Ryan Cleary Charged for Fox and Sony Computer Breach
Sony Online Extertainment is a division of the company which publishes games and online multiplayer games. Sony is also the company behind digital gaming devices like the PlayStation and PSP.
Ryan Cleary, 20 year old Briton is accused of cracking into sites like Fox Reality TV Show, and other sites to steal personal information and deface sites. He is suspected being linked to the group Lulz Security or LulzSec. LulzSec is a well known branch of Anonymous.
FBI Spokesperson Laura Eimiller said that, “Cleary is a skilled hacker. Controlled his own botnet, employed sophisticated methods and his broad geographic scope affected large number of business and individuals.” Some of the businesses includes Fox Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Public Broadcasting Service.
In 2011, a separate case filed agains Cleary in UK, he faces accusations that he and others have penetrated a law enforcement agency, the Serious Organized Crime Agency, and several British music sites – all while he was still teenager.
LulzSec, an offshoot of an international group called Anonymous, which has taken credit for web attacks on government and private sector websites. Anonymous and its offshoots, including the AntiSec and LulzSec, was initially focused on fighting attempts at internet regulation and blocking of free illegal downloads, but have since taken on targets such as global banking system.
The charges of Ryan Cleary come just over two months, after the accused LulzSec member Cody Kretsinger pleaded guilty in US district dourt in Los Angeles in taking a part of the extensive computer breach of the Sony Pictures Entertainment.
In March court documents, it was revealed that Anonymous’s leader, called “Sabu”, whose real name is Hector Xavier Monsegur, had pleaded guilty to charges related to hacking and provided the FBI with information on fellow crackers.
According to the indictment released by the FBI, Ryan Cleary and his unnamed conspirators penetrated into the computer system of Sony Pictures Entertainment and the News Corp’s Fox Entertainment Group, and stole confidential user information.
Ryan Cleary is charged with two counts of unauthorized impairment of protected computer and one count of consipiracy. He faces a maximum sentence of about 25 years in prison if convicted.