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Sony hacker finally sentenced

19 Apr 2013

The gaming community has a pretty short memory, but one of the hackers involved in the onslaught of attacks against Sony has finally been sentenced.

I mention your memories because the hack occurred way the hell back in 2011, resulting in everybody being really annoyed for a few months and also allowing me to get Infamous for free, which was pretty sweet.

Cody Kretsinger, a hacker affiliated with LulzSec, the group responsible for the hacking, has been sentenced to one year in prison for his involvement in the hacks.

On top of that, he also has to serve home detention upon release and 1000 hours of community service.

He was not involved in the most annoying hack that took down the PS Network, but rather in an additional, bonus hack in June 2011 that targeted Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Usually known by his alias ‘Recursion’, Kretsinger entered a guilty plea last year, admitting he had breached the Sony Pictures site and provided personal customer information to LulzSec.

The resulting damages caused totalled to around $600,000.

Other LulzSec members are also currently being charged, although as yet no other sentences have been passed.

If you don’t remember the hacking, back in early 2011 the Playstation Network got absolutely rolled by hackers who left the service down for months and meant there was no online play for months. It was hell, I tell you, hell!

Amazingly, two years after the original hacking there has still been no certified instances of credit card fraud or identity theft based on stolen information, despite data from millions of people being obtained throughout the illegal hacking.

Another offshoot from the numerous incidents of hacking was the reinforcement of Sony’s security measures, and as such they have not failed since that initial attack.