New arrest over Sony Pictures hack

The FBI has arrested a second LulzSec suspect for the attack on Sony Pictures last year.

Raynaldo Rivera, 20, of Arizona, describes himself on his Facebook page as ‘ just your common computer geek’.

However, according to the FBI, he was a hacker known online as Neuron, Royal and Wildciv. He’s now surrendered to the US authorities in Phoenix, six days after a federal grand jury in Los Angeles charged him with conspiracy and unauthorised impairment of a protected computer.

Sony Pictures was hacked last summer, and the login details of over a million users captured. Credit for the attack was claimed by LulzSec, a now-defunct offshoot of the Anonymous hacking collective.

Rivera, according to the indictment, was responsible for posting the stolen data on LulzSec’s website and announcing the hack on Twitter.

One man – Cody Kretsinger – has already pleaded guilty to similar charges, and is believed to have given evidence against Rivera. He’s due to be sentenced in October.

So, too, has Hector Monsegur, also known as Sabu, who has turned ‘supergrass’ and has been helping the FBI in order to minimize his sentence. His sentencing for his part in the hack was recently postponed, thanks to his cooperation with the investigation. Also involved, it’s alleged, was British hacker Ryan Cleary.

Rivera faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted.