Another person which the FBI says is associated with LulzSec has been indicted for conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of protected computers.  Ronaldo Rivera (20), from Tempe, Arizona, faces up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted.

Another person which the FBI says is associated with LulzSec has been indicted for conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of protected computers.  Ronaldo Rivera (20), from Tempe, Arizona, faces up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted.

Rivera’s indictment, unsealed on Tuesday, stated that he and Cody Kretsinger (24) worked with each other to hack Sony Pictures’ computers to obtain private user information, and then publishing it online in 2011.

According to Forbes, LulzSec claimed that their organization was behind the attack, and publicly announced it on Pastebin by saying:

“We recently broke into SonyPictures.com and compromised over 1,000,000 users’ personal information, including passwords, email addresses, home addresses, dates of birth, and all Sony opt-in data associated with their accounts…What’s worse is that every bit of data we took wasn’t encrypted. Sony stored over 1,000,000 passwords of its customers in plaintext.”

LulzSec also claimed that the attack, involving Rivera, on Sony Pictures had cost the hacktivist group around USD $600,000.  There were no official numbers as to how much the attack on Sony Picture would cost the firm, but in a separate attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network, the Japanese firm claimed that it would cost about $170 million to patch things up.