government (in which was caught committing treason by giving sensitive information to what he thought was "A SALE". 4 THAt, I THAnk YoU LULSEC FOR FINDING OUR WEAKNESS' SO WE CAN ATTEMPT TO FIX THEM. SONY, AND OR OTHER MAJOR FIRMS SHOULD HIRE THESE GUYS AS SECURITY ANALYSIS'S. ; THEY HAVE ALREADY PROVEN THEY'RE EXPERIENCEd iN NETwork

  • hacking sony was not a

    hacking sony was never just to 1+ on was just to see if they could do it based upon sony's weak security systems, also implemented millions of places elsewhere. it was to show the masses that our security is not secure. sonty was just 1 place they gained access to, other places were to uncover the Truth about specific politicians and government officials who were committing crimes such as treason. an arizona state facility was also breached and leaked personal information about each and every officer that worked there. i think its an online war releasing truths similar to the popular wikileaks, not so much identity theft to use your creditcard (unless a few indivdual hackers n the group got greedy)

    thats my opinion, i could be wrong......
    • Its okay then

      If the motives are altruistic then hacking, exploiting, profiting from, and the sharing of private financial information of customers of a company is perfectly okay, right?

      I'm curious though, just which Politicians and Government entities had their backsides exposed by hacking Sony's customer database?

      Also, just WHO gets to decide when hacking, exposing, sharing, and selling hacked information is, well, is okay?

      Wouldn't that be the same of your computer, your mom's computer, anyone's personal computer being compromised? You need to have better security since if I can hack your computer, steel your information this clearly demonstrates that you need to be taught a lesson, right?
  • Ecuador, now why wasn't he thinking Ecuador

    Ah well, so much for the lulz.