LulzSec’s Raynaldo Rivera aka ‘neuron’ gets one-year jail term for hacking Sony Pictures

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LulzSec’s Raynaldo Rivera aka ‘neuron’ gets one-year jail term for hacking Sony Pictures

Raynaldo Rivera, who went by the online moniker ‘neuron’, has been sentenced by the United States District Judge John A Kronstadt to a one-year jail term, 13 months home detention, 1,000 hours of community service and has been ordered to pay over $600,000 in restitution.

Rivera pleaded guilty in October 2012 to charges of conspiring to cause damage to a protected computer after participating in the attack on Sony Pictures in 2011 after being arrested in August the same year.

The court documents note that the main motive of the Lulzsec hacking collective, and offshoot of Anonymous, during its two-month hacking rampage and attacks on corporate and government entities like the Sony Pictures was to see the “raw, uninterrupted, chaotic thrill of entertainment and anarchy.”

Cody Andrew Kretsinger aka ‘recursion’, also linked to the Sony Pictures hack, received a similar sentence of a year and one day behind bars, home detection along with 1000 hours of community service and was ordered to pay over $600,000 in restitution last April.

The arrests and sentencing are the direct results of co-operation extended by Hector Xavier Monsegur aka ‘sabu’ – the ring leader of the LulzSec group, to law enforcement agencies to help nail down other members of his group. The ex-LulzSec leader has already dodged sentencing twice. Sabu, because of his support, may very well receive a reduced sentence.

Source: Courthouse News Service.

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