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Accused LulzSec Hacker pleads guilty in Sony breach

LulzSec hacker 'Cody Kretsinger' has pleaded guilty on Thursday in Federal court in California to charges of taking part in an extensive computer breach against Sony.

Kretsinger, 24, pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computers in  a deal with prosecutors.LulzSec, an offshoot of the international hacking group Anonymous, has taken credit for hacking government and private sector websites.

"I joined LulzSec, your honor, at which point we gained access to the Sony Pictures website," Kretsinger told the judge after entering his guilty plea.

He and other LulzSec hackers, including those known as "Sabu" and "Topiary," stole the personal information of thousands of people after launching an "SQL injection" attack on the website, and ultimately caused Sony Pictures Entertainment more than $600,000 in damages, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Vandevelde said.

Sentencing is scheduled for for July 26, he faces up to 15 years in prison but it is thought likely he will receive a much lower sentence.
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