LulzSec hacker Cody “Recursion” Kretsinger has been sentenced to one year in prison after he was found guilty of hacking the PlayStation Network in 2011. The hacker’s successful breach of Sony’s lax security led to a one month period in which Sony PlayStation network users had no access to the service.
Kretsinger continued to attack the PSN on several more occasions after the service was restored for Sony customers.
Eventually, the US Government helped hunt down and round up various members of the LulzSec hacking initiative.
This week, Kretsinger was sentenced to one year in jail based on one count of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer.
After serving one year in prison, Cody will then be forced into a home arrest scenario.
Federal officials allowed Kretsinger to enter a plea bargain to lower his time spent behind bars. As part of the plea deal, Kretsinger admitted to hacking into the Sony Pictures’ database and then sharing information he obtained with other members of the LulzSec team.
Along with jail time and his home arrest, Kretsinger must perform 1,000 hours of community service.
Federal prosecutors during the trial claimed that the LulzSec hacker caused $600,000 in damages for Sony Studios.
Kretsinger is the last original LulzSec member to be charged. The group fell apart after its leader Sabu joined the FBI in outing the groups members. Since LulzSec’s fall, the hacktivist group Anonymous has picked up much of the slack. While Anonymous occasionally attacks businesses, its main targets have been governments and hate groups including the Westboro Baptist Church.
Do you think one year in prison, 1,000 hours of community service, and home arrest is a suitable judgement given Cody Kretsinger’s involvement with LulzSec?