The suspect will be remembered as the first man publicly ratted out by HideMyAss
The man that was caught thanks to the service that was supposed to hide him pleaded not guilty on the charges that accused him of being the one behind the Sony Pictures hacking operation.According to Graham Cluley, 23-year-old Cody Kretsinger, from Phoenix, Arizona, is also believed to be a one of the members of the infamous LulzSec group, responsible for a lot of ill-intended activities.
At the time of the attack on the media corporation, the ones responsible for the hit made fun of the primitive security measures the site administrators had implemented.
"SonyPictures.com was owned by a very simple SQL injection, one of the most primitive and common vulnerabilities, as we should all know by now. From a single injection, we accessed EVERYTHING. Why do you put such faith in a company that allows itself to become open to these simple attacks?," read the statement made right after more than 100,000 records were leaked.
Kretsinger's trial begins on December 13 and he could face a lot of jail time if he'll be found guilty, but so far he states his innocence in regards of the conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer charges.
The accused man, will probably go down in history as being the one who revealed that HideMyAss.com doesn't actually cover up your tracks if your doing something illegal. After the incident, the website clearly stated that they will hand over to the authorities any information that might aid them apprehend a suspect, but too bad no one told this to hackers before they went on a hacking spree.
LulzSec members have been laying low for a while now, probably as a result of all the arrests made lately by law enforcement agencies. Only one of them recently came forward to answer questions, feeling that their time has ended.